LOS ANGELES – The California attorney general has announced a $28 million settlement with a furniture and computer rental business that allegedly violated consumer protection and privacy laws.
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Kamala Harris said Monday that Aaron's Inc. overcharged customers, omitted important contract disclosures and installed software that could spy on laptop computer users.
The Atlanta-based business is the nation's second-largest rent-to-own business. It operates approximately 75 stores in California.
Harris says about 100,000 customers are eligible for $25 million in refunds for leases signed over the past four years. The company also will pay $3.4 million in civil penalties and fees.
A spokeswoman says the company admitted no wrongdoing or liability and was committed to following the law.
Aaron's last year settled a case with the Federal Trade Commission over spyware installed on computers.