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Ralphs stores pay $1m to settle overcharging claim

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ralphs Grocery Co. will pay more than $1 million to settle allegations that it overcharged Los Angeles customers for some items.

A judge approved the settlement on Thursday.

Los Angeles county and city prosecutors charged that Ralphs stores failed to deduct the weight of packaging on some prepackaged and weighed food products three years ago. They claimed that effectively short-weighted the item.

Under the settlement, Ralphs did not acknowledge liability but agreed to pay about $1.1 million in fines and restitution. In a statement, the company says there's nothing misleading or unfair in its pricing and any "inadvertent discrepancies" were corrected immediately.

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