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August 16, 2008

Git Yer Free Chanel

Filed under: Designer,Industry,Uncategorized — phyllisc @ 7:28 am

The Boston Globe ran a story today in the Business section about a sucessful class action lawsuit against Federated Department Stores and high end brands such as Chanel, Dior, Calvin Klein, etc.  Evidently, Federated and major cosmetics companies violated anti-trust laws by colluding on promotions (among other things) and this amounted to price-fixing.


End result? Free cosmetics.  The value of the products to be given away is $175 million.  So – who can be a member of this class?  Well, anyone who bought high-end department store cosmetics bewteen the dates of May 29, 1994 through July 16, 2003 


You can register on the class action website for an email notification for the distribution date of the free makeup.  This is scheduled to happen in January 2009.  Darn right I signed up.



  1. Gee, I don’t think ANY of us qualify for that, right?

    Hee hee! – off to sign up!

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — August 16, 2008 @ 10:08 am

  2. oh…Thanks! Yeah, who among us doesn’t qualify?

    Comment by Marji — August 16, 2008 @ 11:14 am

  3. Colusion in the Cosmestic Dept? Oh my! Who would have guessed?

    Comment by Linda T — August 16, 2008 @ 11:19 am

  4. Good to know! Thanks for this tidbit.

    Comment by LindsayT — August 16, 2008 @ 4:03 pm

  5. Oooo…I just read the fine print and even though I am American and resided in the US during that time and bought the right cosmetics, at the right stores, I can’t take part because I am not residing in the US currently. That’s the pits! 😦

    It would have been a great excuse to run down to Washingtom State or even to Portland to see my daughter. Ah well.

    Comment by Linda T — August 17, 2008 @ 9:44 am

  6. It said the hearing would take place in 2004. I think its a little late.

    Comment by Marie — August 24, 2008 @ 6:47 pm

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