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CAMPGROUND RESORT OPERATORS REACH AGREEMENT WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL

 HARRISBURG, Pa., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The operators of two western Pennsylvania campground resorts will offer to submit unsettled consumer complaints to binding arbitration under an agreement with Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr., it was announced today.
 The agreement settles a 1988 suit filed in Commonwealth Court by the attorney general's Bureau of Consumer Protection against Mountain Trails Resort, Templeton RD 1, Armstrong County, and Cooks Forest Trails Resort, Cooksburg, Forest County.
 That suit charged that the defendants used deceptive prize notices to lure consumers to their facilities for tours and sales pitches.
 In some cases, the suit alleged, the notices overstated the value of prizes or didn't disclose that consumers must pay fees for prizes described as "free."
 Under terms of a consent petition filed today in Commonwealth Court, the defendants promise they won't use deceptive or misleading solicitations in the future.
 When offering prizes as part of their solicitations, the defendants will provide the probabilities of winning specific prizes in easily understandable language, according to the agreement.
 Deputy Attorney General Stephanie L. Royal of the Bureau of Consumer Protection's Pittsburgh office said the defendants have "substantially resolved" complaints filed against them by consumers.
 Under terms of the settlement, the defendants "agree to take all necessary and reasonable steps to resolve" remaining consumer complaints.
 But if consumers refuse offered settlements, the defendants will offer to submit the complaints to binding arbitration before a member of a Better Business Bureau arbitration panel.
 Among other things, the agreement also requires the defendants to:
 -- Sell the memberships of four existing members to new members.
 -- Cease collection activities against two consumers and permit one of those consumers to use the defendants' facilities for one year without charge.
 -- Pay a $500 civil penalty and $500 in costs of investigation.
 Royal, who negotiated the settlement, said the agreement is subject to court approval.
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 /CONTACT: Jack J. Lewis, assistant press secretary, Office of Attorney General, 717-787-5211, or at home, 717-657-9840/


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