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SPRINGFIELD STORE'S 'SALE' VIOLATED STATE LAW, AGREEMENT ALLEGES

 SPRINGFIELD STORE'S 'SALE' VIOLATED STATE LAW, AGREEMENT ALLEGES
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- A Delaware County furniture store will pay $3,750 in penalties and costs to settle allegations that it violated state law in connection with an advertised sale, Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. announced.
 Preate said the payment is required under terms of an "assurance of voluntary compliance" negotiated by his Bureau of Consumer Protection with Drexel Hill Furniture, 134 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, Pa.
 The assurance alleges that although Drexel Hill advertised a "sale" with savings of up to 65 percent, the store "failed to maintain records to substantiate the validity of the advertised price reductions."
 Said Preate: "Consumers have a right to expect that advertising accurately states the facts. We are making every effort to eliminate false or misleading advertising in Pennsylvania."
 Although not admitting wrongdoing, Drexel Hill agreed to pay $2,000 in costs of investigation and a $1,750 civil penalty.
 Under terms of the assurance, the store is required to keep documentation for six months after any sale to substantiate that any advertised sale complies with the law.
 The assurance was filed today in Commonwealth Court by Deputy Attorney General Sherri G. Patchen of the Bureau of Consumer Protection's Philadelphia office.
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 /CONTACT: Jack J. Lewis, assistant press secretary of the Office of Attorney General, 717-787-5211, or at home, 717-657-9840/ CO: Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office; Drexel Hill Furniture ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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