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Home Depot’s Milwaukee and Husky Switchblade Knives Class Action

Are illegal weapons being sold at your local Home Depot? Unfortunately, the complaint for this class action alleges that some of the knives sold there meet the description of switchblades or “illegal gravity knives” that are prohibited by state laws. Even worse, customers are given no warning, so they buy these knives and carry them without knowing that they are illegal.

The class for this action is all persons or entities who live in California, Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and Washington who have bought illegal gravity knives made, marketed, or sold by Techtronic Industries Company, Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation, or the Home Depot.

According to the complaint, Techtronic’s Milwaukee brand makes a popular utility knife called the Milwaukee Fastback Press and Flip Knife that its publicity materials says is designed “to activate the blade 3X faster than a 2-handed opening” knife. However, many models of the knives meet the description of a switchblade in jurisdictions that outlaw switchblades.

Similarly, Home Depot sells its own Husky brand knives, also illegal in many places. The complaint collectively calls the Husky and Milwaukee knives illegal gravity knives.

Customers are not told that the knives are illegal for possession or concealed carry in many areas. Does the Home Depot know that they are illegal? The complaint alleges that they most certainly do. It cites the fact that the illegal knives are not offered for sale in New York, due to a crackdown by the district attorney of Manhattan in 2010. The district attorney agreed not to prosecute Home Depot for sale of the illegal knives if it stopped selling them and forfeited past profits from their sale.

While there is a Federal Switchblade Act, enacted in 1958, it does not completely outlaw the knives but regulates their manufacture and introduction into interstate commerce. It is primarily individual states that have outlawed the knives.

The complaint expresses a concern that even if a customer buys a knife in a state where switchblades are legal, the lack of a warning means that the owner might then carry it to another state where they are not, and thus be breaking the law without knowing it.

The complaint claims the companies have violated laws such as the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act and False Advertising Law, and that they are guilty of fraud, concealment, and negligence, among other things. 

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Home Depot’s Milwaukee and Husky Switchblade Knives Complaint

June 21, 2018

Are illegal weapons being sold at your local Home Depot? Unfortunately, the complaint for this class action alleges that some of the knives sold there meet the description of switchblades or “illegal gravity knives” that are prohibited by state laws. Even worse, customers are given no warning, so they buy these knives and carry them without knowing that they are illegal. 

milwaukee_fastback_illegal_knife_complaint.pdf

Case Event History

Home Depot’s Milwaukee and Husky Switchblade Knives Complaint

June 21, 2018

Are illegal weapons being sold at your local Home Depot? Unfortunately, the complaint for this class action alleges that some of the knives sold there meet the description of switchblades or “illegal gravity knives” that are prohibited by state laws. Even worse, customers are given no warning, so they buy these knives and carry them without knowing that they are illegal. 

milwaukee_fastback_illegal_knife_complaint.pdf
Tags: Deceptive Sales Practices, Sale of Illegal Items