Home Chef has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle a civil lawsuit that accused the online home-cooked meal delivery company of charging customers for ongoing subscriptions without their express consent, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

The settlement, approved this week by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, requires the Chicago-based company to clearly and conspicuously disclose its automatic renewal terms and get affirmative consent from customers to the terms through a checkbox before charging for an automatic renewal or continuous service.

The settlement also requires Home Chef to email customers a confirmation of the transaction after they pay that clearly includes the automatic renewal terms and to allow customers to easily cancel the subscriptions, including online, effective upon request.

Federal and state law requires businesses to provide consumers with clear disclosure of their automatic renewal terms and conditions before charging them for the service, and include instructions for cancelling automatic renewal subscriptions.

“As the stewards of consumer protection, we do not tolerate deceptive or unfair practices that dupe consumers into paying for something they did not expressly request,” District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement. “This settlement serves as a stark warning to other companies that would abuse technology tools and violate consumer protections.”

Home Chef did not admit any wrongdoing, but cooperated with prosecutors on the resolution, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The California Automatic Renewal Task Force was formed in 2015 to address rising consumer complaints against online automatic renewal subscriptions. CART’s members included the district attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara counties and the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office.

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