The settlement includes more than $30 million that will be distributed to consumers by the states and the District of Columbia and an additional $20 million to settle a class-action suit filed in Illinois, said USPE spokesman Harvey Englander.
These settlements allow USPE to continue to serve our satisfied customers with our mailings offering a variety of merchandise products,'' he said.
Under the settlement, USPE has agreed to include ``a clear and conspicuous sweepstakes fact sheet in all of its future sweepstakes mailings,'' Lockyer said.
We certainly look to having other sweepstakes companies follow the disclosure standard and protections for high-activity consumers being set by USPE,'' added Lockyer.
USPE, which has been in business since 1967 and has undergone a recent downsizing, admitted no wrongdoing under the agreement.
However, in a statement, USPE defended its business practices, saying, ``Consistent with all sweepstakes programs, people do not have to order items from USPE catalogs in order to enter the sweepstakes, in fact, many of the entrants do not order merchandise.