Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich



Enforcement Action

AG Horne Announces Alleged Consumer Fraud-Related Contempt Action Against Tempe Transmission Shop

PHOENIX (Monday, January 30, 2012) -- Attorney General Tom Horne today announced that he has asked for a court order requiring Tempe-based Transplant Plus and its principals to show cause why they should not be held in Contempt for multiple violations of their July 8, 2011 Consumer Fraud Consent Judgment with the State. Garo Enterprises, Inc. is a Tempe transmission shop run by Robert Brady, which conducts business under the name Transplant Transmissions. The company sells and installs remanufactured transmissions at 1750 E. Elliot Road, Tempe, Arizona.

AG Horne: AZ to Receive Approx $1.6 Billion as Part of National Mortgage Settlement

PHOENIX (Thursday, February 9, 2012) -- Attorney General Tom Horne announced that at 11:00 p.m. last night, Arizona reached agreement to join a landmark $25 billion joint federal-state agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers over foreclosure abuses and fraud, and unacceptable nationwide residential mortgage servicing practices.  Arizona’s share is over $1.6 billion.

The agreement reached last night includes settlement of Arizona’s separate lawsuit against Bank of America.

AG Horne Files Antitrust Suit Against U.S. Publishers And Apple For Fixing E-Book Prices

PHOENIX (Wednesday, April 11, 2012) Attorney General Tom Horne and 15 other state attorneys general today filed suit against three of the nation’s largest book publishers and Apple, Inc. for conspiring to raise the retail prices of electronic books. Electronic books, commonly referred to as “e-books”, are electronic versions of books that can be read on a variety of electronic devices including cellular telephones, computers, tablets and e-book readers.

AG Horne Files Lawsuit Alleging Consumer Fraud Violations Against Loan Modification Company

PHOENIX (Monday, April 23, 2012) -- Attorney General Tom Horne today filed a lawsuit against Mortgage Relief Group, d.b.a. Mortgage Assistance Group, and its owner, Stan Allotey, alleging that the Defendants engaged in deceptive loan modification services. 

The lawsuit alleges that since at least February of 2008, the company deceived consumers into paying fees, ranging from $995 to $3,245, for loan modification services by misrepresenting their ability to help consumers obtain mortgage relief and save their homes, thereby violating the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act. 

AG Horne Announces $395,000 Judgment in Fraud Case Involving HVAC Company

PHOENIX (Wednesday, April 25, 2012) -- Attorney General Tom Horne today announced that a consent agreement has been reached between the Attorney General's office and American Residential Services, L.L.C., a home heating and air conditioning repair company. The company had been accused in a September, 2011 filing in Pima County Superior Court of numerous violations of the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act, including false, misleading and deceptive sales tactics involving older consumers. 

AG Horne Announces A Settlement With Underwater Property Solutions, LLC

PHOENIX (Thursday, April 26, 2012) -- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has reached a settlement with Underwater Property Solutions, LLC ("UPS"), a Scottsdale, Arizona based mortgage loan modification service company that the State accused, in a consumer fraud lawsuit, of participating in a deceptive scheme designed to collect advance fees from consumers looking for assistance in obtaining mortgage loan modifications. In nearly all cases, it is illegal for businesses to charge upfront fees for loan modifications. 

AG Horne Reaches $100 Million Settlement with Abbott Laboratories

PHOENIX (Monday, May 7, 2012) -- Attorney General Tom Horne today joined 44 other states and the District of Columbia in announcing a $100 million settlement with Abbott Laboratories over allegations of illegal off-label marketing of its Depakote drug. 

The agreement marks the largest consumer protection-based pharmaceutical settlement ever reached. Arizona will receive nearly $2 million and the Illinois-based Abbott will be restricted from marketing the drug for off-label uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

AG Horne Files Suit Against Phoenix Towing Company over Consumer Rip-Offs

PHOENIX (Tuesday, May 8, 2012) -- A Phoenix towing company is accused of multiple consumer fraud violations after an Attorney General’s Office sting operation shows the company fraudulently charging a customer for repairs that were not actually made, Attorney General Tom Horne said today. 

The Attorney General’s Office has filed suit in Maricopa County Superior Court alleging that Sun Valley Towing, LLC, has engaged in a pattern of defrauding consumers through multiple repair scams. The lawsuit was served on the Defendants late last week. 


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