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Attorney General Swanson Sues CenturyLink for Billing Higher Amounts than its Sales Agents Quoted to Customers for Internet and Cable Service
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit today against CenturyLink—the Louisiana phone, cable, and internet company—for billing higher amounts than its sales agents quoted customers for internet and cable television service. The company often refused to honor the prices quoted to consumers who catch the discrepancies on their bills.

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Attorney General Lori Swanson Sues "Pension Advance" Companies That Required Veterans and Seniors to Sign Over Monthly Pensions
The loans commonly charged annual percentage rates (APRs) of 200 percent. Because borrowers surrendered a significant portion of their future monthly pensions to the companies, the loans often exacerbated peoples’ financial difficulties.

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Attorney General Swanson Permanently Bans Veterans Charity from Soliciting in Minnesota for Engaging in Deceptive Practices
Attorney General Lori Swanson recently settled with a Michigan-based veterans charity, Foundation for American Veterans, Inc. (“FAV”), over concerns that it used deceptive practices to solicit donations in Minnesota, as well as improperly manipulated its financial records to make it appear that its charitable programs were more significant than was actually the case.

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Attorney General Swanson Issues Compliance Report on Kars4Kids
Kars4Kids, Inc.—a New Jersey charity with a well-known radio jingle inviting the public to call an 800 number to donate used cars—raised $3 million from over 5,800 Minnesota donors but only spent $11,600 on charitable programs for Minnesota residents from 2012 to 2014, according to a compliance report issued by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson.

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Minnesota and Wisconsin Officials Give "Dose of Reality" To Prevent Prescription Painkiller Abuse
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, and Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo joined forces today to combat the prescription opioid epidemic by giving a "Dose of Reality"—the name for their public awareness campaign—to prevent prescription painkiller abuse.

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Attorney General Swanson Sues Prescription Drug Companies Over Generic Drug Price-Fixing Scheme
Significant Player in the Scheme is Based in Minnesota
Attorney General Lori Swanson today filed an antitrust lawsuit, along with 19 other states, against six major prescription drug manufacturers for colluding to fix the prices of widely-used generic diabetes and antibiotic medicines.

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AG Swanson Obtains Court Order Finding Minnesota School of Business and Globe University Engaged in Fraud for Misrepresenting the Job Opportunities Available to their Criminal Justice Graduates.
On September 8, 2016, the Hennepin County District Court issued an order finding the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University—Minnesota corporations under common ownership—engaged in consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices by misrepresenting the job opportunities available to their criminal justice graduates.

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