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|Bay City News Service
Updated: 02/10/2015 12:22:00 PM PST
Target Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $4 million to settle a civil complaint filed in Marin County alleging the national retailer charged customers more than the advertised price for its merchandise.
The district attorneys of Marin, Contra Costa, Fresno, Santa Cruz and Sonoma counties and the San Diego City Attorney’s Office filed the complaint. The judgment was signed Monday by Marin County Superior Court Judge Paul Haakenson.
The complaint alleged that since early December 2008, Target unlawfully charged consumers prices higher than its lowest advertised price, misrepresented the weight of Target-brand products, sold commodities by gross weight and sold commodities in less quantities than represented, Marin County prosecutors said.
The complaint also alleged Target failed to abide by the injunctive provisions of a 2008 judgment in a case filed in Contra Costa County by the same plaintiffs.
That judgment prohibited Target from using any scanning system, such as those used at checkout stands, at its 250 stores in California unless Target maintained a compliance program to enhance pricing accuracy and corrected pricing errors.
Marin County Deputy District Attorney Andy Perez said the complaint alleged that the price Target charged its customers for bakery items, for example, also included the weight of the packaging.
Perez said Target also failed to remove the “on sale” price tags of items on shelves after…