senate Bill S4268

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits certain practices by businesses making an automatic renewal or continuous service offer to consumers in the state

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S4268 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 29-BB ยงยง527 & 527-a, Gen Bus L

S4268 - Summary

Prohibits certain practices by businesses making an automatic renewal or continuous service offer to consumers in the state.

S4268 - Sponsor Memo

S4268 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4268

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 18, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection

AN ACT to amend the general business law,  in  relation  to  prohibiting
  certain practices by businesses making an automatic renewal or contin-
  uous service offer to consumers in the state

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative intent. It is the intent of the legislature  to
end  the  practice of ongoing charging of consumer credit or debit cards
or third party payment accounts without the consumers' explicit  consent
for ongoing shipments of a product or ongoing deliveries of service.
  S 2. The general business law is amended by adding a new article 29-BB
to read as follows:
                              ARTICLE 29-BB
                   PROHIBITED SERVICE OFFER PRACTICES
SECTION 527. DEFINITIONS.
        527-A. UNLAWFUL PRACTICES.
  S  527.  DEFINITIONS.  FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE, THE FOLLOWING
DEFINITIONS SHALL APPLY:
  1. "AUTOMATIC RENEWAL" MEANS A PLAN OR ARRANGEMENT  IN  WHICH  A  PAID
SUBSCRIPTION OR PURCHASING AGREEMENT IS AUTOMATICALLY RENEWED AT THE END
OF A DEFINITE TERM FOR A SUBSEQUENT TERM.
  2.  "AUTOMATIC  RENEWAL  OFFER  TERMS"  MEANS  THE FOLLOWING CLEAR AND
CONSPICUOUS DISCLOSURES:
  A. THAT THE SUBSCRIPTION OR PURCHASING AGREEMENT WILL  CONTINUE  UNTIL
THE CONSUMER CANCELS;
  B.  THE  DESCRIPTION  OF  THE  CANCELLATION POLICY THAT APPLIES TO THE
OFFER;
  C. THE RECURRING CHARGES THAT WILL BE CHARGED TO THE CONSUMER'S CREDIT
OR DEBIT CARD OR PAYMENT ACCOUNT WITH A THIRD PARTY AS PART OF THE AUTO-
MATIC RENEWAL PLAN OR ARRANGEMENT, AND THAT THE AMOUNT OF THE CHARGE MAY

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09647-01-3

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