Today the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Tanco v. Haslam (same-sex marriage), and consolidated the four petitions from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. The court agreed to address the following two questions: (1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? and (2) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?....read the Tanco release.
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery today notified the appropriate parties that the State will join a lawsuit brought by attorneys general and governors from 24 other states to challenge the President's recent executive action on immigration....read the Texas v. U.S. release.
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery and Bill Giannini, the acting Director of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA), along with the attorneys general of the other 49 States, the District of Columbia, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission, today reached settlements with T-Mobile USA, Inc. The settlements include at least $90 million in payments and resolve allegations that T-Mobile placed charges for third-party services on consumers' mobile telephone bills that were not authorized by the consumer. This practice is known as "mobile cramming."
Consumers who have been "crammed" often incurred charges, typically $9.99 per month, for "premium" text message subscription services (PSMS) such as horoscopes, trivia, and sports scores that the consumers have never heard of or requested. The Attorneys General and federal regulators allege cramming occurred when T-Mobile placed charges from third-parties on consumers' mobile telephone bills without the consumer's knowledge or consent...read the T-Mobile release.
Tennessee residents who lost their homes to foreclosure with Ocwen Loan Servicing will receive a check this month for approximately $1,100 as a part of the National Ocwen Settlement. The payments will total $2.6 million for Tennessee.
The agreement with Ocwen settled state and national findings that Ocwen engaged in servicing abuses during the height of the housing crisis, resulting in unnecessary and illegal foreclosures. Ocwen is one of the nation's largest loan servicers...read the Ocwen release.
Attorney General Herbert Slatery on behalf of Bill Giannini, the acting Director of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA), along with the attorneys general of 44 states and the District of Columbia, announced today that Sirius XM Radio Inc. of New York has agreed to pay $3.8 million to the states and provide restitution to eligible consumers to resolve claims that the satellite radio company engaged in misleading advertising and billing practices. Tennessee will receive $233,000.
Consumers who have not previously filed a complaint with their attorney general or state complaint handling entity such as DCA for the practices covered by this settlement have until May 3, 2015 to file a complaint to be considered for restitution...read the Sirius XM release.