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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1996
A 26-year-old man faces multiple counts of theft and false advertising for charging customers higher prices than advertised by his Canoga Park carpet cleaning business, according to Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn's office.
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BUSINESS
March 10, 1994 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nissan Motor Corp. U.S.A. agreed Wednesday to settle false-advertising charges involving a 1990 promotional campaign. The Federal Trade Commission said Nissan had promised $100, "no catch," to consumers who bought a Toyota or Honda after test-driving a Nissan Stanza. The FTC said the ads falsely implied consumers could readily receive the payment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1993 | SUSAN BYRNES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Northridge-based furniture store chain has been ordered to pay $39,400 in civil penalties for false advertising, the Los Angeles County district attorney said Thursday. Leslie Hanke, deputy district attorney for the consumer protection division, said the Halls Furniture Co., which took over the lease of two RB Furniture buildings last July in Northridge and Glendora, used promotional signs claiming a liquidation sale it was holding had been approved by a bankruptcy court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1986 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
The owners of two car dealerships agreed Tuesday to pay $32,000 to settle a state attorney general's lawsuit alleging that they misled customers in Van Nuys and Orange County through false advertising. Jim Smathers and Marvin Smith, who own Performance Lincoln-Mercury in Van Nuys and Cypress Nissan/Datsun in Cypress, agreed to pay the state $25,000 in civil penalties and $7,000 in attorneys' fees and costs to settle the suit, which accused them of violations at both dealerships.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Dannon Co. settled a false-advertising lawsuit Friday, agreeing to set up a $35-million fund to reimburse consumers who bought its Activia and DanActive yogurts. The class-action lawsuit, filed in January 2008, alleged that Dannon lied when marketing its Activia and DanActive yogurts by trumpeting health benefits that didn't exist. The White Plains, N.Y.-based yogurt maker denied the claims and admitted no wrongdoing as part of the settlement. The decision to settle was based on Dannon's desire "to avoid the distraction and expense of litigation," spokesman Michael Neuwirth said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1991 | CAROL WATSON
The Ventura County district attorney's office on Friday filed a civil complaint against a Simi Valley man, accusing him of false advertising and unfair business practices. Prosecutors said they had identified 80 people who they believed paid for unnecessary procedures in refiling their business licenses through a company run by Daniel J. Schmidt, who formerly founded both the Moorpark News and the Moorpark Mirror.
BUSINESS
February 2, 1995 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Beverly Hills modeling and acting school agreed Wednesday to pay $50,000 to settle false-advertising charges stemming from its "star search" promotions. An attorney for Beverly Hills Studios denied the allegations but said the school agreed to settle to avoid the cost of litigation. Deputy City Atty. Ruth Kwan said the so-called star searches were actually large-scale solicitations for costly acting lessons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1990 | MACK REED
A Ventura County Superior Court judge has levied $125,000 in fines against the Big 5 Sporting Goods Store chain for falsely advertising cheaply made, imitation brand-name running shoes as the real thing. Judge Edwin M. Osborne also signed an injunction forbidding the chain from further acts of misleading advertising and unfair competition, and from trying to pass off the imitations as the genuine shoes. Deputy Dist. Atty. Joseph R.
BUSINESS
February 6, 1999 | From Associated Press
A judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Nike of misrepresenting conditions at Asian factories in order to mislead customers. The lawsuit, filed in April by a consumer advocate, claimed Nike violated California false-advertising laws in its campaign in defense of wages, treatment of workers, and health and safety conditions at overseas plants run by contractors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1993 | BARBARA MURPHY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two Oxnard car dealerships agreed Wednesday to pay $30,000 to settle a district attorney's lawsuit alleging a variety of false advertising claims, including promising customers they would not be turned down for financing even if they had bad credit.
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