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Looks like America’s favorite Supermarket is headed for the court. Just several weeks ago, textile company Welspun got sued over labeling their bedding as premium Egyptian cotton where in fact it is not. And now angry customers have turned to its seller, Wal-Mart, and sued them too. They’ve had issues in the past regarding some of their electronics. But this is different.
A Michigan woman named Dorothy Monahan sued Wal-Mart last Tuesday on behalf of all customers who have purchased the products from the store. According to the complaint she filed, Walmart already questioned the fiber content of the Welspun product as early as 2008 but only decided to stop selling it two months ago after the Indian company manufacturer got sued for fraudulently labeling their products. Some were purchased in store while others were bought through their online shopping website.
Monahan said that over the years she and fellow customers have bought various Welspun made products such as Better Homes and Gardens bed linens from Wal-Mart thinking that they are made out of 100% Egyptian cotton. And since Egyptian cotton is much more expensive than a normal one, they paid way more than they should. The complainant also mentioned that Wal-Mart violated U.S. laws concerning textile fiber labeling and advertising, and that she is seeking damages for herself and everyone else who purchased the Welspun-made products from the store.
According to a spokeswoman for Wal-mart, their customers trust them with the job of selling products with the right label. With regards to the incident, she said that Welspun’s inability to confirm that their products are 100% made out of Egyptian cotton is truly unacceptable. She also revealed that they now started offering full refunds for customers who have bought the products from them.
Monahan has not responded yet to the statement made by Wal-Mart. Her complaint was filed in the U.S. District court in Manhattan and is being assisted by the law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.