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Wal-Mart To Pay $2.1M Penalty For California Overcharging

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A man pushes shopping carts outside of a Walmart store. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A man pushes shopping carts outside of a Walmart store. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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SAN DIEGO (CBS / AP) — Wal-Mart has agreed to pay a penalty of $2.1 million for charging California costumers at prices higher than those posted, in violation of a 2008 judgment ordering the retail chain to stop.

State Attorney General Kamala Harris said Wednesday that Wal-Mart has agreed to pay the penalty after an investigation found that stores in 11 counties made checkout scanning errors that left customers paying more than listed prices.

The investigation was a follow-up to the 2008 judgment, where 164 stores in 30 counties were found to have overcharged customers.

Wal-Mart agreed at the time to knock $3 off the lowest listed price of an item for any customer who was overcharged. That program, set to expire later this year, will now be extended to November 2013.

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