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Lawsuit Filed Against LinkedIn For Incorrectly Charging High Amounts For Automatic Subscription Renewals

LinkedIn is in hot waters after a new lawsuit was filed against the popular professional networking app.

The lawsuit came from a resident from Oregon who happened to be trialing the platform’s premium service. She alleges the firm incorrectly charged her a huge amount over a period of three years. This amount was outlined to be greater than $1,100.

The lawsuit went into detail about how this behavior was against the state law in regards to its procedure of renewing subscriptions through automatic means.

In bold terms, the lawsuit filed mentioned how the company has been in the habitual practice of deliberating carrying out the move, which it regards to be unfair as no consent is taken.

It also stated how all the decisions were made to help boost up the firm’s revenues and combat growing concerns linked to consumer churns.

The complaint was filed on Friday at the Oregon District Court in the form of a class action case by Julie Easterbrook.

The company was even accused of going above the state law in terms of making cancellations very difficult and utterly confusing. This is in violation of Oregon’s laws by several means. Firstly,

it fails to publicly show that its subscriptions undergo renewal.

Secondly, it fails to get any form of subscribers’ affirmation or consent to allow such changes to occur.

The complaint continues to accuse LinkedIn of fooling her as she only signed up for free trials for her monthly premium service in 2019. Moreover, she even provided them with some information regarding billing.

She had no idea that the firm would go about charging her an exuberant amount of money as soon as her free trials came to an end.

And the most shocking part of the case is how LinkedIn failed to give her a heads-up about her free trial ending and them charging her for the renewal experience. Moreover, it was not until the year 2021 that she found out through her own bank statements about the $30 per month fees.

On that note, she immediately canceled the subscriptions but adds how she was not allowed to, thanks to the platform’s bizarre policies for cancellation.

It wasn’t until March of 2022 that she actually managed to cancel it all out and terminate the features as a whole from her account. But by that time, her bill totaled out to be $1,100.

Keeping the law for the state of Oregon separate, the FTC has previously sent out a clear warning to various firms that they must obtain clear consent for such procedures. In addition, the clause goes about outlining the significance of both easy as well as simple cancellation tools.

The country’s federal agency revealed how it’s also currently in the process of drafting out regulations linked to marketing protocols that are affiliated with negative options. This means marketing various subscription services that have the tendency to undergo renewal by automated means.


H/T: Classaction

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