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ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES CONSUMER SETTLEMENT

PRESS ADVISORY

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES CONSUMER SETTLEMENT

February 19, 1998

ATLANTA --- Attorney General Thurbert E. Baker today announced that International Readers League of Atlanta agreed to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs alleging that the company violated Georgia's Fair Business Practices Act in the sale of magazines. The suit accused the company of failing to disclose the total price of subscriptions to consumers and failing to honor consumers' requests to cancel subscriptions. IRLA agreed to an injunction requiring the company clearly and conspicuously to disclose the total cost of magazine services in future consumer transactions and to provide to consumers a written cancellation policy that the company will honor.

In addition, the company agreed to pay to the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs $15,000 to reimburse investigative costs and $50,000 for OCA's consumer education fund. Special Assistant Attorney General Thomas W. Mitchell negotiated the settlement on behalf of the state.

Attorney General Baker noted that this case represents his continuing effort to aggressively fight consumer fraud in Georgia. "As I've previously stated, if you rip off the consumers in this state, we will find a way to make you pay for it."