The Cheeseburger Lawsuit That’s Currently Grilling

A couple is suing McDonald’s for $5 million because they were being unfairly charged for cheese they didn’t want.

By nowproducerdave on May 29, 2018
(Photo Illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Normally we wouldn’t bring you news like this to our website. This story though is just the right amount of odd to qualify for a spot. Two people are suing McDonald’s because they don’t want cheese on their burgers. It goes a little deeper though.

A quick glance at the menu and we see that we can get either hamburgers or cheeseburgers. Hamburgers, of course, are cheeseburgers without the cheese, and are a little bit less expensive. However in the case of the Quarter Pounder cheeseburger, the price remains unchanged. That means you can get the Quarter Pounder with or without cheese for the same cost. No more, no less. That’s where the lawsuit comes into play.

The couple suing the burger giant are claiming that they’re being unfairly charged for cheese they aren’t getting. More specifically, they don’t want the cheese, and also don’t want to pay for it. Seems fair enough. But the lawsuit is for $5 million. Yes, that’s a 5 with 6 zeros on the end. According to the suit, McDonald’s has changed the menu recently, removing the “without cheese” option from the Quarter Pounder. They simply list the “Quarter Pounder with cheese” on the menu. According to the lawsuit, “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.”

Claims in the lawsuit? The couple “have suffered injury as a result of their purchases because they were overcharged, and were required to pay for cheese, which is not a component of either a Quarter Pounder or a Double Quarter Pounder, that they did not want and did not receive.” That’s why the $5 million figure attached to the lawsuit. Whether or not the judge will go with it have yet to be determined. We’ve all been to restaurants and got charged for things we didn’t order, it happens. But having it happen so often that you file a lawsuit about it?

Ok, so it’s actually a class-action lawsuit, so that $5 million would go to everyone affected by the cheese upcharge (or no-cheese down charge?) withing a certain time frame. So if you’ve ever ordered a Quarter Pounder without cheese, expect to see some marketing material to get you into the class action lawsuit. And maybe you’ll win a couple dollars to use towards another (probably lower price) Quarter Pounder without cheese. See a lot more info on the lawsuit here.

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