Sued!The venerable and odiferous state of New Jersey is suing Blockbuster video:

REUTERS: Friday, February 18, 2005; 12:16 PM

NEW YORK — New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey Friday said he has filed a lawsuit accusing Blockbuster Inc., the nation’s top movie renter, of deceiving customers with its new “No More Late Fees” rental policy.

In a statement outlining his complaint, Harvey accused Blockbuster of failing to disclose key terms of the policy and said that some of its stores did not participate in the policy and continued to charge late fees.

“Blockbuster boldly announced its ‘No More Late Fees’ policy, but has not told customers about the big fees they are charged if they keep videos or games for more than a week after they are due,” said Harvey in the statement.

“Blockbuster’s ads are fraudulent and deceptive,” he added.

I could smell this scam a mile away. Blockbuster makes most of their money off late fees. I knew there was no way they’d really ‘eliminate’ them. Also, when the DVD-by-mail price war started, nobody really defected from Netflix. They all must’ve read the fine print.

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