Calif. bans hidden ‘junk fees’ on ticket sales

Ticket problems surrounding Taylor Swift’s tour inspired the new legislation.
California Attorney General Rob Bonta makes his way to the podium before the start of a news conference in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. California’s attorney general said Wednesday that he has sued online retail giant Amazon, alleging the company’s policies drive up consumers’ prices. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Saturday signed into law a ban on hidden or “junk” fees for products and services like concert tickets, hotel rooms and food delivery.

The new law will require vendors to disclose all mandatory fees and charges up front with the goal of banning so-called “drip pricing,” whereby the advertised price is less than the actual cost once fees and other charges are added.

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