A class action lawsuit has been filed against McDonald’s and a specific franchise in the Chicago suburbs because of its value meal pricing.
Plaintiff James Gertie alleged in the lawsuit that the price of the “Extra Value Meal” — two cheeseburgers, medium fries, and a soft drink — costs 41 cents more at the Des Plaines, Illinois, McDonald’s restaurant than ordering each item separately, the Cook County Record reported.
The meal cost $5.90 while two cheeseburgers cost $2.50, medium fries $1.99, and a medium drink $1, totaling $5.49. Gertie bought the Two Cheeseburger Meals from at least five restaurants owned by the same franchisee between Oct. 15 and Nov. 13, and says he was overcharged each time.
According to the lawsuit, the name “Extra Value Meal” is misleading and does not offer any actual value. “The combination actually costs more than if each item were bought separately, thus making it no ‘value’ at all, let alone an ‘extra value,’” the suit reads, according to the Record.
Gertie filed the lawsuit on Dec. 13. If the court expands the lawsuit to a class action, it could include hundreds of other customers who purchased the cheeseburger value meals at the 10 locations owned by Karis Management Company, the franchisee in the suit, the Record said.
Business Insider notes McDonald's prices and products are different in different locations, but that the two-cheeseburger meal is 13 cents more in Manhattan than ordering each item separately.
It is not clear how widespread the practice of charging more for an Extra Value Meal is among McDonald’s franchises.
McDonald’s has not commented on the lawsuit.
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