A San Diego Superior Court judge ruled Friday that Genuine Parts Company, the corporate owner of NAPA Auto Parts, must pay $338,000 for overcharging customers.
Genuine Parts Company allegedly charged customers too much by using register scanners that rang up inaccurate prices. Inspectors found the price charged at the register was not the lowest posted price displayed at the store, a violation of California law.
The settlement only applies to NAPA Auto Parts stores owned by Genuine Parts, not independently owned ones.
The civil complaint was filed by San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' Consumer Protection Unit working with Merced and Alameda District Attorneys' Office and Weights & Measures officials throughout the state.
"This judgment reflects the significance of the County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures in ensuring businesses deal fairly with consumers," District Attorney Dumanis said in a statement. "It's important that businesses compete fairly in the marketplace and charge the prices they advertise."
Genuine Parts Comany must comply with California's pricing-accuracy laws, and must improve pricing procedures over the next three years.