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Lawsuit Targets Nordstrom, Groupon's Gift Card Policies

By Lindsey Wojcik, Editorial Assistant
Posted on March 16, 2011
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A California man is suing Nordstrom and Groupon alleging a gift certificate he purchased through the social promotions website expired too fast.

According to the claim, Anthony Ferreira purchased a “Daily Deal” offer from Groupon in November 2010 for a Nordstrom Rack “groupon” gift certificate. He paid $25 for a gift certificate redeemable for $50 worth of apparel, shoes, accessories, and other retail products at Nordstrom Rack. The “groupon” gift certificate said it expired Dec. 31, 2010.

Ferreira didn't make a purchase before the year ended, and on Jan. 21, he filed a lawsuit, claiming Groupon sells and issues gift certificates with relatively brief expiration dates knowing customers will not use the gift certificates in that period. Federal and California state laws prohibit the sale and issuance of gift certificates with expiration dates, the suit said.

Nordstrom's lawyer could not be reached for comment at press time.

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