REFUND: FTC sending checks to victims of student loan debt relief scam

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is sending more than $5.4 million in refunds to thousands of consumers who were victims of student loan debt relief scam. The refunds were part of a 2018 settlement agreement between the FTC and five student debt relief scam operators who bilked millions of dollars from consumers. These scammers, who operated their schemes using multiple names (see list below), falsely claimed that consumers who paid an upfront fee of up to $1,000 were qualified or approved for loan forgiveness or reduced monthly payments.  In fact,…

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Health Officials Warns of Severe Pulmonary Disease Outbreak Linked to E-cigarettes

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Health officials are warning consumers regarding a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping devices. E-cigarettes are devices that deliver an aerosol to the user by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. Some users use e-cigarette devices for smoking marijuana or other substances. At least 215 possible cases of severe pulmonary disease linked to the use of e-cigarettes have been reported in 25 states as of August 27. An adult in Illinois died of severe respiratory illness following…

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Equifax settlement includes $425 million fund for consumers affected by data breach

Equifax reached a settlement agreement to resolve a nationwide lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and 50 U.S. states and territories. The complaint was related to the 2017 massive data breach that affected approximately 147 million consumers. Details of the settlement agreement Under the settlement agreement, Equifax will pay up to $700 million to resolve the lawsuit as part of the comprehensive settlement with the FTC, CFPB and 50 U.S. states and territories. The settlement includes $425 million fund for consumers affected…

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AbbVie Shares Dive after California Sues Company over Alleged Kickbacks

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The shares of AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) declined almost three percent after the California Department of Insurance (CDI) filed a lawsuit against it. The state regulator alleged the pharmaceutical company gave illegal kickbacks to health care providers for prescribing Humira. Abbvie’s stock price closed at $92.61 per share, down from its opening price of $95.35 per share on Tuesday. Abbvie violated the Insurance Frauds Prevention Act In the lawsuit, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones accused Abbvie of “systematically and repeatedly violated the Insurance Frauds Prevention Act.” The pharmaceutical company allegedly “engaged in…

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Califonia Gov. Brown Signs Bill Legalizing Side Walk Vending Statewide

Gov. Brown Signs Safe Side Walk Vending Act

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a legislation legalizing side walk vending across the state.  Next year, side walk vendors will be able to sell food or other products legally and contribute to the state’s economy. Democratic State Senator Ricardo Lara introduced Senate Bill 946—the Safe Side Walk Vending Act. The newly signed legislation will take effect on January 1, 2019. Under Senate Bill 946, local government cannot prohibit sidewalk vending. It allows municipalities to establish permit programs for side walk vendors and require them to obtain a business…

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California Attorney General Sued Care Home Owners for Human Trafficking, Labor Abuses

California Attorney General Sued Care Home Owner Human Trafficking Labor Abue

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the owners of two care homes and a child day care facility in the Bay Area for human trafficking, labor abuse, rape, and other criminal activities. The defendants identified as Gerlen, Noel, Joshua, and Carlina Gamos own and operate Rainbow Bright, an adult residential and child care company. They committed the crimes while operating their facilities in Daly City, Pacifica, and South San Francisco. While serving arrest warrants, authorities sequestered 14 illegal assault weapons including three “ghost guns” without serial numbers from the defendants.…

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Democrats Likely to Gain Seat in Senate; Arizona Voters Prefer Democrat Kyrsten Sinema over GOP Candidates

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Registered voters in Arizona prefer Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema over Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate. On Tuesday, the latest NBC News-Marist poll in Arizona showed that Sinema has double-digit leads against her three Republican contenders. Sinema is ahead by 10% against Dr. Kelli Ward, a former member of the Arizona State Senate. Forty-eight percent (48%) of registered voters support Sinema while 38% prefer Ward. The survey also showed that Sinema has 11% lead over Rep. Martha McSally. Forty-nine percent (49%) of regstered voters favor the Democrat compared to 38%…

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California Primary: Schwarzenegger Will Not Vote for Republican John Cox

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie actor and former California Governor is encouraging Californians to exercise their rights to vote. The state is conducting its primary election today. In a tweet, Schwarzenegger said, “Californians, whether you are to the left of me, to the right of me, or in the center, get out and vote. This is your day to flex your power.” Californians, whether you are to the left of me, to the right of me, or in the center, get out and vote. This is your day to flex your…

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