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Category: News Releases

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein secured a $68,564.35 consent judgment against Sterling Leonard Gabriel, Nicole Sharie Gabriel, and their auto repair businesses Sterling Paint & Body LLC and Collision Warehouse LLC, over violations of North Carolina’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act and Motor Vehicle Repair Act. The […]

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 18, 2020 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein opposed two federal proposals that roll back critical anti-discrimination protections for patients and students and would disproportionately infringe on the rights of women, survivors of sexual harassment and violence, and LGBTQ individuals. A proposal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services […]

For Immediate Release: February 11, 2020 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today launched Operation Silver Shield, a North Carolina Department of Justice (NCDOJ) effort to confront scammers and fraudsters who target older North Carolinians. Operation Silver Shield launches today with new action in Attorney General Stein’s ongoing work to confront robocalls, where many scams originate. Attorney General Stein […]

For Immediate Release: Monday, February 10, 2020 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today won a $122,000 judgement against Charlotte-area repairman John Jackson and his companies Appliance Maxx, Appliance Max LLC, Professional Appliance Service, Rapid Response Appliance Repair, All Seasons Refrigeration Heating & Cooling, and Star Appliance & HVAC LLC. The judgment, entered by Judge George […]

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 6, 2020 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein opposed a proposal by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to preempt state laws that regulate payday and other high-cost lending. The FDIC’s proposed regulations would let predatory lenders circumvent state laws through “rent-a-bank” schemes, in which banks act as lenders in name […]

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today again asked U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to use her authority to forgive federal student loans for all students who were enrolled in now-closed schools operated by Dream Center Education Holdings LLC. In July 2018, Dream Center abruptly announced that […]

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today announced a $118,642,000 settlement with web-based electronic health records company Practice Fusion over allegations that the company accepted payments from some drug manufacturers in exchange for using its software to promote their drugs to physicians. These payments constituted kickbacks in violation of […]

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today announced that a record number of data breaches had been reported to the North Carolina Department of Justice in 2019 as he released the department’s 2019 data breach annual report. In 2019, 1,210 breaches were reported to the North Carolina Department of […]

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 27, 2020 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein reached a settlement of more than $825,000 against Florida-based payday lender Approved Financial Inc. in a case he filed alleging illegal, unlicensed lending practices, usury, unlawful debt collection, and unfair and deceptive practices. The settlement will give North Carolina consumers who got loans […]

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 24, 2020 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein joined a federal lawsuit to challenge the federal government’s latest effort to allow 3-D printed firearm blueprints to be released online. These files would allow plug-and-play access to 3-D printed unregistered, untraceable, hard-to-detect firearms, also known as “ghost guns.” Even though they are […]