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Juul to pay $14.5 million to settle Arizona vaping lawsuit

Nov. 23, 2021 21:05 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — E-cigarette giant Juul Labs will pay Arizona $14.5 million and vowed not to market to young people in the state to settle a consumer fraud lawsuit. The settlement announced by Attorney General Mark Brnovich Tuesday is the second Juul has reached with...

Consumer advocates: New facts demand fresh FirstEnergy audit

Nov. 08, 2021 16:59 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Advocates for electricity consumers in Ohio are asking the state's utility regulatory board to reopen one of its audits of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. after discovering evidence that the first review didn't look at whether money the company has admitted funneling...

North Carolina AG sues 14 companies over fire suppressant

Nov. 04, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lawsuits filed by North Carolina's attorney general against 14 manufacturers of a fire suppressant claim the makers caused a public nuisance, created a design defect, failed to warn their customers and fraudulently transferred corporate assets to shield their profits, a...

Feds warn companies: Fake online reviews could lead to fines

Oct. 14, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators say they are cracking down on “an explosion” of businesses' use of fake reviews and other misleading messages to promote their products and services on social media. The Federal Trade Commission said it has warned hundreds of...

Firm to pay $2.6M, stop making false timeshare claims

Sep. 29, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A “timeshare exit” firm accused by the Washington state Attorney General’s Office of misleading customers must refund some of its former clients. The terms of a consent decree filed Tuesday in King County Superior Court say Reed Hein &...

Former Chick-fil-A employee pleads guilty to fraud

Sep. 21, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former Chick-fil-A manager pleaded guilty Tuesday in a scheme that defrauded customers of nearly $500,000 to finance a lifestyle that included luxury vehicles and vacations, prosecutors said. Larry James Black Jr., who worked as hospitality...

Man sentenced in $4 million fraud scheme involving boats

Sep. 17, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Rogersville man was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison for running a boat building scheme that defrauded customers out of more than $4 million. Michael Michael David Dismer, 53, was sentenced for tax evasion for failing to pay...