- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

COMMERCE, Calif. (AP) - It’s going to cost a lot more than a buck for the 99 Cents Only Stores to settle a lawsuit claiming it improperly disposed of hazardous waste.

The company will pay more than $2 million under a settlement approved last month by a judge in San Joaquin County.

The chain, based in the Los Angeles suburb of Commerce, didn’t acknowledge any wrongdoing.

Some 30 city attorneys and district attorneys statewide sued the chain. They alleged that pharmaceutical and hazardous waste was improperly dumped into trash bins at some 250 California stores and went to landfills instead of proper disposal sites.

In addition to the financial settlement, the company agreed to change its waste-handling practices.

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