Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced
March 6 that Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts store, will pay $8,000 after
allegations of violating the state’s Comparison Price Advertising Act and the
Virginia Consumer Protection Act.
to allegations, Hobby Lobby would advertise discounts compared to other sellers
but would fail to disclose what sellers they were referring to, which is
required by law. These purported actions made it harder for consumers to
actually figure out if they were receiving a good price.
settlement of the case involves the $8,000 payment, which will go to toward
civil penalties as well as attorney fees, and a permanent injunction that
bars the company from further violations of the Comparison Price Advertising
Act. Herring’s office filed the settlement, in the form of an Assurance of
Voluntary Compliance, in the Circuit Court of Henrico County.
shopping can be a useful tool for finding good deals but comparison price
advertising only works if businesses are clear about their prices and how they
compare to competitors," Herring said. "This settlement is going to
give Virginia customers clearer, more accurate information that can help them
find the items they want at the best price."