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Ashley Madison Settlement

Rutledge and FTC Reach $17.5 Million Settlement with Ashley Madison

Wed, Dec 14, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today joined with 12 other states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in a settlement with Ruby Corp., which owns the AshleyMadison.com website.

The company will make an immediate payment of $1,657,000, split between the states and the FTC. Arkansas will receive $52,829.69. The remaining $17.5 million is suspended based upon Ruby Corp.’s inability to pay a further amount, which is demonstrated through financial disclosure documents.

“While I do not condone the activities of those who joined the Ashley Madison website, it is my job as Attorney General to take action when Arkansans’ data is breached,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The false actions taken by this corporation were wrong and exposed countless members to potential fraud.”

In addition to monetary penalties, Ruby Corp. agreed to cease engaging in certain deceptive practices, to not create fake profiles and to implement a stronger data security program.

The Ashley Madison dating site catered to individuals wishing to engage in extramarital affairs. In July 2015, the site was hacked and millions of Ashley Madison members’ user information, including photographs, usernames, email addresses, communication and other profile information was posted online. In the wake of the security breach, it was discovered that the website had created thousands of fake user profiles, misrepresented the strength of its security and sold a “full delete” option, which it did not carry out in all instances.

The settlement, which was led by the State of Vermont, included Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee and the District of Columbia.

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$17.5 Million Settlement with Ashley Madison

Rutledge and FTC Reach $17.5 Million Settlement with Ashley Madison

Wed, Dec 14, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today joined with 12 other states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in a settlement with Ruby Corp., which owns the AshleyMadison.com website.

The company will make an immediate payment of $1,657,000, split between the states and the FTC. Arkansas will receive $52,829.69. The remaining $17.5 million is suspended based upon Ruby Corp.’s inability to pay a further amount, which is demonstrated through financial disclosure documents.

“While I do not condone the activities of those who joined the Ashley Madison website, it is my job as Attorney General to take action when Arkansans’ data is breached,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The false actions taken by this corporation were wrong and exposed countless members to potential fraud.”

In addition to monetary penalties, Ruby Corp. agreed to cease engaging in certain deceptive practices, to not create fake profiles and to implement a stronger data security program.

The Ashley Madison dating site catered to individuals wishing to engage in extramarital affairs. In July 2015, the site was hacked and millions of Ashley Madison members’ user information, including photographs, usernames, email addresses, communication and other profile information was posted online. In the wake of the security breach, it was discovered that the website had created thousands of fake user profiles, misrepresented the strength of its security and sold a “full delete” option, which it did not carry out in all instances.

The settlement, which was led by the State of Vermont, included Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee and the District of Columbia.

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Office Hours in all Counties for 2nd Year

Attorney General’s Office Holds Office Hours in all 75 Counties for Second Consecutive Year

Tue, Dec 13, 2016

BATESVILLE – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that her office has achieved a new milestone by holding office hours in all 75 counties for the second consecutive year. Rutledge launched the mobile office initiative in May 2015.

“Arkansans should not have to travel to their capital city to receive the help they need,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I launched this initiative to increase access to my office instead of only being available on the internet, on a phone call or at a meeting in Little Rock. I am a firm believer that Arkansans deserve to have a face-to-face conversation with their public servants to get assistance. My staff has done amazing work to assist individuals in all 75 counties again this year, and I appreciate their dedication to families across our State.”

In 2016, more than 900 Arkansans have visited an Attorney General Mobile Office.

These mobile offices provide a location to personally assist consumers in filing consumer complaints and answer questions about the full range of services provided by the Attorney General’s office.

Attorney General Rutledge created the mobile office initiative so that her office and staff would be accessible to everyone, not just those who call the capital city home. After the success of the initiative last year, Rutledge expanded the services offered at mobile offices to include Prescription Drug Take Back boxes. The office partnered with local law enforcement agencies across the State to handle a secure box and properly dispose of the prescriptions collected. Since the addition of this service, the boxes have allowed authorities to properly dispose of over 320 pounds of old or unused medications.

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.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Settlement

Rutledge Part of $19.5 Million Bristol-Myers Squibb Settlement

Thu, Dec 8, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has reached a settlement, along with 41 other states and the District of Columbia, with Bristol-Myers Squibb. The settlement ends a multistate investigation into unfair or deceptive trade practices with marketing the company's prescription drug, Abilify, an antipsychotic medication.

Arkansas will receive $292,036 from the settlement, which will be deposited into the Consumer Education and Enforcement Fund.

“The deceitful actions by Bristol-Myers Squibb were unlawful and irresponsible,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansans needing antipsychotic medications have a level of trust in the companies making these drugs, and unfortunately Bristol-Myers Squibb misrepresented Abilify with their marketing practices.”

The Federal Drug Administration originally approved Abilify in 2002 for treating schizophrenia. The complaint alleges the company was marketing the medication to dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, despite receiving a “black box” warning in 2006 that elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis who are treated with antipsychotic drugs, like Abilify, have an increased risk of death. The complaint also alleges that the company promoted Abilify for use in children, which was not approved by the Federal Drug Administration.

Under the settlement, Bristol-Myers Squibb will be prohibited from making false or misleading claims about Abilify, its safety and the implications of clinical studies relating to the drug. They are also subject to limitations on financial incentives to sales representatives and health care providers, dissemination of information that may promote off-label use of Abilify, and other practices affecting off-label promotion.

In addition to Arkansas, the multistate group – led by Maryland and Kentucky – includes Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska , Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Fouke Man Sentenced for Cyber Crimes

Fouke Man Sentenced for Cyber Crimes

Thu, Dec 8, 2016

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Miller County man has been sentenced to 300 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and a fine of $300,000 on child exploitation charges.

Ronald Anthony Antoniello, 73, of Fouke, was found guilty by a Miller County jury of 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving children.

“I appreciate the partnerships across the State that have gotten this man out of our neighborhoods and off the internet,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I am proud of the Cyber Crimes Unit at the Attorney General’s office and local prosecutors who continuously work hard to protect Arkansas children and families. This is an especially heinous criminal, and I am glad this evil individual can no longer prey on innocent children.”

Antoniello was arrested in 2014 on a search warrant executed by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit. Attorneys from the Attorney General’s office were appointed by the 8th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Black as special deputy prosecutors. Judge Brent Haltom followed the recommendation of the jury and sentenced Antoniello in Miller County Circuit Court.

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