Class action claims Rothman Furniture didn't deliver on free gas promise

Andrea Dearden May 5, 2011, 2:57am

A Belleville man has filed a class action consumer fraud claim against an O'Fallon furniture store.

William Wiley, on behalf of hundreds of others, filed a lawsuit April 1 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Rothman Furniture Stores Inc. Wiley accuses the store of failing to give him promotional money he was allegedly promised.

Wiley says in February 2009 he learned of a Rothman Furniture sales promotion. The store allegedly promised that each customer who bought more than $600 in furniture would receive $600 in free gasoline.

Wiley says the promotion also promised an additional $600 in free groceries if the same customer bought another $600 in furniture.

Wiley says he purchased nearly $1000 in furniture from the O'Fallon store on Highway 50 West and asked for the free gas and groceries. He claims he filled out the proper paperwork and submitted the required receipts but never received the $25 debit cards he was promised.

Wiley, individually and on behalf of the class, accuses Rothman Furniture of consumer fraud and asks for an undetermined amount of money in damages plus interest and court costs.

Attorneys David T. Butsch, James J. Simeri and Matthew R. Fields of Clayton, Mo. represent the class. They ask for a jury trial.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 11-L-171

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