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Kickstarter fraud: Washington files first consumer protection lawsuit involving crowdfunding

If you raise money via Kickstarter and don’t deliver products you promised backers, the government will come after you. In what is the first consumer protection lawsuit involving crowdfunding, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a suit against Ed Nash and his Nashville, Tenn.-based company, Altius Management. Back in October 2012, Nash raised $25,146 from… Read More

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AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile plan to stop charging for “premium” texts

According to a press release put out by the Washington State Attorney General’s office today, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have vowed to stop charging customers for the use of Premium SMS texting services, which allow third-party companies to charge wireless subscribers for messaging services like horoscopes through their phone bills. While PSMS has some legitimate… Read More

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Google forks over $610K to Washington state for Safari browser tracking settlement

Google paid $610,600 to Washington state today after the Mountain View company reached a $17 million settlement with 37 states and Washington D.C. over privacy issues with Apple’s Safari web browser. In their suit, the states claimed that Google altered its DoubleClick advertising platform from June 1, 2011 to Feb. 15, 2012 to get around Safari’s default… Read More

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T-Mobile needs to fix ‘deceptive’ no-contract ads, says Washington state AG

The way T-Mobile USA is touting its shift away from wireless contracts has Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson seriously irked. So much so, in fact, that Ferguson demanded that the carrier, which has its U.S. headquarters in Bellevue, fix its “deceptive advertising” campaign for the new “Uncarrier” plans, which promise no contracts and no commitment…. Read More