N.Y. Attorney General Probes Online Membership Fees

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is investigating 22 retailers for directing online shoppers to fee-based membership programs of discount clubs that often contain hidden charges. Cuomo sent subpoenas to websites for major retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Avon and Staples, which have deals with three companies that offer such discount programs, namely Webloyalty, Affinion/Trilegiant and Vertrue.