Missouri AG: Office Depot to Pay $320K in Restitution

April 30, 2010

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced he has obtained a consent judgment against Office Depot Inc., for alleged violations of Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act.

Koster said a year-long investigation by his office revealed a number of issues with overcharging Missouri government and non-profit customers, including misrepresenting cost savings and failing to be forthcoming about such cost savings in their ads and sales pitches.

Koster said that under the judgment, Office Depot will pay $320,000 in restitution and $120,000 to reimburse the state for the cost of the investigation and enforcing the Missouri Merchandising Practice Act.

The court also issued a permanent injunction prohibiting Office Depot from violating the Missouri Merchandising Practice Act and suspended a $100,000 penalty contingent on compliance with the terms of the judgment and permanent injunction.

Missouri Attorney General’s Office

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