ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis consumer has filed a class-action lawsuit against a vending machine operator over allegations he was charged more for items than what was listed as the purchase price.
George Moore, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Oct. 23 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Compass Group USA Inc., doing business as Canteen, alleging that the vending machine operator violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between March and April, he purchased different items at defendant's vending machine at 1010 Market St., St. Louis using his prepaid card. However, when he received his prepaid statement, he alleges the defendant had charged him 10 cents more for every item he purchased because he used a card. He alleges the defendant did not post a sign or other indication that a purchaser's card would be charged more than the purchase price.
The plaintiff holds Compass Group USA Inc. responsible because the plaintiff allegedly purchased items from the defendant's vending machines that were falsely represented as being sold at prices less than the amount he was charged.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order certifying this action as a class action and appointing his counsel as class lead counsel and award for all damages, interest, attorney's fees, costs and all further relief as the court sees fit and proper. He is represented by Richard S. Cornfeld of Law Office of Richard S. Cornfeld in St. Louis and Anthony S. Bruning, Anthony S. Bruning Jr., Ryan Bruning and Edward M. Roth of The Bruning Law Firm LLC in St. Louis.
St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1822-CC11485