Lawsuit Filed Against Walgreens for Wrongful Taxing of Beverages
A resident of Schaumburg has officially filed a class-action lawsuit as of Monday against Walgreens, claiming they are collecting the new sweetened beverage tax on unsweetened drinks.
Vince De Leon filed the two-count suit on behalf of himself and any others who may have been wrongfully charged with the new Cook County sweetened beverage tax. De Leon claims Walgreens deceived him and that the company violated Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act by collecting money on beverages that don’t fall under the new tax law.
The Sweetened Beverage Tax Ordinance took effect on Aug. 2, which adds an additional tax to beverages like soda pop and sweetened teas at an extra penny-per-ounce. The new tax does not, however, include unsweetened beverages including water, unsweetened teas and sparkling water such as LaCroix.
The lawsuit names two other consumers who have come forward with charges Walgreens has ‘wrongfully’ taxed. The three reports coming forward are from three separate Walgreens, including one in each of the suburbs of Hoffman Estates, one in Western Springs and another in Chicago.
The suit also alleges that Walgreens knew that some items were being “wrongfully” taxed, but nothing has been done at this point to correct the issue.