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Man Settles Lawsuit Accusing Dunkin’ Donuts of Putting Fake Butter on Bagels


A Massachusetts man has settled a case against more than twenty Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants for putting fake butter on his bagels.

His attorney told the Boston Globe that the decision to file the suit was difficult.  “[W]e thought twice or three times” before filing, he told the Globe, but went on to argue that restaurants shouldn’t be representing that they’re selling one thing and then actually selling something else.  If someone orders butter, “they don’t want margarine or some . . . chemical substitute,” he told the Globe.

Dunkin’ Donuts told the newspaper that it uses butter substitute because it’s easier to spread than refrigerated butter.  The restaurant does not leave butter out at room temperature for food safety reasons, it said.

[image via Dunkin’ Donuts PR]

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Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."