WBEZ | coupons http://www.wbez.org/tags/coupons Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Groupon sued over expiration dates http://www.wbez.org/story/coupons/groupon-sued-over-expiration-dates <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/3225613989_1130e58a16_b[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A potential class action lawsuit has been filed against Chicago-based daily coupon dealer Groupon.</p><p>The complaint, filed Tuesday in federal court in Chicago, challenges the legality of putting expiration dates on a Groupon deal. Groupon sends offers for daily deals at local restaurants or stores.</p><p>Clayton Halunen is an attorney who filed the lawsuit. He said Groupon portrays itself as a coupon, but, really, Halunen said it's a gift certificate, since consumers pay for the discount. And there are laws against having expiration dates on gift certificates.</p><p>&quot;The company is deliberately misleading consumers to believe that there is, in fact, an expiration date when there is not or cannot be,&quot;&nbsp;Halunen said.</p><p>Illinois law states gift cards must keep their value for at least five years.</p><p>At the center of the lawsuit is Illinois resident Eli Johnson. According to the complaint, Johnson bought a Groupon deal for $55 to play a game of Whirleyball with his friends. But the deal expired in six months before he used it.</p><p>In the written complaint, Johnson's attorney wrote that Groupon has illegal expiration dates that are &quot;unconscionably short.&quot;</p><p>Johnson is seeking unspecified financial damages.</p><p>A Groupon spokeswoman says the company does not comment on pending litigation.</p></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 13:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/coupons/groupon-sued-over-expiration-dates