Illinois court Approves Settlement of Class Action Suit Against Trilegiant Corporation, a Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Cendant Corporation

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Today, a Madison County, Illinois court granted final approval of a nationwide class action lawsuit against Trilegiant Corporation (Pederson v. Trilegiant Cause No. 01-L-1126), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cendant Corporation. The settlement provides up to $25 million in cash benefits, along with changes in the business practices of Trilegiant and other relief.

We believe this settlement provides substantial benefit to the class members.

Today, a Madison County, Illinois court granted final approval of a nationwide class action lawsuit against Trilegiant Corporation (Pederson v. Trilegiant Cause No. 01-L-1126), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cendant Corporation. The settlement provides up to $25 million in cash benefits, along with changes in the business practices of Trilegiant and other relief.

This settlement resolves nationwide litigation against Trilegiant for allegedly billing and collecting unauthorized charges from consumers for products or memberships that consumers never requested or consented to receive. It also resolves disputes over alleged refusals to cancel memberships upon consumer request.

Under the settlement, consumers who had unsolicited or unauthorized charges for Trilegiant products posted to their credit cards or other accounts for such Trilegiant products as Privacy Guard, Credit Alert, Auto Vantage, Travelers Advantage, Buyers Advantage, Compete Home, Digital Protection Plus, Great Fun, Great Options, HealthSaver, Hotline, Just for Me, National Card Registry, NetMarket, Shoppers Advantage, Travel ER, and others, can file a claim to receive a minimum of $20 or whatever they were charged--up to three times the cost of each Trilegiant Product for which they were charged.

In addition to the cash compensation, the settlement requires Trilegiant offer consumers an easy cancellation method, affirmative relief regarding Trilegiant's business practices, a charitable contribution, and payment by Trilegiant of all costs and legal fees related to the lawsuit. For more information or to make a claim, class members may visit http://www.TriSettlement.com or call 1.888.952.9102.

This settlement resolves a class action brought by The Lakin Law Firm, P.C. in an Illinois court in 2001. The case was certified as a class action in 2004.

Brad Lakin, the President of The Lakin Law Firm, said, "We believe this settlement provides substantial benefit to the class members."

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