Consumer claims Cree LED bulbs did not last as long as advertised lifespan

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 10, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A California consumer has filed a class action lawsuit over allegations that a brand of LED bulbs do not last as long as advertised.

Jeff Young, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Oct. 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division against Cree Inc. citing the California Unfair Competition Law and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that defendant advertises that its LED light bulbs will last up to 35,000 hours. The plaintiff alleges that upon usage, the light bulbs do not last nearly as long as advertised. 

He states that the three Cree 100 Watt bulbs he purchased in April 2015 at a cost of $15 to $20 per bulb burned out within three months of use.

He alleges he and other customers have been "cheated out of millions of dollars based on false promises."

The plaintiff holds Cree Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to disclose material information regarding the lifespan of the light bulbs.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks to award actual, general, special, incidental, punitive, statutory, injunctive, and consequential damages; pre- and post-judgment interest; attorneys' fees; costs; and such further relief that the court deems appropriate. He is represented by Michael McShane and S. Clinton Woods of Audet & Partners, LLP in San Francisco and by four other law firms.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division case number 4:17-cv-06252-DMR

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