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Tinder is in hot water for charging under 30s a discount — is that ever OK?

Can companies charge different people different prices for the same product? A lawsuit against dating app Tinder IAC, +1.17% has sparked a debate about discrimination and pricing.

Tinder will no longer be able to charge older users more than younger ones, a Superior Court of Los Angeles County judge ruled last week.

The dating app company had started to charge users in pricing “tiers” in 2015 and, shortly after, Allan Candelore, a Tinder user in California who was older than 30 when he subscribed to Tinder Plus, sued Tinder. Consumers 30 and older were charged $19.99 per month for Tinder Plus, while those under 30 were either charged $9.99 or $14.99 per month.

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