Yolo County Settlement in Walmart Egg “Price Rise” Case


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A settlement has been reached in a case filed by the Yolo County Attorney’s Office against Walmart for “price hikes” in egg products, which was banned in California during the COVID-19 pandemic, have prosecutors said.

Yolo Superior Court Judge Samuel T. McAdam released a judgment on Dec. 17 regarding Walmart’s Great Value brand egg products.

As part of the settlement, Walmart agreed to pay a partial refund of investigative costs and civil penalties, which amounted to $ 70,798, the district attorney’s office said in a press release on Wednesday. Prosecutors said Walmart also agreed to pay the Yolo County Food Bank $ 10,200 to help those in need.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig said the investigation by his office’s consumer fraud and environmental protection division enabled open communication with representatives of Walmart.

“Our office is proud that communications with Walmart have remained professional and constructive, that price differences have been corrected, and that Yolo Food Bank will have additional funds available to support its mission,” Reisig said in the statement.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on April 4, 2020 ordering certain items, including eggs, to be subject to “price hike” rules, the statement said. hurry. Typically, the ordinance prohibits vendors from raising the prices of food, consumer goods, medical or emergency supplies, and other items by more than 10 percent.

Shortly after the governor’s order, the district attorney’s office received a consumer complaint about the price of eggs at a Walmart store in Yolo County. As prosecutors launched an investigation, Walmart’s offices began their own investigation, the district attorney’s office said.

Prosecutors said that “Walmart did not admit any wrongdoing, quickly corrected its pricing structure” and remained cooperative throughout the investigation.

This story was originally published January 5, 2022 6:18 pm.

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Rosalio Ahumada writes breaking news articles related to crime and public safety for The Sacramento Bee. He is fluent in Spanish and has worked as a journalist in the Central Valley since 2004.

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