Attorney General: Press Releases By Date

2012 Press Releases
12/31/2012Statement of Attorney General George Jepsen About Lawsuit Filed Against the State in Sandy Hook Shooting
  Statement of Attorney General George Jepsen About Lawsuit Filed Against the State in Sandy Hook Shooting
 
12/28/2012Attorney General, Consumer Counsel Alert Consumers To Lower Electric Rates
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz are alerting consumers to new lower electric generation rates that take effect Jan. 1, 2013 for residential and business customers of Connecticut Light & Power Co. and United Illuminating Co.
 
12/27/2012Attorney General Jepsen, Commissioner Sullivan Warn of Identity Theft Dangers
  As the New Year approaches, Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan and Attorney General George Jepsen are reminding Connecticut taxpayers to be more vigilant in protecting themselves and others from identity theft and fraud.
 
12/20/2012State Wins Emergency Court Order To Force Owners to Secure Former Power Plant in New Haven
  Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty were granted an emergency court order today requiring around-the-clock security at the heavily contaminated former English Station power plant in New Haven.
 
12/19/2012State Cautions Residents on Charitable Giving: Beware of Potential Scams
  Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein and Attorney General George Jepsen are cautioning residents that scammers may already be seeking to exploit the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy for their own purposes.
 
12/14/2012Statement of Attorney General George Jepsen Concerning the Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School
  “Connecticut has suffered a terrible blow today, the loss of so many innocent lives in a senseless act of violence. I join with the people of Connecticut in expressing my deepest sympathy to the families of the victims, and to the people of Newtown and surrounding communities who have lost so very much."
 
12/12/2012Connecticut Joins Multistate Effort Pushing For Federal Standards on Methane Emissions
  Attorney General George Jepsen and state Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said Connecticut has joined six other states in notifying the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) they intend to sue, if necessary, to prompt agency action on methane gas emissions from new and existing sources of the greenhouse gas.
 
12/7/2012Attorney General Urging New Standards on Pollutants that Contribute to Asthma
  Attorney General George Jepsen has joined with the Attorneys General of eight other states in urging federal regulators to adopt new standards for fine particulate matter, a type of air pollutant that contributes to respiratory symptoms and diseases, such as asthma.
 
12/7/2012AG, DSS Caution Consumers About Postal Scam Involving Government Checks, Sweepstakes Prizes
  Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick Bremby are cautioning consumers about a postal scam involving fraudulent sweepstakes award notifications accompanied by a bogus government check bearing the State of Connecticut seal and purporting to be from the Department of Social Services.
 
12/6/2012Connecticut Electric Ratepayers to Receive $5 Million Benefit through Federal Settlement with Constellation Energy
  Connecticut electric ratepayers will benefit from $5 million through a settlement between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Constellation Energy Commodities Group, Inc., Attorney General George Jepsen, Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz and Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Chairman Arthur House announced today.
 
12/3/2012Attorney General, Consumer Counsel Seek To Enforce Terms of Merger Settlement Agreement With NU
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz today asked state utility regulators to compel Northeast Utilities to respond to questions about layoffs and staffing levels at NU following its merger with NSTAR, as required by the Settlement Agreement.
 
11/30/2012AG Jepsen, Attorneys General, Urge Rejection of Proposed Federal Firearms Reciprocity Laws
  Attorney General George Jepsen again urged U.S. Senate leaders to reject proposed federal legislation that would undermine Connecticut’s gun-permitting laws by requiring the state to recognize out-of-state permits, including concealed carry permits.
 
11/28/2012Connecticut Agencies Protest ISO New England Budget Increases
  Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority today filed a protest with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission against ISO New England Inc.’s proposal to increase its budget, paid for by electric customers, by nearly 10 percent.
 
11/20/2012Attorney General Leads National Effort To Extend Tax Relief for Distressed Homeowners
  Attorney General George Jepsen is leading a national effort by state attorneys general who are urging Congress to extend tax relief for consumers who have mortgage debt canceled or forgiven because of financial hardship or a decline in housing values.
 
11/19/2012Attorney General Encouraged By Reports Showing Connecticut Homeowners Receiving Mortgage Relief
  Attorney General George Jepsen said mortgage modifications and other forms of relief resulting from the $25 billion national mortgage foreclosure settlement are reaching Connecticut’s distressed homeowners more quickly than anticipated.
 
11/19/2012State Officials Offer Help to Distressed Homeowners
  Connecticut’s distressed homeowners have another opportunity to explore loan modification and foreclosure prevention options with their banks at a day-long, state-sponsored forum Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at the Conference Center at CoCo Key in Waterbury.
 
11/16/2012MEDIA ADVISORY: News Conference about Mortgage Assistance Event
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen and state Banking Commissioner Howard Pitkin will announce details for the fourth, state-sponsored homeowners’ mortgage assistance event scheduled for Wednesday, November 28, at the Conference Center at CoCo Key in Waterbury.
 
11/16/2012Attorney General Advises Consumers to Weigh Pros, Cons before Purchasing a Suzuki Automobile
  Following the recent news that the American Suzuki Motor Corporation has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will discontinue sales in the United States’ automobile market, Attorney General George Jepsen is advising Connecticut consumers to weigh the options before purchasing a Suzuki automobile.
 
11/15/2012Connecticut Joins $90 Million Settlement with GlaxoSmithKline, Resolves Claims of Deceptive Marketing of Diabetes Drug
  Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein announced today that Connecticut has joined a $90 million multistate settlement with GlaxoSmithKline LLC to resolve allegations that the pharmaceutical company unlawfully promoted its diabetes drug, Avandia.
 
11/6/2012First Adoption Under New Law Takes Place in Willimantic
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Commissioner Joette Katz, Department of Children and Families, said an adoption of a teenage boy finalized Monday in the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters in Willimantic was the first under a new law that took effect Oct. 1.
 
11/2/2012Be Aware of Disaster Assistance Scams, Especially Related to FEMA
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen and Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein are warning Connecticut residents to be aware of potential scams in the coming days and weeks, especially ones in which scammers offer to help people get disaster assistance from FEMA.
 
11/1/2012Attorney General, Consumer Protection Commissioner: Abnormal Market Disruption on Energy Products through Nov. 10
  Due to Hurricane Sandy’s continuing potential to affect fuel distribution and sale in Connecticut, Attorney General George Jepsen announced that he will issue a notice of abnormal market disruption that will commence when the existing abnormal market period ends on Nov. 3. Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein today encouraged consumers to help minimize stress on the markets by conserving gasoline where possible.
 
10/31/2012Attorney General Reminds Residents that Price Gouging on Consumer Items, Energy Resources Prohibited
  Attorney General George Jepsen is reminding residents and retailers that state law prohibits price gouging on consumer items and energy resources during the current civil preparedness emergency in Connecticut.
 
10/31/2012ADVISORY: Triad Conference Scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1, Postponed
  The annual Connecticut Triad conference, “No Excuse for Financial Abuse,” scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury, is cancelled for weather-related reasons. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
 
10/26/2012Connecticut Joins Settlement Agreement With Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  Attorney General George Jepsen said that Connecticut has joined with other states and the federal government to settle allegations that Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BIPI), paid kickbacks and engaged in off-label marketing campaigns that improperly promoted four drugs: Atrovent, Combivent, Micardis and Aggrenox.
 
10/26/2012Attorney General Jepsen: Impact Statement Recommending Plum Island Sale is Inadequate
  Attorney General George Jepsen said today that the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) recommending the federal government’s sale of Plum Island lacks significant critical evaluation and analysis.
 
10/25/2012POSTPONED: “No Excuse for Financial Abuse” Attorney General Highlights Triad Annual Conference
  Attorney General George Jepsen is encouraging members of the public and social service agencies that work with seniors to attend the annual Connecticut Triad conference to learn more about financial exploitation and ways to protect against such abuse.
 
10/24/2012Attorney General Seeks Information about Barnes & Noble Data Breach
  Attorney General George Jepsen said that three Barnes & Noble, Inc. stores in Connecticut were among those where hackers breached point-of-sale keypad card terminals to access personal identification numbers and credit and debit card information.
 
10/23/2012Attorney General, Banking Commissioner Alert Consumers to Debt Collection Scams
  Attorney General George Jepsen and state Banking Commissioner Howard F. Pitkin are alerting consumers about misleading scam debt collection practices and what they can do to protect themselves.
 
10/18/2012Statement from Attorney General Jepsen on 2nd Circuit DOMA Ruling
  “As I’ve said before, discrimination based on sexual orientation has no place in our society or under our laws. Today’s ruling is another important step toward affirming the rights of all married couples in the state of Connecticut."
 
10/17/2012Assistant Attorney General Matthew Budzik Recognized by U.S. Department of Justice
  Attorney General George Jepsen announced today that a member of his staff was recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice for his work in helping to negotiate the $25 billion settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers, announced earlier this year.
 
10/17/2012Attorney General Files Agreement to Revoke Pension of Former Oxford Tax Collector Convicted on Felony Larceny Charge
  Under an agreement filed in Superior Court today, a former tax collector for the town of Oxford who pleaded guilty to a felony larceny charge in July will have her municipal pension revoked in full, Attorney General George Jepsen said.
 
10/16/2012Attorney General Jepsen to eBook Purchasers: Settlement Credit Notification Process has Begun
  Attorney General Jepsen today advised Connecticut residents who may have purchased certain eBooks that the notice process is underway in a $69 million national settlement with publishers announced earlier this year. Approximately $1.3 million of the settlement will be allotted to Connecticut consumers, if the settlement is approved by the court.
 
10/15/2012Students, State Officials Mark National Teen Safe Driving Week – Oct. 14-20
  The results of two national studies on teen safe driving show that Connecticut is among the most advanced states whose laws help to prevent crashes injuries and deaths. This information comes as the state marks National Teen Safe Driving week Oct. 14 - 20.
 
10/10/2012Statement from Attorney General Jepsen on Board of Regents for Higher Education
  "In a similar situation, this office concluded in 2010 that the then State University System Board of Trustees could not delegate its statutory responsibility to remove a University President and that such action taken without that Board’s approval was without legal authority."
 
10/10/2012Attorney General, Consumer Protection Commissioner: Voluntary Agreements Reached with Five “Gifting Table” Scheme Participants
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein today announced that five former participants in an alleged illegal pyramid scheme will forfeit a total of $202,500 through voluntary compliance agreements reached with the state.
 
10/9/2012Attorney General, Banking Commissioner Issue Public Service Announcements to Help Distressed Homeowners
  Attorney General George Jepsen and state Banking Commissioner Howard F. Pitkin have issued public service announcements aimed at helping distressed homeowners in Connecticut who are having trouble with their mortgages.
 
10/5/2012AG Jepsen, Banking Commissioner: Federal Payday Lending Bill Would Harm State Efforts to Protect Consumers
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Department of Banking Commissioner Howard Pitkin today said they opposed federal legislation that would preempt state licensing laws regulating payday lenders because the proposed bill would end the state’s ability to protect Connecticut consumers against abusive loans and high interest rates.
 
10/3/2012Connecticut Residents Advised to Check Out Charities Before Responding to Solicitors
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein are urging Connecticut residents to make informed choices by asking questions when contacted by telemarketers seeking donations on behalf of a charity.
 
9/26/2012Gov. Malloy, Attorney General Jepsen: Agreement Will Preserve Hundreds of Acres as Open Space in Sprague
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Attorney General George C. Jepsen today announced that the state will enter an agreement to preserve 230 acres of open space in the towns of Sprague and Franklin. The acreage is part of the Watson Estate, a large expanse of agricultural fields, streams and wooded areas that abuts the Shetucket River.
 
9/25/2012National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, September 29
  Attorney General George Jepsen today joined the DEA, the state Departments of Consumer Protection and of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and the Governor’s Prevention Partnership in detailing the state’s growing prescription drug problem and encouraging state residents to take part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by visiting a nearby collection site.
 
9/24/2012MEDIA ADVISORY: AG Jepsen, DEA, Consumer Protection, Law Enforcement and Advocates to Announce 2012 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Connecticut
  Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem, and improper disposal of unused prescription medications poses a potential health and safety hazard. Attorney General George Jepsen and the Drug Enforcement Administration will be joined by leaders in law enforcement, consumer protection and advocacy in highlighting the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this coming Saturday, September 29.
 
9/24/2012Attorney General Says Payments May be Available to Many Connecticut Borrowers Who Lost Homes to Foreclosure
  Attorney General George Jepsen said today that payment claim forms are going out to thousands of Connecticut borrowers whose homes were lost to foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2011, and who may be eligible for payment under the $25 billion National Mortgage Foreclosure settlement.
 
9/18/2012New Connecticut Data Breach Law Takes Effect October 1
  To assist business owners in complying with a new computerized data breach notification requirement that takes effect on October 1, Attorney General George Jepsen announced today that the OAG has established a dedicated email for companies to use when they report a breach.
 
9/7/2012AG Supports NRC Decision Ordering Staff to Conduct Environmental Study on Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage
  Attorney General George Jepsen said today that he supports a federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission order to its staff to develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) and a revised waste confidence rule on the temporary storage of spent nuclear fuel.
 
9/6/2012Consumer Alert: Fake FBI Email Attempting to Extort Connecticut Residents
  A new “drive-by” Internet virus carrying a fake message and claiming to impose a so-called fine from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) may be targeting email addresses owned by Connecticut residents, Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein warned today.
 
8/30/2012Attorney General Reaches Agreement with E*Trade and TradeKing in Investigation of Retail Securities Brokerage Industry
  Attorney General George Jepsen today announced agreements with online retail brokers E*Trade and TradeKing as part of a multi-state investigation into potential violations of antitrust law in the retail securities brokerage industry.
 
8/29/2012Connecticut Joins $181 Million Settlement With Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson
  Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein announced today that Connecticut has joined a $181 million dollar settlement agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson.
 
8/29/2012Attorney General Jepsen Secures $69 Million Agreement with Three Major U.S. Publishers over eBook Price-fixing Allegations
  Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen along with 54 attorneys general in other states, districts and U.S. territories, announced today that they have reached an antitrust settlement with three of the largest book publishers in the United States.
 
8/29/2012National Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement Providing Relief to Connecticut Borrowers
  Attorney General George Jepsen said today that an interim progress report shows Connecticut borrowers getting real relief in the first months of the $25 billion national mortgage foreclosure settlement.
 
8/27/2012Attorney General Seeks Recovery of Incarceration Expenses from Former Probation Officer Richard Straub
  Attorney General George Jepsen said Monday that his Office is again seeking to recover incarceration costs from the state pension of Richard Straub, a former state probation officer convicted of sexually abusing eight juveniles under his charge, and later convicted of attempted murder for hire of a state prosecutor.
 
8/23/2012Attorney General Joins National Public Service Campaign To Discourage Young Adults from Texting and Driving
  Attorney General George Jepsen today joined a national public service campaign featuring scenes from the award-winning television series “Glee” to help educate young adult drivers on the dangers of texting while driving.
 
8/1/2012Attorney General Statement on PURA Two-storm Investigation Final Decision
  "Today’s final decision, like the draft issued two weeks ago, substantially adopts the findings and recommendations that my office presented in this proceeding and is a positive step toward improving CL&P’s storm response."
 
8/1/2012Attorney General Wants Information about Unencrypted Data Lost in Hartford Hospital Data Breach
  Attorney General George Jepsen is seeking more information from Hartford Hospital about why unencrypted personal information and protected health information of approximately 9,000 patients was stored on a laptop apparently stolen from a third-party vendor.
 
7/26/2012Attorney General, Consumer Counsel Petition Regulators for Investigation of Connecticut Electric Supplier
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz today jointly petitioned the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (“PURA”) for an investigation into a Connecticut-licensed energy supplier that may have engaged in deceptive marketing tactics in soliciting customers.
 
7/23/2012Merrill & Jepsen Collect $1.3 Million in Penalties from Companies Transacting Business in Connecticut without Legal Authority
  Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that during Fiscal Year 2012, a joint effort by their offices resulted in the collection of more than $1.3 million in penalties from out-of-state companies operating in Connecticut without legal authority to transact business.
 
7/18/2012Attorney General, Consumer Counsel Say CL&P Customers To Benefit From Safer, More Reliable Underground Distribution Systems
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz said all Connecticut Light & Power Co. customers will benefit from a final decision today by state utility regulators following their safety investigation of an underground electric distribution system in Waterbury.
 
7/17/2012Attorney General Jepsen Statement on PURA Storm Response Draft Decision
  “Today’s draft decision clearly echoes our case in this proceeding and would assess meaningful penalties on Connecticut Light & Power for the company’s deficient response to Tropical Storm Irene and the October Nor’easter."
 
7/16/2012Media Advisory: Tuesday: Attorney General Joins Picket Lines
  On Tuesday, July 17, the Attorney General will show his support for striking health care workers at picket lines in Danbury, Stamford, Westport and Milford. Caregivers at five HealthBridge nursing homes in Connecticut began strikes on July 3 over unfair labor practices after the company ended negotiations and implemented what it claimed was its “last, best and final” offer.
 
7/13/2012More than $1Million in Restitution Now Available to 10 Connecticut Entities through Nationwide Settlement with JP Morgan Chase
  Ten Connecticut municipalities, agencies and not-for-profit entities are now eligible for more than a million dollars in restitution through a $92 million settlement reached with JP Morgan Chase & Co. last year, Attorney General George Jepsen announced today.
 
7/11/2012AG, DEEP Take Action against Suspected Illegal Discharge Of Wastewater by Car Wash in Old Saybrook
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel C. Esty have taken action to block a commercial car wash in Old Saybrook from discharging wastewater in violation of its permit and state environmental laws.
 
7/9/2012Media Advisory: Homeowners Mortgage Assistance Event
  To protect the privacy of homeowners who attend this event, members of the media will not be allowed inside. A press availability for media interviews and questions is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. outside the Student Union with Attorney General George Jepsen and Banking Commissioner Howard Pitkin.
 
7/6/2012Attorney General Reaches Agreement with TD Ameritrade in Investigation of Retail Securities Brokerage Industry
  Attorney General George Jepsen today announced an agreement with online retail broker TD Ameritrade as part of a multistate investigation into potential violations of antitrust law in the retail securities brokerage industry. The agreement with TD Ameritrade marks the second resolution that the Attorney General and his partner states have reached in their ongoing investigation.
 
7/2/2012Connecticut Joins Federal-State Settlement With GlaxoSmithKline To Resolve Drug Marketing and Pricing Claims
  Attorney General George Jepsen announced today that Connecticut is among the states, along with the federal government, which have reached an agreement in principle with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for the largest healthcare fraud settlement in U.S. history.
 
7/2/2012State Officials Offer Help to Distressed Homeowners
  Connecticut’s distressed homeowners have another opportunity to explore loan modification and foreclosure prevention options with their banks at a day-long, state-sponsored forum Tuesday, July 10, at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.
 
6/29/2012Officials Offer Fireworks Reminders for a Safe Independence Day Holiday
  The Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Consumer Protection are reminding consumers today, in advance of the Independence Day holiday, that Connecticut law prohibits the sale, possession or use of fireworks without a permit.
 
6/28/2012Attorney General Raises Public Health and Safety Concerns In Opposing Indian Point Relicensing Application
  Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said today he opposes relicensing two Indian Point nuclear reactors in Buchanan, N.Y. until a thorough and complete investigation is made of environmental impacts from continuing their operation for 20 years, including spent fuel storage, the potential threat to public drinking water supplies and relocating large numbers of people in the event of an accident.
 
6/28/2012Attorney General Jepsen Statement on Federal Health Care Reform Ruling
  "Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a victory for the millions of Americans who need health care, for the individuals living with medical conditions who would otherwise be denied coverage, for parents who will be able to keep their children on their insurance plan until age 26 and for seniors struggling to afford their prescription medications."
 
6/26/2012Federal Court Upholds Clean Air Rules Aimed at Reducing Greenhouse Gases Contributing to Global Warming
  Attorney General George Jepsen and state Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty praised a federal appeals court decision today that upheld government standards regulating greenhouse gas emissions contributing to global warming.
 
6/15/2012Settlement Requires EPA to Update National Standards for Soot Pollution by End of the Year
  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will produce updated national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) on particulate matter by December 2012 under a settlement reached with Connecticut and a coalition of 10 other states, Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty announced.
 
6/13/2012Attorney General Jepsen Elected Eastern Region Chair of National Association of Attorneys General
  Attorney General George Jepsen today was elected chair of the Eastern Region of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).
 
6/12/2012Attorney General Jepsen Statement on Agreement Between Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  "This is welcome news for the hundreds of families who rely on CCMC for their child’s care – many of whom faced a great deal of uncertainty in light of this contract dispute."
 
6/11/2012Attorney General Jepsen Calls for “Meaningful” Penalties on CL&P In Wake of Poor Storm Response
  Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) was imprudent in its preparation for and response to Tropical Storm Irene and the October Nor’easter and should face meaningful penalties, according to Attorney General George Jepsen in a brief filed today in the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) investigation into utility companies’ responses to the two storms.
 
6/8/2012U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Connecticut Challenge OF NRC Rule on Storage of Spent Nuclear Reactor Fuel
  Attorney General George Jepsen announced a landmark decision by a federal appeals court that upheld a challenge Connecticut filed with New York, New Jersey and Vermont, among others, to a rule by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission that allows spent nuclear fuel to be stored at reactor sites for up to 60 years after the plants shut down.
 
6/1/2012Statement of Attorney General George Jepsen Concerning House Speaker Chris Donovan
  "I am deeply troubled by the allegations in the arrest warrant affidavit that conduit contributions to Speaker Donovan’s congressional campaign were made with the intent to directly influence legislation."
 
6/1/2012Attorney General Jepsen Completes Antitrust Investigation of Proposed Yale-New Haven, St. Raphael Merger
  Attorney General George Jepsen announced today that he has completed his antitrust investigation of the proposed merger of Yale-New Haven Hospital and The Hospital of Saint Raphael and will not seek to block the merger under Connecticut’s antitrust law.
 
5/31/2012Statement of Attorney General Jepsen on Federal Appeals Court Defense of Marriage Act Ruling
  “Discrimination based on sexual orientation has no place in our society or under our laws."
 
5/31/2012Attorney General Names 28 Individuals, Dental Practices and Corporations In Civil Complaint Alleging Illegal Medicaid Billing Scheme
  Attorney General George Jepsen has brought a civil action against 28 individuals, dental practices and corporations alleging an elaborate and illegal scheme, which resulted in more than $24 million in fraudulent Medicaid clams over two years in violation of the Connecticut False Claims Act and Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.
 
5/29/2012Attorney General Jepsen: Close Federal Education Funding Loophole that Can Target Veterans
  Attorney General George Jepsen joined with 21 other states today in urging Congress to close a loophole in the federal Higher Education Act that can be used to target veterans with high-pressure recruiting tactics in order to maximize federal funding.
 
5/25/2012Benefits of National Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement Moving Forward in Connecticut
  Attorney General George Jepsen said the programs of benefits resulting from the $25 billion mortgage foreclosure servicing settlement are moving forward in Connecticut, including $119 million in loan modifications and $36 million in refinancing relief.
 
5/24/2012Attorney General Seeks Restitution For Alleged Illegal Billing by Dentist and Dental Practice
  Attorney General George Jepsen is seeking restitution from a Winsted dentist and his practice for allegedly violating the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act by illegally billing the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program from April 2002 through October 2009.
 
5/21/2012Attorney General Jepsen Appoints New Executive Assistant For Press And Communications
  Attorney General George Jepsen is pleased to announce that Jaclyn M. Falkowski has joined the Office as Executive Assistant for Press and Communications.
 
5/21/2012Gov. Malloy, Attorney General Jepsen Announce Allocation Of Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement Funds
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that Connecticut’s share of the $25 billion mortgage foreclosure servicing settlement will be spent to bolster and expand programs assisting Connecticut’s distressed homeowners.
 
5/16/2012Attorney General Joins Multistate Settlement With Skechers USA, Over Deceptive Advertising Charges
  Attorney General George Jepsen said Connecticut has joined with the Federal Trade Commission, 42 states and the District of Columbia in coordinated settlement agreements with Skechers USA, Inc. over allegations of deceptive advertising for certain athletic shoes.
 
5/10/2012Attorney General Joins National Effort To Keep Smoking Out of Movies Targeted At Youth
  Attorney General George Jepsen has joined attorneys general in 37 states and U.S. territories in urging movie studio executives to get smoking out of movies aimed at teenagers and young adults because it is a negative influence that encourages them to smoke.
 
5/10/2012Consumers Reminded That Gift Cards Sold In Connecticut Have No Expiration Date
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein are reminding consumers that under Connecticut law, pre-paid gift cards and gift certificates sold in the state do not have an expiration date.
 
5/7/2012Connecticut Receiving $6 Million From Abbott Laboratories Settlements Over Marketing of Depakote
  Attorney General George Jepsen said Connecticut will receive approximately $6 million from federal and state civil and criminal settlements announced today with Illinois-based Abbott Laboratories over allegations the company promoted sales and use of prescription drug Depakote for uses that were not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as safe and effective.
 
5/1/2012Attorney General Joins “Stop the Texts” Day National Campaign
  Attorney General George Jepsen today joined the nationwide “Stop the Texts Day” campaign in a continuing effort to educate young drivers about the dangers of texting while driving. May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month.
 
4/30/2012Attorney General Congratulates Winner Of Law Day Essay Contest
  Attorney General George Jepsen today congratulated Jonathan Tinker, 14, of Hillcrest Middle School in Trumbull for writing his way to first place in the 19th annual Law Day essay contest sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General.
 
4/23/2012Attorney General Says Groupon Has Changed Voucher Expiration Disclosures to Purchasers
  Attorney General George Jepsen announced today that Groupon, Inc., has improved the consumer disclosure information on discount vouchers sold nationwide after his office raised concerns about the expiration of discount deals.
 
4/11/2012Apple, Publishing Companies Charged With Illegal Price-Fixing Scheme in Marketing of eBooks
  Attorney General George Jepsen announced today that 16 states, led by Texas and Connecticut, have filed an antitrust lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Texas alleging Apple Inc. (Apple), and publishing companies Macmillan Publishers Ltd. (Macmillan), Penguin Group (USA), Inc. (Penguin) and Simon & Schuster engaged in an anticompetitive price-fixing scheme for marketing electronic books.
 
4/9/2012Court Orders Finalize $25 Billion National Mortgage Servicing Settlement Agreement
  Attorney General George Jepsen said Connecticut consumers will soon benefit from direct mortgage relief and new mortgage servicing standards under terms of the $25 billion national settlement agreement with the five largest mortgage servicers.
 
4/5/2012Connecticut Benefits From Settlement With WellCare on Medicaid Fraud Charges
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Social Services Commissioner Roderick Bremby said Connecticut stands to receive $1.56 million from a Medicaid fraud settlement with WellCare, a Florida-based health maintenance organization.
 
4/3/2012Attorney General Announces Reimbursements To Former Commercial Customers of Waste Disposal Companies
  Attorney General George Jepsen announced today that reimbursement checks totaling approximately $166,000 have been mailed to former commercial customers of Automated Waste Disposal Inc. and Thomas Refuse Services, Inc.
 
4/3/2012Attorney General Gives Notice Of Abnormal Disruption In Market For Energy Resources
  Pursuant to Section 4 of Senate Bill 457, which was signed into law and became effective on April 3, 2012, the Attorney General hereby gives notice...
 
4/3/2012Attorney General, Consumer Counsel: Merger, Settlement Agreement Win Approval
  Connecticut consumers were ensured benefits from the proposed merger of Northeast Utilities and Boston-based NSTAR by the final approval today of the merger and a Connecticut settlement agreement negotiated by Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz.
 
3/28/2012MEDIA ADVISORY
  Homeowners Mortgage Assistance Event. sponsored by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen and the Department of Banking
 
3/27/2012Attorney General, Consumer Counsel Praise Draft Decision On NU-NSTAR Merger
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz today praised a draft decision by state utility regulators that would allow the proposed merger of Northeast Utilities and Boston-based NSTAR to move forward.
 
3/26/2012State Officials Offer Help to Distressed Homeowners
  Connecticut’s distressed homeowners have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with mortgage lenders to explore options regarding loan modifications and foreclosure assistance at a state-sponsored forum in Bridgeport on Thursday, March 29, 2012.
 
3/23/2012MEDIA ADVISORY
  News Conference 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2012 Webster Bank Arena, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport
 
3/23/2012Attorney General Reaches Agreement with Scottrade in Investigation of Retail Securities Brokerage Industry
  Attorney General George Jepsen today announced an agreement with online retail broker Scottrade, Inc. as part of a multi-state investigation into potential violations of antitrust law in the retail securities brokerage industry.
 
3/23/2012Attorney General George Jepsen Statement To The PURA About Proposed NU-NSTAR Settlement And Merger
  Good morning, and thank you for allowing me the opportunity to discuss this landmark settlement we have reached with Northeast Utilities and NSTAR. I am here to urge you to approve this settlement agreement, which assures that the merger will occur in a manner that best serves the public interest in Connecticut.
 
3/16/2012Attorney General Joins Multi-State Effort To Defend Federal Mercury Emissions Standards
  HARTFORD –Attorney General George Jepsen joined today with attorneys general of 10 other states and the District of Columbia seeking to defend an air emissions rule that would reduce the amount of toxic mercury discharged by electric power plants by 90 percent.
 
3/14/2012Attorney General Expands Outreach Efforts With Antitrust Seminar for Government Agencies
  Attorney General George Jepsen continued outreach efforts by his Office by hosting an antitrust seminar designed to help state and municipal purchasing authorities avoid being victimized by antitrust and competition-related schemes and to save taxpayer money.
 
3/13/2012Governor Malloy, Attorney General Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Katz announce agreement with Northeast Utilities and NSTAR
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen, and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz today announced an agreement with Northeast Utilities and Boston-based NSTAR that guarantees substantial benefits to Connecticut residents from the proposed merger of the two utility companies.
 
3/12/2012Consent Judgments Filed In Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement; Include Comprehensive New Servicing Standards for Mortgage Loans
  Attorney General George Jepsen said proposed consent judgments were filed today against the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers, outlining the terms and conditions they are required to meet as part of the $25 billion mortgage foreclosure settlement announced Feb. 9.
 
3/8/2012Attorney General Continues Work On Banking Issues Responsible For Financial Crisis
  Attorney General George Jepsen joined other Attorneys General this week to continue work on their investigation into issues that contributed to the nation’s financial crisis and were not resolved by the historic $25 billion mortgage foreclosure settlement with the nation’s largest banks.
 
3/6/2012Consumer Education Poster Contest Highlights National Consumer Protection Week
  Attorney General George Jepsen Tuesday thanked middle-school students across Connecticut who participated in a poster contest sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General in recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, March 4-10.
 
3/5/2012Broad Coalition Seeks Changes in Federal Incentives For Utility Transmission Construction
  A broad coalition of attorneys general, state regulators, consumer advocates, consumer-owned utilities and major national and regional environmental groups has joined Attorney General George Jepsen and Kevin DelGobbo, chairman of the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, in urging federal regulators to stop providing expensive and unnecessary “incentives” to encourage construction of new, high-voltage transmission facilities.
 
2/22/2012Attorneys General Challenge Google On New Privacy Policy
  Attorney General George Jepsen joined with attorneys general of 36 states and territories today in raising strong concerns about a new privacy policy by Google, Inc., scheduled to take effect March 1 for all users of Google products and services.
 
2/17/2012Attorney General Seeks Information about Recent Disclosures of Personal Information by Two State Agencies
  Attorney General George Jepsen is seeking more information from the state Department of Labor and Central Connecticut State University about security breaches that may have opened Social Security numbers and other personal information to unauthorized view.
 
2/16/2012Statement of Attorney General George Jepsen on Massachusetts Agreement In Proposed NU-NSTAR Merger
  “We will carefully review the Massachusetts agreement, but that agreement has little bearing on whether the proposed merger is in the public interest in Connecticut. NU and NSTAR still must prove that Connecticut customers will be better off as a result of the merger."
 
2/14/2012Attorney General Urges Utility Regulators to Ensure Proposed NU-NSTAR Merger Benefits Connecticut Customers
  Attorney General George Jepsen asked state utility regulators Tuesday to require Northeast Utilities and Boston-based NSTAR to demonstrate how their proposed merger is in the public interest.
 
2/9/2012Media Advisory for Joint Federal-State Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement
  Attorney General Jepsen and Commissioner Pitkin will be available to help explain the $25 billion joint federal-state mortgage foreclosure settlement agreement announced Thursday and what it means for Connecticut and struggling homeowners.
 
2/9/2012Attorney General Announces $25 Billion Joint Federal-MultiState Settlement on Mortgage Foreclosure Servicing Wrongs
  Attorney General George Jepsen, a member of the negotiating team, joined Thursday in the national announcement of a landmark $25 billion joint federal-multistate agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers over foreclosure abuses and fraud, and unacceptable nationwide mortgage servicing practices.
 
2/9/2012Attorney General, Consumer Counsel Credit State Regulators for Quick Response on NU-NSTAR Motion
  Acting in response to a motion filed Tuesday by the Attorney General and the Consumer Counsel, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has ruled that Northeast Utilities and NStar “must demonstrate that the proposed merger is in the public interest in order to gain PURA approval.”
 
2/8/2012Attorney General Says Wells Fargo & Co. Has Agreed to Enhanced Consumer Protections and to Change Practices For Handling Subpoenas
  Attorney General George Jepsen said today that Wells Fargo & Co. has changed its practices for handling subpoenas containing personal information of more than one person and has agreed to enhanced consumer protections for those customers whose information was disclosed.
 
2/8/2012Attorney General Seeks Information From ValueAppeal LLC About Services Offered To Connecticut Property Owners
  Attorney General George Jepsen has asked a Seattle, WA company for more information about certain property tax appeal services offered to Connecticut consumers after complaints were raised about the company in New Britain.
 
2/7/2012Attorney General and Consumer Counsel Urge Regulators To Clarify Standard of Review For Proposed NU/NSTAR Merger
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz have asked state utility regulators to clarify that Northeast Utilities and Boston-based NSTAR must show their proposed merger is in the public interest in order to gain state approval.
 
1/31/2012Attorney General offers Top 10 Safety Tips on Data Privacy for Consumer and Business
  Protecting personal information has never been more important for consumers and businesses and there are simple things that can be done to help keep it safe, said Attorney General George Jepsen, who offered “top 10” tips for data security.
 
1/24/2012Agreement Reached With Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. Over Release of Some Customers’ Personally Identifiable Information
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein have reached an agreement with Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. to provide additional protections to the current and former customers whose personal information was made public.
 
1/23/2012Attorney General Reaches $175,000 Settlement with Four Manufacturers of Computer Memory Product
  Attorney General George Jepsen today announced a $175,000 settlement with four manufacturers of dynamic random access memory (DRAM), resolving state claims that they conspired with one another to illegally fix and artificially inflate prices in violation of the Connecticut Antitrust Act.
 
1/23/2012Attorneys General Seek Information About Data Breach at On-Line Retailer Zappos.com, Inc.
  Concerned about a recent hacking attack that may have affected more than 24 million customers, Attorney General George Jepsen, with support from eight other states, has asked Zappos.com, Inc. about its efforts to protect private customer information and its response to the breach.
 
1/19/2012AG/OCC: Regulators Should Fine CL&P For Failed Repairs to Underground Distribution System in Waterbury
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz said state utility regulators should fine Connecticut Light & Power Co. for failing to correct and upgrade long-standing problems in an underground electric distribution system in Waterbury.
 
1/18/2012Attorney General: PURA Agrees to Review Proposed NU/NSTAR Merger
  Attorney General George Jepsen said state utility regulators are helping to ensure that Connecticut utility customers are protected with a final decision today to review the proposed merger of Northeast Utilities and NStar, a Boston-based utility holding company.
 
1/13/2012Newington Dairy Manufacturer to Pay $299,999 Civil Penalty For Wastewater Discharge Violations
  Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said a stipulated judgment has resolved a 2008 lawsuit against a manufacturing facility in Newington, charged with repeated wastewater discharge violations.
 
1/11/2012Attorney General Urges Congress to Support Programs to Help Victims of Domestic Violence
  Attorney General George Jepsen has joined with 52 other state and territorial Attorneys General in urging Congress to continue government support for vital programs that help women and families who fall victim to domestic violence.
 
1/10/2012Mortgage Review Assistance Available Jan. 19-21 For Bank Of America Customers
  Attorney General George Jepsen and state Banking Commissioner Howard F. Pitkin announced today that Bank of America is hosting free mortgage assistance reviews in Hartford and Bridgeport for customers who are having trouble paying their mortgage loans.
 
1/4/2012Attorney General Seeks Information From Wells Fargo & Co About Disclosure Of Some Customers’ Social Security Numbers
  Attorney General George Jepsen is asking Wells Fargo & Co. for an explanation of why it may have disclosed the Social Security numbers of customers when it sent them copies of subpoenas issued by the state Department of Social Services as part of a fraud investigation.
 
1/4/2012Attorney General Praises PURA For Considering Review Of NU/NSTAR Merger
  Attorney General George Jepsen today praised state utility regulators for a draft decision that would enable a state review of the proposed merger of Northeast Utilities and NSTAR, a Boston-based utility holding company.