Home Depot, Menards Face Lawsuits Over Lumber Size Claims

Two big box stores are being accused of deceptively advertising the size of 4×4 lumber, USA Today reports. Home Depot and Menards stores have been named in a lawsuit for selling 4″ x 4″ boards without specifying that the boards’ actual size is 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the action against Menards states that “Defendant has received significant profits from its false marketing and sale of its dimensional lumber products.” The claim against Home Depot is similar, saying “Defendant’s representations as to the dimension of these products were false and misleading.”

The lawsuits were filed in Illinois, as two separate class action suits, each seeking more than $5 million.

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Both companies have argued that their measurements of the lumber uses industry standard terms. A court document filed by Menards says “Plaintiffs received exactly what they were supposed to receive — lumber that complies with applicable standards.” A Home Depot spokesman told the Journal Sentinel that the firm disagrees with the claims.

Home Depot’s website lists an 8′ 4×4 board as measuring “4 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft.”

Menards, however, adds (Actual Size 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ x 8′) to its listing of a ground treated 4×4.