Walmart Class Action Lawsuit
A class action lawsuit filed against Walmart claims that the retail giant misleads consumers by advertising prices on its online app that are lower than those offered in stores. The lawsuit is still in the early stages, but it could affect many people since Walmart is a popular retailer for normal purchases and even sourcing for resale.
Plaintiff Sofia Maynez says she used Walmart’s app to view prices of items, which she then purchased in-store. Huggies Wipes as advertised for $5.44 on the Walmart app, and Huggies Pull Ups advertised at $8.97 on the app. But, she paid $12.54 for the Huggies Wipes, and $31.84 for the Huggies Pull Ups in-store.
The Walmart class action says the retail giant makes a widespread practice of misrepresenting prices on its app. Maynez is seeking damages on behalf of herself and all other similarly affected consumers around the country who, in the last four years, used Walmart’s e-commerce app, found a quoted price, and then purchased the same item at a store for a price higher than that advertised on the app at the time of their purchase.
Additionally, she hopes to represent an Injunctive Relief Class of those consumers who saw a price on the app, but were offered the item at a higher price in-store, even if they did not purchase the item.
The Walmart pricing class action lawsuit asserts that Walmart knew that its online prices were lower than the in-store prices, and made them inconsistent in an act of “fraud, malice, and conscious disregard” for the rights of its consumers. Allegedly, the company was unjustly enriched by its misrepresentation of online and in-store prices, at the expense of its unknowing consumers.
The Walmart App Pricing Inconsistency Class Action Lawsuit is Sofia Maynez v. Walmart Inc., et al., Case No. 2:20-cv-0023, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.