Ill. AG ettlement cracks down on Publisher's Clearing House

September 10, 2010 6:23:02 AM PDT
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced a settlement that cracks down on the marketing practices of Publisher's Clearing House.

Thirty-one other states are also involved in the settlement.

An investigation determined that solicitations by the sweepstakes giant misled consumers to believe purchasing magazines and other products would increase their chances of winning the jackpot.

The new agreement strengthens terms of settlements reached with Publisher's back in 2000 and 2001.

Under the new settlement, publisher's must send a non-promotional letter to Illinois consumers who spend more than $1,000 on magazines and merchandise a year, emphasizing that making a purchase does not increase their likelihood of winning.


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