Newspaper article The Canadian Press

HBC Withholding Info in Deceptive-Pricing Probe, Competition Commissioner Says

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

HBC Withholding Info in Deceptive-Pricing Probe, Competition Commissioner Says

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HBC accused of withholding info in pricing probe

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TORONTO - The Commissioner of Competition has accused Hudson's Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) of possibly withholding tens of thousands of documents in a case of alleged deceptive pricing practices, but the department store chain said the commissioner's request is irrelevant and too broad.

The commissioner filed a request to the Competition Tribunal to require HBC to produce documents related to its pricing practices of mattress and box spring sets, as well as other products from February 2015 until now.

The request asked the tribunal to strike HBC's response from the record should it fail to produce the documents within 10 days.

HBC responded by asking the tribunal to dismiss the commissioner's motion on the basis that the documents from the time frame are not relevant and the request for that many documents within 10 days is too broad, unreasonable and unrealistic. …

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