A judge in California has ordered Cumberland County-based Rite Aid Corp. and its subsidiary, Thrifty PayLess Inc., to pay $800,000 in costs and civil penalties related to allegations of false advertising and not properly redeeming gift-card balances, according to a news release.
Specifically, the complaint alleged that Rite Aid advertisements conveyed that customers using wellness+ cards would pay less for purchases, but a customer instead received a coupon subject to restrictions toward a future purchase, the release stated.
Stores also allegedly refused to redeem gift cards with balances of less than $10 for cash as required by state law, according to the release from San Diego City Attorney Jan. I. Goldsmith’s office.
Rite Aid has agreed to make in-store changes, the release stated.
The company released a statement saying it has cooperated since it was made aware of the investigation about a year and a half ago, and that the stipulated final judgment does not constitute an admission by Rite Aid of any law violation.