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Florida Sues CDC over COVID-19-Related Framework for Resumption of Cruises

Florida AG Ashley Moody sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) over allegations that the CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing and Initial Phase COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Protection of Crew (“Framework”) is unconstitutional and violates the Administrative Procedures Act.

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Timeshare Exit Company to Pay Over $220,000 for Deceiving Consumers

Missouri AG Eric Schmitt obtained a default judgment against timeshare exit company Martin Management Group LLC and its owner (collectively “Martin Management”) over allegations that it charged upfront fees and failed to provide promised services in violation of Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act. The complaint alleged that Martin Management solicited large sums of money from customers by falsely guaranteeing…

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Defunct Travel Agency To Refund Travelers Who Paid Twice for Their Lodgings

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey reached a settlement with online travel agency BookIt Operating LLC d/b/a BookIt.com and its CEO (collectively “BookIt”) to resolve allegations that it knowingly collected money from consumers for travel made impossible by COVID-19 in violation of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act.

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Vacationers Beware: Timeshare Exit Companies May Be Scammers, not Saviors

Two AGs took aim at timeshare exit companies recently over allegations of deceptive business practices relating to purported offers to assist consumers with ending their timeshare contracts. Missouri AG Eric Schmitt sued Martin Management Group LLC and a related individual (collectively “Martin Management”) for alleged violations of Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act, and Washington AG Bob Ferguson sued Reed Hein & Associates, LLC, d/b/a Timeshare Exit Team, and related entities (collectively “Reed Hein”) for alleged violations of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act and Credit Services Organization Act.

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