Contest “Winner” Sues and Loses Consumer Fraud Case to Firm Client

Steve Johnson and Chris Dunsing represented a car dealership that ran a contest in association with the Chicago Auto Show where customers had the chance to win a new car by correctly matching three sets of numbers.  The Plaintiff claimed he matched the winning numbers and sued the dealership and the automobile manufacturer under the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act and other negligence theories when the firm administering the contest determined that the Plaintiff could not be certified as the winner.  Steve and Chris quickly obtained the affidavit of the necessary party from the contest administrator and completed the deposition of the Plaintiff so that a summary judgment motion could be heard.  While the manufacturer joined in the motion filed by Steve and Chris, only the firm’s client was successful in being granted summary judgment saving the client thousands of dollars in legal fees as the Plaintiff took the matter to trial against the manufacturer.