Staples Pays $515,435 Penalty, Office Depot Pays $3.4 Million Fine

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Staples Pays $515,435 Penalty, Office Depot Pays $3.4 Million Fine

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    Staples Pays $515,435 Penalty, Office Depot Pays $3.4 Million Fine
    Staples ordered to pay $515,435 in settlement with D.A.

    An office supply store chain has been ordered to pay $515,435 in a settlement over a consumer protection lawsuit, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

    Local prosecutors worked with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office to get a permanent injunction requiring Massachusetts-based Staples, Inc. to stop using the phrases “it’s like getting it for” and “it’s like paying” in its California advertisements, officials said.

    Complaints dating back to June 2012 and October 2013 allege the phrasing in the advertisements was misleading and they failed to clearly disclose the conditions required to obtain a discounted price and that the advertised price was not the actual price consumers paid at the time of sale, prosecutors said.

    Ventura County Senior Deputy District Attorney Margaret Coyle said as prosecutors were looking into these complaints they noticed consumers in Riverside County were having similar issues.

    Office Depot to Pay $3.4 Million Over Faulty Chairs

    Office Depot will pay regulators $3.4 million to settle charges that it did not report defects of two of its office chair models fast enough, even after receiving more than 200 complaints.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the seatbacks of some of the chairs fell off, resulting in back injuries. The agency said Office Depot did not notify the regulator until it contacted the company. Companies must report issues with its products within 24 hours, the CPSC said.

    Office Depot sold more than 1.4 million of the defective Gibson chairs between 2003 and 2012. They cost $40 each. Office Depot sold 150,000 of the other model, called Quantum, which cost $350. That model was sold between 2006 and 2009. Office Depot received 186 reports of the seatbacks failing, and 39 reports of injuries, including a fractured back and hip, according to the CPSC.

    In settling the charges, Office Depot did not admit or deny wrongdoing.