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New York Hopes Designated Highway Texting Stops Will Make You Put Phone Down

How many times have you seen a “Rest stop ahead – 10 miles” sign on a long car trip and felt relieved to know that there was coffee and bathroom facilities within reach? New York State is hoping that you will keep your phone at your side and feel similar relief when you see a sign telling you the distance to the next designated texting spot. Will the new signs change drivers’ habits?  [More]

New York State Wants Drivers To Put Their Smartphones Down Already

New York State Wants Drivers To Put Their Smartphones Down Already

The authorities are on to you. Yeah, you. The person who thinks that you can totally get away with texting and driving as long as you keep your phone in your lap. In order to catch you, the Empire State spent a million bucks to launch a shiny new fleet of Chevy Tahoes that let state troopers stare at motorists’ crotches. [More]

Webloyalty Settles With NY AG For $5.2 Mil

Webloyalty Settles With NY AG For $5.2 Mil

Online “marketing” company Webloyalty has settled with the New York AG for $5.2 mil. You know how when you buy movie tickets and at the end it says, “You won a free $10 gift certificate!” And then if you read the small print it says that if you accept the gift certificate you get signed up for a discount club that charges a monthly fee? Yeah, that was their game. [More]

NY AG Makes Toyota Come To Your House And Get The Damn Car

NY AG Makes Toyota Come To Your House And Get The Damn Car

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced today that his office had negotiated improved “accommodations” for owners of recalled Toyotas. In short, Toyota agreed to come to your house and get the car if you’re too freaked out to drive it. [More]

Oh Snap: NY AG Sues EX-Bank Of America CEO For Fraud

Oh Snap: NY AG Sues EX-Bank Of America CEO For Fraud

Andrew Cuomo has announced a lawsuit against Bank of America’s former CEO Kenneth D. Lewis, its former CFO Joseph L. Price, and the company itself, for “duping shareholders and the federal government in order to complete a merger with Merrill Lynch.” Uh oh! [More]

NY AG Guns For "Discount Clubs" Webloyalty, Affinion And Vertrue

NY AG Guns For "Discount Clubs" Webloyalty, Affinion And Vertrue

New York’s Attorney General has subpoenaed 22 retailers as part of an investigation into the allegedly deceptive practices of internet “discount clubs” Webloyalty, Affinion and Vertrue. “We want it stopped. We believe it is a classic consumer fraud,” said Cuomo. [More]

Selling Expired Products: CVS To Pay $875,000 Settlement

Selling Expired Products: CVS To Pay $875,000 Settlement

The NY AG’s office says that CVS will pay an $875,000 settlement to end legal action against them over the sale of “expired products – including over-the-counter drugs, baby formula, milk, and eggs – at stores across New York State.”

NY AG: Intel Is An Illegal Monopoly That Uses "Bribery And Coercion"

NY AG: Intel Is An Illegal Monopoly That Uses "Bribery And Coercion"

Andrew Cuomo, the Attorney General of New York, has filed a lawsuit against Intel, claiming that the company is an illegal monopoly that engages “in a worldwide, systematic campaign of illegal conduct – revealed in e-mails – in order to maintain its monopoly power and prices in the market for microprocessors.”

EVT America Delivers Slow, Inaccurate Scooter, No Lemon Law Refund

EVT America Delivers Slow, Inaccurate Scooter, No Lemon Law Refund

Brett wants the EVT America electric scooter he was promised. A scooter that was supposed to have a top speed of 40-45 mph, and required a motorcycle license. Unfortunately, while at top speed the speedometer reads 45 mph, he claims that reality differs.

NY Attorney General Unfriends Tagged.com, Files Lawsuit

NY Attorney General Unfriends Tagged.com, Files Lawsuit

New York’s crusading Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, has a new target: social networking contact-spamming site Tagged.com. He intends to stop the company’s practices and seek fines from them. Were the fine $1 per spammy e-mail they’ve sent, the total would be $60 million. Too much?

U.S. Open Backtracks After Telling 42,500 People They'll Get No Refund For Spending A Day In The Rain

U.S. Open Backtracks After Telling 42,500 People They'll Get No Refund For Spending A Day In The Rain

The U.S. Golf Association initially told 42,500 U.S. Open ticketholders who spent most of Thursday standing in the rain that they would be unable to refund or exchange their tickets. Then New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo stepped in and convinced the USGA to make the washed-out tickets valid for entry on Monday. Tomorrow’s forecast: rain.

Chase Stops Charging $120 Annual Fee For Balance Transfer Customers

Chase Stops Charging $120 Annual Fee For Balance Transfer Customers

We wrote in January about a new $10 per month fee that Chase was arbitrarily imposing on customers who had transferred balances to their Chase cards. Well after having a little chat with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Chase announced that they’ll stop charging this ridiculous fee and they’ll be refunding customers’ previous payments.

NY AG: AIG Paying "Retention" Bonuses To People Who  Left The Company

NY AG: AIG Paying "Retention" Bonuses To People Who Left The Company

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has written a letter to House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, offering some advice on what topics they might discuss at tomorrow’s AIG hearing. Among them: Giving “retention” bonuses to people who have left the company, making 73 millionaires in “the unit which lost so much money that it brought the firm to its knees” and the fact that without a taxpayer bailout — the “best and brightest” at AIG wouldn’t have jobs from which to collect impressive guaranteed bonuses.

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“We had given AGI up to 4 o’clock today to provide the information on the latest round of bonuses that they paid out,” Cuomo told reporters. “Four o’clock has come and gone.”

NY Attorney General To AIG: You Have Until 4:00 PM To Give Us The Names

NY Attorney General To AIG: You Have Until 4:00 PM To Give Us The Names

Andrew Cuomo has written a letter to AIG in which he explains that they will turn over the names of those employees from the Financial Products subsidiary (that’s the division that brought down the company) who are receiving bonuses by 4:00 pm today or they are coming at them with subpoenas. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s another awesome Andrew Cuomo letter after the jump.

Merrill Lynch Bonus Recipients May Be Revealed Next Week

Merrill Lynch Bonus Recipients May Be Revealed Next Week

Well, it looks like the whole Merrill Lynch bonus scandal may have a Scooby Doo ending — with a judge unmasking the executives by the end of next week.

Andrew Cuomo & Barney Frank Demand Names Of Million Dollar Bonus Execs

Andrew Cuomo & Barney Frank Demand Names Of Million Dollar Bonus Execs

New York Attorney General and House Financial Services Committee Chair Barney Frank have written a letter to Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis demanding the names of the nearly 700 executives who received bonuses in excess of one million dollars.

NY AG To Find Out Who Got The Merrill Bonus Money "By Whatever Means Is Necessary"

NY AG To Find Out Who Got The Merrill Bonus Money "By Whatever Means Is Necessary"

The NY AG has served Bank of America with a subpoena after they refused to release the names of the individuals who received over $3 billion in bonuses while Merrill Lynch was hemorrhaging money.