Judge strikes down Menards 4×4 lumber deception lawsuit

By Robert Dalheim
Woodworking Network
October 9, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

CHICAGO – A federal judge has struck down Illinois lumber buyers who sued Menards over claims it deceived them about the size of 4×4 lumber boards. The judge said no reasonable consumers would regard Menards’ lumber descriptions the way plaintiffs Michael Fuchs and Vladislav Krasilnikov did. The plaintiffs are seeking more than $5 million, saying they were “misled” because boards marketed by their nominal size descriptions such as “4 x 4,” were actually 3-1/2 x 3/12 inches in size. Menards, as well as Home Depot – who is being hit with the same lawsuit, said they should not be held liable for labeling boards by their nominal size, a common industry practice. …In a statement to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Eugene Turin of McGuire Law claimed the suit is based on the fact that “reasonable consumers” are unaware of the difference between nominal and actual dimensions.

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