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A Massachusetts woman who bought Groupons for a boat ride on the Charles River and laser hair removal sessions at a Scituate spa is now suing the discount site, claiming the deals are “deceptive and illegal.”  

A Massachusetts woman who bought Groupons for a boat ride on the Charles River and laser hair removal sessions at a Scituate spa is now suing the discount site, claiming the deals are “deceptive and illegal.”

The class action suit filed in federal court in Boston on Friday was brought on behalf of Jennifer Bates and other Groupon users.

It states that Bates purchased Groupons, and when she requested her money back because she failed to use them by the expiration date, the company refused.

“Groupon and its retail partners sell and issue gift certificates with illegal expiration dates knowing that many consumers will not use the gift certificates prior to the expiration date,” the suit says.

The suit calls Groupons gift certificates. Massachusetts law states gift certificates must be good for up to seven years.

Groupon’s website lists that it will “return your purchase” if a customer feels let down.

 
 
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