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2 consumers allege LG, Best Buy misrepresent TV refresh rates

By Robbie Hargett | May 17, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - A Wisconsin couple is suing LG Electronics and Best Buy, alleging they misrepresent certain of their televisions.

Benjamin Hudock and Breann Hudock of East Troy, Wisconsin, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit May 9 in  U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota against LG Electronics U.S.A. Inc., Best Buy Co. Inc., Best Buy Stores L.P., and LLC, alleging violation of New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act, unjust enrichment, breach of express and implied warranties, breach of contract, and violation of Minnesota's Consumer Fraud Act, the state's Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act and its Unlawful Trade Practices Act.

The suit alleges LG labels its LED televisions as having refresh rates of 120 Hz and 240 Hz. In reality, the lawsuit states, these televisions' refresh rates are 60 Hz and 120 Hz. 

The complaint says Best Buy markets and advertises the LG televisions with the same false refresh rates, and, as a result, consumers paid more for these lower quality televisions.

The Hudocks and others in the class seek a jury trial, restitution and disgorgement, compensatory and actual damages, statutory damages and penalties, interest, attorney fees and other costs of the suit. They are represented by attorneys David M. Cialkowski and Jason R. Lee of Zimmerman Reed in Minneapolis, Daniel C. Hedlund and Joseph C. Bourne of Gustafson Gluek in Minneapolis, and Luke P. Hudock of Hudock Law Group in Muskego, Wisconsin.

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota Case number 0:16-CV-01220-JRT-FLN

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