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State's consumers in line for payments under SunTrust settlement

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says Mississippi consumers will be eligible for payments under a settlement between 48 states, the federal government and SunTrust. The U.S. Justice Department said yesterday the $968-million settlement resolves allegations that SunTrust underwrote and provided faulty mortgage loans. The federal government accused SunTrust of giving borrowers false and misleading information and charging unauthorized fees. ...

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Hood joins other AGs in efforts to curb copper theft

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper and representatives for Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell met in Memphis yesterday for a roundtable discussion on the growing concern of copper theft. Representatives from Mississippi’s Secretary of State’s Office, Agriculture Commission and Department of Public Safety also attended the Memphis meeting along with ...

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States reach settlement with Phusion over 'Four Loko'

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood reports he and 19 other attorneys general and the city attorney of San Francisco have reached a settlement with Phusion Projects, LLC regarding Four Loko. As part of the settlement, Phusion has agreed to pay the plantiffs $400,000. Mississippi’s portion of this settlement is $14,047.62. The settlement resolves allegations that Phusion marketed and sold ...

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Hood testifies before UN Human Rights Committee

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood recently joined the United States delegation appearing before the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland. The delegation appeared before the U.N. in Geneva to help the U.S. government address questions regarding the implementation of treaty obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The delegation was led by the ...

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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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