LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Several U.S. citizens are suing Toshiba for allegedly misrepresenting certain types of its televisions.

Brandon Martinez of Idaho, Jeff Pile of Florida and Diana Rodriguez of New Jersey, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class-action lawsuit April 13 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Toshiba America Information Systems, Toshiba Corp., and Toshiba Lifestyle Products & Services Corp., alleging violations of business and civil codes in California, New Mexico, Florida and New Jersey.

The suit states the defendants falsely marketed and advertised Toshiba-brand LED TVs, LED HDTVs, or LED televisions because they are not in fact LED TVs, but are instead LCD TVs that use light emitting diodes (LEDs) to light the liquid crystal display (LCD) panel.

The defendants allegedly failed to disclose to consumers that its references to LED concern not the display technology itself, but the light source that illuminates the LCD panel.

The plaintiffs and others in the class seek a jury trial, injunctive relief, restitution, compensatory damages, exemplary damages, punitive damages and attorney fees and costs.

They are represented by attorneys Jonathan Shub of Kohn Swift & Graf in Philadelphia; Hayward J. Kaiser and Gilbert S. Lee of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles; Francis O. Scarpulla and Patrick B. Clayton of Scarpulla Law Firm in San Francisco; and Daniel R. Shulman, Gregory R. Merz, Kathryn J. Bergstrom and Dean C. Eyler of Gray Plant & Mooty in Minneapolis.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:16-CV-02551-DMG-KS

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