Many dissatisfied fast food customers, such as those of Taco Bell, Burger King, and Arby’s, have filed class action lawsuits. The reason for these fast food class action lawsuits is false advertising, with plaintiffs suggesting these companies overstate the sizes of their food items.
Plaintiffs suggest that photos and videos used to market several menu items at these establishments exaggerated the item’s size. These glossy marketing pictures used in commercials, online menus, and menu ordering boards failed to accurately portray what customers would receive for their money.
If fast food class action plaintiffs are successful, they can hold fast food companies accountable for negligence, change fast food marketing strategies to be more accurate, and possibly recover compensation from a settlement. Contact an experienced fast food lawyer like the ones at The Russo Firm today for help with the process of a fast food class action.
What Fast Food Class Action Lawsuits Are The Russo Firm Involved In?
The Russo Firm represents many plaintiffs involved in fast food class action lawsuits. Plaintiff Joseph Alongis, represented by The Russo Firm, filed an Arby’s class action lawsuit for falsely advertising their roast beef sandwiches. He alleges that the sandwiches contain less roast beef than advertised and poor quality roast beef compared to what is shown through marketing.
We also represent plaintiffs in the Taco Bell class action lawsuit based on false advertising of the Mexican Pizza and Crunchwrap Supreme menu items. Advertising shows that these items contain tons of meat and other ingredients, but side-by-side pictures in the lawsuit filing show the actual items contain less than half of what is promised.
The Burger King class action lawsuit has to do with the overstated size of the Whopper. In the lawsuit filing, plaintiffs allege that marketing materials after 2017 inflated the size of the Whopper by 35% and the meat by 100%, but the actual menu item has remained the same size.
Successful Class Action Lawsuits Can Hold Fast Food Companies Accountable for Negligence
One of the reasons for filing a class action is to allow for a collective of people to bring attention to a company’s negligence and provide a voice to bring about change. A successful verdict in their favor can shine a light on the company’s wrongful business practices.
In the case of the fast food class action lawsuits, false advertising has already gained attention from multiple news reports and articles from reputable websites. If the plaintiffs succeed, that can justify the time and energy dedicated to going through the process.
The courts involved in the fast food class actions can hold the fast food companies accountable for their negligence in marketing their products. With the public acknowledging the fast food companies wrongfully advertised the products, the fast food companies will have to change their ways of advertising to consider the consumer more.
What is Injunctive Relief, and How Can It Apply to a Fast Food Class Action Lawsuit?
Something that the plaintiffs in the fast food class actions are seeking is injunctive relief. This is a result of a class action lawsuit that requires one party to change their behavior to prevent others from suffering damages like the plaintiffs already have.
For example, let’s say someone suffered a severe injury from a slip and fall accident due to poor lighting on a property. Injunctive relief, in this case, would require the property owner to fix the poor lighting to ensure no other visitors suffer a similar slip and fall accident.
In the case of the fast food class action lawsuits, injunctive relief would require the fast food companies to change their marketing strategies. They would have to stop false advertising to prevent other customers from spending money on overstated menu items.
Fast Food Companies May Have to Change Marketing Practices
If the fast food class action plaintiffs are successful, fast food companies will have to change their promotional practices. Those involved as defendants will be seen as negligent in unfairly marketing their food and have to pull back from overstating the size of their menu items.
In a motion to dismiss the Burger King class action, Burger King mentioned that “food in advertisements is and always has been styled to make it look as appetizing as possible. That is hardly news; reasonable consumers viewing food advertising know it innately.”
This would become a falsehood, as a court would determine consumers have a right to be fairly advertised to. It’s possible successful rulings in favor of plaintiffs could also set a legal precedent that could lead to a positive change in the fast food industry. Other companies may pull back on false advertising to avoid the reputational damage caused by a class action lawsuit.
Will Fast Food Class Action Lawsuit Plaintiffs Recover a Settlement?
Many may wonder whether the fast food class action plaintiffs will receive a settlement if their class action is successful. In lawsuit filings, most of these class actions include plaintiffs seeking economic damages to pay them for money lost on overstated items.
It’s far too early to know whether the plaintiffs could receive significant compensation for damages and what a settlement could look like. Successful class action plaintiffs may receive very little money at all.
The real victory for fast food class action plaintiffs is to make changes in the fast food advertising industry and prevent false advertising from continuing for these companies. Receiving a settlement for economic damages would be a bonus.
Contact The Russo Firm for Help With Your Fast Food Lawsuit
At The Russo Firm, our lawyers have significant experience with recent fast food class action lawsuits. The founding partner of The Russo Firm, Anthony J. Russo Jr., is one of the leading fast food lawyers in the country and can help you file a fast food lawsuit.
Hiring a lawyer for a fast food lawsuit is vital as you may not have the legal experience to handle the process. The fast food lawyers at the Russo Firm can help you file the necessary paperwork, collect evidence, and prove the at-fault party’s liability. Contact us for a free fast food consultation today at (561) 270-0913, or leave a message on our online contact page.