In October 2014, a federal judge granted preliminary approval
of a $4.5 million settlement of two consolidated false advertising class-action lawsuits
filed against Babolat, the tennis equipment company. The complaints
, which were originally filed in 2013, alleged that the company claimed that the professionals it sponsors use the same tennis racquets sold to the public when, in reality, Babolat painted and modified the racquets used by the pros to look like the ones sold to the public. In addition, plaintiffs claimed that the company represented that tungsten fibers in the racquets’ frames increase stability and power when, in reality, tungsten was not used in the racquets. According to the settlement terms
, class members with proof of purchase may receive a $50 refund for each adult racquet purchased and a $25 refund for each junior racquet purchased. A hearing for final approval of the settlement is scheduled for April 6, 2015. (Ahdoot et al v. Babolat VS North America, Inc. and Does 1-10
, Case No. 13-cv-02823, C. D. CA.).
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