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Drip Pricing Can Lead to Unexpected Drain on Hotel Guests’ Bank Accounts

Choice Hotels International, Inc. settled with Colorado AG Phil Weiser to resolve allegations that the company violated the Colorado Consumer Protection Act by employing “drip pricing”—omitting mandatory fees from advertised room rates. Under the terms of the settlement, Choice must fully disclose fees in connection with advertised room rates, and enforce third party compliance regarding…

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California Settles with Google for $93 Million over Location-Privacy Practices

California AG Rob Bonta settled with Google for $93 million to resolve allegations that the company’s location-privacy practices violated the state’s consumer protection laws. The settlement resolves allegations that Google told its users that they could opt out of location-tracking when using the company’s apps, when in fact Google continued to track users’ movements for…

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Potential for Stem Cell Therapies Stems Alleged Grift

Iowa AG Brenna Bird filed a lawsuit against Biologics Health, LLC and Summit Partners Group, LLC, d/b/a Summit Health Centers, as well as their co-owners, for allegedly violating the Iowa Consumer Fraud Act, the Door-to-Door Sales Act, and the Older Iowans Law by making false and deceptive claims in their door-to-door sales of unproven stem…

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CFPB Emphasizes that AI is not Above the Law

The CFPB issued guidance for lenders on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) when determining whether or not to extend credit to consumers. The guidance clarifies that creditors relying on AI or other complex credit models in making a credit determination are still subject to the requirements of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and…

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