Tennessee Attorney General Sues Alleged Government Impersonators

  • Tennessee AG Herbert H. Slatery III sued Labor Law Poster Services, Council for Corporations, LLC, ANS, Inc., and related individuals (collectively “LLPS”) for allegedly defrauding business owners via mailers that were misleadingly designed to resemble official government correspondence in violation of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, the Government Impostor and Deceptive Advertisement Act, and a 2007 assurance of voluntary compliance that resolved an investigation into LLPS’s prior deceptive mailers.
  • The complaint alleges that LLPS sent business owners mailers resembling government invoices with personalized recipient information, misleading citations to Tennessee law, and arbitrary deadline dates. The mailers allegedly demanded high fees for documents that business owners could create on their own or did not need to file at all, or that they could download from the Internet for a nominal fee. The mailers also allegedly included a Nashville return address, but in reality, it was a mailbox that forwarded payments to LLPS.
  • The complaint seeks injunctive and declaratory relief, consumer redress, civil monetary penalties, and attorneys’ fees and costs.