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Report: Rite Aid settles California consumer protection suit

BY Dan Berthiaume

Camp Hill, Pa. – Rite Aid has reportedly settled a consumer protection suit filed by the district attorneys of San Diego, Riverside and Alameda counties for about $500,000. According to the Associated Press, the suit alleged that Rite Aid pharmacists failed to consult with customers who were filling new prescriptions or changing the doses of existing prescriptions, as required by California state law.

The suit followed an undercover investigation. As part of the settlement, Rite Aid denied wrongdoing. The retailer also said it fully cooperated with district attorneys and is providing counseling to its pharmacists. CVS settled a similar suit in California in 2013 for about $650,000.

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Roundy’s closes Minnesota DC, cuts 196 jobs

BY Dan Berthiaume

Milwaukee – Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. is closing its distribution center in Stevens Point, Minnesota. The closure, expected to take place by Sept. 30, will eliminate 196 jobs.

Roundy’s will move the center’s operations to facilities in Oconomowoc and Mazomanie, Wisconsin, and the transition will be done in phases. The Stevens Point center serves stores in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, where Roundy’s recently sold 18 Rainbow grocery stores. Roundy’s has not said whether it will provide any compensation or services to workers who will be affected by the closure.

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Overstock.com offers free loyalty memberships to first responders

BY Dan Berthiaume

Salt Lake City – Overstock.com now offers free Club O loyalty program memberships to active police officers, full-time firefighters, paramedics and certified emergency medical technicians. Those who qualify for the program can enroll by visiting the first-responders sign-up section on Overstock.

First responders can have their identity verified through the ID.me digital authentication service and relayed to Overstock to receive their free Club O membership. Once individuals sign up, they enter a user name and password to receive benefits.

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