FTC Junk Fees Rule Comments

In February 2023, TINA.org submitted a comment in response to the FTC’s request for comments regarding whether to commence a rulemaking proceeding to address junk and hidden fees. In its comment, TINA.org discussed its experience investigating such deceptive marketing tactics, as well as statistics showing how widespread and harmful they are. TINA.org also expressed support for the commission’s commencement of a rulemaking proceeding, especially in the wake of the Supreme Court’s AMG Capital Management decision, as a rule will substantially improve the agency’s ability to combat and deter deception and unfairness in this area. Click here to read TINA.org’s full comment.

Then, in February 2024, TINA.org submitted a second comment responding to the FTC’s proposed rule to ban junk fees and showcasing the ongoing need for an FTC rule. In the year since the last comment, TINA.org published several new ad alerts informing consumers about a variety of junk fees and deceptive pricing issues, and has tracked an additional 20 class-action lawsuits in which plaintiffs are seeking compensation for misleading fees. In addition, TINA.org’s 2024 comment highlighted a number of complaints from our readers detailing their experiences with paying unexpected and unfair fees across a wide range of industries. The comment also discussed the disproportionate impact that junk fees have on vulnerable consumers. Click here to read the second comment and the addendum.