SAY WHAT? Does Taco Bell Deserve an Apology for Bogus Beef Lawsuit?

Travis J. Quibbert 2011/04/22 15:00:00
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When Taco Bell was hit with a class action lawsuit claiming their taco meat is only 35 percent beef, the fast food giant hit right back.

CEO Greg Creed said Taco Bell tacos start with "100 percent USDA-inspected beef," which is then seasoned and simmered. And he issued a blistering rebuke to the opposition attorneys: "Unfortunately, the lawyers in this case elected to sue first and ask questions later - and got their 'facts' absolutely wrong. We plan to take legal action for the false statements being made about our food."

Turns out, he didn't have to bother! The plaintiffs voluntarily withdrew their suit. But the "35 percent" claim is already out there, and Taco Bell would like something more than just a withdrawal of the suit. They'd like an apology!

And to that end, they've taken out full-page ads in newspapers around the country asking for just that:

35 claim taco bell suit apology full-page ads newspapers country

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  • you betcha 2011/04/22 16:41:57
    you betcha
    Go for it, Taco Bell. Smearing a business is no less wrong than smearing a private individual, and the fact that these lawyers unleashed a monster that will NEVER really be back in the cage simply because they figured they had an easy target with deep pockets should earn them civil punishment.

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  • FREE 2011/04/23 14:11:49
    Like most, unless you are news hound, you never will hear about the truth, similar to with most negative news, it is manipulated by the main media outlets to suit their needs, so yes, a public appology is in order and justified given the damage it has caused. I stopped visiting Taco Bell until I found out the truth, so think of the damages this lie has caused company. Join-Free.com
  • jbcracker 2011/04/23 13:46:35
    Just what we need - another food fight!
  • Just Jenn for Now 2011/04/23 13:36:19
    Just Jenn for Now
    It was a false accusation purely made to slam Taco Bell and probably sap some money out of them - in other words, it was a huge scam, and it failed massively.
    Taco Bell's ALWAYS been good in my books - it's not authentic mexican food of course, but cheap prices, good taste, and even the solid promise of good beef, and I'm glad to see they didn't suffer much due to this stupid fiasco, save for a few patrons the franchise may have lost thanks to the slam on their rep.

    So yes, an apology would be in order here. Taco Bell's reputation got needlessly attacked, and due to that they may have lost some customers in the process. A shame really.

    And honestly, is an apology all that much to ask for?? They're not asking for money or anything of material value in return. Point is the lawsuit was wrong.
    When someone is wrong, and PROVEN wrong, the most mature and just thing one can do is admit they were wrong, and apologize in the case anyone was affected due to it; and Taco Bell was. Unfortunately some people are just too damn proud to do that little deed.
  • Tooshy 2011/04/23 12:50:54
    I wish the lawyers who brought the suit would respond to Taco Bell's BS "demand" for an apology. First, because they SAID they would drop the lawsuit when Taco Bell confesses what's in their "meat like filling". Second, never proved in a court of law that their meat was 88% beef. Thrid, having looked at exactly what's in Taco Bell's "meat like filling" (search Gizmodo), I'm just about ready to throw up thinking about it. There is no way in heck Taco Bell can call their product "100% beef" or that they should be proud of their taco "meat filling" product. It clearly contains extenders and additives, and appears to contravene the law stipulatin­g beef can't contain extra water (their "filling" contains 3% water).

    Taco Bell would have lost in court, at least the court of public opinion, had the suit gone ahead. Way too many people who talk about having thrown up from Taco Bell's food. I for one am never eating there again
  • Richard Hungwell AKA Relent... 2011/04/23 12:31:08
    Richard Hungwell AKA Relentless
    huh, I love taco bell, and I never thought it was real beef in the first place. I always just assumed it was some blend of road kill and dog food. Now that I know it's real beef I like it even more!
  • asdfasdf Richard... 2011/04/24 07:18:56
    I never did either haha
  • lawlerskates 2011/04/23 12:18:40
    I'd say those lawyers should have their names released to the general public so we all know who not to seek for representation. Those lawyers must have just coasted through law school. I can't believe that you can take out an huge lawsuit against a company with entirely false claims and not have some repercussions for it. Maybe disbarred? Hmmm I think that would put a stop to some frivolous lawsuits.
  • Gooky 2011/04/23 12:12:04
    Absolutely...how many people still believe the lies and are refusing to eat there?I personally think they deserve more than an apology!
  • Myrle Hulme 2011/04/23 11:36:50
    Myrle Hulme
    I bet they lost quite a bit of money
  • TimothyBrianFoley 2011/04/23 11:08:04
    they have to be honest more often honest taco bell not beef

    As of now I will not be eating there again or any fast food joint I'm done eating out, cooking from home.
  • asdfasdf Timothy... 2011/04/24 07:22:28
    just read the ingredients list, but didn't see anything out of the ordinary... what do you see that's wrong with it?
  • Kyra 2011/04/23 09:53:28 (edited)
    when your wrong your wrong.... what is so hard about a sorry?
  • Bulanova (Team Hargitay) 2011/04/23 09:51:29
    Bulanova (Team Hargitay)
    That is a damning, untrue bell that can't be unrung. It may have been false, but the damage is done.
  • KingdomNow 2011/04/23 09:31:30
    Frivolous lawsuits like this must be punished -Stupid, slanderous and malicious rumors could cost American business millions in business and more in public relations and damage control.

    These greedy bastards should be forced to apologize.
  • kato 2011/04/23 07:28:33 (edited)
    yes for sure they deserve an apology
  • ★Calliope★ 2011/04/23 07:27:22
    they should.
  • kevracer 2011/04/23 05:55:28
    but an attorney will never apologize
  • Selketskiss 2011/04/23 05:54:21
    That is a yes with? I have tried to make my beef look like theirs when I make tacos and never can.
    I try so hard to.
  • Richard 2011/04/23 05:21:01
    Apology-Smology! I want my Taco Bell Chiwawa back on TV. (Politically Correct worshipping yes-men,..."Let me hear a growl" (Yip! Yip! Yip!) [Really Pathetic,...Yup!!]
  • Anna 2011/04/23 05:18:38
  • Ruger 2011/04/23 05:00:59
    Yes and a Grande counter suit for smearing their name. grande counter suit smearing apology gif
  • Dagon 2011/04/23 04:50:59
  • Andie135 2011/04/23 04:08:49
    Alot of people of there love taco bell and as long as it dont kill you. you dont need to be sue them for it
  • Toots 2011/04/23 04:05:12
    When you open mouth and stick your foot in it sometimes cost!!!!
  • Dogfather 2011/04/23 03:51:15
  • asdfasdf Dogfather 2011/04/24 07:24:32
    well that's opinion, and I'm sure there's millions of people who would chose their food over your own... so maybe you should apologize to the public
  • Dogfather asdfasdf 2011/04/24 07:30:26
    Hardly. If you or anyone else wants to eat crap food, go for it.
  • asdfasdf Dogfather 2011/04/24 07:47:18
    so... I guess that means no apology from you?
  • Dogfather asdfasdf 2011/04/24 08:45:23 (edited)
  • mind over matter 2011/04/22 23:48:47
    mind over matter
  • abrowlspecialbrowl 2011/04/22 23:45:30
    taco bell RULES. th jerks who talked shhh about them deserve all th grief they get.
  • Kigan 2011/04/22 23:39:25
    Smearing is smearing, and their business has been smeared heavily.

    Those lawyers unleashed something they can't fully retract, so an apology is the least they can do in trying.
  • Levy McGarden-Redfox 2011/04/22 23:34:51
    Levy McGarden-Redfox
    hell yes! i love taco bell and they should get they apology!
  • Darkitec 2011/04/22 23:30:45
    Taco bell is good and I eat there once in a while, Despite what the fda and taco bell claims no mater how you do math, 80 some odd percentage beef is not 100% beef . Seasoning is one thing, Fillers are a different thing entirely.
  • harley oldman 2011/04/22 23:22:50
    harley oldman
    YES....Unless they can prove the "seasoned and simmered" is SAWDUST..!
  • the_old_coach 2011/04/22 22:49:57
    The claim was wrong and effected their business. An apology would go a long way towards alleviating their bottom-line woes.
  • Night71 2011/04/22 22:18:38
    Their meat is the lowest possible grade. They should look at the golden arches to see whats up with their crap for "meat".
  • alexhead 2011/04/22 21:49:49
    here's an apology: "sorry your meat is crap"
  • amazing... alexhead 2011/04/22 22:23:29
    funny and true all in 5 words. "-)
  • MBright1 2011/04/22 21:34:15
    The. accusers falsely maligned Taco Bell, they owe TB a big time apology.

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