Dollar General agrees to pay New Jersey $1.2 million over allegations of pricing violations

New Jersey and Dollar General have reached a settlement to resolve allegations that the discount retail chain repeatedly engaged in merchandise pricing violations at several stores across the state, according to state Attorney General Matthew Platkin.
Dollar General agreed to pay the state $1.2 million after authorities accused the discount retail chain of listing items at a certain price and then charging more at the register - sometimes by as much as $6.
The state says the alleged pricing violations happened more than 2,000 times at 58 local stores in November 2022 and February 2023.
“New Jersey, under the leadership of Gov. Murphy, has demonstrated a strong commitment to protecting consumers from unfair practices that disproportionately burden low- and moderate-income New Jerseyans,” Platkin said in a statement. “This settlement advances those efforts by imposing a significant civil penalty against a national retailer for engaging in pricing practices that deceived and defrauded New Jersey residents.”
The state says prior inspections by the Division’s Office of Weights and Measures of Dollar General stores statewide from 2018 to 2022 have led to a total of $43,678 in assessed fines against the retailer for pricing violations.
The settlement also requires Dollar General to make changes to its business practices to prevent future violations.
Dollar General has 186 stores in New Jersey.