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Recent Filings of Interest

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Cancer Fund of America and Related Charities

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett have joined with every other state in the country, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Trade Commission in a federal lawsuit against four phony cancer charities and their operators with strong ties to East Tennessee. The joint complaint alleges that the defendants - including Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, and The Breast Cancer Society- portrayed themselves to donors as legitimate charities with the primary purpose of providing direct support to cancer patients in the United States. The complaint alleges the charities scammed more than $187 million from consumers across the country, spending more money on salaries and personal items than on care for cancer patients...Cancer Fund of America filings.


Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion

Equifax Information Services, LLC, Experian Information Solutions Inc., and TransUnion LLC are the nation's three largest credit reporting agencies ("CRAs") tasked with collecting and reporting consumer credit data. As a result of the settlement, the CRAs must take steps to improve the accuracy of their reporting and their system for handling error disputes. In addition, the CRAs must pay $6 million to the participating states, of which Tennessee will receive $157,911.56. The CRAs denied wrongdoing....credit reporting agencies filings.


Sprint

This settlement involves allegations that Sprint placed charges for third-party services on consumers' mobile telephone bills that had not been authorized by the consumer, a practice known as "mobile cramming." Consumers who have been "crammed" were typically charged $9.99 per month for services such as horoscopes, trivia, and sports scores, that the consumers did not request. The Attorneys General and federal regulators allege cramming occurred when Sprint placed charges on consumers' mobile bills for these services without the consumer's knowledge or consent...Sprint filings.


Verizon Wireless

This settlement involves allegations that Verizon placed charges for third-party services on consumers' mobile telephone bills that had not been authorized by the consumer, a practice known as "mobile cramming." Consumers who have been "crammed" were typically charged $9.99 per month for services such as horoscopes, trivia, and sports scores, that the consumers did not request. The Attorneys General and federal regulators allege cramming occurred when Verizon placed charges on consumers' mobile bills for these services without the consumer's knowledge or consent...Verizon filings.


Wholesale, Inc.

Wholesale, Inc. located in Middle Tennessee, allegedly violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act by sending mailers to Tennesseans and service members residing near the Fort Campbell Military Post. As a result of the settlement, Wholesale must maintain proof to support all advertising claims and develop policies and procedures for reviewing and approving its advertisements. In addition, Wholesale agreed to pay the State $50,000. Wholesale denied any wrongdoing...Wholesale, Inc. filings.