Written by: Khalif Thompson
Today in Hip Hop News, On Monday, November 28, the Santa Clara County District Attorney announced that Savage X Fenty will be paying $1 million in fines as part of a settlement with California counties in a consumer protection suit.
Savage X Fenty, the clothing line founded by Rihanna, has received further fuel since experiencing criticism earlier this month for including Johnny Depp in their fall fashion presentation.
The underwear business will pay $1 million in fines as part of a settlement of a consumer protection case, according to ABC7 News.
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Lavender LLC, doing business as Savage X Fenty, was sued by the counties of San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz for failing to disclose the automatic charges to users of the company's VIP memberships.
The complaint, which was filed in August 2022, also stated that the company's website improperly advertised the use of store credit, did not seek customers for permission to automatically renew payments, and deceived them about some items.
Jennifer Deng, a deputy district attorney for Santa Clara County, stated in a statement that "consumers have a right to know upfront what they are paying for and how often. Businesses have a duty to be transparent about their automatic renewal charges.
$50,000 in investigative costs and $150,000 in restitution will also be paid as part of the settlement and used to compensate past or present California VIP members who were wrongfully enrolled in the VIP membership or those who cancelled their membership but did not receive a refund.
These payments will be made in addition to the $1M in civil penalties.
Requests for comment from a Savage X Fenty spokesman went unanswered.
The corporation cooperated with the investigation into its advertising and internet practices, the district attorney's office also disclosed.
Since then, Savage x Fenty has made the necessary adjustments to its shop credit and notices of automatic renewal procedures.