Cooper latest AG to take on BlueHippo

John O'Brien Oct. 28, 2008, 2:43pm


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) - Another state attorney general is taking action against troubled computer seller BlueHippo.

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper says the company has ripped off more than 4,500 in a lawsuit he filed Thursday that seeks more than $2.5 million.

The company has come under fire for its selling practices, accused of targeting consumers who are on fixed or limited incomes and/or have poor credit while driving up the prices of their products. Cooper claims the company's prices were often three times higher than what a consumer would pay at an electronics outlet.

Cooper, who has filed two previous motions against the company for its failure to comply with subpoenas, also said the company made misleading statements about its financing division to lure consumers.

Maryland's Doug Gansler, Florida's Bill McCollum and West Virginia's Darrell McGraw have also filed actions against the company. BlueHippo agreed to pay $1.4 million in restitution and cancel $1.5 million in debt in Maryland.

BlueHippo has filed a countersuit against McGraw, claiming its advertising is protected free speech.

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