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Consumers hold "Web loyalty" companies responsible for mysterious charges on their credit card statements, but prominent e-tailers are still doing business with them.
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Rockefeller introduces a bill designed to halt the practice of charging consumers' credit cards without their explicit consent.
Priceline, Classmates.com, and Orbitz say customers should read the fine print before complaining about being charged recurring monthly fees to join loyalty programs they didn't want.
Vertrue, one of three companies accused of misleading consumers into signing up for recurring fees, gets a subpoena from a Senate committee.
The travel site was fined $60,000 for tucking advertising charges into fine print. This is the second time in the past two years that Orbitz has been called out for "deceptive" practices and trying to dupe consumers.
An investigation by a Senate subcommittee says millions of Americans were "tricked" into signing up for online membership clubs and were betrayed by many Web retailers.
A long-running marketing ploy now under federal investigation has raised questions about why it was allowed to go on for nearly a decade.
Webloyalty, Vertrue, and Affinion--under government scrutiny for their controversial marketing practices--are looking for help on Capitol Hill.
Numerous shoppers have traced mystery credit card charges to Webloyalty, Affinion, and Vertrue. Congress will reveal the results at a hearing Tuesday.
For years, Web retailers teamed with unscrupulous marketers to dupe consumers into enrolling in dubious marketing programs. The president is expected to sign a bill outlawing the practice.