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Plaintiff Leadership Team Announced in Emerson Wet/Dry Vac Consolidated Lawsuit

Jun 6, 2013

False claims charges against Emerson Electric Co. are moving forward.

This week, a federal judge appointed several attorneys to the Plaintiffs’ Leadership Team in a consolidated lawsuit that alleges Emerson Electric Co. misrepresented the abilities of its RIDGID Wet/Dry Vacuum. Three lawsuits have been consolidated so far in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. These claims allege that Emerson Electric Co. falsely represented the peak horsepower and tank capacity of its RIDGID wet/dry vacs.

Jordan L. Chaikin, a partner with the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP, was appointed to that leadership team this week by Judge Henry Edward Autrey, according to an announcement. A consolidated lawsuit takes in all claims that are similar and expedites the pretrial process. Doing this can reduce the likelihood any eventual decision being overturned on appeal due to inconsistent pretrial rulings.

These current and future lawsuits filed against Emerson Electric Co. allege that the company falsely represented the power and capacity of its RIDGID wet/dry vacuums. Emerson Electric Co. charges a premium price for its wet/dry vacuums with larger capacity and more horsepower.

Consumers turn to wet/dry vacuums for use in bigger clean-up jobs. These vacuums are commonly used in an industrial or workplace setting and may be used to clean dirt, standing water, or building materials. The horsepower and tank capacity that a specific wet/dry vacuum advertises is one of its main selling points and in this limited but competitive market, consumers expect claims made about the product they’re purchasing to be indisputable.

Those who have filed lawsuits against Emerson Electric Co. thus far claim that the wet/dry vacuums they purchased do not meet the standards advertised, meaning they can’t achieve the horsepower they claim to have and the tanks aren’t as large as the company claims.

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