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All Talk & No Action, Class Tells Stores

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (CN) - Rothman Furniture Stores didn't deliver on its offer of free gasoline and free groceries, a class action claims in St. Clair County Court.

Named plaintiff William Wiley says he bought more than $900 worth of furniture from Rothman during the promotion in February 2009.

A Rothman radio commercial stated that customers who bought $600 worth of furniture would get $600 in free gasoline and customers who spent $600 more would also get $600 in free groceries, according to the complaint.

Wiley says he asked for the free gas and groceries and filled out paperwork to enroll in the program. The program required him to submit monthly gas and grocery receipts for more than $100, after which Wiley would receive two $25 debit cards each month for 24 months, the complaint states.

But Wiley says he is still waiting for the debit cards.

The class consists of all consumers who bought furniture in Rothman's Illinois stores during the promotion and did not receive the debit cards. It seeks punitive damages for violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. It is represented by David Butsch with Butsch Simeri & Fields of Clayton, Mo.

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