Walmart Customers Should Be Entitled To A Single-Use Carryout Bag Rebate, According to Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO - June 28, 2023 - PRLog -- A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed by California resident Richard H. Davis, asserting that Walmart customers in California who do not receive complimentary Single-Use Carryout Bags at Walmart stores in the state should be entitled to a Bag Rebate. The lawsuit highlights Walmart's exploitation of a perceived "loophole" in California's ban on single-use plastic carryout bags, which allows the retail giant to sell reusable plastic bags for a minimum of 10 cents each while retaining the proceeds.

California, as the first state to ban single-use plastic carryout bags in 2016, aimed to promote sustainable practices and reduce plastic waste. However, Davis, a consumer watchdog, argues that providing complimentary plastic bags is an inherent cost of doing business for Walmart. By selling reusable plastic bags and giving away Single-Use Carryout Bags in other states without such bans, Walmart is allegedly in violation of California law and misleading consumers.

"By paying extra for Walmart's so-called reusable plastic bags and bagging their own purchases, you are essentially subsidizing the provision of free bags in other states," stated Davis. "It is only fair that Californian Walmart customers should be entitled to a Bag Rebate."

The lawsuit, currently pending in a California court, seeks to secure a Single-Use Carryout Bag Rebate discount for all customers who have purchased BLUE REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS or reusable plastic bags at Walmart stores in California. If successful, the outcome of this case could have far-reaching implications for retailers throughout the state.

While Walmart has yet to comment on the lawsuit, it is anticipated that the company will vigorously defend itself against these allegations. In the meantime, Walmart continues to offer its reusable plastic bags to customers at all of its California stores. However, the restrictions have led to unintended consequences, as customers occasionally forget to bring their reusable bags and accumulate a surplus of iconic blue Walmart bags in their trash.

This is a developing story, and we will provide further updates as more information becomes available. For media inquiries, please contact: Richard H. Davis at (415) 779-4367 or visit

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