The Horsepower of Shop-Vac Vacuums

In July 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Shop-Vac for allegedly falsely advertising that vacuums can achieve a specific peak horsepower when, according to the complaint, the actual horsepower of the vacuums is a small fraction of the advertised claims and the vacuums cannot reach the represented peak horsepower. For example, plaintiffs claim that the actual horsepower of vacuums advertised as having a “6.5 Peak HP” is only 1.931 and the actual horsepower of vacuums advertised as having a “2.5 Peak HP” is only 1.287. (Johnson et al v. Shop-Vac Corp., Case No. 19-cv-14834, D. NJ.)

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