Overstock.com Victorious in Federal Lawsuit
Overstock.com announced the dismissal of a multimillion dollar federal class-action lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of New York in 2009. The suit was brought by Cynthia Hines, a secretary working in a plaintiff's attorney law firm. Hines claimed she failed to understand the company's return policy and alleged breach of contract, common law fraud and New York consumer statute violations. Later Hines added other state consumer claims and asked for an injunction. Early on, Overstock.com identified the Hines suit as "lawyer-driven" and determined that settlement wouldn't be an option, in keeping with its historical practice.