Holiday Car-Wash Receipts Case Moves Forward

March 4th, 2013

The Minnesota Court of Appeals issued an order on Monday reversing the decision of the district court to dismiss the case. The lawsuit alleges that the certificates violate a Minnesota law that prohibits the sale of gift certificates with expiration dates.

Halunen Law attorney Susan M. Coler argued before the Minnesota Court of Appeals on January 23, 2013 that, under the facts asserted in the complaint, the car-wash receipt purchased by Mr. Wells meets the statutory definition of a gift certificate. The Court of Appeals agreed that the case should move forward, and reversed the decision of the district court.

Well’s attorney Clayton D. Halunen explained: “the law protects consumers from loosing their hard-earned money to businesses that count on a ‘windfall’ from unused certificates. These businesses should not be allowed to take advantage of consumers who think they can’t use certificates that appear to be expired.”

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