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Published December 06, 2010, 12:47 PM

Minn.'s top lawyer sues Discover over charges

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing Discover over allegations that the credit card company charged customers for unauthorized account protection programs such as credit score tracking and identity theft protection.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing Discover over allegations that the credit card company charged customers for unauthorized account protection programs such as credit score tracking and identity theft protection.

Swanson filed a lawsuit Monday in Hennepin County District Court against Discover Bank, DFS Services and parent company Discover Financial Services. Discover is one of the nation's largest credit card companies.

The suit alleges that customers were charged for programs such as wallet protection and payment protection after getting what they thought were courtesy calls from Discover. Swanson says Discover failed to get informed consent for the charges.

She says Discover was able to make the charges because of its access to customers' credit cards.

A Discover spokesman did not immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.

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