Tom Thumbs lawsuit against the retailer Target is now headed to trial, with a jury hearing arguments Monday.
A judge in Florida ruled last month that the suit filed by Thumbs against the retail giant could proceed to trial after a three-day trial in the state.
Thumbs, whose lawsuit was filed in October 2017, said Target misled consumers into believing that its pharmacies were covered by its pharmacy benefit manager program.
The lawsuit, filed by an anti-trust attorney named Daniel Reade, accuses Target of violating the Consumer Protection Act by paying more for pharmaceuticals than it actually did.
Thumb’s suit alleged that Target’s pharmacy benefit managers were used to boost prices and to manipulate pharmacy benefit plans to give pharmaceutical companies more money.
Thumps lawsuit also claimed that Target violated the Consumer Credit Protection Act and other consumer protection laws.
The trial is scheduled to begin on March 14.
The judge’s ruling came a day after a judge in California ordered a trial in a lawsuit brought by a former Target employee against the company.
The case involves a former employee who alleges she was discriminated against for being black and Hispanic.
In the suit, filed in 2018, Reade alleged that the company paid him more than $80,000 more than his fellow Target employees to work in its retail pharmacy benefit programs.
The employee was laid off from Target’s retail pharmacy benefits program after her employer was hit by a wave of layoffs in November 2018.
She sued Target, saying she was fired because she was Hispanic.
A trial date has not yet been set in the lawsuit.