Online purchaser not entitled to $1 hard drives

Perez v. Luu, — S.W.3d —-, (Tex. App. November 1, 2007).

Perez sued Luu in Texas state court after Luu refused to fulfill Perez’s order of 100 hard drives that Perez ordered from Luu online. Luu’s website mistakenly listed the price of the hard drives as $1 each, when in reality Luu charged closer to $1,200 apiece.

The matter proceeded to trial and the court entered judgement in favor of Luu. Perez appealed, and the appellate court affirmed. It held that Perez failed to establish a violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

The court determined that the relevant portions of the statute [Tex. Bus. & Com. Code Sec. 17.41 et seq.] required a showing of intent to misrepresent the price of goods being offered for sale. Luu introduced evidence showing that the $1 pricing was merely a mistake — the website was new and the developer had previously used a $1 quantity for testing purposes. Moreover, there was language on Luu’s website which gave him the right to correct any errors in pricing.