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Hudson Valley Woman's $20M KFC Lawsuit Dismissed

A bucket of fried chicken from KFC.
A bucket of fried chicken from KFC. Photo Credit: KFC/Facebook

A lawsuit filed by a Hudson Valley woman who sued KFC because there wasn't enough chicken in her $20 “Fill-Up” bucket was dismissed by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ann Wurtzburger of Hopewell Junction sued the company in October 2016 for $20 million for false advertising.

The basis for her suit, she told Daily Voice, was not the food, but false advertising.

A widow living on a fixed income, Wurtzburger, 65, said she rarely splurges on food, but had bought a $20 “Fill-Up” bucket because she thought she could make several meals out of it.

She was tempted, she said, by a KFC ad showing a bucket overflowing with chicken.

The ad, Wurtzburger said, implied that the bucket, with sides and rolls, would feed a whole family.

KFC, while contending that Wurtzburger’s claims were "meritless," nonetheless made a peace offering in the form of coupons. The chain sent her lawyer a $20 coupon and then a $50 coupon.

According to a statement released by the company last year: "The guest received exactly what she requested. She purchased an eight-piece bucket of chicken and she indeed received eight pieces of chicken. Our menus and advertising clearly show our $20 Fill-Up meal includes eight pieces of chicken."

Lawyers for either side could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

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