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    WASHINGTON, Aug 25, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Lewis Firm PLLC is conducting an investigation into potential violations of consumer protection and false advertising laws by Tunze Aquarientechnik GMBH, a Penzberg, Germany-based manufacturer of aquarium components, and its North American subsidiary, Tunze USA LLC (collectively, “Tunze”). The firm’s investigation centers on misrepresentations regarding the output flow rates produced by certain propeller-based aquarium circulation pumps manufactured by Tunze and sold throughout the United States.

    According to a recent study performed by engineers from Penn State University, Tunze’s advertisements and promotional literature drastically overstate the output flow rates produced by at least three of its Turbelle Stream 2 series aquarium pumps. Specifically, the study found that the stated flow rates of Tunze’s 6105, 6205 and 6305 series pumps are exaggerated by 46%, 80% and 120%, respectively. (See http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2011/7/aafeature.) By contrast, Tunze’s competitors were found to have either understated or accurately reported the flow rates of their propeller pumps. (See http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2011...p_flowrate.jpg.)

    The Lewis Firm PLLC is a Washington, DC law firm with extensive experience in the investigation and prosecution of fraud and consumer fraud claims. The firm specializes in the representation of consumers in product defect matters. If you own a Tunze Turbelle Stream 2 model 6105, 6205 or 6305 aquarium pump and wish to obtain additional information about your rights, please contact The Lewis Firm PLLC by email at info@lewis-firm.com. Please include the model number of your pump, the date of purchase and your state of residence in your correspondence.

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    901 New York Ave., N.W.
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    (202) 630-6257
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    Attorney Advertising. (C) 2010 The Lewis Firm PLLC. The law firm responsible for this advertisement is The Lewis Firm PLLC. Prior results do not guarantee or predict a similar outcome with respect to any future matter. We are happy to discuss your particular case.

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    Wow not good. However they should run another study!
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    Quote Originally Posted by larryandlaura View Post
    Wow not good. However they should run another study!
    They did. That's what the links in the comment are about.
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    Bummer deal. I heard nothing bit good things about tunze. I will stick with my vortech!
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    Of course their is a lawsuit, it is America after all. A standardized method of measure should come from this
    though. I have read that some of the Tunze numbers were kind of assumed.

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    Be ready to receive your settlement check!

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    Well it doesn't mean they are bad pumps, it just means you can't trust Germans, jk.

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    Lewis Law sounds like a one-man ambulance-chasing bottom-feeder. His web site consists of an "under construction" page.

    Why would a *reputable* law firm make a press release that they are merely looking into something - i.e. conducting an investigation? The only answer is to fabricate a case, then troll for "victims" to be plaintiffs.

    And so-called the press release clearly states that it is an advertisement.

    I truly hope that no Tunze pump owners contact this scumbag...

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    I believe the report that found Tunze numbers are low also found that vortec numbers were high... so aren't both companies guilty of false advertising?

    Personally I think a lawsuit is ridiculous. Yes, it is unfortunate that the flow numbers from one study suggest that the Tunze numbers are low. But there is no standard for how to test flow rates. Besides, why is a over estimating worse that under estimating?

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    Because Vortechs are good and Tunze....??....Not so much?
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    (Opinion based purely of the fact that I have Vortechs and not Tunzes although I have a 6015 and if they claim it moves any water at all they are exaggerating)
    Quote Originally Posted by Tom@HaslettMI View Post
    I believe the report that found Tunze numbers are low also found that vortec numbers were high... so aren't both companies guilty of false advertising?

    Personally I think a lawsuit is ridiculous. Yes, it is unfortunate that the flow numbers from one study suggest that the Tunze numbers are low. But there is no standard for how to test flow rates. Besides, why is a over estimating worse that under estimating?

    Tom

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