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ICYMI: With you, for you

ICYMI: With you, for you

Wed, Dec 28, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Today, an op-ed written by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, which explains why she has traveled to all of Arkansas’s 75 counties, holding meetings with Arkansans to hear directly from them about problems and concerns.

Leadership is more than talking – it is listening to those you serve in order to know what is important to them and in what direction they want our state to go. For the second time in two years, I traveled to all 75 of Arkansas’s counties to hear directly from you about the issues impacting your communities and what government needs to do better.

Rutledge Roundtables were launched in 2015 based on a lesson I learned in college albeit not in the classroom but rather during those sweltering summers in Independence County flagging traffic for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. I saw firsthand that there can be a disconnect between people in the office and the men and women out on the road. As Attorney General, I do not want there to be a disconnect between Arkansans and those of us who work in the capital city. Face-to-face conversations with elected officials are important whether you live in Little Rock, Bella Vista, Jonesboro, Texarkana or Lake Village.

Over the course of 2016, I held Rutledge Regulatory Roundtables and met with nearly 700 small business owners, manufacturing workers and other industry leaders, including more than 375 farmers who took time out of their harvest season – leaving their tractors and combines in the fields – to meet me and share their concerns about the agriculture industry, which is so critical to our state’s economy.

What did I learn from listening? Arkansans are not anti-regulation, but we want common-sense regulations based on science and data and not on politics. Arkansans want solutions to the actual problems and not "solutions" created by bored or overzealous bureaucrats in Little Rock or Washington, D.C. looking for non-existent problems.

Most people want to know how various federal and state regulations, as well as decisions by the courts, will impact their business or job, and as a result, and most importantly, their family. Whether I am talking to the mayor of Corning or a farmer from Humphrey, I may come away from each encounter with a different perspective of an issue, but I also hear common threads of concerns across the state.

It was abundantly clear how concerned Arkansans were – especially small business owners and non-profits – about the U.S. Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule, which was scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016, and would have set a national one-size-fits-all model by doubling the minimum salary overtime threshold for public and private workers.

As a result, I joined a coalition of 21 states, filing a lawsuit challenging the overtime rule, and last month a federal judge granted our request for an injunction, protecting countless Arkansans from increased costs and forced layoffs right before the holidays.

Farmers and ranchers consistently raised concerns over the proposed federal rules that broadly expand the definition of “critical habitats” for endangered and threatened species. The new rules effectively declare that any area currently unoccupied by an endangered species but may potentially host an endangered species could be classified as a critical habitat subject to stringent regulations – essentially allowing the federal government to prevent activities it deems could adversely affect habitat features that do not even exist.

Such an overreach would not only hurt our farmers and ranchers, but anyone who owned land could be subjected to the stranglehold of the federal government. Leading the charge against this action by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, I formed a coalition of 18 states, and we filed a lawsuit challenging this dramatic federal expansion over land rights. Like the dozens of Arkansans that voiced concerns to me about these rules, I want our endangered species protected, but this proposal would mire wide swaths of land in bureaucratic red tape under a false notion.

Listening is only half of the equation – I need to hear from you. Your ideas are not only important to me, but they are important to your family, friends and neighbors across the entire state. It takes all of us working together, and I am committed to working with you and for you.

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Suit Filed Against Capital Credit Solutions

Rutledge Files Suit Against Capital Credit Solutions

Wed, Dec 21, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a consumer-protection lawsuit today against Florida-based Capital Credit Solutions Inc. and Willie J. McKenzie for multiple false and misleading representations made to Arkansans in order to urge them to purchase credit repair services.

Capital Credit Solutions is in violation of the Federal Credit Repair Organizations Act, Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Arkansas Credit Services Organizations Act.

“When Arkansans are seeking to improve their credit, they are seeking real solutions, not bogus and disingenuous tactics,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The only real path to improve bad credit is time and diligent attention to eliminating credit balances. Arkansans should not be subjected to the illegal business practices of the defendants.”

The primary business practice of Capital Credit Solutions is the furnishing of credit repair services to improve the credit history, credit score and credit ratings of consumers. However, in offering these services, the defendants misrepresent that they can improve consumers’ credit ratings by disputing or eliminating negative, but accurate, items that are impacting the credit history. This falsehood leaves Arkansans with the impression that the best way to fix their credit is to hire Capital Credit Solutions and that the longer they stay in the program the better the results will be. Defendants cannot legally remove accurate, but negative, items from a credit report.

Capital Credit Solutions also promotes their services by illegally placing signs with unapproved language in locations where permission has not been granted. Common locations include gas stations, convenience stores, strip malls and intersections adjacent to busy roadways.

Rutledge is asking the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas to impose civil penalties, restitution for the affected consumers, attorneys’ fees, costs and other relief against the defendants.

Arkansans can file consumer complaints with the Attorney General’s office on ArkansasAG.gov or by calling (800) 482-8982.

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January 2017 Mobile Office Locations

Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for January

Wed, Dec 21, 2016

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

Attorney General Rutledge created the mobile office initiative during her first year in office to make the office accessible to everyone, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. In both 2015 and 2016, office hours were held in all 75 counties assisting nearly 1,300 Arkansans.

The Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents with consumer related issues in filing consumer complaints against scam artists. Staff will also be available to answer questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents. Rutledge believes there is no issue too small for her staff to have a face-to-face conversation.

Rutledge will also continue her partnership that began in 2016 with local law enforcement across the State to offer prescription drug take back boxes. Law enforcement will be at all mobile offices to handle a secure box and properly dispose of the prescriptions collected. Rutledge encourages Arkansans to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile office.

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:

Grant County

Thursday, Jan, 12

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Grant County Senior Center

1525 Highway 270

Sheridan, AR 72150

Perry County

Tuesday, Jan. 17

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Perryville Senior Adult Center

107 N Magnolia St.

Perryville, AR 72126

Ashley County

Tuesday, Jan. 24

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Hamburg Senior Citizens Center

1406 N Main St.

Hamburg, AR 71646

Prairie County

Tuesday, Jan. 26

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Project Mountain Senior Center

1103 E Main St.

Des Arc, AR 72040

Cleveland County

Tuesday, Jan. 31

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Rison Senior Citizens Center

#50 I.E. Moore Drive

Rison, AR 71665

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NuCold Refrigeration Lawsuit

Rutledge Files Lawsuit Against NuCold Refrigeration

Wed, Dec 21, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today filed a consumer-protection lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Morrilton-based NuCold Refrigeration Inc. and its owner, Jerry Collins of Plumerville. NuCold also conducts business under the names of RV Fridge House and RV Icebox.

By taking money from consumers and failing to provide any goods or services, providing defective goods or failing to deliver the goods or services by the promised date, NuCold has repeatedly violated the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and cause many undue harm.

“After receiving over 200 complaints from citizens across the country and conducting a multi-year investigation, I am taking action to shut down this bad business,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Multiple individuals from dozens of states have suffered a financial loss because of the deceitful actions of NuCold, not only hurting them but also putting a negative light on the overall Arkansas business community.”

NuCold sells, re-manufactures, repairs and services ammonia cooling units for refrigerators in RVs across the country. According to the complaint, consumers call NuCold and are told they must pay immediately before any work is done or a unit is shipped. In many instances, the transaction occurs over the phone but the consumer never receives the unit they purchased.

For others who did receive the part they purchased, it was received well after the promised date. Some reported the part failed to work from the beginning, and others reported that the part stopped working soon after delivery.

In nearly all cases reported to the Attorney General’s office, NuCold repeatedly evaded attempts by customers to request a refund or obtain the paid-for good or service.

Rutledge is asking the court to impose civil penalties, restitution, attorneys’ fees, costs and other relief against NuCold and Collins.

Victims of these business practices should file a consumer complaint on ArkansasAG.gov or call (800) 482-8982.

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Deputy AG Rebsamen Appointed Judge

Rutledge Statement on the Appointment of Deputy Attorney General Meredith Rebsamen as District Judge

Tue, Dec 20, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today issued a statement in response to the appointment of Deputy Attorney General Meredith Blaise Rebsamen as District Judge of the Garland County District Court, First Division, by Governor Asa Hutchinson.

“I want to congratulate Deputy Attorney General Rebsamen on her appointment as a District Judge,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Meredith has done a tremendous job leading the State Agencies Division at the Attorney General’s office, helping countless agencies with rule promulgation, Freedom of Information Act compliance and the interpretation of laws passed by the General Assembly. I know that she will make a fair and impartial judge, and that her late father, who she is replacing, would be incredibly proud. Meredith’s wise counsel will be missed, and I wish her nothing but the best in her new role.”

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