Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Classmates.com
Current Parent Company: 
H.I.G. Capital
Penalty: 
$300,000
Year: 
2013
Date: 
July 9, 2013
Offense Group: 
consumer-protection-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
consumer protection violation
Violation Description: 

Classmates.com agreed to pay $300,000 in settlement of allegations its email email solicitations - which misrepresented to consumers that people they knew were trying to contact them through the Classmates website - improperly induced consumers to purchase Classmates memberships and that Classmates failed to notify consumers clearly and conspicuously that their memberships would be automatically renewed unless they took action to terminate the subscription.

Level of Government: 
state
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
District of Columbia Attorney General
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Facility State: 
District of Columbia
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Florida
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
privately held
Major Industry of Parent: 
private equity (including portfolio companies)
Specific Industry of Parent: 
private equity (including portfolio companies)
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Parent company note: 
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