Cicero (WSYR-TV) -- Few stories have generated as many phone calls and emails from our viewers, as the class action lawsuit filed against diamond dealer DeBeers.
The corporation is accused of fixing prices and putting out misleading advertisements.
We've all heard the old adage “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” but for Kim Perra, of Cicero, that couldn't be further from the truth. Perra has been asked to refile her claim three different times.
"I don't have a lot of jewelry, but I know there are a lot of people out there that spent a lot of money and stuff. They deserve to get their money back from these big corporations," Perra told NewsChannel 9.
She started filing claims with DeBeers online back in 2008.
Four years later, the filing deadline had come and gone so she had to file again, after the company said there were glitches in her paperwork.
"I went online and filled out the form and I went through my files and dug up all my receipts of the jewelry I purchased, e-mailed it in, it was all done online and we just had to email it," Perra explained. "Two days ago I get a letter from them stating that since there's multiple claims I'm filing for the same stuff now; I have to file a third claim."
Perra says she knows these class action lawsuits can take a while, but she's sharing her story to make sure those who have filed claims follow up and that, in the end, DeBeers is held accountable for their actions.
The Diamond Class Action Settlement website
states if the claim is accepted, the payment amount will be based on several factors, including how much was paid for the jewelry, and how many class members filed claims.
On the web –Diamond Class Action Settlement FAQ's