National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School RSS http://www.law.columbia.edu/center_program/ag en-US Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:39:06 EDT Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:39:06 EDT http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/rss/rss.html RT SiteBuilder 6.30-dev-814 ]]> webadmin@law.columbia.edu <![CDATA[Fifteen state AGs call for end to expensive and risky home loans]]> Democratic attorneys general from fifteen states have asked the Federal Reserve to prohibit home loan officers and mortgage brokers from urging borrowers into expensive loans.  A letter signed by the fifteen AGs criticizes the unfair and deceptive acts that led to the recent foreclosure crisis and proposes incentives for loans that perform well in the long run instead.

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Tue, 28 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Cordray warns Congress not to restrict powers of state AGs in financial regulation]]> Richard Cordray, the Attorney General of Ohio, urged Chris Dodd, D-Conn, and Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark, not to restrict powers of state attorneys general in any new financial regulation bill.  Cordray says he supports Wall Street reforms that include “independent authority.”

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Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT ]]>
<![CDATA[Maine to get $1.2 million in $520 million drug settlement]]>  Maine Attorney General Janet Mills announced that the state is joining with several others and the federal government in reaching a $520 million settlement with AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical manufacturer.  Maine will receive $1.2 million in restitution and additional recoveries over the company’s promotion of the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel.

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Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT ]]>
<![CDATA[National State Attorneys General Program: Shutting Down RSS Feed]]> The National State Attorneys General Program is shutting down its RSS feed.  We have transferred our most important updates to our website, www.stateag.org, and our page on Facebook, which is available here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/National-State-Attorneys-General-Program/382727104224?ref=ts.

Thank you for subscribing and we hope that you will follow us through these other media.

-The NSAGP Team

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Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT ]]>
<![CDATA[CT AG sues over Madoff Scheme]]>
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal sued a Westport National Bank and money manager Robert Silverman to recover $16.2 million for investors affected by Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. The defendants are purported to have violated state banking laws when they failed to verify Madoff’s claimed investments, among other allegations.

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Wed, 21 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT ]]>
<![CDATA[California AG seeks court order on Moody's]]>
California Attorney General Jerry Brown is seeking a court order to force the credit rating company Moody’s to comply with a subpoena his office issued as part of an investigation into the company’s role in the housing meltdown. Brown wants to know why Moody’s gave solid ratings to unstable securities backed by sub-prime mortgages.

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Tue, 20 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT ]]>
<![CDATA[Oklahoma AG reviews allegations over ?Feed the Children? charity]]>  Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson has opened a formal investigation of Feed the Children over allegations of misuse of funds. A series of lawsuits filed by the charity’s former president, Larry Jones, preceded the investigation.

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Sat, 10 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT ]]>
<![CDATA[Ohio AG sues nursing home provider]]> Carington Health Systems overstated Medicaid reimbursements for more than 20 nursing home facilities across Ohio, alleges state Attorney General Richard Cordray. The lawsuit seeks triple the amount of damages for each deceptive claim.

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Thu, 8 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT ]]>
<![CDATA[Brown reaches settlement with South California drywall company]]>
Brown reaches settlement with SoCal drywall company (April 5, 2010)
More than 200 workers of a Southern California drywall company will receive $200,000 collectively in back pay, under a settlement with the California State Attorney General’s office.

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Mon, 5 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT ]]>
<![CDATA[Settlement reached over fraudulent coupons in Maryland‏]]>
Settlement reached over fraudulent coupons in Maryland (April 1, 2010)
A settlement has been reached by Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler with Massachusetts-based BJ's Wholesale Club Inc that allegedly provided fraudulent coupons to consumers.

 

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Thu, 1 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT ]]>
<![CDATA[Massachusetts insurance agency prohibited from charging agency fees‏]]>
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has secured an order against a Peabody, Mass.-based insurance agency prohibiting them from charging so-called "agency fees," which are direct additional charges to consumers.

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Mon, 29 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT ]]>
<![CDATA[North Dakota Attorney General files cease-and-desist against oil firm]]> North Dakota Attorney General files cease-and-desist against oil firm (March 26, 2010)
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has announced a cease-and-desist order against oil and gas company Bakken Exploration LLC and its principals over alleged violations of the state's consumer fraud law and for failure to respond to a Civil Investigative Demand.
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Fri, 26 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT ]]>
<![CDATA[Report shows no correlation between pay and quality at MA hospitals]]> A report released by the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley shows that the state’s most prominent hospital groups have demanded higher fees from insurers without increasing the quality of care offered or the amount paid to doctors. Investigators found that cost of care can vary as much as 100% among hospitals.

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Wed, 17 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT ]]>
<![CDATA[Consumer Protection Update - February 4-March 2, 2010]]> Visit stateag.org/consumer to view the following items in the current edition of the Consumer Protection Update:

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Fri, 12 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Thirty-four AGs, FTC settle with identity-protection company]]>  The identity-protection company LifeLock has settled with 34 state attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission for $11 million over deceptive advertising allegations.  Officials alleged that LifeLock misled consumers into believing its fraud alert system would prevent privacy breaches, when in fact it only alerts victims after fraudulent acts occur.

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Tue, 9 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Coakley opposes Workers' Compensation rate hike]]> Coakley opposes Workers’ Compensation rate hike (March 3, 2010)

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley will oppose a more 4 percent raise to Workers' Compensation premiums requested by the insurance industry. The rate increase, if accepted by the Commissioner of Insurance, would allegedly cost small businesses and other employers more than $40 million in extra premiums, which, in these difficult economic times, is a tremendous burden, claims Coakley.

 

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Thu, 4 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Indiana Attorney General Zoeller doesn't want to settle East Chicago lawsuit]]> Indiana Attorney General Zoeller doesn’t want to settle East Chicago lawsuit (March 3, 2010)

The office of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and the city of East Chicago are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Second Century, Inc., which seeks to make the company divulge how $16 million of its East Chicago riverboat casino revenue were spent over the 10 years since the company's creation.  Second Century's casino revenue was allegedly meant to provide economic development in East Chicago but, to date, Second Century has refused to reveal how the money was used.

 

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Thu, 4 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Arizona, Mexico attorneys general to discuss border security]]> Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard will meet with Mexico Attorney General Arturo Chavez Chavez to discuss border security as well as other pressing issues.

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Tue, 2 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Toyota Agrees to Pay for Pickup and Return of Recalled Vehicles]]> Toyota and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) announced an agreement in which Toyota would provide free pickup of recalled cars and transportation to customers whose cars have been recalled. Millions of Toyota cars are in the process of being recalled due to acceleration issues.

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Tue, 2 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[The Maryland attorney general takes a step in the direction of gay marriage]]>
While Maryland law has determined that “only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid in” the state, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has provided an authoritative reading of the law, concluding that same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions may—and should—be recognized in Maryland. 

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Sat, 27 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Attorney General Brown subpoenas 7 California health insurers]]> Attorney General Jerry Brown Thursday subpoenaed Anthem, Aetna Health, Blue Cross, CIGNA, Health Net, Blue Shield of California, Kaiser Permanente and PacifCare healthcare insurance companies for their financial records. Brown said his office began an inquiry last September into claims some of the insurers were denying patient claims in nearly 40 percent of cases.

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Thu, 25 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Colorado attorney general sues credit-repair firm]]> Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has sued Veracity Credit Consultants, a credit-repair company, for allegedly charging upfront fees for its services and failing to disclose to clients the total amount they would ultimately be charged. Under Colorado law, credit-repair firms can only charge fees at the completion of services.]]> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]> <![CDATA[Arkansas announces $18.5M settlement with Eli Lilly]]> The office of Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has reached an $18.5 million settlement with Eli Lilly & Co. over improper marketing of an anti-psychotic medication.

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Wed, 17 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office Obtains Consent Judgement Against Cambridge Realtor]]> Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office has obtained a consent judgment resolving a housing discrimination case against Michael Kanter and his former employer Apartment Rental Experts, LLC, who are accused of violating state anti-discrimination laws by refusing to rent an apartment to a Cambridge resident because he participates in the Section 8 housing subsidy program.]]> Sun, 14 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]> <![CDATA[Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Settles With Upper Manhattan Mega-Landlord Vantage]]> New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo settled with one of Manhattan’s largest landlords, Vantage Properties, for $1 million after threatening to sue the property owner for allegedly harassing thousands of rent-regulated tenants in order to bring in higher paying renters.

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Fri, 12 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Minnesota AG Sues 2 Texas Discount Health Firms]]>  

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has sued two Texas-based health firms, Direct Medical Network Solutions Inc. and Association Healthcare Management Inc., for falsely representing their discounted health care plans as medical insurance to thousands of customers. Swanson estimated that the two companies' customers in Minnesota had lost millions of dollars because the false insurance policies were not honored. 
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Wed, 10 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Madigan files suits against mortgage brokers]]> Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed lawsuits against Hartland Mortgage Centers Inc, American Advisors Group Inc. and company president Reza Jahangiri for allegedly using unfair and deceptive marketing practices in soliciting reverse mortgages to seniors. These Home Equity Conversion Mortgages were falsely marketed to indicate that seniors would be eligible for lifetime monthly income as part of a government benefit program when in fact the offer was for loans that would eventually have to be repaid.

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Mon, 8 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Consumer Protection Update - January 21-February 4, 2010]]> Items in this edition of the Consumer Protection Update include:

Please visit our website for the full update.

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Mon, 8 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[NY Attorney General Sues Bank of America Over Merrill Lynch Merger]]> Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, joined by TARP Inspector General Neil Barofsky, will sue Bank of America and former executives Ken Lewis and Joe Price for allegedly hiding massive losses at Merrill Lynch so that Bank of America shareholders would approve the merger.  Cuomo claims that “[o]nce the deal was approved, Bank of America’s management manipulated the federal government into saving the deal with billions in taxpayer funds by falsely claiming that they would back out of the deal without bailout funds.” ]]> Thu, 4 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]> <![CDATA[Attorney General Says Dey Can Sell "Who Dat"]]> Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell made a decision to allow third-party sellers to sell t-shirts bearing the “Who Dat?” catch phrase as long as they do not bear the team's fleur-de-lis logo of the New Orlean’s Saints (which is an NFL trademark) and aren't sold as official team merchandise. 

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Tue, 2 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Blue Cross to pay fine, stop auto calls]]>

Due to a settlement with the North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and has agreed to stop making automated phone calls and pay the state of North Carolina $95,000 in penalties.  The company commissioned so-called “robo calls” to 100,000 North Carolina residents last October without following state law, which mandates that a live operator announce the automated message and give recipients the chance to refuse the call.

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Thu, 28 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[West Virginia Attorney General Suing Capital One Bank and Four other related Debt Collection Agencies]]> West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw filed a lawsuit against Capital One Bank (USA) N.A. along with Capital One Services, LLC, Capital One Services II, LLC, Capital One Services III, LLC, and COSI Receivables Management which are corporations that provide debt collection services for credit cards that were issued by Capital One Bank.   The lawsuit claims that Capital One Bank and the debt collection corporations conducted various practices that violated West Virginia consumer protection law, including the solicitation of customers with the disguise of new credit, when it really was a debt repayment plan.

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Tue, 26 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and DOJ file antitrust case against Dean Foods]]>  The attorneys general of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan have joined the Department of Justice in challenging Dean Food's acquisition of a competitor's milk business.  The lawsuit seeks to require Dean Foods to sell a dairy processing plant it acquired in April because of reduced competition in the sale of milk to supermarkets.

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Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Consumer Protection Update - December 16, 2009-January 25, 2010]]> Items in this edition of the Consumer Protection Update include:

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Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Arizona AG files lawsuit against deceptive employment service]]>
In a joint lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard has accused the Tucson-based employment agency Government Careers, Inc. of masquerading as a legitimate government career center. As many as 10,000 people nationwide, after the agency guaranteed them federal jobs, signed up for study materials and employment counseling, which never were provided.

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Tue, 19 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Connecticut AG sues Health Net for losing patients' medical records]]>
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has sued the healthcare company Health Net for failing to secure the records of thousands of its members. The company lost private information – including social security and bank account numbers – of 446,000 enrollees last May but did not alert its members until six months later.

 

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Tue, 19 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Hospitals and nursing homes fined for dumping drugs into water supply]]>

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has fined two hospitals and three nursing homes for flushing pharmaceutical waste in Delaware and Putnam counties, which supply part of New York City’s drinking water.  Ten other facilities are under similar investigation.

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Wed, 13 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Louisiana AG targets toxic drywall]]>
Louisiana Attorney General James Caldwell has filed a lawsuit against building supply manufacturers over 1.1 million sheets of toxic drywall used in buildings after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The drywall may cause various health problems, including asthma attacks and heart disease.

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Wed, 13 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[H&R Block will refund $19 million for deceptive retirement accounts]]>
H&R Block Inc. agreed to pay up to $19.4 million to customers who bought “Express IRAs” retirement accounts, settling a lawsuit filed in New York in 2006.  Attorney General Andrew Cuomo claimed H&R block aggressively peddled the accounts, which were “virtually guaranteed” to lose money, without disclosing hidden fees or accurately describing interest rates.

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Wed, 6 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Consumer Protection Update - December 4 - 16, 2009]]> Visit http://stateag.org/consumer for details:

 

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Thu, 17 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Vermont Attorney General dives into milk monopoly accusations]]>

Northeast dairy farmers accusing milk processors DFA, Dean Foods, and HP Hood of monopolistic practices have spurred Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell to solicit farmers’ testimonies and assess the prudence of an antitrust lawsuit.  In a separate class-action suit filed in October, the same milk processors were accused of conspiring to fix prices paid to farmers and of coercing dairy farmers into a limited number of low-paying bottling agreements.

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Tue, 15 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[WA Attorney General McKenna sues DirecTV for big fees in small print]]>
Attorney General Rob McKenna is suing the nation’s largest satellite cable company, DirecTV, for obscuring large fees in its contracts.  McKenna’s office says Washington residents have filed more than 700 complaints against the company since 2006, including 375 this year.

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Tue, 15 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Forty-two AGs weigh in on deceptive credit report web sites]]>
In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, 42 state attorneys general urged the government to strengthen consumer protection against the deceptive marketing of free credit reports. In spite of federal law allowing consumers to obtain free credit reports, several web sites have emerged that market the reports as a benefit of other costly credit-related services that consumers rarely need.

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Wed, 9 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Verizon pays NJ and consumers in settlement]]>

Verizon New Jersey settled a state-filed lawsuit that had accused the company of violating state advertising regulations and the state Consumer Fraud Act while marketing and selling FiOS.  Agreeing to pay $795,000  to the state and provide $50 coupons to 1,160 customers who lodged complaints, Verizon did not admit wrongdoing or liability as it entered into the settlement.

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Mon, 7 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Consumer Protection Update - November 16-December 3, 2009]]> The following articles are available for viewing in the newest edition of the Consumer Protection Update:
Visit http://stateag.org/consumer for the full update.

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Thu, 3 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Connecticut AG probes flu medicine price-gouging]]>

Suspecting some pharmacies have been charging high out-of-pocket prices for flu medicine, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has asked CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens for information about how they have been pricing the drug.  Blumenthal also requested information about why the pharmacies may have changed the price of the drug over the last year.

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Tue, 1 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Facebook and Myspace purge websites of 3,500 NY-area sex offenders]]>

Two major social networking sites cooperated to identify and delete the accounts of over 3,500 New York State registered sex offenders upon the urging of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.  Both Facebook and Myspace had long-standing policies against sex offenders using their sites, but New York’s Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act (“E-Stop”) made it easier for these sites to cross-reference the emails of registered sex offenders in New York with online accounts.

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Tue, 1 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[NY Attorney General sues United Homeless Organization]]>
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a lawsuit on Tuesday alleging the United Homeless Organization, which has long sponsored street-corner donation tables throughout New York City, is a sham. Cuomo claims its president and its director used tens of thousands of dollars from the group for personal expenses while failing to provide any services for the homeless.

 
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Wed, 25 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Program Adviser Julie Brill Nominated for Federal Trade Commission Position]]>
Congratulations to Program Adviser and Lecturer-in-Law Julie Brill, who has been nominated by President Obama for a position as Commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission. Brill, currently the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust at the North Carolina Department of Justice, co-teaches the "Role of the State Attorney General" seminar with Program Director James E. Tierney. Previously, she worked for 21 years as Assistant Attorney General of the Consumer Protection Division at the Vermont Attorney General's Office.
 
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, welcomed the nomination: “Julie Brill’s nomination will be a tonic for an FTC that too often over the last decade has languished while consumers’ interests have given way to special interests.
 
“Vermont has a vibrant record of consumer and privacy protection second to none, and Julie Brill did a masterful job in defending and renewing those rights. I am especially encouraged by her expertise on antitrust and privacy issues. Though these issues directly affect every American, they have not had the FTC’s full attention for far too long.”

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Wed, 18 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST ]]>
<![CDATA[Consumer Protection Update - October 29-November 11, 2009]]> Topics in this edition of the Consumer Protection Update include: 

 

·         Maine Attorney General Janet Mills sues company for unfair and deceptive practices in marketing debt settlement services.
·         Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan settles with internet based telephone provider Vonage for improper billing and marketing practices.
·         Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sues six Missouri businesses for auto warranty fraud.
·         Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announces revocation of funeral home license and seeks restraining order freezing defendant's pre-need assets.
·         Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sues marketing company for deceptively promising to reduce consumers' credit card interest rates.
·         New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram settles with Target Corporation
·         New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announces successful lawsuit against New York antique dealer for defrauding customers
·         Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott seeks restitution from fraudulent mortgage rescue firm.
·         Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum sues Florida companies for charging up-front fees failing to provide promised services.
·         Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott obtains agreement with Tagged.com which prevents it from misappropriating identities from its members.
·         New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo obtains agreement with Tagged.com preventing it from misappropriating identities from its members
·         Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen sues New Jersey locksmiths for deceptively representing themselves as local businesses.
·         Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray sues Texas company for faulty and unfair services in connection with subprime and prime mortgages in Ohio.
·         Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett files suit against Philadelphia pet supply company for making false claims about charitable contributions and failing to provide refunds.
·         Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum sues Florida timeshare resale marketing companies.
·         Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett settles with Pennsylvania assisted living facility for failing to refund security deposits.

 

Please visit stateag.org/consumer for the full update.

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