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Hood wants Entergy case heard in state court

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is asking a federal court to send the state of Mississippi’s lawsuit against Entergy back to state court. In its recent ruling in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp., the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously agreed with Hood’s argument that cases brought by attorneys general to enforce their states’ laws should be heard ...

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State reaches $7M settlement with Ocwen

JACKSON — Ocwen Financial Corporation of Atlanta and its subsidiary, Ocwen Loan Servicing, have agreed to a $2.1-billion joint state-federal settlement with Attorney General Jim Hood, 48 additional state attorneys general and the District of Columbia as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The settlement terms address servicing misconduct by Ocwen, and two companies later acquired by Ocwen, ...

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Attorneys general reach settlement with Google over cookie settings

JACKSON — The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, along with the attorneys general of 36 other states and the District of Columbia, have entered into a $17-million settlement with Google Inc. following consumer privacy concerns involving the company’s setting of cookies on certain Safari Web browsers during 2011 and 2012. Mississippi’s share of the settlement is $273,595.16. Google had been offering ...

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Hood watching for scammers in black farmer settlement

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is warning consumers to be aware of persons or organizations offering help in filing claims in the Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “It has been brought to our attention that there are individuals/organizations who are holding meetings statewide and charging a fee to help black farmers file claims and ...

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Hood liked Ed McMahon; but lottery scammers…

Mississippians should be aware — a notice saying they are big winners could result in big losses. Attorney General Jim Hood has issued an alert on phony phone marketers promising lottery winnings or bogus checks in the mail. This particular scam, referred to as the lottery scam, can surface via phone, mail or email.  The standard con includes a claim ...

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State reaches settlement with Affinion and subsidiaries

JACKSON — Connecticut-based Affinion, and its subsidiaries Trilegiant and Webloyalty, will pay over $30 million to settle allegations that they misled consumers into signing up and paying for discount clubs and membership, according to a release from the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. Affinion is establishing a fund of approximately $19 million to provide refunds to some consumers in Mississippi and ...

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Hood recruiting other AGs to go after Google

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says he’s trying to organize state attorneys general to push Google to better protect intellectual property such as music, movies and software. Hood said yesterday during a luncheon sponsored by the Capitol press corps and Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government that he’s circulating a letter to other states’ top lawyers, seeking a ...

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Chaney, Hood warn of insurance marketplace-related scams

JACKSON — Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and Attorney General Jim Hood are warning Mississippians to be aware of the con artists that may emerge as federal and state agencies prepare for the Federal Facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace (FFM) rollout under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “We see scammers try to take advantage of such transitions, in this case hoping to ...

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Hood could appeal ruling on campaign finance law

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says he might appeal a federal judge’s ruling that part of Mississippi’s campaign finance law creates an unconstitutional burden for people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock ruled Monday that the state may require some level of campaign finance reporting by ...

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Bank employee arrested for embezzlement; faces up to 10 years in prison

COLUMBUS — An Oktibbeha County bank employee has been arrested for embezzling from her employer, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Ashley Smith, 28, of Columbus, was arrested by investigators with the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division following indictment by an Oktibbeha County grand jury on one count of embezzlement.  The indictment charges Smith with embezzling over $30,000 while working ...

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