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1998-05-22
Lansing, MI

Home Depot is apparently willing to pay the price for violating Michigan law--repeatedly. Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley wants to nail Home Depot for failing to comply with his state's unit pricing law, which requires that products have to be priced on the shelf, not just when the cash register rings it up. "Home Depot's compliance record with Michigan consumer law is abysmal," Kelly said in a press release. The AG is seeking an injunction against Homer, and "substantial fines". After all, Kelley has been around the block with this oompany before. To settle similar Home Depot violations in 1995 and 1996, the company entered into a court approved Assurance of Discontinuance that said Home Depot would start pricing its products. They also got slapped with a symbolic $25,000 fine. But when the AG sent in undercover agents to 7 Home Depot stores in Michigan, they found products with no unit pricing. "If Home Depot thought this matter would go away," the AG warned, they are sorely mistaken." The AG is so ticked off at America's Most Admired Retailer, that he all but recommended shoppers boycott the store. Here's how Kelley put it: "I hope shoppers will keep this case in mind when making decisions on where to shop in the future."

What you can do: The next time you drive by a Home Depot near your home town, remember the words of Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley:"Keep this case in mind when making decisions on where to shop in the future." And, since Home Depot says they really want your feedback, why not send them an email urging them to unit price their products so Kelley can go back to fighting the "real" criminals. Home Depot's email address is: consumer-affairs@homedepot.com










 
 
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