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March 4, 2015

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission have taken action to stop multiple companies engaging in an illegal robocalling operation using political surveys to sell cruise line vacations. Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc., a marketing company, and seven associated companies participated in CCL’s massive robocalling scheme that allegedly circumvented telemarketing laws and made unlawful sales calls to consumers on the Do Not Call Registry. Florida led a coalition of ten attorneys general and joined the FTC in their investigative efforts to shut down this illegal operation that averaged 12 to 15 million illegal sales calls a day and generated millions of dollars for the companies. FL

February 27, 2015

Identity theft topped the FTC’s national ranking of consumer complaints for the 15th consecutive year, while the agency also recorded a large increase in the number of complaints about so-called “imposter” scams, according to the FTC’s 2014 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. FTC

February 26, 2015

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced joint lawsuits with the Federal Trade Commission aiming to shut down two abusive debt collection rings operating in the Buffalo area and targeting consumers nationwide. According to the complaints, Four Star Resolution, LLC and Vantage Point Services, LLC used threats and abusive language, including false threats that consumers would be arrested, to collect more than $45M in supposed debts. NY

February 18, 2015

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York City Corporation Counsel Zachary W. Carter announced the filing of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit alleging that United Parcel Service, Inc. unlawfully shipped over 136 million contraband cigarettes across New York State in violation of federal and state laws. NY

February 11, 2015

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the sentencing to prison (for 1 1/3 to 4 years) of Haricharan Malhotra, a Suffolk County convenience store operator who pleaded guilty for participating in a multi-year larceny scheme to illegally trade cash for almost $1M in Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) benefits. NY

February 10, 2015

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, along with the Illinois Attorney General and 41 other attorneys general, asked nine oil companies to collaborate with their franchisees to help eliminate synthetic drugs from retail locations operating under their brand names, including gas station and convenience stores. Included among the oil companies addressed in the multi-state request are: British Petroleum, Chevron Corporation, Citgo Petroleum Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Phillips 66, Shell Oil Company, Sunoco, and Valero Energy Corporation. According to the attorneys general, many of the well-known retail gas stations and convenience stores operating under these brands give the appearance of safety and legitimacy to dangerous synthetic products sold there. FL

February 9, 2015

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a settlement of $105,000 with Massachusetts-based Integral Resources Inc. that allegedly solicited Ohioans for charitable donations while misleading consumers into thinking the calls were coming from a charity, versus a business. OH

January 22, 2015

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a settlement with northwest Ohio residents who allegedly used their charity, most recently known as Defining Vision Ministries Inc. and previously known as Focus Up Ministries, to solicit funds for an alleged international pyramid scheme called Profitable Sunrise.

January 14, 2015

A New Jersey court has ordered New Jersey Youth Club, Inc. (NJYC), a Newark-based organization that claims to help underprivileged New Jersey youths, to temporarily cease seeking door-to-door solicitations and temporarily frozen its assets in connection with an action filed on behalf of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. The government claims the organization violated the Charitable Registration and Investigation Act and regulations, as well as the Consumer Fraud Act, by soliciting for contributions although it is not registered as a charitable organization in New Jersey, and by making misleading and untruthful statements while soliciting donations. NJ

January 7, 2015

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, along with eight other attorneys general, announced a settlement with Nevada-based online retailer, Inc. to resolve allegations that Zappos placed consumers’ personal data at risk by allegedly failing to protect financial information during a data breach that occurred in 2012. Zappos has agreed to pay $106,000 to the states and must take certain actions intended to better protect consumers’ information. FL


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