COSMETICS GIVEAWAY DUE TO LAWSUIT

Starting January 20th, us consumers of major department stores are in for a nice treat due to this lawsuit filed in California against department stores in a class-action settlement alleging that the stores planned to fix prices.

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Via BusinessWeek:

Starting next week, several big retailers will giveaway $175 million worth of free high-end cosmetics including such brands as Estee Lauder and L’Oreal to consumers as part of a class-action settlement alleging that the stores planned to fix prices.

Department stores such as Macy’s and Nordstrom will distribute free cosmetics as long as supplies last to shoppers who bought certain cosmetics between May 29, 1994 and July 16, 2003 to settle claims that the stores violated antitrust laws and tried to fix prices.

The offer is part of an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed in 2003 in a California federal court. The suit alleges stores tried to limit sales and scale back on the amount of cosmetics in their inventory, thereby keeping both prices and competition high.

Participating stores in the giveaway include: Bergdorf Goodman, Bergner’s, Bloomingdale’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Dillard’s, Gottschalks, Herberger’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Parisian, Saks Fifth Avenue and Younkers.

To see a list of products available for the giveaway,

Here are all of the products that will be given out next week (but not all brands are offered at each store):

* Boucheron (USA) Ltd.: Femme Eau de Toilette (1 ounce/30 ml)
* Chanel, Inc.: Coco Mademoiselle body lotion (3.4 fluid oz)
* Christian Dior Perfumes, Inc.: J’Adore Eau de Parfum (15 ml)
* Clarins U.S.A., Inc. (customers will have a choice of ONE of two products, while supplies last): Clarins Energizing Morning Cream (30 ml) OR Clarins Beauty Flash Bomb (30 ml)
* Conopco, Inc. (distributed by Coty, Inc. on behalf of Conopco, Inc.) (customers will have a choice of ONE of three products, while supplies last): Calvin Klein Euphoria Bath and Shower Crème (6.7 oz) OR Vera Wang Princess Body Polish (5 oz) OR Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker Shower Gel (6.7 oz)
* The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (customers will have a choice of ONE of two products, while supplies last): Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair (15 ml/0.5 oz) OR Clinique Moisture Surge (30 ml/1 oz)
* Guerlain, Inc.: My Insolence Eau de Toilette (15 ml)
* L’Oréal USA, Inc. (formerly known as Cosmair, Inc.) (customers will have a choice of ONE of eight products, while supplies last): Lancôme UV Expert 20 OR Lancôme Cils Design Pro Mascara OR Lancôme Fatale Mascara OR Lancôme Courbe Virtuose Mascara OR Lancôme Primordial Skin Defense OR Ralph Lauren Romance Shower Gel (6.7 oz.) OR Giorgio Armani ACM Shower Gel (6.7 oz) OR Lancôme Hypnôse Shower Gel
* Parfums Givenchy, Inc.: Very Irresistible Givenchy Eau de Toilette (15 ml)

These are the only products that will be distributed, while supplies last, as part of the settlement product distribution. Not all products are available in all stores; rather, stores will be distributing products from the participating brands that the particular store ordinarily sells.

Yay for free stuff!!

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2 Comments

  1. vicky
    Posted January 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    what!! forreal?

    • lippedjeans
      Posted January 17, 2009 at 2:12 am | Permalink

      FORREAL GIRL! get readayyy


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