• Statement from Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III regarding today’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision (Texas v. U.S.)

    Thursday, June 23, 2016 | 6:03pm

    “Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision is a welcome result.  With the Court affirming the lower court, we finally have a decision placing limits on executive authority and confining its role to enforcing, and not making, our laws.  The original complaint in this action said it best, “this lawsuit is not about immigration. It is about the rule of law, presidential power, and the structural limits of the U.S. Constitution.”  Everyone is frustrated over immigration, regardless of viewpoint.  Congress needs to resolve this issue and has done virtually nothing.  But with that said, the President does not have the authority to change the law, whether by directive, executive order, a letter, or the like.  That role is reserved for Congress.  Otherwise the people do not have a voice or an opportunity to influence policy. Today’s decision confirms that.”

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  • E-Books Settlement begins Payout of $400 Million

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | 12:00pm

    Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today announced Tennessee residents who purchased electronic books (E-books) could begin receiving account credits or checks this week. Payments are the result of the successful prosecution of a price-fixing case against Apple, Inc. in 2013.

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  • Texas v. Department of Education (Application of Titles VII and IX)

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 2:00pm

    Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today joined Texas and nine other states in filing a lawsuit against the United States Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). This is in direct response to recent actions taken by DOE and DOJ in connection with Title VII and Title IX. In the joint letter referred to as the “Dear Colleague Letter” sent by DOE and DOJ to school districts across the country, DOE and DOJ redefined the term “sex” as a person’s sense of gender identity and placed federal funding at risk for schools whose facilities and programs do not comply with the new definition.

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  • Attorney General Slatery Announces $784.6 Million Settlement with Wyeth and Pfizer

    Friday, May 06, 2016 | 12:00pm

    Tennessee to receive more than $30 million in settlement:  Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today announced that Tennessee reached an agreement in principle to settle allegations against Wyeth, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc.  The settlement will resolve allegations that Wyeth knowingly underpaid rebates owed under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program for the sales of Protonix Oral and Protonix IV between 2001 and 2006. Under the settlement Wyeth agreed to pay $784.6 million to the United States and the States. Over $371 million of this amount will go to the Medicaid Program. Tennessee will receive an estimated $30.4 million under the settlement.

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  • Attorney General Announces $3 Million Settlement with Timeshare Company

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016 | 12:00pm

    Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today announced a $3 million settlement with Festiva, a network of vacation and timeshare companies, for alleged violations of the federal Telemarketing Act, federal Telemarketing Sales Rule, and the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act.

    Under the terms of the settlement, Festiva has agreed to provide $1,250,000 in cash restitution and up to $1,000,000 in loan forgiveness for eligible Tennesseans, and make a $750,000 payment to the State of Tennessee. In addition, Festiva has agreed to specific guidelines prohibiting unfair, deceptive, or misleading acts or practices in connection with their telemarketing and face-to-face sales of vacation or timeshare products. 

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  • REMINDER: Deadline on February 27, 2016 regarding Consumer Restitution

    Monday, February 22, 2016 | 12:00pm

    Attorney General Announces Settlement with Global Credit Card Transaction Processor:  On November 4, 2015, Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs announced a settlement with Elavon, Inc., a global company specializing in products and services that enable retailers to process credit card transactions.

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  • Attorney General Announces $470 Million Settlement with HSBC

    Friday, February 05, 2016 | 12:00pm

    Thousands of Tennessee borrowers eligible for cash payments or loan modifications:  Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today announced a $470 million joint state-federal settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC to address mortgage origination, servicing, and foreclosure abuses.

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  • RadioShack Gift Card Holders Now Able to Recover Lost Balances

    Friday, December 04, 2015 | 12:00pm

    Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs, informs consumers they may now file claims to recover the unused balance on RadioShack gift cards. Holders of gift cards purchased from the former retailer RadioShack are eligible to recoup 100% of the remaining balance on the cards.

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  • Settlement Requires Education Company to Forgive Student Loans and Change Practices

    Monday, November 16, 2015 | 12:00pm

    EDMC to forgive $102 million in student loans nationwide:  Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs, today announced a settlement with Education Management Corporation (EDMC) that will lead to major reforms and student loan forgiveness. As part of the agreement, EDMC, a for-profit education company, is required to significantly reform its recruiting and enrollment practices, and forgive more than $2.1 million in loans for over 1,400 former Tennessee students.

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  • Attorney General Announces Settlement with Global Credit Card Transaction Processor

    Wednesday, November 04, 2015 | 12:00pm

    Customers eligible for refunds must file by February 27, 2016:  Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs, today announced a settlement with Elavon, Inc. to resolve allegations that the company violated state consumer protection laws. With offices in Knoxville, Elavon, Inc. and its subsidiary, Ladco Financial Group, LLC, is a global company specializing in products and services that enable retailers to process credit card transactions.

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  • Attorney General’s Office offers Consumer Tips following Experian Data Breach

    Tuesday, October 06, 2015 | 12:00pm

    Approximately 200,000 T-Mobile users in Tennessee Potentially Impacted:  Recent reports estimate 15 million T-Mobile customers nationwide, and roughly 200,000 Tennesseans, who applied for credit through Experian are at risk of having their data compromised. The data breach occurred when an unauthorized party gained access to an Experian server containing personal information, including names, addresses, birth dates, social security numbers, driver’s license numbers and passport numbers.

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  • Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III Statement regarding State Court Ruling on Tennessee Lethal Injection Protocol

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | 12:00pm

    “Today the Court ruled that Tennessee’s lethal injection protocol is constitutional. In doing so, every challenge raised by the plaintiffs was rejected. The State of Tennessee has worked very hard to make sure the protocol used is reliable and humane, today the Court recognized that.

    While much of the focus of this case has been on the inmates, we should not forget the victims and the heartache suffered by their families. My hope is that they may find some comfort in today’s decision.”

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