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Texas Attorney General Takes Legal Action Against Price-Comparison Websites

submitted on November 30, 2009 by HouTex in "Member's Lounge"
I have never heard of these sites....

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has charged price-comparision web sites with misleading shoppers, and taking payments for higher ratings. These web sites promised unbiased comparison shopping, but secretly accepted cash for high ratings.

Texans who believe they have been deceived by similar fraudulent business practices may call the Office of the Attorney General’s toll-free complaint line at (800) 252-8011 or file a complaint online at

Today, the state filed an enforcement action against Intercept, L.L.C., which operates several price-comparison sites, including:,,, and That legal action led to an agreed judgment wherein Intercept promised to correct its unlawful practices and either pay a $300,000 civil penalty or cease doing business at the end of November.

A separate enforcement action named Inc., which operates the Web sites and, for similar infractions. The defendant’s Web sites appeared to allow visitors to comparison shop – and therefore find the best deals – by using a single Web page to search for a product and obtain results from multiple merchants.

The state’s enforcement action against seeks civil penalties of up to $20,000 per violation of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, plus appropriate attorneys’ fees. The state also seeks restitution where necessary to address financial injury to the Web sites’ users.

The entire article is at

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    Posted by YanBz on December 1, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    I never heard of any of the above mentioned sites. Google Product Search, PriceGrabber, and Shopzilla is all I ever use.
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    Posted by equipurple on December 1, 2009
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    good catch, thanks for sharing

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