A lawsuit filed in Multnomah County, Oregon court accuses Albertsons and Safeway of deceiving customers into believing they're getting a deal.
In the court documents dated May 4 and posted on The Oregonian's website, Schearon Stewart and Jason Stewart are listed as plaintiffs and filed the class action suit "individually and on behalf of all other similarly-situated persons".
The suit accuses Albertsons and Safeway of hiking the prices on meat so when customers take advantage of a buy one get one free (BOGO) deal, they're actually paying for the free item. Safeway and Albertsons have the same parent company.
"They are paying more per pound than regularly-priced meat, and they are buying more meat in order to obtain the illusory "free" product. These "free" sales constitute unfair and deceptive practices," the suit reads.
For example, the lawsuit states boneless pork chops were typically $4.49 per lb. Under the BOGO promotion, they pumped the price to $12.99 per lb.
Petite sirloin, beef bottom round, beef eye of round, boneless pork chops, boneless skinless chicken breasts and chicken 6 quarters (leg and thigh) were all part of the various BOGO promotions.
However, the suit is only on behalf of customers who bought meat at Oregon Albertsons grocery stores or Oregon Safeway grocery stores, using the Safeway Club Card at Safeway Stores and coupons at Albertsons grocery stores.