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Hartz Home Protection Dog Training Pads “FlashDry” Representation Class Action

Under its Home Protection brand, the Hartz Mountain Corporation sells a product it calls dog pads. These are intended as training pads, to help in housebreaking dogs. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the pads do not have the capabilities advertised and allow pet urine to pass through to floors and other objects.

Two classes have been defined for this action:

  • The Illinois Class is all persons in Illinois who bought the product during the applicable statutes of limitations.
  • The Consumer Fraud Multi-State Class is all persons in Washington, Arizona, Oregon, Texas, Iowa, Kansas, Virginia, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Alaska, South Dakota, and Oklahoma who bought the product during the applicable statutes of limitations.

The Hartz Mountain Corporation offers pet supplies of all kinds, including treats, grooming items, toys, cat litter, and flea and tick protection.

Page 1 of the complaint shows a photo of the product package. In large letters on the front are the words, “Won’t Leak. Won’t Spread.” In smaller letters, above and on top of an image of one of the pads, are two other promises: “Turns Liquid into Odor-Absorbing FlashDry Gel” and “Blocks leaks at the Corners.”

The complaint asserts, “The representations are misleading because the Product leaks when used by dogs to relieve themselves.” This happens, the complaint alleges, even when the usage is normal and not excessive.

According to the complaint, “When the pads are unfolded, the inner lining gets distributed and is not even throughout the pad, which contributes to the lack of absorbency.” Then, when the dog uses the pad, the complaint alleges, the liquid leaks and spreads, reaching and “negatively affect[ing]” the floors and surfaces beyond the pad.

While the product promises “FlashDry Gel” to absorb the liquid, the complaint alleges that the gel takes several minutes to dry, which is much longer than the “flash” consumers expect from the representations on the package front.

The complaint alleges, “Reasonable consumers must and do rely on a company to honestly identify and describe the components, attributes, and features of a product, relative to itself and other comparable products or alternatives.”

The product sells for around $15 for 50 pads, which the complaint alleges is “a higher price than it would otherwise be sold for, absent the misleading representations and omissions.”

The counts include violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and of other state consumer fraud acts, breaches of warranties, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and unjust enrichment.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Hartz Home Protection Dog Training Pads “FlashDry” Representation Complaint

December 18, 2021

Under its Home Protection brand, the Hartz Mountain Corporation sells a product it calls dog pads. These are intended as training pads, to help in housebreaking dogs. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the pads do not have the capabilities advertised and allow pet urine to pass through to floors and other objects.

Hartz Home Protection Dog Training Pads “FlashDry” Representation Complaint

Case Event History

Hartz Home Protection Dog Training Pads “FlashDry” Representation Complaint

December 18, 2021

Under its Home Protection brand, the Hartz Mountain Corporation sells a product it calls dog pads. These are intended as training pads, to help in housebreaking dogs. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the pads do not have the capabilities advertised and allow pet urine to pass through to floors and other objects.

Hartz Home Protection Dog Training Pads “FlashDry” Representation Complaint
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Item Does Not Do What It Is Advertised to Do