Dec 15 2010
Dannon will pay $21 million to settle allegations of illegal advertising brought by 39 attorneys general who poo-pooed the company’s claims about the degree to which its Activia yogurt can improve regularity and DanActive can boost immunity.
Dec 15 2010
Washington residents have filed 2,000 complaints about DIRECTV with our office. Now those consumers can find some relief under a settlement to be filed Thursday in King County Superior Court.
Dec 07 2010
When I first learned about Wizy-Wiz eCommerce and its many past lives, I drew comparisons to the Wizard of Oz who hid behind lies until Dorothy lifted the curtain.
Nov 24 2010
Attorney General Rob McKenna handed out an early holiday gift for Washington food bank programs today: nearly $570,000 in assistance.
Nov 08 2010
The former owners of U.S. Fidelis, a company that once the nation’s top marketer of auto service contracts, won’t be bugging you anymore. The Washington Attorney General’s Office spearheaded a multistate settlement with the company’s former owners, Missouri brothers Darain and Cory Atkinson, that bars them from telemarketing or selling service contracts in 11 states. The agreement also severely restricts how the duo advertises any other product or service and requires them to turn over nearly all their assets.
Oct 22 2010
Assistant Attorney General Jack Zurlini does windows. And roofs. And vinyl siding. Zurlini is hammering home the importance of honest advertising to home remodelers. An industry magazine, Replacement Contractor, published an interview with Zurlini this week about how and why the Washington Attorney General’s Office brought the cases.
Oct 06 2010
Help is available for Washington residents who obtained problematic mortgages from Wachovia Bank and Golden West Corp., which did business as World Savings Bank. At least 400 Washington borrowers who received "Pick-A-Pay" payment option adjustable-rate mortgages will be eligible for loan modifications ...
Sep 28 2010
Penny auction sites lure thousands of consumers daily with cheap prices on brand-name electronics, designer handbags and discounted store gift cards. Wired.com describes penny auctions as “a combination of bingo night, the Home Shopping Network and a slot machine addiction.” But an investigation by the Washington Attorney General’s Office shows how some of these sites can fool consumers into paying big bucks on an auction with no winner ...
Sep 20 2010
As my good deed for the day, I wanted to call attention to a settlement reached last week between the Federal Trade Commission and Ticketmaster in regards to what the FTC alleges were “deceptive bait-and-switch tactics to sell event tickets” for Bruce Springsteen shows late last year.
Aug 11 2010
“Intelius chose cash over candor,” Attorney General Rob McKenna said during a news conference yesterday where our office announced a $1.3 million settlement with Intelius.