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MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), on behalf of the Department of Financial Institutions and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, filed a lawsuit against Vision Property Management (VPM), a South Carolina-based property management company. The complaint alleges that VPM used misleading and deceiving business practices to induce Wisconsin consumers to lease, rent, or purchase uninhabitable properties in violation of Wisconsin landlord-tenant...

MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Brad Schimel along with 42 other state attorneys general have reached a $33 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and Johnson & Johnson over the companies’ alleged misrepresentation of over-the-counter (OTC) drug quality.

 

“Consumers have a reasonable expectation that over-the-counter drugs, many of which are household names across the country, are meeting regulatory compliance,” said Attorney General Schimel. “...

MADISON, WI – Today, Attorney General Brad Schimel and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), sued Atomic Glass and Food Town Mini Mart, in Milwaukee County, for selling designer drug synthetic cannabinoids known by such names as “Spice” and “Kush” in violation of Wisconsin consumer protection law, in particular, the prohibition on fraudulent drug advertising (Wis. Stat. § 100.182).

 

“I will not tolerate any drug dealer putting our...

Washington, D.C. – Last year, a coalition of 12 States, led by Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging part of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) recent “Lifeline Reform Order.”

 

Today, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai asked the D.C. Circuit Court for a voluntary remand, which will send the case back to the Commission for reconsideration so that it...

MADISON, Wis. – Today, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the state of Wisconsin will receive $920,758.22 as part of a multistate settlement with automakers Hyundai and Kia to resolve claims that the companies misrepresented the mileage and fuel economy ratings for some of their model year 2011, 2012 and 2013 vehicles.

 

The $41.2 million settlement between 33 states and the District of Columbia and the Hyundai Motor Company, Hyundai Motor America, Kia Motors...

MADISON, Wis. – The number of credit card skimming devices that have been discovered at gas stations by law enforcement has been increasing in recent weeks and Attorney General Brad Schimel, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) want consumers to take heed.

 

Credit card skimmers are small, nearly invisible devices that capture sensitive data and are inserted into credit card processing...

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and a bipartisan group of 35 other attorneys general filed an antitrust lawsuit today against the makers of Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat opiate addiction. The lawsuit, being led by Wisconsin, alleges the companies engaged in a scheme to block generic competitors and cause purchasers to pay artificially high prices.

 

Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, now known as Indivior, is accused of conspiring with...

MADISON, WI – Today, the State of Wisconsin, leading a coalition of 12 States, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging part of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) recent “Lifeline Reform Order.”

 

The Lifeline program provides low-income consumers discounted rates on certain communications services, which, under this Order, now include broadband internet services. However, that Order also denies to the States—and assigns to the FCC...

MADISON, WI – Attorney General Brad Schimel today announced a settlement requiring Volkswagen to pay more than $570 million nationally for violating state laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive trade practices by marketing, selling and leasing diesel vehicles equipped with illegal and undisclosed defeat device software.

 

“Companies that intentionally deceive consumers need to be held accountable,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel. “The type of behavior exhibited by Volkswagen...

MADISON, WI – Attorney General Brad Schimel and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) are suing Capitol Petroleum and its principal, Farooq Shahzad, for selling designer drug synthetic cannabinoids known by such names as “Spice” and “Kush” in violation of Wisconsin consumer protection law, in particular, the prohibition on fraudulent drug advertising  (Wis. Stat. § 100.182).

 

“I put drug dealers on notice when I was elected Wisconsin...