A New Jersey man who says he wants the balance of the remaining value of his Dunkin' Donuts gift card has filed what he hopes will be a class-action suit against the coffee takeout giant because he claims the company won't give him his damn money.
Daniel Crooks, of Manchester, NH, says this is a violation of consumer-protection laws in several states, including New Jersey and Massachusetts. filed his suit in US District Court in Boston because Dunkin' Brands is headquartered in Canton and because "a substantial portion of the events that gave rise to this cause of action occurred here," although he does not specify whether that's because he made frequent stops at turnpike Dunk's on trips here, so many Massachusetts residents are Dunkaphilic or for some other reason.
Crooks said he bought a gift card for himself in March of last year and he was quite put out when he attempted to get repaid the remaining $4.54 on the card only to be rebuffed.
Defendants have been unjustly enriched in retaining the revenues derived from Plaintiff’s and Class members’ Gift Card balance remainders. Retention of those moneys under these circumstances is unjust and inequitable because Defendants did not disclose that their Gift Card balances were non-refundable despite the explicit terms stating that the balances were refundable under certain conditions.
Crooks is represented by two law firms, one a New York firm that claims to have represented fully half of all Americans in various class-action suits.