Chicago Walgreens Sweetened Beverage Tax
Steve W. Berman
Did you buy unsweetened beverages from Chicago-area Walgreens stores?
You were likely overcharged due to Cook County's new tax on sweetened drinks. Stores are wrongfully applying the tax to other beverages.
Fill out the form to find out your consumer rights to potential compensation »
AM I AFFECTED?
If you purchased beverages from Walgreens that were not supposed to be subject to the sweetened beverage tax (sparkling water like La Croix or other similar products, 100% juice products, unsweetened tea, or other beverages that have not been sweetened), you may be affected.
ABOUT THE OVERCHARGING
Consumers have reported buying unsweetened beverages at Walgreens, including sparkling water, and receiving the sugary drink tax on their purchase. The lawsuit states that Walgreens is improperly collecting Cook County's sweetened beverage tax or "pop tax" from consumers, widely applying it.
Walgreens has even publicly admitted that it is wrongly charging the tax on unsweetened beverages, yet it continues to do so without informing consumers. Walgreens reportedly stated in an email to a reporter: "While preparing to collect the County’s tax on sweetened beverages, we inadvertently coded some of our products incorrectly within our system that applies taxes during the checkout process."
The lawsuit seeks reimbursement for consumers who unknowingly paid the extra pop tax on beverages that should not have been taxed. Hagens Berman believes that Walgreens has knowingly continued to overcharge and over tax consumers who purchase unsweetened beverages in its stores, and consumers deserve their money back.
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