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12/2009

Terry Goddard Sues Major Payday Lender for Deceptive Practices

(Phoenix, Ariz. - December 4, 2009)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today filed a lawsuit alleging deceptive business and debt litigation practices against national payday lender Quik Cash (QC Holdings, Inc., and subsidiary QC Financial Services, Inc.).

The lawsuit seeks up to $5 million in restitution, asks the court to set aside hundreds of deceptively obtained court judgments against Arizona payday loan borrowers and seeks to stop the company from doing business in Arizona. 

Terry Goddard Settles Deceptive Advertising Suit for $175,000

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 8, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced a $175,000 settlement resolving a consumer fraud lawsuit against the owners and operators of Amir & Sanchez Nutraceuticals, a Tucson-based company.

The lawsuit alleges that Larby Amirouche, 20, and Robert Thomas Norton, 22, violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act by using deceptive advertising techniques.

Goddard in Washington for Mortgage Lending, Consumer Protection Meetings

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 9, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard will be in Washington, D.C. Thursday to meet with executives from some of the nation’s largest banks to discuss ways to minimize the next wave of foreclosures facing homeowners and commercial mortgage borrowers. He will be joined by Attorneys General from other states hardest hit by the mortgage crisis.

Attorney General’s Office Issues Legal Opinion on School District Override Elections

(Phoenix, Ariz. – Dec. 9, 2009) The Arizona Attorney General’s Office today released a formal legal Opinion regarding H.B. 2011, section 72(1), school district override elections.

The Office was asked for an Opinion on whether “school districts that conducted failed budget override elections in November 2009 [could] conduct another override election in March 2010?”

The Opinion concludes that for “fiscal year 2009-2010, the school districts that conducted failed budget override elections in November 2009 may conduct another override in 2010.”

Consumer Advisory: Two Infant Deaths Prompt Recall of Amby Baby Beds

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Dec. 10, 2009) Attorney General Terry Goddard today warned consumers of the dangers of Amby Baby Motion Beds, which were involved in the suffocation deaths of two infants in recent months. 

The design of the bed can lead to possible titling or shifting which can cause the infant to roll and subsequently become trapped or wedged against the fabric and/or mattress pad, resulting in a risk of suffocation. 

Free Mediation Training Scheduled for Court Volunteers in Pima County

(Tucson, Ariz. - Dec. 11, 2009) The Attorney General's Office Civil Rights Division, in partnership with the Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Court, is offering a free, 40-hour mediation course to train Pima County volunteers to help resolve local court disputes.

The 40-hour mediation training will be offered in Tucson, February 17, 18, 19, 22 and 23. 

Mediators are neutral parties who help disputing parties reach agreements in various types of cases. Mediation is a valuable alternative to litigation; it can save time and money and reduce stress. 

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