• Tennessee Joins $18.5 Million Settlement with Target Corporation over 2013 Data Breach

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 11:26am

    An estimated 770,000 Tennesseans were impacted by the cyber-attack:  Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today announced Tennessee has joined 46 other states and the District of Columbia in an $18.5 million settlement with Target Corporation to resolve the states' investigation into the retail company's 2013 data breach. The settlement represents the largest ever multistate data breach settlement.

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  • Attorney General Files Lawsuit against a Network of Pain Management Clinics

    Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 9:15am

    Lawsuit alleges $7 million in fraudulent TennCare claims:  Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today announced the filing of a lawsuit against an organization of pain management clinics owned and operated by Michael Kestner and his business partner, Dr. Lisabeth Williams. Kestner is the primary owner of MMi, which operated at least 18 pain management clinics throughout Tennessee.

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  • Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Predatory Law Firm Targeting Grieving Families

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 1:54pm

    Lawsuit alleges Texas Law Firm preyed on families of Chattanooga bus crash victims:  Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today announced the filing of a lawsuit against a Texas law firm, its sole attorney, and two investigators working for the firm. The civil enforcement action, filed in Hamilton County Chancery Court, alleges The Witherspoon Law Group PLLC, based in Dallas, Texas has engaged in the unlawful solicitation of accident victims in Tennessee.

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  • Eligible Tennesseans Urged to Submit Claims for Provigil Settlement

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 11:06am

    Court extends deadline to file claims until June 25, 2017:  On August 5, 2016 Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announced that Tennessee, along with 48 other states and the District of Columbia, reached a $125 million settlement with Cephalon, Inc. and affiliated companies, now part of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

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  • States Declare Victory in Fight to Uphold School Rights

    Friday, March 03, 2017 | 1:55pm

    Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today announced a victory for the states in their fight to uphold school rights. The 13-state coalition is withdrawing its lawsuit after the U.S. Department of Justice agreed to drop its appeal of a nationwide injunction. The moves were preceded by the federal government rescinding an Obama administration directive that redefined the term “sex” as a person’s sense of gender identity and placed federal funding at risk for schools nationwide that did not adhere to the new definition.

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  • Multistate Settlement Requires Western Union to Develop Anti-Fraud Program

    Thursday, February 02, 2017 | 1:43pm

    Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today announced a settlement with Colorado-based The Western Union Company, resolving a multistate investigation which focused on complaints from consumers who used Western Union’s wire transfer service to send money to third parties involved in schemes to defraud consumers. In addition to Tennessee, 48 states and the District of Columbia participated in this settlement.

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  • $19.5 Million Consumer Protection Settlement reached with Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Monday, December 12, 2016 | 6:54pm

    Tennessee, 42 other Attorneys General allege deceptive trade practices:  Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs and 42 other Attorneys General, today announced a $19.5 million settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (“BMS”). The settlement relates to the drug company’s alleged improper marketing of Abilify, an atypical antipsychotic drug. The complaint, which was filed today along with the settlement, alleges BMS engaged in unfair or deceptive trade practices when marketing Abilify. 

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  • Lawsuit filed against Individuals in Government Imposter Scheme

    Monday, December 05, 2016 | 1:07pm

    Government look-alike companies targeted Tennessee businesses for years:  Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Division of Consumer Affairs Director Cynthia Wiel, today announced the filing of a lawsuit in Davidson County Chancery Court against three individuals for violating the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act. 

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  • Statement from TN Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III regarding Sevier Co. Fires

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 11:00am

    “I am praying for the safety of everyone in Sevier County and for those fighting the fires. I have friends with homes and businesses in the area, many of whom have learned their property has been damaged or destroyed. As Tennesseans, we are inclined to help our neighbors in any way we can. If you plan to donate, I urge you to do so only to charities you trust. Donating to well established charities and organizations is the best way to ensure your generosity helps those in need.”

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  • Re: Letter to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the matter of Andrew Thomas v. Bruce Westbrooks, Warden (Shelby County)

    Wednesday, November 09, 2016 | 12:34pm

    Our Office filed the attached letter with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to clarify an issue in the above case. It concerns a $750 payment made to a witness in a federal (not state) case by the federal government, not the State of Tennessee and not the District Attorney General in the case.

    “The $750 payment to Ms. Jackson was made by the federal government without the knowledge of or involvement by District Attorney General Amy Weirich. The payment to Ms. Jackson was made three years prior to the state’s successful prosecution of Mr. Thomas for the murder of James Day. There has been no finding whatsoever that state prosecutors in this case had actual knowledge of the payment at the time of the state trial. The briefs in the case describe knowledge that may be imputed to a prosecuting office under a legal concept, but that is a far, far cry from actually knowing of or concealing a payment like this. Prosecuting these cases is never easy; our Office will continue to confidently work with General Weirich and her office,” Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III said.

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  • Tennessee joins $41.2 Million Settlement with Hyundai, Kia over Fuel Economy Claims

    Friday, October 28, 2016 | 11:11am

    Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with the Division of Consumer Affairs, today announced Tennessee will receive more than $965,000 as part of a $41.2 million multi-state settlement with Hyundai and Kia. The agreement resolves claims that the automakers misrepresented mileage and fuel economy ratings for some of their model year 2011, 2012 and 2013 vehicles.

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