Anyone who purchased a gold high school class, college class, fraternity/sorority or military ring from Herff Jones.
What’s Going On?
Herff Jones has been hit with a class action lawsuit claiming it lied about the amount of gold in its college and high school class rings.
What You Can Do
If you bought one of these rings, fill out the form on this page. You may be able to get your money back.
A class action lawsuit has been filed alleging that Herff Jones lied about the amount of gold in its class rings.
If you purchased a ring from Herff Jones representing your high school class, college class, Greek organization or service academy, it’s possible that your ring doesn’t contain as much gold as you were led to believe.
What Does the Lawsuit Say Exactly?
The lawsuit claims that Herff Jones knowingly instructed its employees to put less gold in class rings it marketed as being made of 10K, 14K, 18K and 24K gold. It’s believed that this practice began in 2012 and affects yellow, white and rose gold rings.
According to the lawsuit, Herff Jones’ marketing material explained to potential buyers how the proportion of gold in jewelry is measured in Karats.
[100%] Pure gold is 24K. 18K is 18/24 (75%) pure gold. 14K gold is 14/24K [(58%)] pure gold. 10K gold is 10/24 [(or 42%)] pure gold. The remaining parts are comprised of other fine metals.
Federal law requires that gold rings marketed as containing a certain number of Karats must not deviate from this percentage by more than a small amount. The lawsuit claims, however, that Herff Jones is shorting the gold in its rings outside this standard deviation and that consumers now have the chance to take legal action because of it.
For instance, the plaintiff in the lawsuit says she purchased a 10K college class ring from Herff Jones for $537. A laboratory allegedly took three separate samples of her ring and found that all three contained less gold than indicated by Herff Jones.
Specifically, the suit claims that a 10K ring should contain 416.666667 parts per thousand (ppt) of gold. The sample with the highest gold content measured at 399 parts per thousand of gold, which is 17.666 ppt of gold lower than expected and 14.666 less than permitted by the Gold Labeling Act of 1976, according to the suit.
How Can a Class Action Lawsuit Help?
A class action lawsuit could help Herff Jones customers get refunds for the money they spent on the rings or compensation for their diminished value. A successful case could also require Herff Jones to tell customers that its rings contain less gold than advertised and require that the company change its practices.