11 Ridiculous Reasons People Sued Fast-Food Chains
Too much ice! Not enough chicken! These customers had all sorts of complaints, and they wanted the offending notable fast-food chains to hear them.
Subway’s “Five Dollar Footlong” jingle is definitely one of the better-known advertising campaigns of the 21st century. But when one person debunked it, angry customers came calling. The Australian teen who posed with a tape measure and a Subway sandwich that appeared to fall a full inch shy of its 12-inch mark probably had no intention of starting a three-plus-year lawsuit, but that’s what happened. A few different lawsuits were consolidated into one and the proceedings dragged on for years until early 2016, when Subway agreed to award $500, plus attorney fees, to each of the ten plaintiffs. And it didn’t even end there; an attorney challenged the settlement because he argued that the only ones benefitting were the lawyers, not the consumers. Here are some court cases with hilarious names you won’t believe are real.
The butt of a joke
It’s not only disgruntled consumers who sue fast-food chains. In 2007, Carl’s Jr. (or, more accurately, their parent company, CKE Restaurants) sued their competitor Jack-in-the-Box after the latter targeted the former in an ad campaign. The very mature campaign focused on the similarity of the word “Angus,” the grade of beef that chains like Carl’s Jr. advertised using in their burgers, to “anus,” implying that their burger meat came from cow butts. The commercials never specifically referenced Carl’s Jr. but instead referred to “our competitors.” Carl’s Jr. worried that their consumers would take the campaign seriously and that they would lose business. That takes being “butt-hurt” to a whole new level! The case reached a settlement, and CKE’s request for the commercials to be taken off the air was denied. You may not have heard about these fast-food lawsuits, but have you heard about the famous fast-food scandals that rocked the industry?