"Today's United States Supreme Court decision not only changes the definition of marriage, but takes from the states and their citizens the longstanding authority to vote and decide what marriage means. To the Tennessee citizen who asks 'Don't we get a chance to vote on this in some way?' the answer from the Supreme Court is a resounding, 'No, you do not.' For the Court to tell all Tennesseans that they have no voice, no right to vote, on these issues is disappointing. The Court, nevertheless, has spoken and we respect its decision. Our office is prepared to work with the Governor and the General Assembly, as needed, to take the necessary steps to implement the decision."...go to the release.
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announced today that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued an order temporarily blocking the merger of Sysco and US Foods. The court order states that a preliminary injunction is in the public interest as there "is a reasonable probability that the proposed merger will substantially impair competition."
Tennessee, along with ten other states, joined the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to prevent the proposed merger between the nation's two largest food distributors until the FTC completes an administrative hearing. The hearing, scheduled to begin July 21, 2015, will determine whether the proposed combination would violate the antitrust laws...read the Sysco, US Foods release.
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and Bill Giannini, Acting Director of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs today announced a settlement with RadioShack over the sale of its customers' personally identifiable information. Tennessee played a leading role in a thirty-eight state coalition to oppose the sale of consumer data.
The settlement will limit information RadioShack can share with new owner General Wireless. General Wireless will only use the information they obtain from RadioShack in the continued operation of the RadioShack brand...read the Radio Shack release.
Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with attorneys general from 30 other states, today announced a settlement with three national credit reporting agencies — Equifax Information Services LLC, Experian Information Solutions Inc., and TransUnion LLC.
The settlement requires the credit reporting agencies to pay the participating states $6 million and to make a number of changes to their business practices. Tennessee will receive $157,000 for its participation in the investigation...read the credit reporting agencies release.
Consumers harmed by mobile cramming practices now eligible for refunds
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and Bill Giannini, acting Director of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs today announced settlements with Sprint Corporation ("Sprint") and Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless ("Verizon") that include $158 million in payments. The settlement with the state of Tennessee, the other 49 states, and the District of Columbia resolves allegations that Sprint and Verizon placed charges for third-party services on consumers' mobile telephone bills that were not authorized by the consumers, a practice known as "mobile cramming."
Cramming on mobile phone bills typically involves a $9.99 per month fee for "premium" text message subscription services (also known as "PSMS" subscriptions) such as horoscopes, trivia, and sports scores that the consumers have never heard of or requested...read the Sprint, Verizon release.
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today announced a settlement with Atmos Energy Corporation (Atmos) that significantly reduces a proposed rate increase to natural gas consumers. The settlement provides that consumers' rates will only increase 0.5%, which is substantially less than the 3.9% rate increase Atmos originally requested.
"This agreement accomplishes two very important things. It keeps rates down for consumers while allowing Atmos revenues sufficient to earn a fair and reasonable return on its capital investments," said Attorney General Slatery...read the Atmos release.