Two Ohio residents are the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.
CLEVELAND -- Two Ohio residents are the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.
Shaun Brandewie and John Newbrough are represented by the law firm of Spangenberg Shibley and Liber and consumer Attorney Daniel Myers.
The claim is that Wal-mart and Sam's Club follow a policy that shortchanges many customers who return items at a different store than where they made the original purchase.
And while the individual amounts may be just pocket change, the claim is Wal-Mart is wrongfully keeping millions of dollars nationwide.
The allegation is that, when a customer purchases an item in a county or jurisdiction with a high sales tax and returns it to a store with a different county with a lower sales tax, Wal-Mart only refunds the smaller tax amount.
Brandewie purchased a memory card from the Sam's Club Store in Brooklyn in Cuyahoga County and returned it to a store in Fairlawn. He was refunded twenty cents less than the original purchase price.
Medina County has a lower sales tax than Cuyahoga..
The lawsuit claims other retailers refund the full tax and purchase price at all their stores.
Spangenburg lawyer William Eadie said, "Many people may not even notice the difference, because they're returning something that was on a receipt with other items, and didn't calculate the full amount paid for the item including sales tax. Those pennies add up very quickly for consumers.
Channel 3 News asked Wal-Mart to respond to the lawsuit's claims. We are still awaiting a response.