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Vocational Training Program Prehired to Pay Back $4.2 Million, Cancel Outstanding Loans

A bipartisan coalition of 11 AGs, in conjunction with the CFPB, reached a settlement with the bankruptcy trustee for Prehired, LLC and affiliated entities (collectively, “Prehired”) to resolve allegations that the company violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act through deceptive marketing and debt collection practices. As we…

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Rent-A-Center’s Alleged Consumer Harassment Tactics Lead to $8.75 Million Settlement

Massachusetts AG Andrea Joy Campbell settled with Rent-A-Center, Inc. to resolve allegations that the rent-to-own company violated state consumer protection laws and debt collection regulations by engaging in coercive and abusive conduct towards consumers who failed to make rental payments. AG Campbell alleges that Rent-A-Center improperly used the threat of arrest or prosecution as a…

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DNA Testing Firm Hit with $700K Fine for Alleged Deceptive Ads

California AG Rob Bonta and the FTC settled with CRI Genetics, LLC to resolve allegations that the DNA testing firm violated the FTC Act and California’s Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law by making misrepresentations to consumers in order to induce them to buy ancestry reports. The complaint alleges that CRI made false representations…

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Democratic AGs Try to Drive a Truck Through Arbitration Act Exemption

A group of 16 Democratic AGs filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in Bissonnette v. LePage Bakeries, urging the reversal of a lower court’s holding that truck drivers for non-transportation companies do not fall within an exemption to the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The FAA requires workers who have signed arbitration agreements…

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FTC Doesn’t Sugarcoat Warning Letters to Social Media Influencers, Trade Associations

The FTC sent warning letters to two trade associations and twelve online health influencers warning them that they may have violated the FTC Act by failing to adequately disclose payments for social media posts promoting the safety of aspartame and the consumption of sugar-containing products.

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