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Target Faces Potential Class Action over Coupon False Advertising

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Los Angeles, CA: Target Corp has been sued in Los Angeles County Superior Court for fraud, false advertising and a number of other charges by a consumer who claims she was shortchanged on coupons. Karina Olivarria, a resident of Los Angeles county, seeks class-action status to include consumers in California and the nation.

Target said Tuesday it had fixed a glitch it had known about for months that was causing certain manufacturer's coupons to ring up inaccurately.

In the complaint Olivarria said she ran into problems when she visited a Target in Gardena, CA, on October 14. She bought approximately $36 worth of Huggies baby products, and presented three coupons totaling $9. Olivarria received a discount of $7.48, which is $1.52 short of the coupon amount, according to court documents.

The suit also charges the Minneapolis-based retailer with negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract, breach of "good faith and fair dealing" and unfair competition.

Target has "been unjustly enriched as a result of this wrongful conduct," according to the complaint. It also said Target's receipts are "difficult to read and understand, thereby making it difficult for consumers to discover they have been deceived."

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OMG! just got out from target Buena Park, CA on beach Blvd. was short changed on tide pod detergent for $2.00 off manufacturers coupon. when I checked my receipt, it on took off 50cents! Where can I get in on this class action lawsuit?! It did this to 4 of my purchases !

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Went to the South Shore store Target in Massachusetts October 24,2016. Was doing the transaction for an item that if you buy 3 your issue with $5 gift card which I had six and two coupons the two coupons would have charged me for two items and gave me the third one for free which on the 4th the gift card came out and grabbed from my hand.I was told that I could have either a gift card or the free item not both it was their store policy.I ask speak to manger and she was rude and said she didn't have time for this.. And to do this fucking time walking way with hands in air.went talk store DM and told same thing. Showed policy and still told they can do this. Called corp num and told same thing and offered ten dollar gift card.

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I went to target to buy the Gillette shaving cream, which was $2.97and I had a coupon for $2/1 it only took $1.31/1 $1.30,/1 it was not giving the full value of the coupon.

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I went to Target to purchase the Gillette shaving creams $2.49 I had $2 coupons and I purchased enough (3 items )so that I received a $5 gift card they reduced my price of the coupons...I'm pissed!!!..they reduced coupons to 1.31$$...going back to customers service will they fix this??

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Target has started reducing the value of manuf qpons used in connection with a gift card promotion, when the value of the purchase, after all qpons, cartwheels and target store coupons reduce the price of the transaction below the value of the gift card. They will reduce the qpon value(s) so that after doing so, your total to pay equals the amount of the gift card. YET, they turn in the qpon to the manuf for the full value. I chatted with Target CS yesterday about this issue and ASKED that they point me to the policy on their website that let's the customer know that they will do this. HE COULD NOT FIND THE WRITTEN POLICY, after I challenged him several times. He kept sending me to the price match policy. Their coupon policy does NOT mention this practice at all. Neither does the Current Promotions tab, that list all the B1GGiftCard offers. He could then only say that some updated policies are not yet posted. THIS IS INDEED FRAUD.

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I too had a coupon reduced after purchasing required items in order to receive the $5 gift card.
The deal was for Cover Girl Eye products. My coupons got reduced because of the $5 gift card.
This is in deed fraud on behalf of Target.

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I went to target to buy the Gillette shaving cream, which was for i believe $2.49 or $3.49 and I had a coupon for $2/1 it only took $1.31/1 $1.30,/1 it was not giving the full value of the coupon..

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Target put out Premium video reservation card for uncharted 4 Thief's End Libertalia collector's edition back in March 2016 and took a deposit. PS4 Uncharted came out this morning May 10, 2016 Special Edition is not available in any of the stores. GameStop & Best Buy cannot sell unless you reserved one. Why would Target do this if they knew they were not going to receive any Collector's edition. Very serious matter that needs immediate attention. False advertisement for consumer and kept my money for 2 months

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