Target Fined $3 Million for Pricing Problems

     (CN) – Target will pay $3.4 million to settle a case brought by five counties and the city of San Diego, which accused the retail giant of overcharging customers.
     Attorneys for Fresno, Marin, Contra Costa, Sonoma and Santa Cruz counties, and the San Diego city attorney, filed a civil law enforcement action against Target, claiming that it charged higher prices than it advertised or posted.
     The lawsuit, filed in Marin County, also claimed that Target misrepresented the weights of products and failed to ensure that price scanners at checkout stands were accurate.
     In addition to violating state law, these actions violated a 2008 injunction prohibiting Target from overcharging customers, the city and counties said.
     The lawsuit stemmed from regular scanner and price inspections by the Department of Weights and Measures, which disclosed numerous occasions where the price charged at the cash register in Target stores was not the lowest advertised or posted price.
     Target did not admit wrongdoing, but agreed to pay $3.35 million in civil penalties, costs and restitution. The judgment also requires Target to implement additional audit and price accuracy procedures in its California stores for seven years.
     Last year, Safeway agreed to pay $2.25 million to settle a similar lawsuit brought by nine California district attorneys.

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