A California federal court has determined that Safeway is liable for $30 million in damages for claims alleging that the company charged different prices for products sold online despite a contractual agreement that in-store and online prices would be the same. Rodman v. Safeway Inc., No. 11-3003 (N.D. Cal., order entered August 31, 2015). The court granted partial summary judgment to the plaintiffs in December 2014, finding that Safeway breached the contract. Details about the decision appear in Issue 549 of this Update.
The court arrived at the damages amount by calculating the sum that Safeway earned from the concealed markup between April 2010 and December 2012. The court also rejected the plaintiffs’ attempt to expand the class to include purchases before 2006, when Safeway switched from paying a third party to manage online sales to running the website in-house.