400 fur coats returned to owners from closed Lincoln Park store - KMSP-TV

400 fur coats returned to owners from closed Lincoln Park store

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

More than 400 fur coats have been returned to their rightful owners as a result of a lawsuit against a closed Chicago fur business that failed to return or reimburse customers for their coats, the Cook County State's Attorney's office announced Thursday.

Chicago Fur Outlet, Ltd. offered a variety of services for fur owners including consignment, cleaning, storage, repairs and trade-in, according to the statement. When the Lincoln Park store closed in August, customers were unable to find out what happened to their coats.

The state's attorney's office filed a lawsuit against the store and its owner, Howard Bresnik, which alleged violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. According to the lawsuit, the store failed to notify hundreds of customers who had consigned their furs.

During litigation of the suit, Bresnik disclosed that about 700 furs were located at a storage facility in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, the statement said. Another 190 furs were sent to a storage facility in Lincoln Park.

The lawsuit seeks refunds for victims, a $50,000 fine from the defendants and to enjoin the Chicago Fur Outlet and Bresnik from "engaging in any further alleged deceptive practices," the statement said.

Customers who would like to reclaim furs stored at the Chicago Fur Outlet should contact the Consumer Fraud Unit at (312) 603-8700.

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