PRESS CONFERENCE ADVISORY
For Immediate Release Contact: Pastor Herrera, Jr., Director
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 213-974-9750
largest door-to-door cookware seller SETTLES CHARGES
THAT it lied to, discriminated against customers
LOS ANGELES – On Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 10:45 a.m., California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Pastor Herrera, Jr., Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs, will announce that Hy Cite Corporation, which sells cookware and water filters door-to-door under the name of Royal Prestige, has settled charges that it engaged in fraudulent and discriminatory practices. The judgment requires that Hy Cite pay $1.35 million for victim restitution and penalties and drastically reform how it does business to resolve allegations that it used fraud to scare consumers into paying thousands of dollars each for cookware or water filters. The judgment also orders Hy Cite to change its practices to resolve allegations that it discriminated against “Hispanic” customers by setting up harsher cancellation and financing policies for them than for “Anglo” customers, as Hy Cite called them.
Event: PRESS CONFERENCE to announce results of investigation and judgment against Hy Cite Corporation
Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 10:45 a.m.
Location: Ronald Reagan State Building, 300 S. Spring St.
Press Room - 5th Floor, (Report to Reception on 1st Floor for directions to Press Room), Los Angeles, CA 90013
Speakers: Edmund G. Brown Jr., California Attorney General
Pastor Herrera, Jr., Director
County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs
No information will be released prior to the press conference.