Best Buy, Conn. settle over alleged overcharging

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Best Buy Co. Inc. has settled a Connecticut lawsuit that accused it of deceiving customers with in-store computer kiosks and overcharging them.

The consumer electronics retailer did not admit wrongdoing, but agreed to pay $399,000 to Connecticut and make restitution to affected customers in the state.

The 2007 lawsuit said Best Buy advertised lower prices on its public website for some items than on in-store kiosk computers, then charged Connecticut customers the higher price at the stores.

The settlement was filed Monday in Hartford Superior Court between the company and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

Best Buy says in a statement that it took action in 2007 to ensure claims from 16 affected consumers it has identified were resolved. The firm will consider claims from other customers.

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