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published on April 5, 2019 - 12:28 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Walmart has agreed to pay $495,000 to multiple county district attorneys’ offices in California, including Fresno, for selling products packaged in oversized containers.

The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, along with DAs in Placer, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Tulare, and Yolo counties, reached a settlement with Walmart, Inc. in a civil enforcement action regarding the sales of beauty and health products.

The civil complaint alleged that Walmart packaged 14 of its “Equate” brand health and beauty products in oversized containers, with the prosecutors alleging that the packaging could mislead consumers into thinking that they were purchasing more product than they were actually receiving.

Without admitting any wrongdoing on their part, Walmart cooperated with the investigation and agreed to improve its packaging practices and to pay $495,000 in costs and penalties.

“Consumers throughout the State should be able to expect that the products they purchase are not packaged in misleading ways. We are dedicated to ensuring that consumers are not harmed by these types of practices, and we will continue to prosecute companies that violate consumer protection laws,” said Ty Murphy, Fresno County Deputy District Attorney.

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