LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California consumer alleges a sports equipment manufacturer misrepresents the weights of its baseball bats.
Richard Sotelo filed a complaint on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated on Oct. 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. Inc. alleging violation of the California Unfair Competition Law and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Nov. 27, 2017, he bought a 2018 Rawlings Youth 5150 USA baseball bat, which was labeled and advertised as being 27 inches long and weighing 16 ounces. However, he alleges the 5150 bat actually weighs approximately 18.6 ounces. He alleges had he known the actual weight, he would not have purchased the bat.
The plaintiff holds Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly engaged in fraudulent business acts or practices and deceptive, untrue or misleading advertising by knowingly misrepresenting the bats' weights.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks restitution and monetary damages, injunctive and declaratory relief, attorneys’ fees, costs, expenses and other relief the court may find just and proper. He is represented by David R. Shoop and Thomas S. Alch of Shoop, a professional corporation in Beverly Hills, California; Janine Pollack and Adam Gonnelli of The Sultzer Law Group P.C. in New York, New York; and Lee S. Shalov and Jason S. Giaimo of McLaughlin & Stern LLP in New York, New York; and C. Mario Jaramillo of Access Lawyers Group in Pasadena, California.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-09166-GW-MAA