NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs announced Oct. 12 that Spring Communications, a company selling cell phones and accessories in the state, will pay $600,000 after allegations of consumer protection law violations related to pricing and refund policies.
“When prices are not clearly posted on or near merchandise offered for sale, consumers cannot make informed decisions,” Porrino said. “We will continue to enforce consumer protection laws to make sure that customers are not in the dark when making important buying choices.”
According to allegations, the company failed to post proper prices for more than 1,000 merchandise items at 24 stores in the state. This alleged failure constitutes a violation of the Merchandise Pricing Statute of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. Additionally, the company failed to list its refund policy anywhere in the store in eight stores, a failure that violates the Refund Policy Disclosure Act.
“The importance of displaying merchandise pricing and posting refund policies cannot be understated,” said Sharon M. Joyce, acting director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “The division will continue to take action against any retailer that fails to comply with these important consumer laws.”