Tennessee and 36 other states and the District of Columbia will receive $17 million as the result of an agreement with Google regarding some of its user-tracking devices on certain Safari web browsers, Attorney General Bob Cooper announced today.
At issue is concern of its alleged misleading claims regarding privacy setting on some Safari web browsers during 2011 and 2012. Google had been offering consumers the ability to opt out of having third-party advertising "cookies" set on their browsers. Cookies are small files set in consumers' web browsers that enable it in some cases to gather information about the users web-surfing habits. That information is often used to target consumers for certain advertisements...read the Google release.
Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper announced an agreement today in the State's challenge to the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines. The settlement will require the New American Airlines to continue to serve each of Tennessee's five major airports in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities for five years.
Since 2008, several other major airlines have merged including Delta and Northwest, United and Continental and Southwest and Airtran. Each of those mergers has resulted in reductions in seat capacity and in some cases a dramatic reduction of service such as in Memphis following the Delta and Northwest merger. This resulted fewer flying options and higher prices for Tennesseans...read the US Air, American release.
Tennessee will receive more than $12 million as part of a multistate and federal agreement resolving allegations pharmaceutical manufacturer Johnson & Johnson (J & J) and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., used deceptive marketing tactics. Specifically, the parties will pay $1.6 billion to resolve civil and criminal allegations of unlawful marketing practices to promote the sales of their atypical antipsychotic drugs, Risperdal and Invega.
J&J and Janssen will pay in excess of $1.2 billion to the states and the federal government to resolve four qui tam, or whistleblower, lawsuits filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania under the provisions of the federal False Claims Act and similar state False Claims statutes. In addition, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will plead guilty in federal court to a criminal misdemeanor charge of misbranding Risperdal in violation of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. As part of the criminal plea, Janssen has agreed to pay an additional $400 million in criminal fines and forfeitures...read the Risperdal release.
A Nashville auto dealer will have to change its marketing practices as a result of an agreement reached with the State of Tennessee to resolve deceptive marketing allegations, Attorney General Bob Cooper announced today.
A Davidson County Court approved the agreement between Gary Mathews Motors, LLC doing business as Gary Mathews Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Nashville with the Tennessee Attorney General's Office and the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs...read the Gary Mathews Motors release.
Tennesseans may be entitled to refunds as a result of an agreement resolving allegations a company deceptively enticed consumers to enroll in a variety of discount club programs, Attorney General Bob Cooper announced today.
Tennessee and 46 others states and the District of Columbia named in its lawsuit and settlement Connecticut-based Affinion, and its subsidiaries Trilegiant and Webloyalty. The parties have agreed to pay the states more than $30 million...read the Affinion release.