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Attorney General Bill Schuette Announces National "Cramming" Settlement with AT&T

Attorney General Bill Schuette announced a $105 million settlement with AT&T Mobility LLC in coordination with the Attorneys General of 49 other states and the District of Columbia. The settlement resolves the extra payment AT&T charged to consumers for subscriptions to third-party texts, such as horoscopes and sports updates. Known as "cramming", these charges typically ranged around $10/month and were often unknown to the consumer.

"Consumers should never be charged for services that they did not order," said Schuette. "We will continue to aggressively pursue anyone seeking to skirt the rules at the expense of Michigan families."

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Schuette Files Child Abuse Charges Against Washtenaw County Man

October 23, 2014

LANSING, Mich. - Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that his Criminal Division has filed felony child abuse charges against Jean-Claude Toviave, 45, formally of Ypsilanti.

"All children deserve a safe home environment with loving parents, but unfortunately that is not always the case," said Schuette.  "Michigan kids have an advocate in the Attorney General's office, and we work hard every day to protect our most vulnerable citizens from exploitation and abuse.

Schuette Announces More Than $500,000 for 5,600 Michigan Propane Consumers in AmeriGas Settlement

October 22, 2014

LANSING, Mich. - Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced his Corporate Oversight Division has secured more than $500,000 for approximately 5,600 Michigan propane consumers to resolve customer complaints against AmeriGas concerning propane-pricing issues during last winter's heating season.

Schuette Urges Congress to Support Legislation to Prevent Child Sex Trafficking on Internet

October 21, 2014

LANSING, Mich. - Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced he has contacted members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to request their support for the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act (SAVE) Act (S. 2536), legislation that would help prevent children from being trafficked online. Schuette was joined by attorneys general nationwide to urge the committee to support the bill and bring it to a vote.

Schuette, Wyant Announce Settlement to Stop Severe Odors from America's Largest Waste Incinerator in Detroit

October 21, 2014

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Director Dan Wyant today announced the State has secured a civil settlement with two Delaware-based companies to end chronic odors from the nation's largest municipal waste incinerator affecting Midtown Detroit residents.

Schuette Announces Support for Federal Bills to Provide Restitution for Child Victims of Pornography: "Child Pornography is not a victimless crime"

October 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced he has sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a House Judiciary Subcommittee expressing support for the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2014 (S. 2301, H.R. 4981). Schuette was joined by attorneys general nationwide to urge the committees to bring the bill to a vote in their letter.

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