A state court judge granted preliminary approval
of a settlement agreement
. According to its terms, each class member may receive a monetary award in an amount based on the number of qualifying purchases the individual made. In addition, the company agreed that its advertising and pricing practices will no longer violate federal and California state law and to implement a compliance program if it uses price comparison advertisements in the future. The company also changed its policies and practices regarding price comparison advertisements. A final approval hearing is scheduled for June 15, 2018. For more information, go to https://www.sportswarehousesettlement.com/
. (Case No. 37-2017-00001781, California State Court – San Diego County)
May 2017: After the named plaintiff filed an amended complaint in which the class was limited to California residents, the parties agreed to remand this case to state court.
February 2017: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Sports Warehouse for allegedly falsely advertising pricing discounts on athletic products and apparel. According to the complaint, the company misleadingly offered specific dollar amount or percentage discounts from former retail prices when, according to plaintiffs, the former retail prices were not the prevailing market prices within the three months immediately before the advertisement, as required by California law. The lawsuit was transferred to federal court in March 2017. (McDuffee et al v. Sports Warehouse and Does 1-10, Case No. 17-cv-512, S. D. CA.)
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