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California consumer accuses Nike of price scheming

By Robbie Hargett | Apr 29, 2016


PORTLAND, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - A California woman is suing Nike, alleging it misrepresents price discounts at its outlet stores.

Monika Taylor of Orange, California, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit April 18 in U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon Portland Division against Nike Inc., alleging unjust enrichment, violations of consumer protection laws in California, and violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act.

The suit says Nike misrepresented the existence and amount of price discounts on products sold in its outlet stores. Nike, the complaint states, offered a false "suggested retail price," purportedly the original or regular price when, in fact, the products were never sold at that price.

The lawsuit alleges Nike manufactures its outlet products for exclusive sale at its outlet stores and always sells those products for the advertised "our price," never the suggested retail price. Furthermore, the suit says, Nike uses "our price" to mislead consumers into believing the manufacturer and seller of the product are distinct, when in reality, they are both Nike.

Taylor and others in the class seek a jury trial, damages, restitution and disgorgement, injunctive and declaratory relief, interests, attorney fees and costs. They are represented by attorneys J. Matthew Donohue and Shannon Armstrong of Markowitz Herbold in Portland, Jeffrey M. Ostrow and Scott A. Edelsberg of Kopelowitz Ostrow in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Hassan A. Zavareei and Jeffrey D. Kaliel of Tycko & Zavareei in Washington, D.C., and Wayne S. Kreger of the Law Offices of Wayne S. Kreger in Santa Monica, California.

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon Portland Division Case number 3:16-CV-00661-MO

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