Wal-Mart Sued in Texas for Unlicensed Sale of Hearing Aids
Industry experts claim world's largest retailer ignored state law to reap
DALLAS, Aug. 15, 2013
DALLAS, Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Members of the Texas Hearing Aid
Association have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores
Inc. (NYSE: WMT) based on claims that the world's largest retailer sells
hearing aids without the state-mandated license.
The group is seeking to stop Wal-Mart's hearing aid sales immediately, in
addition to asking the court to require the return of profits from prior
"Wal-Mart knew it was required under Texas state law to become licensed in
order to dispense hearing aids in Texas stores, yet the corporation has failed
to take all necessary steps to ensure their ability to do so," says attorney
Bill Chamblee, managing partner of Dallas-based Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw &
Anderson and lead counsel for the hearing aid group.
"There's a reason the state allows only licensed dispensers and audiologists
to fit and dispense hearing aids in Texas," continues Mr. Chamblee. "When an
individual suspects they have hearing loss, a licensed hearing professional
will be able to give a complete examination of the patient's auditory health
in order to detect infections and other problems that aren't addressed by
simply wearing a hearing aid."
Mr. Chamblee says the Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant has chosen profits
over the health interests of Texans.
"The State of Texas estimates that more than 3.8 million residents are deaf or
hard of hearing. That's a tremendous potential customer base that Wal-Mart
apparently couldn't resist," says Mr. Chamblee, who has won more than 130 jury
verdicts and case dismissals for clients during a 27-year legal career.
Mr. Chamblee's legal practice focuses on litigation spanning a broad range of
expertise, from complex business disputes, to defending medical malpractice
claims, to transportation lawsuits and employment law.
METX LLC, et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores Texas LLC, et al., No. 2:13-CV-00547, is
filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall
Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw & Anderson, P.C., is a Dallas-based trial firm
representing insurance companies, medical professionals, transportation
providers, and health care institutions. Since 1998, the firm has relied on
superior tactics and proven trial experience to prevail in numerous complex
and significant cases.
For more information on the Wal-Mart hearing aid lawsuit, please contact Dave
Moore at 800-559-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw & Anderson, P.C.
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