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?