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Walmart Faces $5 Million Class Action Lawsuit Over Money Transfer Services

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Walmart Faces $5 Million Class Action Lawsuit Over Money Transfer Services

Walmart, Inc., one of the largest retail corporations in the world, is facing a class action lawsuit filed in the state of Illinois. The plaintiff, Ceci Ayala-Bland, alleges that Walmart has breached the covenant of good faith and fair dealing by failing to fairly investigate reported fraudulent transactions at Walmart and failing to reimburse customers for fraud-induced losses incurred using Walmart’s money transfer services. The lawsuit also claims that Walmart has violated consumer protection statutes by making false, misleading, and deceptive representations about its money transfer services.

What Laws Did Walmart Allegedly Violate?

The plaintiff alleges that Walmart violated the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, and the Electronic Fund Transfers Act. The Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing is an implied contract between two parties that requires them to act in good faith and fairly when dealing with each other. The Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act prohibits deceptive or misleading practices that are likely to deceive a consumer acting reasonably under the circumstances.

The Electronic Fund Transfers Act requires financial institutions to provide customers with accurate information about their services and to protect customers from fraud. These laws are designed to ensure that consumers are treated fairly and honestly by businesses and that they are not subjected to deceptive or fraudulent practices.

What Are the Specific Allegations Against Walmart?

According to the lawsuit, Walmart is alleged to have failed to adequately investigate reported fraudulent transactions at Walmart and failed to reimburse customers for fraud-induced losses incurred using Walmart’s money transfer services. The plaintiff claims that Walmart’s actions or inactions have caused her and other members of the Classes to suffer damages.

Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges that Walmart failed to disclose the risks of using the services and made false and misleading representations about the safety of using the services. The plaintiff also claims that Walmart willfully and intentionally concealed and omitted the security risks of using the services, including the risk of fraud and the risk that fraudulent losses will never be reimbursed by the defendant.

Who Are the Class Members?

The class members in this case are individuals who have used Walmart's money transfer services and have been victims of fraud as a result. They are the people who have been wrongfully deprived of money that rightfully belonged to them. The class members are located in the states where Walmart does business. To be a part of the class, individuals must have been victims of fraud while using Walmart"s money transfer services.

These class members are seeking justice and compensation for the damages they have suffered due to Walmart"s alleged misconduct. By joining together in a class action lawsuit, they hope to hold Walmart accountable for its actions and obtain the relief they deserve.

What Damages Is the Plaintiff Seeking?

The plaintiff and the members of the Classes are seeking injunctive and declaratory relief as a result of Walmart’s conduct. They are also seeking treble damages under Section 1693f of the Electronic Fund Transfers Act. While the exact dollar amount is not stated in the complaint, it is believed to be at least five million dollars.

This amount is intended to compensate the class members for the financial losses they have suffered as a result of Walmart"s alleged misconduct. Additionally, the plaintiff is seeking an order requiring Walmart to change its practices and policies related to its money transfer services to prevent future harm to consumers.

What Could Be the Next Steps in the Case?

As the case proceeds, both parties will engage in the discovery process, during which they will exchange information and evidence related to the claims and defenses in the lawsuit. This may include depositions, document production, and expert witness testimony. The parties may also engage in settlement negotiations in an attempt to resolve the case without going to trial.

If the case does not settle, it will proceed to trial, where a judge or jury will determine whether Walmart is liable for the alleged misconduct and, if so, the amount of damages to be awarded to the plaintiff and the class members. The outcome of this case could have significant implications for Walmart and its money transfer services, as well as for other businesses that offer similar services to consumers.

Case Facts

  • Status:
    Lawsuit Filed
  • Case Number:
    1:23-cv-03650
  • Filing Date:
    June 9, 2023
  • Jurisdiction:
    U.S. District Courts
  • State:
    Illinois
  • Court:
    Illinois Northern District
  • Plaintiff:
    Ceci Ayala-Bland
  • Defendant:
    Walmart, Inc.
  • Plaintiff Firm:
    Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.
  • Defendant Firm:
  • Claims Administrator:
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