The recent lawsuit suing McDonald’s and Wendy’s over false advertising is one of many. According to a September 1 report from the Associated Press, Burger King is the latest fast-food chain in the crosshairs of lawsuits. Burger King was hit with a lawsuit alleging false advertising in regards to the size of its Whopper and other products. The chain is accused of deceiving its consumers by increasing the Whopper’s size “by approximately 35%” in advertisements.
In recent years, false advertising lawsuits have targeted popular chains and brands, such as Taco Bell and Arby’s. “We saw a record number of food litigation lawsuits filed from 2020 to 2023, with hundreds of new suits every year,” Tommy Tobin, a lawyer at Perkins Coie and Lecturer at UCLA Law, told CNN Business in September.
And the companies behind A&W and Dr Pepper, the A&W Concentrate Company and Keurig Dr Pepper Inc., recently reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit. The suit, originally filed in August 2020, accused the companies of misleading consumers by labeling its A&W cream soda as “made with aged vanilla” despite the soda containing artificial flavoring, Today reported in July.