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The Telegram
  • 45 local schools to get gift cards in Hobby Lobby settlement

  • Forty-five schools across the Mohawk Valley will receive gift cards for school supplies as part of a $220,000 settlement with Hobby Lobby Stores for misleading advertising, according to the state Attorney General's Office.
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  • Forty-five schools across the Mohawk Valley will receive gift cards for school supplies as part of a $220,000 settlement with Hobby Lobby Stores for misleading advertising, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.
    The retail chain agreed to contribute $138,600 in supplies to 689 schools near Hobby Lobby stores in upstate New York – including 37 schools in Oneida County, five in Madison County and three in Herkimer County, a news release stated.
    The investigation began in 2013, when state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office began tracking marketing materials that advertised sales for 50 percent and 30 percent off.
    This investigation revealed that Hobby Lobby advertised its custom framing, furniture, and home décor products as sale items for more than 52 consecutive weeks, Schneiderman said. These never-ending sales are in violation of the state’s General Business Law for False Advertising.
    “When companies mislead customers by advertising never-ending sales, our office will hold them accountable,” Schneiderman said. “Ultimately, a permanent sale is no sale at all.”
     As part of the settlement, the company will also change its advertising practices over the next 60 days and pay $85,000 in civil penalties and other costs.
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