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Groupon settles expiring-coupon lawsuits for $8.5 million

Website denies liability in cases claiming it violated consumer protection laws

The world’s largest coupon website says it will dish out millions of dollars to settle lawsuits that accused it of duping consumers.

Chicago-based Groupon Inc. has agreed to pay $8.5 million to resolve 17 consolidated lawsuits in which consumers claim the expiration dates on the company’s coupons violate state and federal consumer protection laws, such as the federal Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act, which forbids the sale of gift cards that expire in fewer than five years.

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