Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Current Parent Company: 
Sears
Penalty: 
$500,000,000
Year: 
2008
Date: 
February 20, 2008
Offense Group: 
safety-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
product safety violation
Violation Description: 

Sears agreed to settle a class action lawsuit over stoves that allegedly had a tendency to tip over. Plaintiffs' lawyers estimated that the value of the settlement could exceed $500 million. Sears disputed that figure but did not offer an alternative estimate: https://www.courthousenews.com/sears-settles-stove-safety-class-action/

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
private litigation
Court: 
Third Judicial Circuit Court of Madison County (IL)
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Case ID: 
04-L716
Case Name: 
Charles Parker et. al vs. Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Private Lawsuit Resolution Type: 
settlement
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Illinois
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
privately held
Major Industry of Parent: 
retailing
Specific Industry of Parent: 
retail-department stores
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Parent company note: 
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