Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Lingerie Brand Fined $1M In The State Of California
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Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Lingerie Brand Fined $1M In The State Of California

A little while back, Rihanna announced that she would perform at the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show. This announcement had the Navy in a tizzy, as it sparked rumors about potential new music.

Of course, the Internet did what it does best and took the rumors and created memes about how Rihanna would continue on her music hiatus and, instead, use the moment to promote her cosmetic and lingerie lines.

While there has been no news on new music outside of the ballad track for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” there has been some news about Savage X Fenty. According to The Mercury News, the “Umbrella” singer is being sued for a little over $1 million for allegedly defrauding customers.

The Barbados superstar’s brand is accused of misleading customers by enrolling them in a VIP program, automatically engaging in recurring debit charges. Based on California law, the alleged actions broke the state’s automatic renewal law. The legal violation triggered Savage X Fenty to be sued by Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, and San Diego counties, plus the city of Santa Monica.

“Consumers have a right to know upfront what they are paying for and how often. Businesses have to be transparent about their automatic renewal charges,” Jennifer Deng, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney, said announcing the settlement.

According to California law, online companies that advertise directly to consumers must disclose disclosure fees clearly and concisely. Additionally, a July 2022 state law requires that any subscription should be able to be canceled quickly and have clear guidelines on when a free trial is going to end.

Based on the lawsuit, Savage X Fenty allegedly informed customers that store credit accumulated through the VIP program could be used at any time when it could only be used on purchases that exceeded the value of the credit provided.

Since the suit, Savage X Fenty has cooperated with state requirements and will pay a settlement of $1 million plus an additional $50,000 for investigations and $150,000 in restitution to previous or current VIP members in California.

Customers eligible for the payout will receive a notice from a third-party administrator.