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Best Buy settles overcharging lawsuit in state of Connecticut

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Hartford, Conn. — Best Buy Co. has settled a Connecticut lawsuit that accused the retailer of advertising lower prices on some items on its website than at in-store kiosks, then overcharging customers at the stores.

Best Buy did not admit wrongdoing as part of the 2007 lawsuit’s settlement, filed Monday in Hartford Superior Court. The retailer agreed to pay $399,000 to Connecticut’s government general fund and reimburse affected customers for the difference between the online prices and the higher in-store kiosk prices they were charged.

Since the lawsuit stems from alleged incidents at state locations, only people who purchased items in Connecticut Best Buy branches will qualify for restitution.

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CVS/pharmacy launches photo app for Facebook

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Woonsocket, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy said Tuesday it has launched a new CVS Express Photo App that allows Facebook users to order prints from their Facebook albums without leaving the website. The prints are ready for pick up in about an hour at users’ local CVS/pharmacy.

"Facebook has become a popular and easy way to share photos online with family and friends," said Grant Pill, VP merchandising for CVS/pharmacy. "We introduced the CVS Express Photo App to give people the ability to print photos and share them offline with the same ease by picking them up at any CVS/pharmacy location in as little as an hour."

The new CVS Express Photo App, which was developed by Marketing Drive, alerts users when an image is not high-resolution enough for clear print quality, typically when printed at larger sizes.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group promotes two execs

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PLANO, Texas – Two members of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group executive leadership team have been promoted to the level of executive vice president, the company announced.

Effective Jan. 1, 2011, David Thomas, Ph.D., is EVP research and development, and Tina Barry becomes EVP corporate affairs. Both continue to report directly to Larry Young, DPS president and CEO.

"David and Tina have both transformed their functions in our first two-and-a-half years as a stand-alone public company by effectively inspiring, developing and deploying their people to deliver great value to our business," said Mr. Young.

Dr. Thomas, who had been SVP of research and development since joining the company in 2006, has overall responsibility for all aspects of R&D, including product development, sensory science, flavor & ingredient technology, chemistry, nutrition & regulatory, process development, technical services, knowledge management and the pilot plant.

Ms. Barry joined DPS in 2008 as vice president of corporate communications and was promoted later that year to the role of SVP of corporate affairs. She oversees internal and external communications, corporate and brand public relations, philanthropy, government affairs and sustainability.

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