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Horne Announces Consumer Fraud Action Puts Tempe-Based Transplant Plus Transmissions Out of Business

PHOENIX (Tuesday, June 5, 2012) -- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne today announced that a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge has approved an Addendum to Consent Judgment requiring a Tempe transmission shop, Transplant Plus Transmissions, to cease operations after the shop violated a previous judgment. 

The State filed the contempt petition in February alleging that Transplant Plus had violated the consent judgment they entered with the State in July 2011 by:

Consumer Protection Watch: AG Horne takes action against scammers

PHOENIX (Friday, July 13, 2012) -- Attorney General Tom Horne has obtained consent judgments against two telemarketing/ business opportunity scams operating in Arizona; Higher Impact, LLC and Global Web Exchange, LLC. 

“Business opportunity scams are proliferating and my office works very diligently to prosecute these cases,” Horne said. “It is important that all consumers, especially seniors, be aware of these schemes and if they believe they have been victimized, they should contact my office immediately” 

Horne: Scottsdale Company Barred From Soliciting Loan Services to Arizona Consumers

PHOENIX (Monday, July 30, 2012) -- Attorney General Tom Horne announced today that his office has reached an agreement with a Scottsdale-based company in which they will stop soliciting loan services to Arizona consumers. 

The company, Double C’s, LLC, doing business as Lowrate.com, has agreed to an Assurance of Discontinuance stemming from its operation of the Lowrate.com website that solicited consumers, including Arizona consumers, for loans. 

AG Horne Files Two Lawsuits Against Mortgage Modification Assistance Companies Operating In Both Phoenix and Tucson

PHOENIX (Wednesday, August 15, 2012) -- Attorney General Horne announced today two lawsuits have been filed against Arizona companies selling mortgage modification services to distressed homeowners. 

“There is still a significant amount of fallout from the mortgage crisis, and consumers need to remain vigilant when approached about mortgage modification services,” Horne said. “The legal actions that have been filed serve as a reminder that people need to be very careful about dealing only with reputable servicers.” 

Horne Secures $69 Million Agreement with Three Major U.S. Publishers over E-Book Price-Fixing Allegations

PHOENIX (Wednesday, August 29, 2012) -- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, along with 54 attorneys general in other states, districts and U.S. territories, announced today that he has reached an antitrust settlement with three of the largest book publishers in the United States. Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C. and Simon & Schuster Inc. have agreed to pay more than $69 million to consumers to resolve an antitrust suit alleging they illegally conspired to fix the prices of electronic books (E-books).

Horne Announces Largest Multi-State Pharmaceutical Settlement Over Alleged Improper Marketing

PHOENIX (Thursday, August 30, 2012) -- In the single largest multi-state consumer protection-based pharmaceutical settlement, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced today that he, along with 36 other Attorneys General reached a record $181 million dollar settlement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. arising from alleged improper marketing of the antipsychotic drugs Risperdal and Invega (Risperdal). Arizona’s share of the settlement is $6,094,396.00. 

Horne Settles Mortgage Services case

PHOENIX (Friday, September 07, 2012) -- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has reached a settlement with The Mortgage Law Group a/k/a Macey Aleman & Searns, a Chicago-based law firm 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 consumers upfront fees for loan modifications. 

Multi-Million Dollar Consumer Drug Scheme Alleged in Lawsuit Filed by Horne

PHOENIX (Wednesday, September 19, 2012) - The state of Arizona has filed a lawsuit against McKesson Corporation, the nation’s largest drug wholesaler, alleging the company violated Arizona’s Consumer Fraud Act by artificially inflating the prices of more than 400 brand-name prescription drugs, costing consumers millions of dollars, Attorney General Tom Horne announced today. 

Among the drugs that are alleged to have been marked-up inappropriately are: Allegra, Azmacort, Celebrex, Coumadin, Flonase, Lipitor, Neurontin, Nexium, Prevacid, and Valium. 

Horne: Bulk of State's $57 Million in Historic Mortgage Settlement To Keep People in Homes

PHOENIX (September 24, 2012) -- Attorney General Tom Horne today released the details explaining how Arizona will utilize $57 million in Mortgage Settlement funds. This $57 million is comprised of funds awarded to Arizona as part of the National Mortgage Settlement with the five largest banks plus $10 million obtained by the Attorney General to settle a separate lawsuit against Bank of America. 

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