In August 2011, Barnes & Noble liquidated its inventory of discontinued Hewlett Packard Touchpads by advertising a "fire sale" on its website. Kevin Nguyen acted quickly and purchased two of those Touchpads. He received an email confirming the transaction. The next day he received an email telling him that his order had been canceled. He sued Barnes & Noble in California on behalf of himself and a putative class of consumers whose orders had been canceled, alleging deceptive business practices.
According to the court:
Lesson to web developers.