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Hood: Keep it 'real' this holiday-buying season

As the holiday shopping season approaches, Attorney General Jim Hood is reminding Mississippians about the dangers associated with buying counterfeit goods. “Almost everyone wants a good deal and wants to save money, but buying counterfeit poses serious health and safety risks, not to mention loss of revenue to businesses,” said Hood.  “As parents, we need to set the example for our ...

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

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, in violation of the Mississippi ...

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The anatomy of a scam

I thought it sounded too good to be true when mere minutes after putting a couple of items for sale online I got a bite. Turns out I was right, and it gave me an up-close-and-personal look at the sheer nerve and ingenuity of today’s online scammers. I recently placed two items on the Jackson area Craigslist. It was the ...

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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 company to utility company throughout ...

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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 Whitworth Street in downtown Hazlehurst. ...

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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 to 20 refusals in April. ...

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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 been around 100 years, the ...

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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 custody of the Mississippi Department ...

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Obama makes choice for consumer protection czar

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 bureau, created in response to ...

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FTC warns retailers about mislabeling products

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 of the FTC’s concerns about ...

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