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classmates_hiresClassmates has agreed to pay $11 million after 22 attorneys general alleged that the Seattle-based company engaged in deceptive billing and marketing practices.

The company was being investigated for its partnerships with third-party groups, which automatically charged consumers for services such as discount buying clubs and travel rewards programs.

The attorneys general claimed that users of Classmates and — the floral delivery service once owned by parent company United Online — were automatically enrolled in the third-party programs during the sign-up process.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, along with 21 other attorneys general, reported the payout for users of Classmates and

“Consumers have a right to expect companies to clearly disclose the terms of their services,” Ferguson said in a release. “When a business fails to do that, my office will hold them accountable. I will not tolerate deceptive business practices.”

Compensation is available for customers who were charged without authorization, after cancellation or after misrepresenting potential costs. Washington state consumers can file a claim with the attorney general.

The Seattle-based Classmates recently moved into a new building and has added yearbooks and user-generated content to the site, along with a free tier. It was founded in 1995 by a former Boeing engineer and was purchased by United Online in 2004.

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