By  on April 20, 2018

Walmart Inc., Bloomingdale’s Inc. and Abercrombie & Fitch are facing a lawsuit in Northern California federal court claiming a purportedly theft-deterring third-party program for accused shoplifters that they no longer use was little more than extortion.   

A trio of unnamed shoppers is taking issue with the retailers’ alleged work with the Corrective Education Company, a privately held Utah-based business offering what it calls “restorative justice” programs and technology to retailers looking to unburden their internal security personnel, as well as reduce calls to local police over shoplifting incidents. Theft from retailers in 2017 accounted for $48.9 billion in lost revenue, or about 1.4 percent of total sales, according to research from the National Retail Federation. 

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