A Dutchess County woman's $20 million false advertising lawsuit against KFC has been dismissed.
Anna Wurtzburger of Hopewell Junction launched the civil suit in October 2016, alleging the fast food chain showed "a bucket overflowing with chicken" in TV commercials, but sold her a bucket that was not filled with chicken.
Wurtzburger's claims were without merit, according to KFC's legal filings.
The Hopewell resident said she made multiple purchases from her local KFC in summer of 2016 after seeing TV ads for a $20 “fill-up” bucket.
When Wurtzburger "received the bucket of chicken there were only eight pieces of chicken in it," according to her legal complaint. "There was not enough chicken in the bucket to fill up the bucket... (the ads) falsely stated that 'the meal could feed your whole family.'"
The chain should have used a smaller bucket for the amount of chicken — eight pieces — that was in it, Wurtzburger said.
KFC moved to dismiss Wurtzburger's complaint for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.
That means a plaintiff has failed to show sufficient facts which, if taken as true, would indicate that a violation of law had occurred or that the claimant was entitled to a legal remedy, according to legal definitions.
Judge Nelson Roman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted KFC's request on Wednesday.
Lawyers involved in the suit could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.