Nick Rees Apr. 1, 2011, 2:00am
SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna has filed a lawsuit against an online purveyor of stethoscopes for allegedly violating the state's Consumer Protection Act.
The lawsuit, filed on Friday in King County Superior Court, names Marc Werblud, a Seattle resident, and two companies that he owns - Stethoscopes Plus Inc., of Mercer Island, Wash., and Magna Fortis Corp., of Bellevue, Wash.
McKenna's office received 23 complaints about the defendant's businesses since 2007, with most of the complaints coming from out-of-state consumers.
The defendants allegedly charged hundreds of dollars for products that were never delivered. Some of the companies' websites promised live customer support from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., as well as 24 hour online support, but customers allege that their calls and emails went unanswered, McKenna claims.
The suit against Werblud and his companies seeks injunctive provisions to stop the alleged unfair business practices, as well as civil penalties and consumer restitution.