Fandango, Webloyalty sued over coupon program – CNET News.com

September 12, 2006 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

The lawsuit, in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, alleges that when customers bought from a Webloyalty partner such as Fandango and clicked on a pop-up window offering a $10 coupon on their next purchase, their credit card information was automatically transferred to Webloyalty, and they were unwittingly enrolled in its Reservation Rewards program.

Once enrolled in Webloyalty’s rewards program–which promises dining, movie ticket and shopping discounts–consumers’ credit cards are billed up to $10 each month. The lawsuit is seeking class action status and unspecified damages.

“Hundreds, if not thousands, of consumers have complained to Webloyalty and local, state and federal consumer protection agencies about the deceptive nature of its sales of its Reservation Rewards discount club product and its unauthorized access to their credit card information,” the complaint said.

The plaintiff named in the lawsuit, Joe Kuefler, bought movie tickets from Fandango and was unknowingly enrolled in Webloyalty’s rewards program. The lawsuit also claims that the two companies violated consumers’ privacy rights by disclosing and using their credit card information. Representatives for Webloyalty and Fandango were not immediately available for comment.

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