Yesterday, Beckett Media LLC was named in a civil lawsuit that included a RICO claim (Legal translation: a claim under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) with a slew of other companies including Chase Bank, Bank of America, Citigroup, Inc., Citibank, Trilegiant Corporation, Inc., 1-800-Flowers.com, Classmates International, Inc., FTD Group, Inc.
In the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that Trilegiant Corporation, Inc. “colluded” with the named internet merchants and credit card companies to sell “memberships” to discount “clubs” (such as LiveWell, Shoppers Advantage, Travelers Advantage, etc.). The complaint alleges that in reality, however, Trilegiant “developed an insidious set of business practices intended to create consumer confusion and to ultimately defraud consumers into paying fees to such ‘clubs’ that the consumers never even realize they signed up for.”
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