Ore. AG sues Canadian furniture company

Keith Loria Jul. 29, 2010, 11:23am


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.

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