Companies Settle Online Fee Club Charges for $10.1 Million

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said six companies will pay $10.1 million of fines and restitution after hundreds of thousands of consumers were tricked into joining discount clubs that carried hidden fees. Cuomo said shoppers who bought goods online would often get cash-back and discount offers from marketers and accept them without realizing they were agreeing to join fee-based programs and hand over credit and debit card information, because these obligations were buried in the fine print.