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Take Free Credit Monitoring Instead of $125 in Equifax Lawsuit Settlement, Says Federal Trade Commission

“Perhaps my math is incorrect; but $505,000,000.00 divided by 147,000,000 people comes out to almost $3.44 per person — assuming that everyone who qualifies for the settlement class requests payment. I am not sure how anyone will get paid $125.00 — even if every penny became available for qualified members of the settlement who request that option; and even if a significant number of people either choose the free credit monitoring services or to opt out of the settlement altogether to pursue their own lawsuits.”

The paragraph you just read was from this article pertaining to…

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Your Chance to Get Your Share of Money From Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Class Action Settlement

You may be eligible for your share of $2,000,000.00 from a class action settlement if you stayed at a Fairmont Hotels & Resorts property in the United States and received a printed folio or receipt which contained greater than the last five digits of the credit or debit card or the entire expiration date of the credit or debit card between Friday, November 13, 2015 through Thursday, November 16, 2017…

…but you must…

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Ends Tonight: Get Your Share of Money From Lithium-Ion Battery Antitrust Settlement

If you have not yet submitted a claim, tonight is your last opportunity to do so: you may be eligible for a share of $113 million from an antitrust settlement which was reached in litigation if you purchased a laptop computer, camcorder, mobile telephone, “smartphone”, tablet computer, digital audio player, camera, or cordless power tool for your own use and not for resale between Saturday, January 1, 2000 and Tuesday, May 31, 2011 and was a resident of the United States during that period of time…

…but you must…

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Resort Fees are Here to Stay, According to the Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International

“You’ve got resort fees in the hotel industry, you’ve got baggage fees in the airline space. None of us as consumers necessarily love it. But what we tried to do is to be very clear about our disclosure.”

What you just read is a statement by Arne Sorenson — who is the current president and chief executive officer of Marriott International, Incorporated — in this…

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This is How Visitors in Rental Cars Should Pay Electronic Tolls

Many motorists who have regularly commuted on toll roads for years seem to applaud the substantial changes in how tolls are collected via technology: no more slowing down or stopping at a toll plaza to pay a live attendant; no more carrying a tray full of coins and bills to pay the tolls; and they even get to enjoy a discount every time they pass under a gantry to electronically pay their tolls — just drive at highway speeds as though tolls did not exist; and pay the total amount owed at the end of the month via credit card…

…but electronic tolls have not been kind to the visitor who rents a vehicle and drives on toll roads which no longer accept cash. Not only does the toll authority — which operates or oversees toll collection on highways — charge visitors the full price of the toll and extra fees to pay via mail; but rental car companies have also been fleecing their customers in the form of…

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One Simple Way to Reclaim That Resort Fee Which You Paid

“Would like more information on reclaiming resort fees as referenced in Section 4, please” is what Txrus — who is a reader of The Gate — asked in the Comments section of this article pertaining to four reasons why mandatory resort fees may finally be disappearing, in which I asked, “Did you know that attorneys general in many states in the United States — but not Nevada, in which the practices is widespread in cities such as Las Vegas — have reportedly said that the practice of implementing mandatory resort fees is unlawful; and that guests can reclaim resort fees?”

You only need to spend as few as 60 seconds worth of your time and effort to…

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Even Worse: Mandatory Resort Fees as Percentage of Room Rate

The concept of mandatory resort fees — which are also known by such euphemisms as destination fees and facilities fees — is enough to cause someone frustration, as they are added to the room rate and ultimately force guests to pay them whether they want to do so or not…

…and in many hotel and resort properties, at least they are set at a fixed rate per night — not including tax, of course — so that once you find out about them during the booking process, you can fairly predict what will be the total cost of staying for a night as you are comparing room rates and room types.

However, some hotel and resort properties charge a mandatory fee which is a percentage of the room rate. One such property is…

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