National DV Awareness Month PSA 2020

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, national nonprofit Childhelp and California law enforcement leaders discuss how they are working together to combat the rise in domestic violence during COVID-19. Visit our website and watch the PSA or view the video here.
Day of Remembrance

For over ten years the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has held the last Friday in October as the Day of Remembrance to honor the lives lost to Domestic Violence.

Today, Friday, October 30, 2020, we remain steadfast and honor the women, men and children who have died, and continue to raise awareness on the very often hidden violence.

One life is too many lost to Domestic Violence.

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Investigation found that Safeway, Inc. sold hand sanitizer at prices that
violated Governor’s Order
Continuing her efforts to protect consumers during the pandemic, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced that her office, together with the Contra Costa County District Attorney, settled a price gouging case against Safeway, Inc. The investigation was prompted by a concerned citizen, who complained about the prices being charged by Safeway for two brands of hand sanitizer, Raff Distillerie Hand Sanitizer and Ocean Fresh Pump Gel Hand Sanitizer. The district attorneys’ investigation revealed that Safeway first began selling the products after the onset of the pandemic and had marked up both items more than 50% over its wholesale cost. This practice is prohibited by an April 2020 emergency order issued by Governor Newsom related to price gouging during the COVID-19 crisis.

Safeway cooperated fully in the investigation and took immediate steps to correct the pricing discrepancy when called to its attention.

“During this unprecedented crisis, my office continues to remain vigilant in ensuring that Californians are able to purchase consumer goods, particularly health-related items such as hand sanitizer, at prices that do not exceed the amount allowed by law,” District Attorney O’Malley said. “Anyone who believes he or she has been subject to unlawful pricing should immediately contact my office.”

The judgment requires Safeway to ensure that its prices comply with California law, including any emergency orders duly issued by the Governor. Without admitting liability, Safeway was ordered to pay approximately $81,000 in civil penalties and costs, and $62,000 in restitution.

Complaints about alleged price gouging can be sent to the following dedicated email address: pricegouging@acgov.org.
District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, along with 30 other California District Attorneys and the Los Angeles City Attorney, announced a $1.49 million settlement against New Jersey-based Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. (“Bed Bath & Beyond”) to resolve allegations that the company violated state laws governing hazardous waste.

The judgment is the culmination of a civil enforcement lawsuit filed last month in Ventura County Superior Court claiming that more than 200 Bed Bath & Beyond stores throughout the state (including Cost Plus, buybuy BABY, Harmon, Harmon Face Values, World Market, and Cost Plus World Market stores) unlawfully handled, transported and disposed of batteries, electronic devices, ignitable liquids, aerosol products, cleaning agents, and other flammable, reactive, toxic, and corrosive materials, at local landfills that were not permitted to receive those wastes.

“The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office remains committed to protecting the natural resources of the county and the state. When businesses, large or small, illegally dispose of hazardous waste, not only do they violate the law, but they put the environment at risk,” states DA O’Malley. “We will not stand idly by while corporations disregard the safety and well-being of the environment.”

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