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No-frills grocer Lidl to open first US stores this summer
Feb 15


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By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO
AP Retail Writer

NEW YORK (AP) _ The no-frills supermarket chain Lidl is opening its first wave of stores in the U.S. this summer, ahead of schedule. The Germany-based chain has plans to open up to 100 stores across the East Coast within a year.

The details of the expansion, announced Wednesday, come as Wal-Mart and traditional grocery chains already are seeing a stronger threat from German low-priced retailer Aldi, which is aggressively expanding and now has more than 1,600 U. . stores. Both offer low prices with a focus on store label products rather than name brands.

The first 20 Lidl stores will be opening in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, where the company established its first U.S. headquarters in 2015. Originally, it planned to open its first batch of U.S. stores no later than 2018.


By The Associated Press, Copyright 2017

Simmons Hanly Conroy files lawsuits against drug companies over opioids marketing

    NEW YORK – Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest law firms focused on consumer protection and mass tort actions, has filed lawsuits on behalf of New York’s Broome and Erie counties against pharmaceutical companies and physicians over what is being called aggressive and fraudulent marketing of prescription opium-like painkillers (opioids) that has led to a drug epidemic in the counties.
    In complaints filed Feb. 1 in the New York Supreme Court, the counties seek relief including compensatory and punitive damages for the millions of dollars they spend each year to combat the public nuisance created by the drug companies’ deceptive marketing campaign that misrepresents the safety and efficacy of long-term opioid use. The lawsuits follow a similar, ongoing action filed by Simmons Hanly Conroy in August 2016 on behalf of Suffolk County, N.Y.

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