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Hobby Lobby Discount Coupons Refer to False “Regular” Prices Class Action

If a company says it “always” sells an item at a markdown, what is the item’s “regular” price? The complaint for this class action says that Hobby Lobby Stores offer false discounts that apply only to prices at which the merchandise never sells—a variation on the “false reference pricing” allegations made at many outlet or  Read more

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Guess Factory Outlet California False Reference Pricing Settlement

This settlement resolves two combined class actions alleging that Guess Factory outlet stores in California violated consumer protection laws by engaging in false advertising. The lawsuits claimed that the stores labeled their merchandise with false “original” or reference prices.  Read more

Sports Warehouse California False Reference Pricing Settlement

Sports Warehouse is setting aside a fund with $3 million to settle a class action alleging that it used fake “original” pricing to give customers the impression that they were getting big discounts. California has precise laws governing the use of “original” or reference prices and does not allow companies to create the impression of  Read more

Ann Taylor Outlet Stores False Pricing Settlement

This settlement resolves a class action alleging that Ann Taylor Factory and Loft Outlet stores deceived customers about the quality and price of their merchandise by advertising false discounts, in violation of federal and state laws. According to the complaint, the stores led customers to believe that the merchandise had originally been sold at higher  Read more

TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods False Bargains California Settlement

TJX is settling a class action alleging that it used false or misleading price comparisons via the “Compare At” prices on merchandise tags in its California stores, in violation of California consumer laws. The stores include TJ Maxx, Marshalls of CA, and Home Goods.  Read more

Wish.com False Reference Pricing Settlement

This settlement resolves a class action alleging that ContextLogic, Inc. used false reference pricing on its Wish.com website. Reference prices are the “original” or “regular” prices attributed to items, and retailers often calculate the percentage discount customers will receive. The complaint alleges that Wish.com’s “original” or “regular” prices are often inflated, so that Wish advertises  Read more

Wines ’Til Sold Out “Original Price” Settlement

This settlement pertains to phantom discounts—an issue usually raised with the outlet stores of well-known brands—but this time the product is wine. The complaint alleges that Wines ’Til Sold Out (WTSO.com) advertised discounts on wines that were not real, because the wines had not previously been sold anywhere at the purported “original prices” quoted. The  Read more

Gap Factory, Banana Republic Factory Stores Fake Base Prices Class Action

Gap Factory and Banana Republic Factory stores use fake base pricing to offer phantom discounts, or so the complaint for this class action alleges. The complaint claims that every item in their stores has a fake base price on its price tag, that the advertising throughout the stores say such things as, “Take an extra  Read more

Fossil Outlet Stores False Discounts and Phantom Savings Class Action

When plaintiff Timur Safransky went to the Fossil Outlet store at Carlsbad Premium Outlets in Carlsbad, California, the complaint for this class action says, he noticed a sign in the window outside saying, “Entire Store Up to 40% Off.” Inside, he saw a bag that had supposedly been priced at $198, which a sign said  Read more

Lamps Plus False Reference Pricing/False Discount California Class Action

False reference prices are illegal, but the complaint for this class action alleges that Lamps Plus uses them regularly on its own brands of merchandise. According to the complaint, Lamps Plus branded and trademarked items are sold only in Lamps Plus retail stores, which means that any higher “original” prices must have been offered at  Read more