Safeway Settles with California District Attorneys Over Allegations of Unlawful Disposal of Medical Records and Hazardous Waste; to Pay Almost $10M

On January 5, 2015, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office S that Safeway Inc. (“Safeway”) has agreed to pay $9.87 million to settle claims that the company unlawfully disposed of customer medical information and hazardous waste in violation of California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act and Hazardous Waste Control Law. In a series of waste inspections from 2012 to 2013, a group of California district attorneys and environmental regulators found that Safeway was disposing of both its pharmacy customers’ confidential information and various types of hazardous wastes in the company’s dumpsters.

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