HONOLULU (KHNL) - The State's Office of Consumer Protection filed a suit against the owners and operators of the now-closed L'Uraku Restaurant.
The suit alleges Yanigiya and World Hawaii Inc. violated the state's gift certificate law when it sold certificates with expiration dates of less than two years, sold certificates to customers up to the date of its closure in February 2007, without disclosing it was going to close, and refused to provide refunds to purchasers.
"If a company closes, it still has an obligation to its patrons," said OCP Executive Director Stephen Levins. "It's just not fair for a business to tell its customers who purchased gift certificates that they are out of luck. We are suing the defendants because we believe they failed to comply with Hawaii law."