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Rutledge Announces June Mobile Office Schedule

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for June.

Attorney General Rutledge created this initiative during her first year in office to increase office accessibility for all Arkansans, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. Office hours were held in all 75 counties each year during her first term, assisting 3,300 Arkansans. In 2019, Attorney General Mobile Offices have already served over 1,000 Arkansans.

Rutledge believes face-to-face conversations are the best way to truly hear from Arkansans. The Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents with consumer related issues by filing consumer complaints against scam artists as well as answering questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents.

Rutledge continues her partnerships with the Cooperative Extension Service and local law enforcement across Arkansas. Law enforcement officials will be on hand to collect unused and expired prescription medications to ensure they are secured and properly disposed. Arkansans are encouraged to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile office. During Rutledge’s first term, over 618 pounds of medications were collected at mobile offices. Another 135 pounds of medications have been collected so far this year.

For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s office, visit ArkansasAG.gov or call (501) 682-2007. Rutledge can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge and on Twitter at twitter.com/AGRutledge.

The upcoming mobile office schedule is below:

Cleburne County

Tuesday, June 4

noon to 1:30 p.m.

Fairfield Bay Senior Center

385 Dave Creek Parkway

Fairfield Bay, AR 72088

Miller County

Thursday, June 6

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Miller County Senior Adult Center

1007 Jefferson Ave.

Texarkana, AR 71854

Fulton County

Tuesday, June 11

10:30 a.m. to noon

Salem Senior Life Center

309 W. Church St.

Salem, AR 72576

Hot Spring County

Friday, June 14

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Malvern Senior Activity Center

1800 W. Moline St.

Malvern, AR 72104

Ouachita County

Tuesday, June 18

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Camden Senior Center

465 Columbia Ave. SW

Camden, AR 71701

St. Francis County

Thursday, June 20

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

St. Bernards Senior Life Center – Forrest City

2550 S. Washington St.

Forrest City, AR 72335

Polk County

Tuesday, June 25

10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Mena-Polk County Senior Center

401 Autumn Drive

Mena, AR 71953

Rutledge Leads Coalition that Supports Rescinding CFPB Rule

12 states send letter to CFPB Director urging rule to keep states as the frontline consumer defenders

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge co-led a coalition of 12 states, along with the Indiana Attorney General, in support of the rule proposed this year by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that would replace a 2017 CFPB rule governing small, short-term loans. The states contend that the CFPB should recognize them as the frontline consumer defenders and that the 2017 rule improperly tried to cut the states out of the consumer-protection picture. This hurt consumers’ freedom to choose which financial products best serve their own interests.

“The CFPB’s proposed rule would return consumer protection to the states,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The 2017 rule took a one-size-fits-all approach to short-term lending that did not account for individual consumers’ needs. States understand their citizens’ needs better than Washington bureaucrats ever could. The CFPB has realized this, and the proposed rule returns powers to the states to make sure their citizens are protected, along with allowing additional innovative solutions to enhance the consumers’ access to credit on fair terms.”

In the letter, the attorneys general wrote, “The proposed rule respects the states’ role in maximizing consumers’ welfare by ensuring both that consumers are protected from illegal practices and that they have access to credit.”

Arkansas, along with Indiana, led the group which included Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

Rutledge Reaches Nearly $200,000 Settlement with Little Rock Spa

Says, ‘Arkansans who were hurt financially by Indulgences by Body Bronze’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Body Bronze LLC and its owners, Molly Verbrugge and Lila Riggs have reached a settlement to resolve allegations that Indulgences by Body Bronze continued to sell VIP membership plans, spa service packages and gift certificates during the busy 2017 holiday season, but abruptly closed its doors on January 8, 2018, without warning to consumers or employees.

“Arkansans who were hurt financially by Indulgences by Body Bronze will now be made whole,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The owners are being held accountable for soliciting and accepting prepayments from customers without regard to whether the company would be able to provide customers the goods and services they purchased.”

The consent judgment, which was filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, includes $98,510.02 in restitution to 241 Arkansas consumers, and $100,000 in civil penalties. Verbrugge and Riggs are also prohibited from operating another spa-type business in Arkansas.

Indulgences by Body Bronze was a day spa in west Little Rock and advertised services including pedicures, massages, facial treatments and laser hair removal.

Rutledge filed a consumer-protection lawsuit against Indulgences by Body Bronze in February 2018.

Rutledge Joins 16-State Coalition’s Amicus Brief Opposing Illinois Gun Restrictions

Says, ‘Constitutional rights do not stop at state lines’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joined 15 other states on an amicus brief supporting the Second Amendment and arguing against Illinois’s restrictions on the rights of non-residents to carry guns in public.

“Constitutional rights do not stop at state lines,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Founding Fathers ensured our right to bear arms with the Second Amendment, and it is important to protect that right against attacks by individual state governments that think the Constitution does not apply to them.”

Illinois law prohibits any person from carrying a firearm without an Illinois concealed carry license. Illinois bars non-residents from even applying for a license unless they live in a state with firearm laws substantially similar to Illinois’s.

The 16-state coalition urges the entire United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to review an erroneous decision upholding Illinois’s unconstitutional restrictions.

The 15 states joining Arkansas in the brief are Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

Rutledge Submits Comments to the FCC on Illegal Spoofing

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge submitted comments today on the Truth in Caller ID Act rulemaking process, which will enable the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to combat caller ID spoofing activities originating outside the United States.

“Arkansas has been leading the charge against these incessant and illegal spoofing calls that scam Arkansans out of thousands of dollars and are often directed to our most vulnerable citizens,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This proposed rule would expand the FCC’s authority to hold these bad actors accountable for the harm they cause.”

In March, Rutledge worked with legislators to enact stiffer penalties for illegal robocalls and spoofing, which faced no opposition. Arkansas has joined 49 other states and 4 U.S. territories in sending a letter to the U.S. Senate encouraging the passage of the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act.

In February, Rutledge also sent a letter to the FCC demanding they take more aggressive measures to require telecoms to use existing technology to identify and stop illegal robocalls.

Rutledge joined the coalition with 42 other states to submit the comments.

Rutledge Urges the Fifth Circuit to Affirm Decision that Obamacare Is Unconstitutional

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced Arkansas joined Texas and 16 other states in a brief urging the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm the decision that the Affordable Care Act and its individual mandate are unconstitutional.

“Today, Arkansas is one step closer to upending this unconstitutional law,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The unconstitutional individual mandate was the backbone of this law and without it in place, Obamacare cannot be upheld. Congress must take action to increase health care options, lower costs and protect those with pre-existing conditions."

In the brief filed today, the 18-state coalition argues that the district court was right to let them challenge the individual mandate because it increases the amount they spend on state health-insurance programs. The brief also defends the district court’s decision that all of Obamacare must be invalidated because the individual mandate is now unconstitutional against the arguments in an earlier Fifth Circuit brief by a separate, California-led coalition of states, which seeks to reverse the district court’s decision.

In December, a U.S. district court in Texas agreed with the 18-state coalition after the group filed a lawsuit earlier last year challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare. They argued that Congress rendered all of Obamacare unconstitutional by doing away with the tax penalty in Obamacare’s individual mandate when it enacted President Donald J. Trump’s tax overhaul.

In 2012, a majority of the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare against a constitutional challenge and held that the individual mandate was a valid exercise of Congress’s tax power. But a different majority also held that Congress did not have the power to create the individual mandate under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. As Chief Justice John Roberts explained, and the four justice dissent agreed, the Commerce Clause gives Congress power to regulate commerce – but not to compel it, which is what the individual mandate does.

May
30
Thursday

Montgomery County Resources Day

Mount Ida Senior Activity Center
158 Senior Drive

Mobile Office
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
Partnering with Sheriff David White
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Identity Theft and Scam Presentation
11 to 11:30 a.m.

 10:00 AMVIEW 
June
4
Tuesday

Cleburne County Resources Day

Fairfield Bay Senior Center
385 Dave Creek Parkway

Mobile Office
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
Law enforcement partner: Sheriff Chris Brown
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Identity Theft and Scam Presentation
Noon to 12:30 p.m.

 12:00 PMVIEW 
June
6
Thursday

Miller County Resources Day

Miller County Senior Adult Center
1007 Jefferson Avenue, Texarkana

Mobile Office

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back

Law enforcement partner: Sheriff Jackie Runion

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Identity Theft and Scam Presentation

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 10:00 AMVIEW 
June
11
Tuesday

Fulton County Resources Day

Salem Senior Life Center
309 West Church Street, Salem

Mobile Office
10:30 a.m. to noon

Prescription Drug Take Back
Law enforcement partner: Sheriff Albert Roork
10:30 a.m. to noon

Identity Theft and Scam Presentation
11:30 to noon

 10:30 AMVIEW 
June
14
Friday

Hot Spring County Resources Day

Malvern Senior Activity Center
1800 W. Moline Street

Mobile Office
9:30 to 11 a.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
Law enforcement partner: Hot Spring County Sheriff Mike Cash
9:30 to 11 a.m.

Identity Theft and Scams Presentation
10:30 to 11 a.m.

 9:30 AMVIEW 
June
18
Tuesday

Ouachita County Resources Day

Camden Senior Center
465 Columbia Avenue, Camden

Mobile Office
10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Prescription Drug Take Back
Law enforcement partner: Sheriff David Norwood
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m

Identity Theft and Scam Presentation
11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 10:00 AMVIEW 
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