(Sept. 8) According to a Burlington Free Press report, Schenectady, N.Y.-based Golub Corp., the parent of the Price Chopper supermarket chain, has settled a lawsuit filed four years ago by the Vermont Attorney General's Office.

The Free Press said the suit was tied to Price Chopper newspaper ads for "farm fresh" produce that came from various national brokers, warehouses and shippers.

The plaintiff maintained that the ads violated the Vermont Consumer Fraud Act because of a state regulation saying "farm fresh" advertised produce must come directly from farm to store.

Golub Corp. reportedly characterized the suit as "silly," and denied wrongdoing but agreed to pay the state $10,000 to settle the matter.