The state Department of Justice and a Florida-based Internet retailer have reached a settlement in which the company has agreed to refund more than a quarter-million dollars in improper membership fees to Oregonians.
Justice Department spokesman Jeff Manning says Best Brand Values and related companies sold discounted books, movies and other goods.
Customers who clicked on a free-shipping icon were automatically enrolled in a shopping club, often unaware their credit or debit card would be hit with a monthly fee.
More than 5,000 Oregonians were improperly charged, and some paid more than $1,000 over time.
Claim forms are being mailed to victims. If you receive one, that means you were charged a membership fee and are entitled to a refund -- even if you didn't know it.