Excessive refuse and devastating pollution has become a growing concern among people everywhere around the globe. States, counties, and cities have enacted laws and ordinances in an effort to curb needless trash and packaging. One such law is New York, Local Law No. 27-2016 (the “Bag Fee Law”), which went into effect on January 1, 2018. The Bag Fee Law requires that a “Covered Store” charge a customer a fee of at least five-cents a bag for each “Carryout Bag” provided to a customer at the Customer’s request. The intent of the Bag Fee Law is to reduce the use of Carryout Bags in Suffolk County, New York. The Bag Fee Law does not require the use of Carryout Bags, and customers may decline a Carryout Bag at their discretion.
Moore Kuehn recently filed a class action on behalf of its consumer client for alleged violations of the Bag Fee law. If you or someone you know has been subject to consumer law violations, like the Bag Fee Law, please contact us immediately for a free consultation. Lead plaintiffs in class actions may receive a court awarded fee for their service as plaintiff.