Posts Tagged ‘consumer protection’

U.S. Supreme Court schedules oral argument for Jim Hood’s price-fixing lawsuit

by Published: September 13,2013

Tags: consumer protection, law, Mississippi, U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in November related to Attorney General Jim Hood’s price-fixing lawsuit against liquid crystal display (LCD) screen manufacturers. In 2011, Hood sued the companies, accusing them of price-fixing from December 2006 to April 2011. He claimed the companies of forcing consumers to pay too much for their products, […] [...]

BBB warns of scammers targeting Entergy customers

BRANDON — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Mississippi is warning of a utility scam targeting Entergy customers in the state of Louisiana. John O’Hara, CEO of BBB in Mississippi, says these types of scams “are like the weather, they start out in one area and spread out.” These scams will also move from utility […] [...]

Hazlehurst man gets jail time for dealing bogus goods

HAZLEHURST — Authorities say a Hazlehurst man has been sentenced to five years after being convicted of selling counterfeit goods. The Mississippi attorney general’s office says 25-year-old Christopher Williams was sentenced by Judge Lamar Pickard in Copiah County Circuit Court. Authorities say an undercover investigation caught Williams selling counterfeit purses and other bogus merchandise on […] [...]

FDA warns Vietnam about banned substances in fish imports

JACKSON — The Food and Drug Administration recently warned Vietnam about a rise in banned substances found in seafood imported into the U.S., according to The Catfish Institute. The Institute reports the warning comes on the heels of significant increases in FDA import refusals of Vietnamese seafood shipments, which jumped from 12 refusals in March […] [...]

Council of Better Business Bureaus celebrating its first 100 years

The year 1912 brought us the sinking of the Titanic and the birth of the Better Business Bureau. Both have become part of our vocabulary – the Titanic for hitting an iceberg and the Better Business Bureau for helping businesses avoid hitting one with their customers. While the non-profit Council of Better Business Bureaus has […] [...]

Coast businessman sentenced for embezzling from customers

OCEAN SPRINGS — A Coast businessman has been sentenced for embezzlement and must pay full restitution to his victims, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Rusty Lee Keenum, 37, of Ocean Springs, appeared before Judge John C. Gargiulo and pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement. The judge sentenced Keenum to six years in the […] [...]

Obama makes choice for consumer protection czar

by Published: September 17,2010

Tags: consumer protection, consumers

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is naming Elizabeth Warren a special adviser to oversee creation of a new consumer protection bureau, dodging a fight with Senate Republicans who view her as too critical of Wall Street to be confirmed as the agency’s chief. Obama had spoken glowingly of Warren as a possible leader of the […] [...]

FTC warns retailers about mislabeling products

by Published: February 5,2010

Tags: consumer protection, retail

WASHINGTON — Seventy-eight companies nationwide have received Federal Trade Commission (FTC) letters warning that they may be breaking the law by selling clothing and other textile products that are labeled and advertised as “bamboo,” but actually are made of manufactured rayon fiber. The letters, which the agency’s staff sent last week, make the retailers aware […] [...]

FTC goes after bogus foreclosure rescue services

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has moved to protect distressed homeowners from the promoters of bogus foreclosure rescue and mortgage modification services by proposing a new rule that would forbid companies to charge up-front for these services. Instead, companies could only collect payment after providing services. According to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking […] [...]

CPSC looking at off-road vehicle safety

by Published: October 26,2009

Tags: consumer protection, product safety

WASHINGTON — In an effort to improve the safety of recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) and reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries nationwide, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to publish an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to address safety hazards associated with vehicle ROVs. CPSC staff’s preliminary evaluations indicated that […] [...]

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