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AG Swanson Sues Charity That Claims To Help Families Of Fallen Police Officers
Lawsuit Cites Company As Repeat Violator Of Minnesota Charity Laws
Attorney General Lori Swanson today filed a lawsuit against American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens, Inc. (“AFPCC”) of Florida for deceptively representing that donations would primarily be used to help families of officers killed in the line of duty.

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AG Swanson Stops Small Business Advertising Scam
Warns Small Businesses To Be On Guard Against Similar Scams Demanding Up-Front Payments For Placement in Supposed Advertising Books
Attorney General Lori Swanson has obtained a court order stopping Victor Wilcox—a repeat fraudster with a history of victimizing the public—from defrauding small businesses by charging up to $1,500 for bogus advertising services.

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AG Swanson Convenes Sex Assault Investigation Work Group
Attorney General Lori Swanson today announced the launch of a sex assault investigation work group made up of statewide leaders and experts in the areas of victim advocacy, health care, and law enforcement who will start meeting next week and make recommendations to the Legislature for improvements to state laws and policies before the start of the next legislative session.

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Attorney General Lori Swanson Files Lawsuit Against Purdue Pharma for Deceptive Marketing Of Opioids
Attorney General Lori Swanson today filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, L.P., a Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company, seeking to recover money for taxpayers for the increased health care and societal costs incurred as a result of the company’s misrepresentations about the addictive nature and risks of its opioid painkillers.

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AG Swanson Bans Deceptive "Help the Vets" Charity
Fifth Action in the Last Year to Protect Minnesotans Who Donate in Support of Veterans Taken in Connection with Nationwide Crackdown Operation Donate with Honor
The Florida charity and its president, Neil Paulson, are banned from soliciting in Minnesota due to their misrepresentations that donations would be used to help disabled and wounded military veterans, when in fact, the donations primarily benefitted Paulson and the charity’s for-profit telemarketers.

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Attorney General Swanson and Pharmacy Board Sue Opioid Manufacturer Over Aggressive Marketing of Highly-Addictive Painkiller
Attorney General Lori Swanson and the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy today filed a lawsuit against Insys Therapeutics, Inc., based in Arizona, for illegally marketing a fentanyl painkiller—approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration only to treat breakthrough pain in cancer patients—for other unapproved conditions and at doses many times higher than approved by the FDA.

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Attorney General Lori Swanson Sues AutoAssure Over Deceptive Car Warranty Sales
Attorney General Lori Swanson today filed a lawsuit against AutoAssure, LLC, a Texas company, for deceptively selling costly and often unnecessary car warranties to nearly 1,000 Minnesotan residents, in some cases falsely telling people the factory warranty on their vehicle had expired, the company or the contract was affiliated with the car’s manufacturer, or that the service contract covered “everything” despite containing dozens of exclusions.

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Credit Report Security Freezes and Fraud Alerts: What’s the Difference?
With major data breaches becoming too common, people often wonder how to stop criminals from stealing their identity. And rightly so. Identity thieves drain bank accounts, run up charges on lines of credit, and steal tax refunds. Placing a “fraud alert” or “credit freeze” on a credit report are two steps to protect against identity theft. But there are differences between fraud alerts and credit freezes.

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AG Swanson to Sue a Dozen Pharmaceutical Companies Over Scheme to Illegally Drive Up Prices of Generic Drugs
Attorney General Lori Swanson is moving to sue a dozen pharmaceutical companies for engaging in a wide-ranging scheme to illegally drive up prices of widely-used generic medicines that treat common ailments such as arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, infections, glaucoma, diabetes, anxiety, and seizures.

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CenturyLink Must Reform Television and Internet Sales and Billing Practices Under New Court Order
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced that CenturyLink—the Louisiana phone, television, and internet company—must better disclose its prices and fees under a court order publicly filed today in her ongoing lawsuit against the company. “Consumers deserve clear and accurate pricing information so they can effectively shop for internet and TV service at the lowest price,” said Attorney General 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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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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