Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the company violated the state consumer protection law.
"Value Village took advantage of misleading Washingtonians to believe it was a nonprofit," Ferguson said. "My office received many complaints from consumers who felt deceived by Value Village's advertising."
Ferguson said in a news release that Value Village is a profit-making business that generates $ 1 billion in revenue annually.
King County Superior Court Judge Roger Rogoff found that Value Village mislead local Washingtonians into believing that their purchases favored charities.
Rogoff will determine the penalties that the company will incur.
In 2017, Ferguson filed a consumer protection facility against the company that owns Value Village.
The suit claimed that TVI Inc., Bellevue, had used deceptive marketing that made consumers and donors believe that Value Village is a nonprofit or charity and that these types of donations and purchases favored charity.
2018, a federal judge dismissed a preemptive lawsuit filed against Ferguson by TVI Inc. The lawsuit said the state attorney had required $ 3.2 million to resolve a three-year investigation, but that the claim violated its right to free speech.
Value Village's attorney general, Rich Medway, gave KIRO 7 this statement:
"Value Village is proud of our business and we have operated with the support of our clients and non-profit partners for more than 50 years. "
"Today, the judge praised our business model and said:" There is nothing wrong with TVI's business model, I would actually say that we should have more members of the corporate community who reuse unused, unsortable items; w ho is looking for ways to properly get rid of the things they cannot sell; who work with charities and nonprofits, who do the type of business they do. ""
"Value Village won the majority of claims during the trial. The court ruled that we have always operated in accordance with Washington State's Charitable Solicitations Act. The judge also confirmed in today's ruling that Value Village has always paid for all goods donated by the public to our nonprofit partners, which he said "provide a steady stream of funds to support the incredible work these charities are doing."
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