LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - Two California consumers are suing a furniture chain, alleging it misrepresents the upholstery in certain of its furniture.
Nicholas Razo and Kathleen Koehn, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit April 27 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Ashley Furniture Industries Inc., Ashley Homestores Ltd., and Does 1-100, alleging fraud by concealment, breach of implied warranties, and violation of California's Consumer Legal Remedies Act, its Unfair Competition Law and its False Advertising Law.
The suit alleges in April 2008 Ashley began using an upholstery product in some of its furniture that it marketed as "blended leather upholstery" under the trade name DuraBlend. Blended leather, the lawsuit states, is synonymous with "bonded leather," a man-made material that incorporates leather scraps and fiber and looks like leather.
The complaint says Ashley knowingly concealed the true nature of its DuraBlend blended leather by failing to provide disclosures that it's not really leather.
Razo, Koehn and others in the class seek a jury trial, injunctive relief, restitution, compensatory and punitive damages, interest, attorney fees and costs. They are represented by attorneys Mike Arias and Mikael H. Stahle of Arias Sanguinetti Stahle & Torrijos in Los Angeles.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:16-CV-02911-MWF-MRW