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Grocery Gouge: Ralphs Pleads No Contest To Overcharging

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In an ongoing food-based drama of store vs wallet, Ralphs Grocery Co. has pleaded no contest to overcharging for prepackaged and weighed products at Los Angeles stores, reports CBS Local.

The grocery store chain entered pleas Monday, shortly before the case was scheduled to go to trial, said the city attorney's office said, According to CBS Local, no contest pleas were entered for 62 misdemeanor charges, "including false advertising, mislabeling and selling items that weigh less than they should."

Kendra Doyel, vice president for marketing, believes the charges involved isolated events, but says Ralphs has "redoubled its efforts to ensure accuracy." Originally the case named the Cincinnati-based, parent company of Ralphs, Kroger Co., but those charges have been dropped, said Doyel.

In 2008 and 2009 Ralphs was cited for similar violations and ordered to pay nearly $17,000 in fines. A sentencing date will be set on Thursday.