Thank you to everyone who helped contribute to this investigation. At this point, attorneys working with ClassAction.org no longer need to speak to people who had issues with their dog collars. For our list of open investigations, please visit this page. The information below is for reference only and was posted when the investigation began.
At A Glance
This Alert Affects:
Anyone who had tracking issues with the SportDOG TEK 2.0 dog collar.
What’s Going On?
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to believe the dog collars fall far short of their claims that they can track dogs up to 10 miles. They suspect the range is more along the lines of 1.5 miles.
Attorneys are investigating whether a class action lawsuit can be filed on behalf of people who bought this dog collar. But first, they need to hear from people who had problems with the device to help strengthen their claims.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org would like to speak to anyone who bought a SportDOG TEK 2.0 and had problems with the GPS dog collar.
They have reason to believe that the SportDOG TEK 2.0 has nothing close to its advertised 10-mile range and, in most cases, can only track dogs up to 1.5 miles. The attorneys are now looking into whether a class action lawsuit can be filed to help hunters get their money back.
Before the attorneys can even consider filing a lawsuit, they need to speak to people who used the SportDOG Tek 2.0.
How Could a Class Action Lawsuit Help?
If a lawsuit is filed and is successful, people who purchased the dog collar may be able to get their money back. The SportDOG TEK 2.0 product retails for nearly $800 and it is likely that without the 10-mile range supposedly provided by the HopTek technology, customers would not have paid as much as they did for the dog collar.
A class action lawsuit could also require the manufacturer to change its advertising to ensure the proper range is reflected.
Hunters Say Collar Stops Working, Causes Problems
The reported tracking problem could be a significant issue for hunters who spend time and resources training hunting dogs only to spend countless hours looking for them should the collar stop working. The following are among the reviews posted online for the SportDOG Tek 2.0 [sic throughout, emphasis ours]:
“Unfortunately all the hype and promotion of the HOPTEK Technology was shattered minutes into our distance tests. The TEK2.0 collars were the first to drop off the receiver between ½ and ¾ of a mile depending on which of the three collars…It was deflating, frustrating and confusing. How could a company be so bold, and clearly not have any idea that they would not perform up to our standards? We took them out hunting the next day and collared up one dog with the TEK 2.0 and the competitors TT 15. Watching and comparing the collars side by side again and again showing the TEK 2.0 struggling to keep up…” — Double U Hunting Supply Comparison Test Review
“A word about range. The maker states up to 10 miles (16 Kilometre) which is a possibility only not a fact. Because the collar reports directly to the handheld receiver, rather than communicate by cellular, range is affected by numerous things. Any time you have a hill, you’re in a valley, or on the wrong side of a metal building from the other device the communication distance can be severely reduced.” — Amazon.com Review