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Montana legislators fail to override governor's 8 vetoes

Jun. 18, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers were unable to override Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's vetoes of eight bills that had passed with more than a two-thirds majority. The secretary of state's office released results of a mail-in vote on the final three bills Tuesday. It's been 20 years since a...

Consumer group warns of dangers of classic summer toys

Jun. 18, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A consumer advocacy group is reminding parents of the dangers of classic summertime toys like baby pools, high-powered water guns and inflatable pool rings. Boston-based World Against Toys Causing Harm issued its annual list of 10 "summer safety traps" Tuesday. Other toys on the list include...

Wisconsin CUB sees consumer, environmental fights converge

Jun. 16, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As a wave of consumer activism swept the country in the 1970s, Wisconsinites formed the country's first statewide consumer advocacy group focused on utilities. This year marks Wisconsin Citizens Utility Board's 40th anniversary. Over the years, CUB's survival has depended on staying...

The Latest: States sue to stop $26.5B Sprint-T-Mobile deal

Jun. 11, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on T-Mobile-Sprint lawsuit (all times local): 12:25 p.m. A group of state attorneys general led by New York and California are filing a lawsuit to block T-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid for Sprint, citing consumer harm. The state AGs say the merger would hurt competition and drive up...

AP Interview: Nessel blasts GOP-proposed cuts to her budget

Jun. 1, 2019 4:11 AM EDT

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Republican-backed cuts to her budget would have a "devastating" impact, limiting the office's ability to protect consumers, prosecute sexually abusive clergy and look into wrongful convictions. The general fund reductions proposed by...

AP Interview: Nessel blasts GOP-proposed cuts to her budget

Jun. 1, 2019 4:02 AM EDT

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says Republican-backed cuts to her budget would have a "devastating" impact, limiting the office's ability to protect consumers, prosecute sexually abusive clergy and look into wrongful convictions. The general fund reductions proposed by...

New Hampshire sues 3M, DuPont, other chemical companies

May. 29, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has sued eight companies including 3M and the DuPont Co. for damage it says has been caused by a class of potentially toxic chemicals found in pizza boxes, fast-food wrappers and drinking water. The substances — known collectively as PFAS — have been used in...

Kaul blends environmental, consumer protection units

May. 23, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Josh Kaul is combining the state Department of Justice's environmental and consumer protection units in an effort to gain an additional environmental attorney position. Kaul, a Democrat, announced the move Thursday. He said in a news release that the new Public...

On the Money: How new rules for debt collectors affect you

May. 22, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The next text message you receive may not be a funny picture from your mom, or an update on how late your friend will be to brunch. It could be a debt collector. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed new rules to govern how third-party debt collectors contact borrowers. The...

Coalition launches initiative to cap auto title loan costs

May. 16, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A newly formed coalition that includes faith, consumer and civil rights groups has filed an initiative that would cap the interest charged on auto title loans. The group known as Arizonans for Fair Lending filed paperwork for the initiative with the Secretary of state's office on Wednesday....