TORONTO, June 15, 2011 /CNW/ - A class action has been commenced against Groupon Inc. ("Groupon") in
Ontario on behalf of consumers who have purchased or acquired a
voucher, also known as a "groupon", for services and products.
The lawsuit alleges that Groupon engages in "unfair practices" contrary
to Ontario's Consumer Protection Act, by selling vouchers with expiration dates that are against the law. In
addition, it alleges that Groupon relies on "terms and conditions"
which confuse and mislead consumers and are deceptive, ambiguous,
contradictory and confusing. The lawsuit further alleges that Groupon
illegally requires consumers to use the entire groupon in a single
transaction, or else lose any remaining balance.
The proposed representative plaintiff, Hitendra Patel, is a Toronto
resident who purchased a $25 groupon for $50 worth of merchandise at
the Gap in the fall of 2010. He tried to use the groupon in late
November 2010, but was told the groupon had "expired" and could not be
None of the allegations has been proven in court.
Mr. Patel has retained the Toronto law firm of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell
LLP to bring the claim. Sack Goldblatt Mitchell is also counsel in a
number of other large class action lawsuits.
A website has been established with more information about the claim:
www.grouponclassaction.ca. Consumers who believe they may have a claim
against Groupon can register through the website to receive more
information about the class action, including updates about the claim's
SOURCE Sack Goldblatt Mitchell
For further information:
Louis Sokolov at: 416.979.6439.