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Massachusetts woman accuses Williams-Sonoma of privacy invasion

By Robbie Hargett | Mar 29, 2016

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - A Massachusetts woman is suing Williams-Sonoma, alleging it unlawfully invaded customers' privacy.

Judith Monteferrante, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit March 23 in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against Williams-Sonoma Inc., alleging violation of the Massachusetts Unfair Trade Practices Act and unjust enrichment.

The suit alleges Williams-Sonoma collected customers' ZIP codes when they made purchases using credit cards at the company's retail stores. The complaint states Williams-Sonoma collected ZIP codes for its own business purposes, using a customer's ZIP code and name to identify the customer's address and/or telephone number through commercially available databases.


The company, the lawsuit states, then uses personal identification information for intrusive marketing purposes, including sending junk mail to customers' homes without their permission, as well as sells customer information to third parties.

Monteferrante and others in the class seek a jury trial, injunctive relief, statutory and treble damages, interests, attorney fees and costs of the suit. They are represented by attorneys D. Greg Blankinship of Finkelstein Blankinship Frei-Pearson & Garber in White Plains, New York, and Kim E. Richman of The Richman Law Group in Brooklyn, New York.

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts Case number 1:16-CV-10578-MLW

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