Actual size is trump card in US timber battle
Anybody who’s ever bought timber knows that a 2×4 isn’t a 2×4, a 1×6 isn’t a 1×6, and a 4×4 isn’t a 4×4. “Anybody who’s in the trades or construction knows that,” says Tim Stich, a carpentry instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Lawyers are not in the trade or construction business, however. They’re in the lawsuit business, which is why Menard’s and Home Depot are being sued for deceptive advertising. A Chicago law firm has filed suits seeking $5 million because 4x4s aren’t being advertised as 3 1/2 x 3 1/2. The suit says customers are being charged full price while getting 23% less lumber.