SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) – Oregon Attorney General John Kroger announced on Wednesday that he has filed a lawsuit against a furniture company accused of more than 100 violations of the Unlawful Trade Practices Act.
Canada-based JR Furniture USA allegedly deceived customers into buying furniture from its two Oregon stores by offering $500 in free groceries to anyone who spent an equal amount on furniture.
The vouchers that customers received for groceries, however, offered only the chance to participate in a long and complicated rebate program, Kroger said.
“There’s no excuse for taking advantage of consumers,” Kroger said.
The company is also accused of charging a restocking fee to one customer who was looking for a refund after receiving damaged goods and refusing a refund to another customer who never received a furniture order that was placed. A third customer was charged a restocking fee after refusing to change the terms of an interest-free loan, Kroger alleges.
Under the Unlawful Trade Practices Act, each violation is subject to a maximum penalty of $25,000.