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Recent Filings of Interest

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Cancer Fund of America and Related Charities

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett have joined with every other state in the country, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Trade Commission in a federal lawsuit against four phony cancer charities and their operators with strong ties to East Tennessee. The joint complaint alleges that the defendants - including Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, and The Breast Cancer Society- portrayed themselves to donors as legitimate charities with the primary purpose of providing direct support to cancer patients in the United States. The complaint alleges the charities scammed more than $187 million from consumers across the country, spending more money on salaries and personal items than on care for cancer patients...Cancer Fund of America filings.


Chase

Tennessee participated in a 47 state $136 million settlement with Chase Bank, USA N. A. and Chase Bankcard Services, Inc. involving Chase's debt collection and debt sales practices. The State alleged that Chase had harmed consumers by subjecting them to collections activity for accounts that were not theirs, in amounts that were incorrect or uncollectable. Additionally, the State alleged that Chase obtained judgments against consumers using documents that were falsely sworn and that at times contained inaccurate amounts. Chase is required to provide remediation to certain affected consumers. The agreement also requires Chase to significantly reform its credit card debt collection practices in areas of declarations, collections litigation, debt sales and debt buying...Chase filings.


Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion

Equifax Information Services, LLC, Experian Information Solutions Inc., and TransUnion LLC are the nation's three largest credit reporting agencies ("CRAs") tasked with collecting and reporting consumer credit data. As a result of the settlement, the CRAs must take steps to improve the accuracy of their reporting and their system for handling error disputes. In addition, the CRAs must pay $6 million to the participating states, of which Tennessee will receive $157,911.56. The CRAs denied wrongdoing....credit reporting agencies filings.


Sprint

This settlement involves allegations that Sprint placed charges for third-party services on consumers' mobile telephone bills that had not been authorized by the consumer, a practice known as "mobile cramming." Consumers who have been "crammed" were typically charged $9.99 per month for services such as horoscopes, trivia, and sports scores, that the consumers did not request. The Attorneys General and federal regulators allege cramming occurred when Sprint placed charges on consumers' mobile bills for these services without the consumer's knowledge or consent...Sprint filings.


Verizon Wireless

This settlement involves allegations that Verizon placed charges for third-party services on consumers' mobile telephone bills that had not been authorized by the consumer, a practice known as "mobile cramming." Consumers who have been "crammed" were typically charged $9.99 per month for services such as horoscopes, trivia, and sports scores, that the consumers did not request. The Attorneys General and federal regulators allege cramming occurred when Verizon placed charges on consumers' mobile bills for these services without the consumer's knowledge or consent...Verizon filings.