O’Reilly Auto Parts to pay more than $1.5 million in lawsuit settlement
SANTA CLARA COUNTY – According to Tiyen Lin, Deputy District Attorney of the Consumer Protection Unit, “In a settlement filed this month with the court, the corporate parent of O’Reilly Auto Parts agreed to pay more than $1.5 million in penalties, restitution and investigation costs to settle a prosecutors’ consumer protection case that alleged that the company overcharged hundreds of customers”.
Deputy D.A.Lin added “The suit, brought by four California prosecutors’ offices including the Santa Clara County District Attorney, alleged that in many instances the company was not applying sale prices and discounts at checkout. The suit also accused the company of failing to comply with the terms of another overcharging case against it, just six years ago”.
“Pricing accuracy is expected by consumers, in fact it’s the law,” Lin said. “And it’s good for business.”
The District Attorney’s Office ended with the settlement of more than $1.5 million that followed a three-year investigation into the allegations of failure to rebate customers by the Department of Agriculture Weights and Measures, in cooperation with Santa Clara County, San Bernardino, Santa Cruz Counties and the City of San Diego.
The CSK AUTO is the Delaware corporation that operates automotive parts stores including more than 480 O’Reilly Auto Parts (formerly Kragen) stores in California. The investigators uncovered hundreds of violations, including the overcharge of anti-freeze and motor oil.
Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tiyen Lin said, “The District Attorney’s Office reminds consumers to always check receipts to verify that they are charged the correct price for an item”.
Consumers in Santa Clara County who are the victim of a price overcharge should call the Scanner Hotline toll-free at 1-866-SCANNER (1-866-722-6637).
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