Attorney General

HRC Medical Must Pay $18 Million for Consumer Protection Violations

A judge has ordered that HRC Medical Centers and the company’s principles must pay consumers who purchased HRC’s bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), according to Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery’s office. Judge Don Ash granted the state’s motion for partial summary judgement in its suit against the company, which must now pay $18,141,750 for violations of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act. Additionally, the Court issued a permanent injunction barring the Defendants from engaging in conduct the Court has found unlawful.
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State AG Files Suit Against California Company for Imposter Scam

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has filed a lawsuit against a California company for allegedly mailing invoices to new homeowners requiring payment in order for the homeowners to receive copies of their deeds. The invoices are designed to look like real government documents. The suit names LA Investors LLC, based in Southern California, and its principals, Roberto Romero and Laura Romero. LA Investors conducted business in Tennessee under the names “Local Records Office” and “National Profile Document.”

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Tennessee AG Files Suit Against Network of Pain Management Clinics

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III has filed a lawsuit against a network of pain management clinics, alleging $7 million in fraudulent TennCare claims. The suit was filed in Williamson County Circuit Court against MMi Pain Clinics, owner Michael Kestner and business partner Dr. Lisabeth Williams, who operate 18 clinics across the state. According to the suit, the defendants regularly subjected patients to unnecessary medical procedures. Read the full complaint here.

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AG Files Suit Against Law Firm Targeting Grieving Families

Attorney General Herbert Slatery has filed a lawsuit against the Witherspoon Law Group in Texas, attorney Nuru Witherspoon and two investigators for unlawfully soliciting victims of the Chattanooga school bus crash. The AG’s office received reports that through investigators, the firm contacted victim’s families as they made funeral arrangements, despite state law prohibiting attorneys from solicitation within 30 days of a tragedy. The suit alleges that the investigators, Alphonso McClendon and Glen Smith, presented themselves as attorneys and pressured families to sign contracts.
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Tennessee AG Joins States Supporting Trump Travel Ban

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery filed an amicus brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of President Donald Trump’s updated travel ban, the Tennessean reports. That adds Slatery to a list of officials in 15 states who believe the decision from the U.S. District Court in Hawaii should be reversed. That decision halted the president’s second version of the travel ban.
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AG: Submit Claims for Pharmaceutical Settlement

Tennesseans who paid for the brand-name drug Provigil or its generic Modafinil from June 2006 to March 2012 are being encouraged by Attorney General Herbert Slatery to submit claims, after a court decision last year found the drug’s creator to be a part of an anticompetitive scheme. Originally, the deadline for consumers to file claims was April 13, 2017, but it has recently been extended to June 25, 2017.
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AG Office Issues Letter Promising to Defend State’s Rights

The Attorney General’s office will defend Tennessee’s right to pass legislation at odds with federal directives, Chief Deputy Attorney General Paul Ney wrote in a letter to Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge. The Tennessean reports the letter said in part, “We reaffirm our commitment to protecting the interests and rights of the State and to standing behind and supporting our Tennessee school districts.” Legislation has been proposed in the past two sessions that would have gone against federal policies, specifically an Obama-era directive designed to prevent school districts from enacting regulations on access to bathrooms for transgender students.

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Tennessee Sues Federal Government Over Refugees

The state of Tennessee filed a lawsuit against the federal government over refugee resettlement today, citing violation of the 10th Amendment, the Tennessean reports. The suit claims the government forced states to pay for the refugee resettlement program. It is brought by the Thomas More Law Center, a conservative legal group, after Tennessee’s legislature approved the lawsuit and Attorney General Herbert Slatery declined to initiate the case.
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