FAIRFIELD — Safeway Inc. has agreed to pay out more than $2.2 million to nine California counties, including Solano County, to settle a lawsuit about their sales practices.
Solano County District Attorney Donald A. du Bain said Thursday that Safeway had been accused in a previously filed lawsuit in Marin County of charging consumers more than the advertised price for some products, misrepresenting the weight of Safeway-branded products, and using signs in their produce department that falsely claimed some produce from foreign countries was “locally grown.”
Safeway also failed to follow the terms of a 2008 lawsuit settlement. Similar accusations were made in that lawsuit, according to du Bain. Safeway had agreed to a policy of giving consumers an item free if they were overcharged for the item and the lowest advertised price was $5 or less; or, if more than $5, to charge the correct price and give the consumer a $5 gift card. Safeway also failed to let some customers know about the policy by not posting it at every checkout stand.
Solano County will receive around $222,000 as its share of the settlement, according to prosecutor Criselda Gonzales.
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