7th Circ. Says It Can't Consider Best Buy TV Warranty Fight

By Morgan Conley (July 29, 2021, 6:09 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit said Thursday that it won't wade into uncharted territory about what qualifies as a written warranty under federal law, holding that federal courts lack authority to hear a proposed class action alleging that Best Buy's protection plan, which is advertised as a warranty, doesn't operate like one.

A unanimous panel vacated an Illinois federal judge's order that dismissed a proposed class action brought by customers Tawanna and Anthony Ware for failure to state a claim. The Seventh Circuit said it is unable to answer whether Best Buy's "Geek Squad Protection Plan" fits the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act's definition of...

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