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Alabama, Georgia in national settlement with Affinion

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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange today announced a national settlement with Connecticut-based Affinion.

Under the terms of the settlement, Affinion agrees to pay more than $30 million to resolve allegations that it misled consumers, through negative option marketing, into signing up and paying for discount clubs and memberships. The agreement is between Affinion and the Attorneys General of 47 states and the District of Columbia.

Affinion and its subsidiaries run multiple discount clubs and membership programs offering a variety of services such as credit monitoring, roadside assistance, and discount travel.

Consumers complained that Affinion charged them for services without their authorization or knowledge. Once consumers learned they were being charged, they claim they had trouble canceling or getting a refund. Under the settlement, Affinion is establishing a fund for refunds.

Consumers checking their credit card and bank account statements should be looking for the names of Affinion's membership programs, as often that is how the company's charges appear on their bills.  A complete list of Affinion's membership programs are listed here: http://www.ago.state.al.us/news/393.pdf

The States included in the settlement are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.  The states that led the investigation were California, Texas, Tennessee, Iowa, Vermont, Washington, Oregon, Maine and Illinois. 

 

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