Court Rules Harris Jewelry Lawsuit Can Proceed, AG SaysPosted: Updated:
A state lawsuit against a jewelry store accused of preying on soldiers and their families will continue.
Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday that a court has declined Harris Jewelry's motion to dismiss the case.
The court also ruled that claims against Harris for fraud and violations of state law may proceed.
Harris operates a jewelry store at Salmon Run Mall in Watertown. The state announced in October it was suing the store for false and deceptive acts and illegal lending in the financing of jewelry sales to active-duty service members.
Besides Watertown, the Hauppauge, N.Y-based Harris has jewelry stores located near military bases across the country.
The attorney general claims the stores are placed strategically "for the express purpose of selling over-priced jewelry to service members with in-house credit."
The lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction, restitution for defrauded consumers, and financial penalties.
Harris Jewelry issued the following statement:
On April 5th, the New York Supreme Court dismissed all but one of the substantive claims that the New York Attorney General’s office brought against Harris Jewelry.
In the ruling, the Court noted that the sole surviving substantive claim is based on a theory that “may ultimately fail.”
Harris Jewelry also noted that the Attorney General’s recent public commentary misrepresents the parties who brought it – New York state alone – and its outcome, the dismissal of all but one of the major claims.
The New York Attorney General has reached the wrong conclusion about Harris Jewelry’s business, and the company will continue to vigorously contest the remaining claims.