- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota will receive nearly $185,000 as part of a multistate settlement with international florist FTD and the social networking company Classmates Inc. over alleged deceptive advertising and billing.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the settlement Wednesday. Both companies were subsidiaries of United Online Inc. at the time of the alleged violations.

They were accused of offering subscriptions without adequately informing consumers that the subscriptions would renew automatically.

The accusations included allegations that the companies allowed third-party promotions on their websites that also didn’t adequately disclose billing practices.

Jackley says FTD and Classmates are paying a total of $11 million to 22 participating states. Jackley is urging South Dakota consumers who believe they’re eligible for Classmates subscription refunds to file a complaint with the state’s Consumer Protection Division.


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