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PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced the U.S. Supreme Court denied Apple Inc.’s request for the Court to review a lower court decision, clearing the way for the distribution of $8.6 million to Arizonans who paid artificially-inflated prices for e-books. In total, $400 million will be refunded to U.S. consumers nationwide. The lower court held Apple liable for conspiring with five major publishers to raise the prices of electronic books. Arizona consumers purchased 2.14% of all e-books sold from April 1, 2010 to May 21, 2012.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 10:06am
PHOENIX - In recognition of Arizona Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Mark Brnovich released a list of the 2015 Top Consumer Fraud Complaints reported in Arizona. More than 16,000 Arizonans filed consumer complaints in 2015. The Arizona Attorney General's Office distributed more than $3.1 million dollars in restitution for approximately 9,900 victims of consumer fraud last year. Arizona Consumer Protection Week is held in conjunction with National Consumer Protection week, a nationwide campaign that promotes consumer education and scam awareness.
Monday, March 7, 2016 - 8:03am
Monday, March 7, 2016 - 8:05am
Monday, March 7, 2016 - 4:12pm
TUCSON – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against Sonia Hodgin and Hodgin & Co, LLC (“Defendants”). Defendants are accused of violating the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act by charging struggling homeowners thousands of dollars for foreclosure assistance services and failing to provide those services.
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:49am
PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced a $13 million national settlement with MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. to ensure safeguards are in place to protect consumers from international wire transfer scams. A multi-state investigation found scammers used MoneyGram’s wire transfer service when conning victims into wiring thousands of dollars to the scammers. In addition to Arizona, 48 states and the District of Columbia participated in this settlement.
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:59pm
PHOENIX - The Office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich obtained a $30,612 Judgment against a Tucson woman who offered fraudulent legal services to the Spanish-speaking community. Ofelia Olivas Lizarraga, owner of Multiservicios Olivas, LLC, falsely represented that she was qualified and authorized to provide legal advice and prepare legal documents in immigration, divorce, and other legal matters.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:37am
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court granted an application for a stay blocking the EPA Clean Power Plan from going into effect. Arizona is part of a 26-state coalition led by West Virginia and Texas fighting against federal overreach.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 8:04am
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the sentencing of a Phoenix husband and wife who engaged in the unlawful use of food stamps. George Cortez and Robin Cortez were sentenced to 6 months in jail, 3 years supervised probation, and ordered to pay more than $94,038 to the State of Arizona. George and Robin Cortez both pled guilty to two counts of unlawful use of food stamps and one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices following an investigation by the Arizona Department of Economic Security and its Office of Inspector General.
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 1:41pm
PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Arizona homeowners will receive approximately $2.6 million dollars in direct payments and more than $4 million in loan modifications as a result of a national settlement with mortgage servicer HSBC. The repayment is part of a $470 million joint state-federal settlement due to abusive foreclosure and loan servicing practices.
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 9:43am