Trade Group Shakes Suit Over 'Mandatory' Annual Dues

Law360, New York (May 30, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge Wednesday nixed a proposed class action accusing the American Psychological Association of fooling its members into paying millions of dollars in special fees, but preserved an opportunity for mental health practitioners to reformulate their allegations.

According to a consolidated complaint, therapists and other association members were told on the APA's website that they “must pay” annual dues, and a yearly statement came preprinted with the amount of the assessment.

After nearly a decade in which the association collected $6 million per year,...
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