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“Help! I’ve Fallen, and I Can’t Get Out of This Contract!”: Life Alert Allegedly Failed to Alert Consumers to Their Cancellation Rights

New York AG Letitia James reached a settlement with personal emergency response company Life Alert Emergency Response, Inc. (“Life Alert”) to resolve allegations that it failed to provide customers with service contract cancellation options required by law, in violation of New York consumer protection laws. According to the assurance of discontinuance, Life Alert required customer…

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Boston Scientific Agrees to Pay $188.6 Million in Multistate Surgical Mesh Settlement

A bipartisan group of 48 AGs, led by former California AG Xavier Becerra and Washington AG Bob Ferguson, reached a settlement with Boston Scientific Corporation to resolve allegations that it falsely and deceptively marketed its surgical mesh products for women in violation of the settling jurisdictions’ consumer protection laws. The states’ complaints alleged that Boston…

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Virginia Secures Nearly $40 Million in Settlement with Defunct Tobacco Company

Virginia AG Mark Herring reached a settlement with defunct tobacco company S&M Brands Inc., a tobacco manufacturer that did not sign the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, to end S&M Brands’ responsibility under Virginia’s Non-Participating Manufacturers (“NPM”) statutes to establish and fund a Qualified Escrow Fund account controlled by the Commonwealth. According to the AG’s…

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Assisted Living Facilities Sued over Allegations of Unlawful Patient Discharge Practices, Misleading Information

California AG Xavier Becerra sued assisted living facilities operator Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (“Brookdale”) over allegations that it failed to properly notify its patients and their families of transfers and discharges, and that it provided false information to manipulate its ratings by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (“CMS”) in violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law.

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Companies Settle Allegations They Marketed Medical Devices for Unapproved Pediatric Use

California AG Xavier Becerra reached settlements with medical device company Medical Device Business Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (“MDBS”), and private equity firm The Gores Group (“Gores”) to resolve allegations that the two companies used improper marketing practices and submitted false claims to state Medicaid programs. According to the AG’s office, the complaint, which…

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