Man sues Buffalo Wild Wings over “boneless wings” claim

Mar 28, 2023

Frivolous lawsuits take place every day across the country.

But sports fans and chicken aficionados alike are watching this latest one.

That’s because a man just sued Buffalo Wild Wings over a “boneless wings” claim.

While the Communist Chinese continue their aggression, and Russia continues its war in Ukraine, Americans are worried about a possible World War III.

But one Illinois man is worried more about – chicken wings.

Glorified chicken nuggets

Aimen Halim of Chicago has filed a class action lawsuit against the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant chain, alleging their boneless “wings” are essentially glorified chicken nuggets.

And Mr. Halim is serious.

He says the “wings” sold to him at Buffalo Wild Wings were actually “slices of chicken breast meat deep-fried like wings.”

The lawsuit further states Halim suffered “financial injury” after he bought some of the high-priced “wings” before knowing what they were made of, and thus later regretting his decision.

Mr. Halim also contends that if customers of B-Dubs, as Buffalo Wild Wings has come to be known to its fans, knew what the “wings” were really made of, i.e., chicken breast meat, they likely wouldn’t buy them at all.

Or at least not be willing to pay as much.

He points out in his lawsuit that other restaurant chains selling boneless chicken take pains to avoid marketing the product as “wings.”

But Mr. Halim fails to point out that white meat from chicken breasts is almost always sold at a higher price.

And B-Dubs is selling the boneless variety at a lower price than the traditional bone-in wings.

The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

It sounds like another frivolous lawsuit.

It seems this lawsuit might not be all it’s cracked up to be and that Mr. Halim is complaining about an issue that doesn’t even exist.

Much like Chicken Little warning of the sky falling, this lawsuit warns of two tasty chicken wing options at one of America’s favorite wing stops.

Because if Mr. Halim is in fact correct, and B-Dubs is selling chicken breast meat as boneless wings, they should arguably be charging more for them.

Because a menu posted by TMZ shows the cost for six “traditional” wings at $11.29 and the cost of six “boneless” wings at $9.79.

Of course, the price of real chicken wings skyrocketed during the pandemic as government lockdown policies devastated the food industry.

By August 2022, prices for chicken wings had dropped back to pre-pandemic levels, due in part to an increase in supply.

Restaurants that had switched to “boneless” wings during the pandemic-created shortage decided to stick with them rather than returning to the bone-in variety.

That, of course, caused the supply of traditional bone-in wings to balloon and the price to decrease drastically.

It turns out the old supply and demand rule still works.

And it is worth noting that at Buffalo Wild Wings, they have always had, and still have, both varieties.

“Our hamburgers contain no ham. Our buffalo wings are 0% buffalo.”

The fact that the boneless variety costs less than the traditional bone-in wings would seem to make the lawsuit moot.

But Americans have become quite famous for filing lawsuits over just about anything, and over any slight, real or perceived.

Chicken wings are just the latest bone to pick.

And Buffalo Wild Wings responded with the perfect answer to the frivolous lawsuit.

“It’s true. Our boneless wings are all white meat chicken,” the company said on Twitter. “Our hamburgers contain no ham. Our buffalo wings are 0% buffalo.”

U.S. District Judge John Tharp Jr. went on to dismiss the lawsuit for now on procedural grounds.

The judge tossed the case because “plaintiffs failed to properly identify the parties involved.”

He gave them until March 27 to refile their case.

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