Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
“Negative option scams deceive consumers into enrolling in automatic renewals,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “My office will remain vigilant in ensuring the businesses abide by Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.”
As part of the court-approved settlement, all entities and websites have agreed to do the following: obtain the proper consent and make appropriate disclosures to consumers regarding automatic subscription renewals; modify their use and representation of the term “free” in association with negative option marketing; and refrain from any deceptive representations of the benefits or content of their products. The monetary portion of the settlement calls for settling companies to make a payment of $300,000 to the Attorney General’s Office, funds which the office will use first for consumer restitution, with the balance going to offset the office’s investigative costs and the cost of future enforcement. The settling companies also have agreed to donate $200,000 to the Attorney General’s Office’s Seniors vs. Crime program.
The other companies named in the settlement are as follows: RSOP Holdings LLC; RSOP Holdings Delaware LLC.; XACTI LLC.; XACTI Global LLC; Rebategiant.com LLC; Discount Movie Sale LLC; Discountpostersale.com LLC; Discount Book Sale, LLC; Bestbrandvalues.com LLC; Smartsavingscenter.com LLC; Hotbooksale.com LLC; Hotmoviesale.com LLC; Best Buyer Discounts, LLC; Royalalarcade.com, LLC; and Nuvaceutical, LLC.
These companies did business through the following websites: BestBrandValues.com, SmartSavingsCenter.com, Nuvalife.com, DiscountBookSale.com, Discount MovieSale.com, DiscountPosterSale.com, TopMusicZone.com, HotBookSale.com, HotMovieSale.com and SmartGameShopper.com.
Follow this link to view a copy of the complaint: http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/MMFD-9BXPMY/$file/Smart+Savings+Complaint.pdf
Follow this link to view a copy of the settlement: http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/MMFD-9BXPPD/$file/smart+savings+settlement.pdf