Only in California

It’s reported that a California judge has ordered Lowe’s to pay a $1.6 million settlement – for not disclosing the actual size of a kiln-dried 2×4 (HT: Mark Kennedy). We’re told here the suit arose from a civil enforcement action filed by district attorneys of several California counties, after inspections by California’s Division of Measurement Standards revealed that 2×4 is the nominal size. Presumably inspectors are still measuring the wider widths.

“Consumers should expect when making product purchases that retailers are providing accurate information..,” said District Attorney Ed Berberian. Meanwhile, “Enhanced product signage and labeling is now on Lowes.com and in Lowe’s advertising.. and work is underway to update signage in California stores.” confirms Lowe’s spokeswoman Karen Cobb.

Is it possible that the trade practice of offering precision end trimmed studs on an 8’ count could be the next sizing issue to end up in court?

2x4 weyer 2btr (5)

actual size 1.5″ x 3.5″

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s