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Forum topic by oldnovice posted 03-16-2017 04:44 AM 1453 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2017 04:44 AM

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Just wondering if anyone else received an email regarding a lawsuit against Harbor Freight?
A short summary:

What this case is about:
The lawsuit is about Plaintiff’s claims alleging that Harbor Freight violated the law by advertising merchandise as “on sale” or “comp at” that had not been sold at the stated regular or “comp at” price for 28 of the preceding 90 days. Harbor Freight disputes Plaintiff’s allegations and believes that it complied with all applicable laws at all times.
Plaintiff and Harbor Freight have concluded that settlement is in their best interests because of the uncertainty, expenses, risks, and delays of litigation. The parties have reached a proposed settlement that will refund a percentage of certain purchases to eligible Class Members, if the Court approves the settlement, but only if a Claim Form is timely filed. The Court has preliminarily approved the settlement as fair, reasonable and adequate. On July 7, 2017, at 1:15 p.m., at the Lake County Courthouse, 47 North Park Place, Painesville, Ohio, 44077, the Court will hold a Settlement Approval Hearing to decide whether to issue final approval of the settlement.

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#1 posted 03-16-2017 05:19 AM

Judging by the number of flyers and sales papers I receive regularly from Harbor Freight, I can’t believe that they have anything which hasn’t been offered as “on-sale” in any 28 day out of a 90 day period.
And how do you find out if you are an eligible class member?
It would be interesting to hear the whole story behind this lawsuit.
On the side: I regularly buy certain items from Harbor Freight, like the disposable gloves and other non-critical items.
It’s pretty tough to beat their prices on certain items.
Their wrench sets (with a coupon) cost less than one wrench at the big supply houses. Plus, if you break it and have the receipt, they will immediately replace it. My dust collector is their popular model and I have worked it to death and it keeps coming back for more, as does my belt/disc sander combo.
And a lot of their stuff used to be junk, but I must admit that it seems like their quality control has risen significantly in the last few years.
And anywhere I can a few pennies here and there is good news.

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#2 posted 03-16-2017 05:29 AM

First I’ve heard of it. I usually toss the things because the dollar amount isn’t worth the paperwork. I did it once years back and got $3.13 settlement.

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#3 posted 03-16-2017 12:09 PM

I got the notice too. Like Rick I once took the time to do all the paperwork and jumped thru hoops years ago with a Polaroid camera suit. Had to send in questionnaires like 3 times with basically the same questions each time. Thought I’d be getting a newer version of their camera from what the lawsuit said, but Two year later I got a COUPON for $25 off to buy another Polaroid product.

Never again.

So I deleted this HF email.

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#4 posted 03-16-2017 12:18 PM

This is like those ambulance chasing lawyers; they get the bread and throw you half a crumb. It happens with equities all the time as well.


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#5 posted 03-16-2017 01:36 PM

I think this is like “throw it up against the wall and see if it will stick” mentality. If enough people respond to this mailer, then the lawyers will use that response as validation of the claim. Settlement is reached, lawyers pocket millions for their “services” and claimants get pennies. Happens all the time.

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#6 posted 03-16-2017 05:38 PM

crank49, you are propably correct, the only ones that make any money on these kind of suits are the lawyers.
I have lot better things to do than jumping through hoops to find receipts.

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#7 posted 03-16-2017 06:41 PM

The Court has preliminarily approved the settlement as fair, reasonable and adequate.

In other words, expect one of these to arrive in the mail.

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#8 posted 03-17-2017 05:29 PM

ChuckV, had a couple of those and just tossed the last one, leaky batteries, into the recycle bin.

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