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Iowa judge cracks down on alleged mail solicitation scheme targeting the elderly

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2016, 2:16pm

DES MOINES (Legal Newsline) — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has announced a Polk County judge has ordered Robert C. Schneider of Schneider Creative to pay $100,000 for his role in allegedly designing mail solicitations that misled and cheated elderly consumers.

Billing Services Group North America agrees to reform business practices

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2016, 2:11pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has announced Billing Services Group North America Inc. has agreed to settle allegations it added unauthorized charges to consumers’ home telephone bills – a process known as “cramming.”

Kentucky attorney general goes after alleged scam targeting business owners

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2016, 2:08pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced his office has filed a lawsuit against Michigan company, Corporate Records Services, for an alleged scam targeting business owners.

Kentucky attorney general takes action against cemetery owner

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2016, 1:58pm

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced his office has filed a lawsuit against Dale Shackelford and Crestlawn Cemetery LLC for allegations of deceitful business practices.

NHT to refund $6.5 million to New England consumers

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2016, 1:54pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced New Hampshire Transmission (NHT) has agreed to a $6.8 million settlement after allegations of improperly including millions of dollars of development costs in its transmission rates.

Illinois attorney general targets DTM Conrete & Stamping for alleged deceptive practices

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2016, 1:50pm

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced her office has filed a lawsuit against David Malmberg and DTM Concrete & Stamping for allegations of violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and Home Repair and Remodeling Act.

Massachusetts bans pest control service from operating in state

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2016, 1:44pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced that Patrick F. McNeil, operating under the names Community Pest Control and Countryside Wildlife, will pay $50,000 to resolve allegations he operated without a license and misled consumers about the safety and effectiveness of his services.

Billing Tree Inc. to refund Vermont consumers

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2016, 1:11pm

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) — Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell has announced Billing Tree Inc., an Arizona company that processes electronic payments, has agreed to pay $178,000 to settle allegations of violating state consumer protection laws.

Pennsylvania targets Dauphin County man for alleged deceptive auto sale practices

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2016, 12:40pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has announced her office filed a civil lawsuit against Theodore J. Sopko of Dauphin County for allegedly advertising the sale of more than 30 vehicles throughout the past year without having the proper licenses.

Washington targets Student Aid Center for Consumer Protection Act violations

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2016, 12:14pm

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced his office has brought a lawsuit against Student Aid Center Inc. and its owners, Ramiro Fernandez-Moris and Damien Alvarez, accusing them of charging students illegal fees for debt adjustment services and consolidating student loans.

Haskins Gas to pay $45,600 after allegedly violating Vermont consumer protection laws

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2016, 12:08pm

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) — Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell has announced Haskins Gas Service Inc., a Vermont company, will pay $45,600 to 96 consumers in the state and $15,000 in civil penalties after allegations of violating state consumer protection laws.

Vermont attorney general comments on Google's advertising decision

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2016, 12:04pm

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) — Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell recently commented on Google’s decision to ban advertising for high-interest personal loans, which are sometimes called “payday loans.”

United States intervenes in case against Prime Healthcare Services

Mark Iandolo May 27, 2016, 7:56pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The Department of Justice announced that the United States intervened in a case against Prime Healthcare Services Inc.; the company’s founder and chief executive office, Dr. Prem Reddy; and 14 Prime hospitals in California.

New Jersey Division of Affairs gives Notices of Violation to 51 contractors

Mark Iandolo May 27, 2016, 7:53pm

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs announced that it issued Notices of Violation to 51 contractors in the first quarter of 2016, which could lead to $844,477 in consumer restitution and civil penalties.

New York AG takes action against Domino's for allegedly underpaying employees

Mark Iandolo May 27, 2016, 7:47pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office has taken action against Domino’s Pizza Inc., Domino’s Pizza LLC and Domino’s Pizza Franchising LLC (collectively, Domino’s), suing the chain for allegedly underpaying workers at least $565,000 at 10 stores in New York.

West Virginia AG asks EPA to stop spending tax dollars on halted Power Plan

Mark Iandolo May 27, 2016, 7:44pm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that, along with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, he drafted a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asking it to stop spending federal tax dollars on the halted Power Plan.

Two West Virginia business owners charged with evading paying taxes

Mark Iandolo May 27, 2016, 7:37pm

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Carol A. Casto for the Southern District of West Virginia announced that two West Virginia business owners have been indicted by a federal grand jury for alleged federal employment tax violations. 

California Attorney General takes action against Johnson & Johnson

Mark Iandolo May 27, 2016, 7:31pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced that her office has taken action against Johnson & Johnson (J&J), suing the company for alleged false advertising and deceptive marketing of its surgical mesh products for women.

American Casing & Equipment Inc. to pay $250,000 after allegations of discrimination

Mark Iandolo May 26, 2016, 10:01pm

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that American Casing & Equipment Inc. will pay $250,000 after allegations it committed race and national origin discrimination and retaliation.

FTC, Florida AG take action against alleged student loan debt relief schemes

Mark Iandolo May 26, 2016, 9:57pm

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that, in association with the State of Florida, it has taken action against Consumer Assistance Project and Student Aid Center for allegedly running fake student loan debt relief schemes.