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Class action claims Black & Decker lies about horsepower of Craftsman wet/dry vacuums

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By Marian Johns | Aug 9, 2019


HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – A Virginia man has filed a class action lawsuit against Stanley Black & Decker claiming it misled consumers regarding the amount of horsepower its Craftsman-brand wet/dry vacuums generate. 

According to the Aug. 1 filing in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, William Montgomery, individually and on behalf of others, filed the complaint against the defendant Stanley Black & Decker Inc., doing business as Craftsman, alleging breach of express warranty, breach of the implied warranty of merchantability, unjust enrichment, negligent misrepresentation, fraud and violation of Connecticut's Unfair Trade Practices Act and Consumer Protection Act. 

In the suit, Montgomery alleges that the packing on the Craftsman vacuums that claim the vacuums have a peak 1.75 horsepower and up to 6.5 peak horsepower on some of the vacuums is false because "it is physically impossible" for the products to reach that type of horsepower output with their designated wattage and amperages of the vacuums. 

Montgomery alleges that the false horsepower claims allow the company to sell the vacuums at higher prices and deceives consumers into purchasing the Craftsman vacuums over "comparable models," the suit states.

Montgomery seeks compensatory, statutory and punitive damages for the nationwide class along with equitable monetary relief, attorneys' fees and litigation expenses. He is represented by James J. Reardon Jr. of Reardon Scanlon in West Hartford, Connecticut.

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut case number 3:19-cv-01182

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