The attorney general for the state of Washington is suing Comcast for $100 million, accusing the big cable company of deceptive sales practices in violation of the state’s Consumer Protection Act, Fortune reports.
“The office of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson charged that Comcast mischaracterized the scope of its Service Protection Plan, improperly charged customers for service calls, and engaged in ‘improper credit screening practices,’ according to a statement,” Fortune reports.
“The office of the attorney general underscored this as the first suit of its kind in the U.S., but hinted there might be more to come as Comcast’s Service Protection Plan is offered nationwide and that many of the improper practices are used in all … Comcast markets,” the report adds.
Comcast is the No. 1 of broadband and Internet services in the U.S.
Fortune also notes: “In addition, the lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court charged that Comcast misled a half a million consumers in the state, essentially tricking them into paying $73 million in aggregate subscription fees over five years for what the office described as a ‘near worthless protection plan.’”