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AG Brnovich Leads 19 States Urging a Court to Reject Another Unfair Class Action Settlement

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed his 9th legal brief urging a court to reject another unfair class action settlement. Leading a bipartisan coalition of 19 state attorneys general, Brnovich filed the latest brief urging a federal district court in New Jersey to reject a proposed class action settlement against WTSO.com (Wines ‘Til Sold Out). Under the proposed settlement being challenged, $1.7 million will go to attorneys while consumers are left with a highly restrictive coupon.

$1.85 Million Verdict Against Car Rental Company for Defrauding AZ Consumers

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich is proud to announce a $1.85 million verdict in a consumer fraud lawsuit filed against Dennis N. Saban and his companies, Phoenix Car Rental and Saban’s Rent-A-Car. After a 5-week trial, a judge found Saban and his car rental companies must pay $1.85 million for violating the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act. Of the $1.85 million, nearly $1 million will go to consumers who were charged unlawful fees during car rental transactions from 2009 to 2016.

Former Registered Investment Advisor Sentenced To 5 Years Prison For Fraud Scheme

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Richard Mark Schmerman, a former investment adviser representative, was sentenced to 5 years in prison and 7 years of probation for stealing more than $3 million dollars in client funds. Schmerman must also pay more than $3 million dollars in restitution to his victims.

Cartel Drug Courier Convicted of Transporting 5,368 Heroin Pills

TUCSON - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a Pima County jury found Sergio Ramon Chavez  guilty of transporting 5,368 heroin pills. Chavez, 41, was found guilty of 3 felony charges including Transportation of Heroin for Sale, Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, and Conspiracy to Transport Heroin for Sale. Chavez’s co-defendant, Anthony Sebastian Cadena, 31, pleaded guilty the day before trial to Conspiracy to Transport Heroin for Sale.

AG Brnovich Joins Bipartisan Coalition Urging Congress to Help Protect Employees from Sexual Harassment

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich joined a bipartisan coalition of 56 states and territories today urging Congress to end secret, forced arbitration in cases of workplace sexual harassment. Too often employees are required to sign employment contracts containing arbitration agreements mandating that sexual harassment claims be resolved through private arbitration instead of the judicial process. The secrecy surrounding these proceedings can protect serial violators and provide inadequate relief to victims.