Consumer Law

See the video: Both $4 plastic cup of beer and taller $7 version hold the same amount, lawsuit says


A YouTube video which seems to show that a $4 cup of draft beer sold at a hockey game in Boise, Idaho, holds the same amount of brew as a “large” $7 cup was quickly followed by a lawsuit.

Four other Idaho Steelheads fans filed suit in state court in Boise on Tuesday against the operator of the sports arena at which the beer was sold, seeking class action status. Their legal complaint contends that selling seemingly different size of cups holding essentially the same amount is a deceptive business practice that defrauds consumers, according to the Associated Press, ESPN and the Los Angeles Times (sub. req.).

A spokesman for the defendant, Block 22 LLC, which does business as CenturyLink Arena, said the company hadn’t seen the lawsuit and couldn’t comment. However, Eric Trapp, who serves as president of the team and the arena, said in a posted statement after the YouTube video went up that the stadium planned to switch to 24-ounce cups for its $7 beer instead of the 20-ounce cup apparently shown in the video.

Trapp said the smaller cups hold 16 ounces. Hence, even after the change customers would be paying more per ounce for beer purchased in the bigger size.

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