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MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Brad Schimel announced today that Wisconsin and a coalition of 22 other states recently reached an agreement with Teikoku Seiyaku and Teikoku Pharma USA to prohibit anticompetitive conduct for 20 years. 

 

Teikoku is accused of illegal conduct due to its participation in an agreement to protect a monopoly on Lidoderm. Lidoderm is the brand-name for lidocaine patches, which is a transdermal patch widely prescribed for pain relief associated with...

Madison, Wis. – Today, Attorney General Brad Schimel, on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), announced a settlement between 24 states and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation registered as a charitable organization in many states including Wisconsin. The settlement resulted in the organization’s dissolution.

 

“VietNow lied about supporting veterans, and instead took advantage of Wisconsin taxpayers’ generosity...

MADISON, Wis. – This week, Attorney General Brad Schimel joined a coalition of 37 other attorneys general to urge consumer reporting agencies Experian and TransUnion to immediately stop charging fees to consumers who want to put in place credit freezes on their accounts in light of the massive data breach at the consumer reporting agency Equifax.

 

“Wisconsin consumers have been made vulnerable by the data breach at Equifax,” said Attorney General Schimel. “I am asking the...

MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Brad Schimel announced today that Wisconsin has joined 49 states and the District of Columbia in settling allegations against Mylan Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mylan Specialty L.P. (collectively “Mylan”). The settlement resolves allegations that Mylan knowingly underpaid rebates owed to the Medicaid program for the drugs EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr.® (“EpiPen”) dispensed to Medicaid beneficiaries. As part of the settlement the State of Wisconsin will...

MADISON, Wis. – Today, Attorney General Brad Schimel, on behalf of the Department of Financial Institutions and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, obtained a temporary injunction against Vision Property Management (VPM), a South Carolina-based property management company and its many affiliates. In June, the state filed a lawsuit...

MADISON, Wis. – Today, Attorney General Brad Schimel continued his investigation into credit rating agency Equifax, Inc. for its massive data breach, which impacted approximately 143 million people, by issuing a subpoena seeking detailed information from Equifax about the breach and the Wisconsin residents who were affected.

 

“I’m concerned about the number of Wisconsinites whose privacy and personal information was violated by the Equifax breach and the steps the company has...

MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Brad Schimel filed ten felony counts of medical assistance fraud against Hartford therapist Sharon N. Medina in Dane County Circuit Court today.

 

“Public assistance fraud not only steals hard-earned taxpayer dollars, but also takes financial resources intended for our neediest citizens and gives it to criminals,” said Attorney General Schimel. “We must prosecute criminals who intentionally defraud the system and undermine taxpayer confidence in...

MADISON, Wis. – Today, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against Cudahy-based Midwest Auto Recycling, LLC and its related businesses, operating under at least ten unique website addresses, including Engine & Transmission World, Engine Shopper, and SW Engines, among others. The complaint alleges that Midwest Auto Recycling, LLC and its related businesses used deceptive marketing and billed consumers for goods that consumers did not agree to purchase.

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MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Schimel joined a broad, bipartisan coalition of 35 Attorneys General in jointly opposing a cable and telecommunications industry petition to the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) intended, in part, to stop states from enforcing state false advertising laws related to Internet speeds.

 

In a comment submitted to the FCC late Friday, the Attorneys General underscored the long-standing central role of state Attorneys General in protecting...

MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Brad Schimel announced today that he has been working with a bipartisan coalition of a majority of attorneys general from across the country in an ongoing investigation to evaluate whether pharmaceutical manufacturers have engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing and sale of opioids. The participating attorneys general are investigating what role the opioid manufacturers may have played in creating or prolonging this epidemic and are utilizing...