Consumer fraud

FILE - This July 27, 2017, file photo shows an AT&T logo at a store in Hialeah, Fla. On Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Federal Trade Commission can indeed punish telecommunications companies for deceptive practices. The FTC still must prove that AT&T was deceptive. The case is over claims that AT&T misled smartphone customers in offering unlimited data plans, but slowing speeds for heavy users. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
February 26, 2018 - 5:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. appeals court says the Federal Trade Commission can police telecommunications companies like AT&T — a ruling that's important because another agency is dropping its oversight with repeal of "net neutrality" rules governing customer access to apps and websites. The case is...
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February 05, 2018 - 10:19 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Emails, recordings and testimony prove that four former employees of the truck stop chain Pilot Flying J conspired to defraud customers in a fuel rebate scam that has already resulted in more than a dozen guilty pleas, a prosecutor said Monday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Trey...
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January 31, 2018 - 8:16 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors have rested their case against four former Pilot Flying J employees accused in a scheme to shortchange trucking customers on fuel rebates. News outlets say prosecutors ended Wednesday without calling former Pilot Flying J. Vice President John "Stick" Freeman...
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FILE - In this March 9, 2015 file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus during an Apple event in San Francisco. IPhone owners from several states sued Apple Inc. for not disclosing sooner that it issued software updates deliberately slowing older-model phones so aging batteries lasted longer, saying Apple's silence led them to wrongly conclude that their only option was to buy newer, pricier iPhones. The allegations were in a lawsuit filed Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Chicago federal court on behalf of five iPhone owners. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
December 22, 2017 - 9:01 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — IPhone owners from several states sued Apple Inc. for not disclosing sooner that it issued software updates deliberately slowing older-model phones so aging batteries lasted longer, saying Apple's silence led them to wrongly conclude that their only option was to buy newer, pricier...
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November 15, 2017 - 4:54 am
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A government witness has testified that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam "loved it" when the sales team ripped off customers at the trucking company controlled by his family. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the jury in the federal fraud trial of former Pilot Flying...
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November 06, 2017 - 5:12 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the federal fraud trial of former members of the Pilot Flying J sales team (all times local): 5 p.m. Federal prosecutors have outlined their case against former executives at Pilot Flying J as the result of an "infection of fraud" within the sales department...
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FILE - In a Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 file photo, former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood, left, leaves federal court after being arraigned, in Knoxville, Tenn. Four former executives, including former Pilot Flying J President Hazelwood, and ex-vice president Scott Wombold, go on trial in Chattanooga on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. (Michael Patrick /Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)
November 05, 2017 - 2:32 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The country's largest truck stop chain was flying high. Its CEO had recently bought a pro football team and his brother was the popular Republican governor of Tennessee hinting at aspirations for national office. Then federal agents descended on the family-owned company's...
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September 27, 2017 - 10:35 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian cookbook author who falsely said she beat cancer through healthy eating was fined by a court on Thursday for misleading consumers by lying about her charitable donations. The judge had ruled in March that Belle Gibson's deceptive claims of donating the...
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FILE - This March 29, 2012, file photo, shows the beef product that critics call "pink slime" during a plant tour of Beef Products Inc. in South Sioux City, Neb. Beef Products Inc. says the settlement reached with ABC in a $1.9 billion defamation lawsuit over the network's reports on its lean, finely textured beef product provides a strong foundation on which to grow the business. The terms of the settlement announced Wednesday, June 28, 2017 are confidential. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
June 28, 2017 - 3:56 pm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — ABC and a South Dakota meat producer announced a settlement Wednesday in a $1.9 billion lawsuit against the network over its reports on a beef product that critics dubbed "pink slime." The terms of the settlement including its amount are confidential. Dakota Dunes-based...
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