Smile! A class action lawsuit claims those school photos everyone hates violate the law. I’m Amy E. Feldman.

Ever noticed that no matter how perfect your kid looks walking out the door on picture day, the photos you get back look like they’d been caught in a hurricane? If a group of plaintiffs have their way, those pricy school pictures may never go back to doing business as usual even when kids get back to the classroom.

The plaintiffs have filed a class action lawsuit against Lifetouch, claiming the company sends unsolicited photo packages home and tells parents they must either pay for them or return them–and if parents don’t return them, they get payment reminders. The plaintiffs say that’s a violation of state and federal laws that say that if a company sends unsolicited goods, it can’t require payment if the person to whom the goods are sent doesn’t pay for them.

Lifetouch denies that it has violated the law, which it says doesn’t apply to school pictures. Either way, parents know that those pictures will either be good enough to hang on the wall or terrible enough to use as blackmail if the kids get out of line.

From The Judge Group, I’m Amy E. Feldman for KYW News Radio.

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