A Montgomery, Alabama based law firm has filled a lawsuit on behalf of Amanda Obney, a taco bell customer and resident of California. Obney obtained counsel from Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis, & Miles for representation in the suit, filed Friday within the federal court in the Central District of California, filing claims that Taco Bell uses false advertising in reference to the "seasoned beef" within the company's food products. The firm maintains that upon laboratory testing, Taco Bell's "seasoned ground beef" contains too little meat to qualify for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's definition of "beef." The firm found the seasoned beef sold by Taco Bell contains only 35% meat, with the bulk of the company's "seasoned beef" product filled with binders and extenders in the form of water, wheat containing oats, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, anti-dusting agents, and modified corn starch.
Obney and her attorneys are not seeking monetary damages but rather they are "asking that [Taco Bell] stop saying that they are selling beef" per Attorney Dee Miles.
Taco Bell spokesman Rob Poetsch has responded to the suit publicly with a statement which read: "Taco Bell prides itself on serving high quality Mexican inspired food with great value. We're happy that the millions of customers we serve every week agree." The organization has vowed to "vigorously defend the suit."