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  • NAGTRI Center For Consumer Protection Monthly Newsletter

    The NAGTRI Center for Consumer Protection’s monthly newsletter contains articles about consumer issues, summaries of federal and state attorney general enforcement actions, and other items of interest involving consumer issues. To subscribe, click on this link and create an account with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). Once you have set up an account, you will select “My Communication Preferences” and then choose to subscribe to the “Consumer Protection Newsletter.”

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Please find below a digest of recent consumer protection actions  by attorneys general and federal agencies related. To view an archive of past consumer actions listed chronologically, click here.

July 2021

 July 29, 2021

  • Multistate: 22 Attorneys General File Amicus Brief in Support of Challenge to Prior Administration’s Borrower Defense Rule
  • Colorado: Attorney General Weiser’s Office to Send Checks to More Than 200,000 Colorado Consumers From CenturyLink Settlement
  • Connecticut: Attorney General Tong Alerts Businesses and Government Entities to Take Prompt Action to Protect Operations and Personal Information
  • FBI: FBI Warns of a Grandparent Fraud Scheme Using Couriers
  • FTC: FTC Sends Nearly $2.3 Million in Refunds to People who Lost Money to Credit Card Debt Relief Schemes
  • FTC: FTC Obtains $450,000 Settlement in Tate’s Auto Group Case
  • Idaho: Attorney General Wasden Issues Consumer Alert over Online Pet Scams
  • Maryland: Attorney General Frosh Consumer Advisory: New Rental Assistance Resources Available for Tenants and Landlords
  • Massachusetts: Attorney General Healey Sues Grubhub for Charging Restaurants Illegally High Fees During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
  • Michigan: Attorney General Nessel Reissues Consumer Alerts Following Severe Weather
  • New York: Attorney General James Urges Facebook to Combat COVID-19 Vaccine Disinformation in Latino Communities
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Four Executives and Company Charged with Price Fixing in Ongoing Investigation into Broiler Chicken Industry

 July 28, 2021

  • Arkansas: Attorney General Rutledge Files Lawsuit Against Kristy and Erik Schneider for Falsifying Their Child’s Health Condition to Receive Charitable Donations
  • CFPB: CFPB Releases Online Tool to Help Renters and Landlords Access Federal Assistance
  • CPSC: CPSC Reminds Consumers of Prior Warning: Stop Use of Waupaca Elevators Until Overspeed Safety Device Is Installed; One Death Occurred Prior to the 2018 Recall
  • FDA: FDA Warns Firm with Over 15 Million Products Listed with FDA to Remove Unauthorized E-Cigarette Products from Market
  • FDA: FDA Approves First Interchangeable Biosimilar Insulin Product for Treatment of Diabetes
  • Florida: Attorney General Moody Takes Action Against Landscaping Company Targeting Seniors
  • FTC: FTC Testifies Before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Legislation to Modify the Commission’s Authority and Address Challenges Facing the Agency
  • Kentucky: Attorney General Cameron Op-Ed: Historic Settlement of More Than $460 Million Brings Hope in Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic
  • Maryland: Attorney General Frosh’s Securities Division Bars Maryland Cryptocurrency Company and Its Owners From Operating in Maryland
  • Michigan: Attorney General Nessel Issues Consumer Alert Regarding Rental Listing Scams for Rental Assistance Day of Action
  • South Carolina: Attorney General Wilson Announces Grand Jury indictment of Boys and Girls Clubs of Myrtle Beach Former Director for Embezzling More Than $100,000
  • South Carolina: Attorney General Wilson Applauds Passage of New Law to Combat Financial Exploitation of the Elderly and Other Vulnerable Adults
  • West Virginia: Attorney General Morrisey: Strong Closing Argument Continues W.Va. Strategy to Expand Accountability in Opioid Crisis
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Justice Department Requires Substantial Divestitures in Gray’s Acquisition of Quincy to Protect American Consumers and Small Businesses
  • U.S. Treasury: Treasury Joins Administration Call to Action to Alert Americans to Emergency Rental Assistance and Promote CFPB “Rental Assistance Finder”

 July 27, 2021

  • CFPB: CFPB Finds Credit Applications Have Mostly Recovered to Pre-Pandemic Levels
  • IRS: Security Summit: Tax Pros Should Encourage Clients to Obtain IP PINs to Protect Against Tax-Related Identity Theft
  • Kansas: Attorney General Schmidt Announces SCOTUS Special Master Reports that Kansas and Other States Should Recover Unclaimed Checks from Delaware
  • Maryland: Attorney General Frosh Prevails in Case Against AT&T and Cricket Wireless
  • Michigan: Attorney General Nessel: Consent Judgment Reached with Executive Car Rental after Alleged Breach of Agreement
  • New Hampshire: Attorney General Formella Consumer Alert: Fraudulent Websites Purporting to be Associated with Registration for the TSA PreCheck® Application Program

 July 26, 2021

  • FTC: FTC to Host Virtual PrivacyCon on July 27
  • Georgia: Attorney General Carr Reveals Georgia’s Top Consumer Complaints for 2020
  • U.S. Department of Justice (D MA): Two Nigerian Nationals Indicted for Romance and Pandemic Unemployment Fraud Schemes

 July 24, 2021

  • California: Attorney General Bonta Issues Consumer Alert on Price Gouging Following State of Emergency Declarations in Plumas, Butte, Lassen, and Alpine Counties Due to Wildfires

 July 23, 2021

  • District of Columbia: Attorney General Racine Announces Car Sharing Company, Getaround, to Pay Nearly $1 Million in Unpaid Taxes & for Misrepresenting Benefits and Features of Platform

 July 22, 2021

  • Colorado: Attorney General Weiser Announces Insurance Company to Pay Thousands of Dollars Owed to Colorado Manufactured Home Purchasers
  • Massachusetts: Attorney General Healey Awards $1.9 Million in Funding for Local Consumer Mediation Programs

 July 21, 2021

  • Multistate: Attorneys General Announce Proposed $26 Billion Settlement with Opioid Distributors and Opioid Manufacturer Johnson & Johnson
  • FTC: FTC to Ramp Up Law Enforcement Against Illegal Repair Restrictions
  • FTC: FTC Votes to Reverse Course on Repeal of Fabric Care Labels
  • Georgia: SCAM ALERT: Attorney General Carr Warns of Pyramid Schemes Aimed at Instagram Users
  • Mississippi: Attorney General  Fitch Reaches Settlement with Santander for Deceptive Auto Loan Practices
  • U.S. Department of Justice: KuuHuub Inc., Kuu Huub Oy and Recolor Oy to Pay Civil Penalty for Children’s Online Privacy Violations
  • Washington: Attorney General Ferguson Rejects Insufficient Opioid Distributors Settlement, Heads Toward Trial
  • West Virginia: Attorney General Morrisey States Opposition to Unfair Opioid Settlement Based On Population
  • West Virginia: Attorney General Morrisey Secures Court Order, Shuts Down Used Car Dealership

 July 20, 2021

  • CPSC: CPSC Urges Vacation Rental Platforms, AirBnB, Vrbo, TripAdvisor and Others to Require Owners to Disable Home Elevators Immediately
  • FCC: FCC Requests Information on the Status of Private-Led Traceback Efforts of Suspected Unlawful Robocalls
  • Florida: VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Highlights Resources Available to Service Members During Military Consumer Protection Month
  • Indiana: Attorney General Rokita Sues Aloft Mgt, Fox Lake over Dangerous and Unlawful Conditions
  • Michigan: Attorney General Nessel, MDHHS Director Hertel Reissue Consumer Alert Following Notice of Food Assistance Scam
  • New Jersey: Acting Attorney General Bruck, Bureau of Securities Orders Cryptocurrency Company ‘BlockFi’ to Stop Offering Interest-Bearing Accounts
  • New York: Attorney General James Reaches $1.1 Billion Agreement with Big Three Distributors to Treat and Prevent Opioid Use in NYS
  • North Dakota: Attorney General Stenehjem Warns Prize Notification Scam Still Finding Victims
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Los Angeles Towing Company for Illegally Selling a Car Owned by a U.S. Marine
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Two Romanian Nationals Charged for Roles in an International Online Auction Fraud Scheme

 July 19, 2021

  • California: Attorney General Bonta Announces First-Year Enforcement Update on the California Consumer Privacy Act, Launches New Online Tool for Consumers to Notify Businesses of Potential Violations
  • Connecticut: Attorney General Tong Launches Elder Justice Hotline
  • Florida: Attorney General Moody Consumer Alert: Beware of Scammers Trying to Exploit Child Tax Credit Payments
  • Michigan: Attorney General Nessel Provides Update on Consumer Concerns Related to June Flooding

 July 16, 2021

  • Multistate: Coalition of 9 Attorneys General File Joint Objection to Purdue Bankruptcy Plan
  • California:  Attorney General Bonta Issues Consumer Alert on Price Gouging Following State of Emergency Declarations in Siskiyou, Lassen, and Plumas Counties Due to Wildfires
  • Illinois: Attorney General Raoul Commemorates Military Consumer Month
  • Indiana: Attorney General Rokita Encourages Military Service Members and Veterans to Guard Against Scams
  • Kentucky: Attorney General Cameron Announces Settlement with Fuel Retailer for Unfair Business Practices Following Colonial Pipeline Shutdown
  • Massachusetts: Attorney General Healey to Debt Collectors: Child Tax Credit Payments Are Off Limits
  • Massachusetts: Attorney General Healey Celebrates Debt Relief Victory for Thousands of Former Corinthian Students in Massachusetts
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Two Men Convicted for Roles in $4.5 Million International Telemarketing Scheme