Ralph Lauren Was Sued For Their V-Neck Sweater
A class action lawsuit was filed against American fashion company Ralph Lauren for allegedly falsely advertising their V-Neck Sweater.
The lead plaintiff, Donna Carter, is a New Jersey resident that filed the lawsuit against Ralph Lauren Corporation in the U.S. Federal Court in Southern District New York in February 2021.
According to the lawsuit, Ralph Lauren’s Polo V-Neck Pullover Sweater is made of less Pima cotton than the product advertises.
Pima Cotton is often used in high-end clothing. It is a high-quality type of cotton with longer fibers making it wrinkle-resistant, soft to touch, and more durable than conventional cotton. It usually grows in the Southwestern part of the U.S.
The plaintiff asserts that she was influenced to buy the product despite its high price of $80 because of the label that it was made of 100% Pima cotton.
She complains that she would not have bought the product if she had known the truth.
According to the lawsuit, Ralph Lauren’s Polo V-Neck Pullover Sweater was marketed as containing 100% Pima Cotton.
However, the plaintiff argues that the product only has 7% Pima Cotton.
The plaintiff states that the false label of “100% Pima Cotton” is present at the product’s tag and sewn label.
In addition, the lawsuit states that the label sewn into Ralph Lauren’s V-Neck Pullover Sweater also includes the RN number 4381.
An RN number represents a registered identification number. It is issued to U.S. businesses that import, produce, and sell products under the Textile, Wool, and Fur Acts.
The lawsuit argues that the fabric used in clothing is a vital decision factor when consumers purchase the product.
Since Pima Cotton is known for its high quality, consumers are willing to pay for a higher price.
The plaintiff complains that Ralph Lauren was able to charge a higher price by marketing its product as 100% Pima Cotton.
The lawsuit alleges that consumers paid more than what the product was worth because of the misleading label.
The lawsuit declares that Ralph Lauren has violated the following laws by misleadingly marketing their V-Neck Sweater:
- Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
- New York General Business Law
- Textile Fiber Products Identification Act
- Federal Trade Commission Act
Under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act, the lawsuit asserts that Ralph Lauren’s failure to truthfully reveal the fiber content of their V-neck sweater on its label is a deceptive business practice that breaches this law.
Under the Federal Trade Commission Act, the lawsuit argues that the misleading practices performed by Ralph Lauren are illegal, and it defies this law.
According to the lawsuit, an independent laboratory has conducted a fabric test of Ralph Lauren’s V-Neck Pullover Sweater.
The lawsuit asserts that TexTest’s results revealed that the fabric of the v-neck sweater was not made of 100% Pima cotton.
The lawsuit claims that the test showed that only 7% of the cotton fibers found in the sweater have a similar length to Pima Cotton.
The lawsuit adds that the results of the lab test conducted indicate that the v-neck sweater is made of a combination of cotton and other fibers.
It asserts that the other fibers used are of the shorter, less expensive type of cotton.
The lawsuit claims that Ralph Lauren has not shown any records to prove the product’s accurate cotton content.
Editor’s Note on Ralph Lauren V-neck Sweater Class Action Lawsuit :
This article is published to inform you of the latest class action lawsuit filed against Ralph Lauren due to the alleged misleading label of their v-neck sweater.
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