Rutledge Partners with FTC on Consumer Protection WebinarThu, May 10, 2018
Says, ‘This webinar is just one more way to reach consumers across the State’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced an upcoming free consumer protection webinar, presented by the Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Thursday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m. The webinar will include information on fighting consumer fraud and identity theft in Arkansas and will feature information from the FTC, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, the Better Business Bureau and others.
“This partnership is a wonderful opportunity for Arkansans to learn how to protect themselves from common scams and identity theft,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “My staff travels the State educating Arkansans about how they can spot scams. This webinar is just one more way to reach consumers across the State and I am proud to partner with the FTC on providing this free resource.”
Consumers will have the opportunity to learn more about the top scams reported in Arkansas, tips for identifying the latest scams, how to avoid and recover from identity theft and free resources to help Arkansas communities.
Arkansans wishing to participate can either join the webinar online (the link will be active a few minutes before the webinar begins) or call (800) 230-1085 to hear the audio (give the operator the webinar name: Fighting Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft in Arkansas). For trouble accessing the webinar, choose the option to run a temporary application. The presentation can be downloaded at Consumer.gov/StateWebinars.
Rutledge Praises Damages Ruling for Victims of Do Not Call Registry ViolationTue, May 8, 2018
Says, ‘Companies need to be held responsible for breaking the law’
LITTLE ROCK - Some Arkansans could be eligible for more than $1,200 from Dish Network. In a ruling earlier this year, a federal judge in North Carolina found Dish liable for multiple violations of the Do Not Call Registry, and the judge has ordered the company to pay $1,200 to consumers for each violation.
“Dish knowingly violated the Do Not Call Registry and have now been ordered to pay,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Companies need to be held responsible for breaking the law, and I am pleased the judge has sided with consumers.”
Attorneys could soon begin reaching out to consumers directly, and Arkansans should know that this is not a scam. Consumers can search for their phone number here to check eligibility for payment from Dish. If eligible, Arkansans must file a claim with the company by June 18.
Rutledge Urges Utility Companies to Pass Savings to RatepayersThu, May 3, 2018
Says, ‘It is time for the companies to pass savings on to Arkansas consumers’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today filed comments with the Arkansas Public Service Commission encouraging utility companies to pass along their savings from President Donald J. Trump’s corporate tax rate reduction to their consumers. Some utilities are over collecting money from consumers by using rates set to recover taxes at the previous, higher rate – a move that wrongly takes hard-earned money away from Arkansas consumers.
“President Trump’s tax rate reduction was intended to put more money back into the pockets of Americans, but some utility companies are keeping the profits and benefits of the tax cuts for themselves,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This behavior goes against the very spirit of the historic tax bill and cannot continue. It is time for the companies to pass savings on to Arkansas consumers.”
A portion of the money collected from ratepayers for utility company taxes is no longer needed because of the corporate tax rate reduction. While some companies have begun passing the savings onto their ratepayers, today’s comments include recommendations to the Public Service Commission about how all utilities could provide consumers with timely benefits and reduced rates as quickly as possible.
Rutledge Applauds Supreme Court’s Decision on Voter ID LawsuitWed, May 2, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released the below statement following the Supreme Court’s decision to issue a stay of Judge Alice Gray’s decision enjoining the enforcement of Act 633 regarding voter identification.
“I am very pleased that the Arkansas Supreme Court agreed with the arguments we made on behalf of the State Board of Election Commissioners that the requirement that a voter show photographic identification or sign a statement affirming his or her identity as a registered voter is not burdensome and helps ensure free and fair elections. The stay issued this afternoon provides needed clarity for Arkansas voters and election officials.”
Rutledge Joins Lawsuit Challenging the Unlawful DACA ProgramTue, May 1, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today joined a seven-state coalition against the federal government to end the unconstitutional Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which granted lawful presence and work permits for nearly one million unlawfully present aliens without congressional approval.
“President Obama did not have the constitutional authority to institute and expand the DACA program,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The United States is a compassionate country, but we are also a country of laws and it is important that I stand up for the rule of law, even in hard cases – in fact, that is when it is most important. The Constitution requires a program like DACA to be instituted by Congress, not the unilateral action of the executive branch.”
In September, President Donald J. Trump announced plans to end the DACA program and requested that Congress find a legislative fix to the issue within six months. But earlier this year, a ruling by a U.S. District Court in California blocked the federal government from cancelling DACA, forcing the Administration to leave it in place indefinitely as legal challenges drag on. Then, last month, the D.C. Federal District Court ruled that the Trump Administration had 90 days to fully restore DACA.
In the lawsuit, the attorneys general urge the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to declare DACA unlawful and stop the federal government from issuing or renewing any DACA permits in the future. The lawsuit does not ask the federal government to remove any alien currently covered by DACA, nor does it ask the Trump Administration to rescind DACA permits that have already been issued.
Rutledge joined the Texas-led lawsuit with Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia.
Rutledge Applauds Arkansas’s Educational Efforts Against Opioid AbuseMon, Apr 30, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today applauded the AR-IMPACT program, an educational tool announced by Governor Asa Hutchinson that is aimed at Arkansas’s medical providers and the State’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.
“I am proud of the comprehensive approach that Arkansas has taken to battle the ongoing opioid epidemic. The new AR-IMPACT program will help educate medical providers and serve as an important addition to Arkansas’s opioid-education resources, including my office’s first-in-the-nation Prescription for Life program created to educate high school students about prescription drug use and misuse. By utilizing resources throughout the state and across all levels of government, we can save lives.”