W.B. Mason Sold Fake, Overpriced N95 Masks Amid The Pandemic – Lawsuit Contends
The onslaught of the on-going Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in a massive increase in the number of medical-related products in the market all over the United States and the world as a whole.
As the whole international community was struggling to cope with the challenges brought upon by the health menace, many companies have stepped in to meet up with the growing demand.
Sanitary products and the likes such as rubbing alcohol and moisturizers to toilet papers and facemasks – people started to hoard these items in large quantities, leading to an acute shortage during the pandemic’s early days.
This left many individuals grappling with the shortage of such items. With this in mind, some companies have taken advantage of this situation to make massive earnings at the expense of the safety of the everyday consumer.
Per online reports, a nationwide class action lawsuit was filed in relation to how W.B. Mason allegedly took advantage of the situation during the early days of the COVID-19 global pandemic as it “preyed” on citizens’ worries by peddling N95 mask ripoffs at hefty price tags.
Atlantic Coast Ltd., a Rhode Island-based packaging company, contended in its complaint against W.B. Mason that they bought a box of N95 masks sold by the company and that the product bore labels that indicated that it was indeed made by 3M, a reputable company.
However, this was far from the truth. The N95 masks were counterfeit – with lot numbers and place of origin validating their inauthentic nature.
Additionally, the company was accused of also grossly inflating the prices of these fake masks.
The original mask made and sold by 3M, the complaint shared, was priced at only a little over a dollar per piece.
The fake W.B. Mason N95 masks were sold at almost $9 apiece – at almost six times more expensive than the real deal.
These per the complaint’s official digest stress that the “defendant’s (W.B. Mason) actions have potentially created a health and safety issue that has put consumers at risk.”
Filed in the United States District Court of the District of Massachusetts, the W.B. Mason Fake Masks lawsuit accuses the company of undertaking illicit action in order to unjustly enrich themselves.
It aims to form a Nationwide Class of customers who have bought the fake N95 masks sold by the company.
On the other hand, 3M has already warned consumers to stray away from fake masks being marketed as theirs, adding that these fakes will not have the same protective features that come with the real deal.
About W.B. Mason
W.B. Mason is a Boston, Massachusetts-based company focused on providing business products to companies with their offering include office supplies, furniture fixtures, etc.
Founded in 1898, the company has a revenue of $1.8 billion and currently has 3,800 employees under its management.
Editor’s Note on WB Mason N95 Class Action Lawsuit:
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