Rutledge Files Lawsuit Against TreatsieFri, Mar 23, 2018
Says, ‘I will not tolerate deceptive business practices’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today filed a consumer-protection lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Treatsie, LLC and its owners, Keith Hoelzeman and Jamie Walden. Treatsie continued to sell and advertise monthly, quarterly and yearly subscriptions for their gourmet candy boxes, but failed to deliver hundreds of the boxes or, in some cases, delivered the orders months late. The company also failed to refund subscription costs to customers who did not receive the goods they ordered.
“Treatsie and its owners swindled Arkansans out of their hard-earned money” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I will not tolerate deceptive business practices that bring financial loss to Arkansas consumers and will do everything in my power to ensure that the parties responsible are held accountable for their illegal and damaging actions.”
Treatsie was an online store based in Little Rock that offered gourmet candy and similar goods. The Better Business Bureau began receiving complaints about the deceptive practices of Treatsie in winter 2015. Defendants report that the company failed to refund consumers for 5,712 orders for an estimated $154,644.70, including 145 Arkansans totaling $4,076.12.
Rutledge is asking the court for restitution for affected consumers, along with the cancellation of services, removal of any negative credit information from the consumers’ credit record and civil penalties and other relief against Treatsie and its owners, Hoelzeman and Walden.
Rutledge Reaches Settlement with Miracle MotorsThu, Mar 22, 2018
Owners must turn over vehicle titles and pay a $10,000 fine
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has reached a settlement with Jacksonville-based Miracle Motors, Corp. and its owners for advertising the sale of used vehicles and failing to provide the vehicle title on the vehicle to Arkansas purchasers.
“Miracle Motors and its owners will be paying for the harms they caused by knowingly deceiving Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Illegal business practices that take advantage of our citizens will not be tolerated.”
Rutledge filed a lawsuit against Miracle Motors in January 2016 and stated that on numerous occasions the dealership advertised vehicles it did not own for sale, sold the vehicles to Arkansas consumers, accepted payment and failed to deliver the vehicle title in a timely fashion. The owners of Miracle Motors deceived consumers by misrepresenting the ability to convey titles to purchasers at the point of sale. These actions violated the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Used Motor Vehicle Buyer Protection Act.
Consumers cannot prove ownership without a title, leading to other potential problems and putting Arkansans at great risk.
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Miracle Motors will provide customers with their vehicle titles, or, upon request by the customers, void the transaction and provide a full refund of the purchase price and return the consumer’s trade-in. Miracle motors will also reimburse the customers for any out-of-pocket expenses associated with attempting to register the vehicle without a title.
Miracle Motors and its owners must also pay a $10,000 fine to the Consumer Education and Enforcement Fund.
ICYMI: Rutledge Appears on America’s Newsroom Ahead of Meeting with President TrumpTue, Mar 20, 2018
Ahead of meeting with President Donald J. Trump, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge appeared on America’s Newsroom. Rutledge discussed the dangers sanctuary laws pose to Arkansans and other communities throughout the country and emphasized that local law enforcement must work with federal agencies to ensure the safety of all citizens. The spot aired on Tuesday, March 20 at 9:20/8:20c on Fox News.
The full interview can be viewed by clicking here or the photo above.
Rutledge Joins President Donald J. Trump for Discussion on Illegal ImmigrationTue, Mar 20, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today participated in a discussion with President Donald J. Trump on the dangers of sanctuary jurisdictions and the importance of federal law enforcement efforts in combatting illegal immigration.
“As Arkansas’s chief legal officer, it was an honor to bring Arkansas’s voice to the table to share with President Trump the urgent need to protect our communities from radical sanctuary policies,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Unfortunately, the dangers of sanctuary cities and states do not stop at their borders – every Arkansan and American community is less safe because of unlawful actions taken by dangerous officials implementing their own radical agendas. These policies not only invite crime but encourage unconstitutional chaos by challenging the rule of law and pitting local and federal law enforcement agencies against each other. America is the ultimate sanctuary and we cannot allow our country to become a cesspool where illegal alien criminals can hide among our masses.”
Rutledge’s top priority as attorney general is keeping Arkansas’s law enforcement officers, communities and citizens safe. Sanctuary cities and states are a direct threat to Arkansans because they provide a safe haven for criminals and allow them to easily travel throughout the country. These policies also set a dangerous precedent allowing state and local entities to simply select which laws they will uphold.
Rutledge appeared at today’s meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), Congressmen Michael McCaul (R-TX), Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Mark Meadows (R-NC), Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, ICE acting Director Tom Homan, Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones, Gwinnett County (Ga.) Sheriff Butch Conway, Fort Collins Sheriff Justin Smith, Chicago Police Officer Kevin Graham, Fraternal Order of Police President Chuck Canterbury and Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant.
Rutledge Joins Effort Supporting Federal Immigration LawsTue, Mar 20, 2018
Says, ‘If this ruling stands, it would set a dangerous precedent for communities across Arkansas’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined a 13-state coalition supporting the State of Indiana’s capability to require local municipalities to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests.
According to Attorney General Rutledge and her colleagues, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted a consent decree from Marion County, Indiana which exempted the county from part of Indiana law, allowing the county to do what it preferred rather than complying with state law.
“In this case the court is not only encouraging municipalities to ignore state laws, but helping them actually break state laws they do not agree with,” Rutledge said. “If this ruling stands, it would set a dangerous precedent for communities across Arkansas and the entire country by disturbing the rule of law and discouraging cooperation with federal immigration officials.”
States that filed the brief include attorneys general from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia, and governors from Kentucky and Maine.
Rutledge Welcomes Trump Administration’s Opioid InitiativeMon, Mar 19, 2018
Says, ‘I look forward to complementing our efforts in Arkansas with those set out by the President’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge welcomes President Donald J. Trump’s bold initiative to combat the nation-wide opioid epidemic, which is decimating Arkansas families and communities. President Trump today announced that the opioid initiative would: reduce demand through education, awareness and prevention of over-prescription; cut off the flow of illicit drugs; and expand treatment opportunities for opioid and other drug addictions.
“President Trump and his Administration have shown tremendous leadership in battling the opioid crisis and I remain proud to work with leaders across the country on this issue,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This lethal epidemic knows no bounds and requires an aggressive approach including education, treatment and litigation. Tackling the opioid crisis continues to be a top priority and I look forward to complementing our efforts in Arkansas with those set out by the President.”
Rutledge has brought a first-in-the-nation curriculum to Arkansas called Prescription for Life. Prescription for Life features a digital platform to help high school students in the State understand the dangers of prescription drug misuse and how to prevent abuse. The program is free to high schools and more information can be found at ArkansasAG.gov. The curriculum is part of the Attorney General’s already robust prescription drug abuse prevention initiative. The Attorney General’s office also pairs with local law enforcement to offer prescription drug take-backs at each mobile office location, collecting 195 pounds of prescription drugs at mobiles offices across the state in 2017.
In February, Rutledge appeared alongside U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and state Attorneys General from across the country to speak about the federal government’s plan to tackle the opioid epidemic and the Prescription Interdiction and Litigation Task Force.