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Attorney General Josh Stein Takes Action to Protect Consumers

Release date: 5/8/2019

Files Brief in NC Supreme Court Seeking To Protect Consumers from Fraud by Professionals
(RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today asked the North Carolina Supreme Court to make it clear that North Carolina’s consumer protection laws prohibit unfair and deceptive commercial practices, such as unscrupulous debt-collection methods or deceptive advertising, by members of “learned professions,” such as lawyers or hospitals.
“There are some unscrupulous lawyers, doctors, and engineers, just as some car dealers, lenders, and hotel owners are bad apples,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “In every job, there are people doing the right thing as well as people who are not. It’s my job to protect people from scammers no matter who they are – clarifying this law so that we can hold all bad actors accountable will keep more people safe.”
Attorney General Stein filed an amicus brief in the Hamlet v. Hernandez case before the Supreme Court of North Carolina in support of Pedro Hernandez, M.D., who claims that a hospital violated the Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act by making “false representations to induce him to enter into a contract” to provide medical services.
A copy of the brief can be found here.

Laura Brewer (919) 716-6484