McDonald’s Customers Will Be Seriously Pissed Off By This Judge’s Decision


In May of this year, a series of unfortunate events led to a $5 million lawsuit against McDonald’s. Two Floridians sued McDonald’s after having “suffered injury” because they had to pick cheese off of their Quarter Pounders. As reported by Munchies, they demanded that Quarter Pounders without cheese be sold for less money than a regular Quarter Pounder. This week, a judge ruled against them.

Of course, the plaintiffs, Cynthia Kissner and Leonard Werner, weren’t actually injured in the process of shlepping melted cheese off of their burgers. They simply wanted to pay less for a cheese-less Quarter Pounder.

Their suit read, “Notwithstanding the availability of Quarter Pounders and Double Quarter Pounders, customers have been forced, and continue to be overcharged for these products, by being forced to pay for two slices of cheese, which they do not want, order, or receive, to be able to purchase their desired product.”

We suppose they had some sort of argument. However, U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas didn’t think their pitch was good enough and dismissed their suit. “A pleading must contain a ‘short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief,’” Judge Dimitrouleas’ final decision read, per the Miami Herald. According to the judge, Kissner and Werner failed to prove they were harmed by having to shell out a couple more cents for those cheese slices.

Furthermore, Judge Dimitrouleas stated, “A Quarter Pounder with no cheese and cheese are separate and distinct products, both of which are offered for sale and can be purchased separately in McDonald’s restaurants.”

He added that the plaintiffs cannot allege that a single slice of cheese is an independent menu item, and therefore costs separately from the Quarter Pounder.

The judge dismissed the suit “with prejudice,” meaning Kissner and Werner will not be able to make the same claims in court again.

McDonald’s pretty much argued that the entire thing was “nonsense,” according to Munchies. And even though that may spurn a few customers, Mickey D’s is kind of right.

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