Plaintiff Sergio Rodriguez has filed a class action lawsuit against Samsung Electronics America and Best Buy, accusing the companies of engaging in false advertising practices related to their QLED televisions. The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in California, claims that Samsung’s QLED TVs do not possess the advertised features, such as FreeSync Premium, a 120 Hz refresh rate, and HDMI 2.1 ports.
According to the lawsuit, Rodriguez purchased a Samsung 50-inch Class Q80A Series QLED 4K TV in early 2022 in Orange County, California. However, he found that the television did not meet the expected performance standards. Specifically, the resolution was subpar, resulting in unclear visuals, the refresh rate was slow, leading to choppy motion, and the TV did not operate at the advertised 120 Hz.
Rodriguez contacted Samsung for repair, as the TV was still under warranty, and was informed by a technician that the television did not include the advertised features of Motion Xcelerator Turbo+, FreeSync, or HDMI 2.1. The plaintiff asserts that had he been aware of the absence of these features, he would not have purchased the television.
The class action lawsuit alleges that Samsung and Best Buy’s false advertising practices violate California’s Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law, and California Consumer Legal Remedies Act, which aim to protect consumers from deceptive business practices. The plaintiffs seek various forms of relief, including an order to stop the false advertising of Samsung QLED televisions, reimbursement of attorneys’ fees, and any other appropriate remedies determined by the court.
Plaintiff Sergio Rodriguez is represented by Raymond Y. Kim of Ray Kim Law APC, who will advocate on behalf of the affected class members throughout the legal proceedings. The case, identified as Rodriguez v. Samsung Electronics America Inc., et al, Case No. 8:23-cv-01194, is currently being heard in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.