September 26th, 2019
In September 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Costco for allegedly misleadingly selling Roundup® without adequately warning consumers that the herbicide contains the alleged carcinogen glyphosate and is dangerous. (Thomas et al v. Costco Wholesale Corp., Case No. 19-cv-5278, E. D. NY.) For more of TINA.org’s coverage of the marketing for Roundup, click here.
April 2nd, 2019
In 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Costco for allegedly misleadingly offering a Risk-Free 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on memberships that promises a full refund of all membership fees to members who cancel their memberships when, according to plaintiffs, the amount of the refund for executive members is reduced by the amount that those members
August 8th, 2018
In July 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed in part and vacated in part the dismissal of a class-action lawsuit filed against Costco in 2014. The lawsuit alleges that Costco misleadingly markets its eye exams as being conducted by “Independent Doctors of Optometry” when, according to plaintiffs, the optometrists are actually managed and
April 26th, 2018
In April 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Costco for allegedly misleadingly marketing its Risk-Free 100% Satisfaction Guarantee by promising to fully refund members who cancel their memberships when, according to the complaint, consumers who are executive members receive less than the amount they paid when they cancel. (Pearlstone et al v. Costco Wholesale
September 19th, 2017
November 2015: This case was stayed pending the resolution of three similar cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. November 2014: A federal judge dismissed some of the state false advertising claims (i.e., the negligent misrepresentation claims) in this lawsuit finding that the complaint did not refer to specific examples of misrepresentations made by
February 24th, 2017
January 2017: A federal judge dismissed this case . Claims against Charoen Pokphand Foods and C.P. Food Products (collectively the “CP defendants”) were dismissed for lack of standing because plaintiffs did not allege that they purchased any products produced or marketed by the CP defendants. Claims against Costco were dismissed because plaintiffs failed to allege
July 22nd, 2014
In March 2014, a federal judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Costco Wholesale Corporation. The complaint, which was originally filed in 2013, alleges that, among other things, Costco represents that it will provide energy efficient HVAC systems and these systems will entitle consumers to a rebate for energy efficient installations, when, in reality, the HVAC
July 22nd, 2013
Michael Kors says company falsely advertised handbags.
February 15th, 2013
A Costco store in Huntington Beach, Calif. sold diamond rings promoted as Tiffany rings for a steep discount, making them seem like a real steal.
December 4th, 2019
May 2019: The Bond case was voluntarily dismissed , the reasons for which have not been disclosed. Also in May, plaintiffs in the Corker case filed an amended complaint bringing similar allegations. February-March 2019: Two class-action lawsuits were filed against several coffee distributors, wholesalers, and retailers – including Walmart, Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond, TJ
August 27th, 2019
Based on the ingredients list, the company is rounding up.
May 21st, 2019
In 2019, a false advertising class-action lawsuit was filed against the marketers of Duracell LED flashlights with replacement batteries. The complaint alleges that the companies misleadingly represent that the flashlights provide light for up to one hour and 30 minutes at the high-intensity setting and up to seven hours at the low-intensity setting when, according
May 15th, 2019
April 2019: This action was voluntarily dismissed because the parties reached a settlement agreement, the terms have not been disclosed. May 2018: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Costco Wholesale Corporation for allegedly misleadingly marketing the Kirkland Signature line of “environmentally responsible” cleaners – including liquid dish soap and laundry detergent – as being green,
April 10th, 2019
March 2019: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court order for summary judgment and remanded the case for further proceedings. September 2017: The named plaintiff filed a Notice of Appeal regarding the summary judgment decision. August 2017: A federal judge determined that Costco and NBTY can offer admissible expert testimony and other
November 26th, 2018
November 2018: This case was transferred to federal court. (Case No. 18-cv-2646, S. D. CA.) October 2018: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Costco for allegedly falsely advertising Kirkland Signature Extra Strength Glucosamine and Chondroitin joint health products as providing “meaningful joint health benefits” when, according to plaintiffs, the main ingredients (glucosamine and chondroitin) are
March 1st, 2018
In February 2018, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Costco for allegedly falsely marketing Kirkland Signature Wild Alaskan Fish Oil as containing 1,050 mg unsaturated fatty acids consisting of 330 mg of total omega-3 fatty acids and 720 mg of omega fatty acids 5, 6, 7, 9, and 11 per serving when, according to plaintiffs,
February 12th, 2018
From “Belgian chocolates” made in the U.S. to knockoff engagement rings, be wary of these roadblocks to love.
January 18th, 2018
February 2018: Plaintiffs filed a Notice of Appeal regarding the order dismissing this case. January 2018: A federal judge granted the company’s motion to dismiss concluding that plaintiffs’ claims are preempted and plaintiffs cannot plausibly state that the label is false or misleading. To read the full decision, click here. October 2016: A class-action lawsuit
December 15th, 2017
In December 2017, a class-action lawsuit was filed against several manufacturers of flushable wipes – specifically, Costco, CVS, Kimberly-Clark, Procter & Gamble, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart – for allegedly falsely advertising wipes as safe to flush, safe for plumbing and sewer systems, and biodegradable when, according to plaintiffs, the wipes do not break into small
September 25th, 2017
July 2017: A federal judge preliminarily approved a settlement agreement that would resolve the claims in this case. According to the settlement terms, each class member will be awarded a pro rata share of the $775,000 settlement fund after other fees (including notice and administration fees) are paid. In addition, the company stopped using the