Publishers Clearing House to pay out $3.5 million -- but it's no prize

Publishers Clearing House in trouble again.
Publishers Clearing House in trouble again.

Publishers Clearing House agreed to pay $3.5 million, not to a lucky prize winner, but to a collection of states that accused the marketing company of once again misleading consumers.

A decade after the company, best known for its million-dollar sweepstakes, got itself in hot water for misleading consumers into buying things to improve their chances of winning, it was accused of the same thing. Seniors had been the most vulnerable back then -- and this time, too.