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In 1994 Publishers Clearing House sent mailings telling recipients they were all "finalists", which led to[10] a lawsuit involving the attorneys general of 14 US states.[19][20][21] Later that year, Publishers Clearing House denied wrongdoing, but agreed to pay a settlement of $490, 000 and to change their practices.[20] Under the agreement, Publishers Clearing House said it would define terms like "finalist" and disclose the chances of winning.[22]

In 1997, a contestant of competitor American Family Publishers flew to Tampa, Florida thinking he had won, though he had not. The resulting publicity caused more lawsuits for both companies.[6] Publishers Clearing House reached a $30 million national settlement in 1999.[8][23] In 2000, another $18 million settlement was reached with 24 states, after the company sent mass mailings that said "You are a winner!" and used mock personalized checks.[17][24] Publishers Clearing House agreed to avoid similar mailings in the future, and add a "sweepstakes fact box" to mailings.[17][24]

State attorneys spoke out against the national settlement from 2000 and additional lawsuits were filed by individual states.[8] Another $34 million settlement was reached in 2001 in a lawsuit involving 25 states.[1][25] As part of the settlement, Publishers Clearing House was required to avoid terms like "Guaranteed Winner, " add disclaimers to mailings saying that the recipient has not won and that purchasing merchandise won't increase their chances.[26][25][27] Publishers Clearing House reached settlements with all fifty states and agreed to work with a "compliance counsel."[6] Publishers Clearing House apologized in the settlement and said it would contact customers who had spent more than $1, 000 on merchandise the prior year".[28]

Publishers Clearing House also reached an agreement with Iowa in 2007.[29] In 2010 the company paid $3.5 million to the Attorneys General of 32 states and the District of Columbia to settle possible contempt charges that it had violated the terms of the 2001 agreement. The company denied wrongdoing, but agreed to work with both an ombudsperson and a compliance counsel who would review its mailings quarterly.[30][31][32][33]

In April 2014, an investigation by the Senate Special Committee on Aging concluded that Publishers Clearing House had "pushed the limits" of prior agreements and that additional legislation may be needed.[34]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publishers_Clearing_House
Lawsuits total to date: $85, 990, 000

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  • Jo
    Johnjohn1967 Jun 15, 2016
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    We all know that PCH uses deceptive marketing practices. We also all know that PCH's games are rigged. None of the scratch offs or slots or drawings are real. PCH has never paid out more than one hundred bucks to any one person. Hell I have 7 million tokens used in drawings. Have never won a thing. Now that is a hell of odds of not winning . We also all know PCH sell junk. But u have to think of the class of people that buy these things. It is the poor and the elder on SS and they PCH offer payments and that is the only way the poor can buy things. Even when the item they buy from PCH charges three time what the item is worth. We all know it's fraud. But it kills a couple hours when setting in the docs office. Isn't any worse than these casino houses. It's all rigged.

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  • Jo
    Johnjohn1967 Jun 15, 2016
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    Also know that this very complaints board is a con. They still all your contacts from any social site sign in u use.

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