TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Rodale Inc. will refund some Florida customers and pay up to $1.3 million to the state in an agreement over whether customers were charged for books and magazines they never ordered.
The agreement between the Emmaus, Pa., company and Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum's office solved issues related to the company's trial offers, subscription renewals and automatic shipments.
The settlement requires the company to pay up to $1.3 million for attorneys' fees and expenses, and for future investigation and enforcement. Rodale must also more clearly tell consumers the terms and conditions of its programs.
A Rodale spokeswoman said in an e-mail the company "denies violation of the law of Florida or any other jurisdiction, but has reached a settlement..."