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Groupon Sued Again Over Expiration Dates

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By Jason Beahm on March 14, 2011 6:46 AM

You can't run a company worth billions without facing some major lawsuits. It's inevitable. Most consumers have heard of Groupon, which is website that offers deals to local businesses.

So another Groupon expiration date lawsuit has been filed, this time in federal court in Washington, D.C. This class action was filed on behalf of a man who bought a one-month gym membership on Groupon that allegedly expired within two months, before he was able to redeem it. The lawsuit contends that a Groupon coupon cannot expire for at least five years under federal law, The Blog of Legal Times reports.

Attorney Charles LaDuca of Washington, D.C., is representing the plaintiffs in the Groupon expiration date lawsuit. Class action lawsuits are already pending in Illinois, Minnesota, California and Florida federal courts, LaDuca said. Groupon also settled a lawsuit in Chicago over expiration dates, Business Week reports.

The Minnesota lawsuit argues that Groupon offers their daily deals with the knowledge that many customers will never redeem them: "many consumers are left with nothing, despite already having paid for the particular service or product ... Accordingly, Groupon and its retail partners reap a substantial windfall from the sale of gift certificates that are not redeemed before expiration," the lawsuit claims.

We recently covered another Groupon expiration date suit in Illinois federal court filed by Eli R. Johnson, who said he bought a Groupon that expired within months, which he contended violates the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act.

Expect many other Groupon expiration date plaintiffs to pop up as the website becomes more accepted and well known.

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