Attorney General: Press Releases By Date
2015 Press Releases
12/21/2015AG Jepsen: State Reaches False Claims Act Settlement with Southington Dental Provider
  A Southington dentist will pay $55,000 to settle civil healthcare fraud allegations involving the filing of false and fraudulent claims for payments from Connecticut's Medicaid program, Attorney General George Jepsen said today.
 
12/17/2015State Joins Global Settlement with Novartis Pharmaceuticals to Resolve Kickback Allegations
  Attorney General George Jepsen, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced today that Connecticut has joined a global settlement with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation ("Novartis"). The settlement resolves allegations that Novartis provided kickbacks to certain specialty pharmacies in exchange for recommending the drug Exjade to Medicaid and Medicare patients. Novartis has paid the states and the federal government $390 million to resolve these allegations.
 
12/16/2015AG Jepsen: Connecticut Joins Federal Settlement with AMC, Starplex Requiring Divestiture of Berlin Movie Theater
  Connecticut has joined the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a complaint and proposed settlement with AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (AMC) and SMH Theaters, Inc. (Starplex Cinemas) to resolve concerns that AMC's purchase of a Connecticut Starplex theater would substantially harm competition for Connecticut consumers, Attorney General George Jepsen said today.
 
11/24/2015Statement from Attorney General Jepsen on PURA Draft Decision Approving United Illuminating Acquisition
  "I am particularly gratified that this approval paves the way for expediting remediation of the polluted English Station site in New Haven under a consent order negotiated by my office, working with Governor Malloy and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection."
 
11/23/2015State Officials: State Receivership of Amistad Schooner Ends with Dissolution of Amistad America, Inc.
  A state Superior Court judge has issued orders that bring to a close the state’s successful legal actions to stabilize the state's flagship by officially dissolving the now-defunct charitable organization, Amistad America, Inc., and ending a state receivership that has overseen the organization's primary asset, the Amistad schooner, since August 2014, state Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes and Attorney General George Jepsen said today.
 
11/19/2015AG Jepsen: Court Orders Revocation of Pension of Former State Trooper Convicted on Larceny Charge
  A Superior Court judge has granted a state motion seeking revocation of a former Connecticut State Police trooper's pension following his conviction on a felony larceny charge related to his state position, Attorney General George Jepsen said today.
 
11/16/2015AG Jepsen and Eight Attorneys General Call for Expedited Implementation of Chip and PIN Credit Card Technology
  Attorney General George Jepsen was joined today by eight fellow attorneys general from around the country in urging leadership of the nation's largest credit card issuers to speed up implementation of chip and PIN technology, which is widely considered a more secure means of processing credit card transactions than traditional magnetic -stripe payment cards and the chip-and-signature card process now being rolled out.
 
11/16/2015AG Jepsen: Connecticut Joins Settlement with Education Management Corporation That Forgives Over $100 Million in Student Debt and Changes Practices
  Attorney General George Jepsen state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris today announced that Connecticut has joined with 38 other states and the District of Columbia in a national settlement with the Education Management Corporation (EDMC), an operator of for-profit post-secondary educational institutions. The settlement significantly reforms recruiting and enrollment practices, and forgives more than $102.8 million in outstanding loan debt held by more than 80,000 former students.
 
11/13/2015AG Jepsen: Connecticut Joins FTC and Pennsylvania AG in Enforcement Action against Alleged Tech Support Scam
  A federal court has granted a request to shut down a tech support scam operating out of Essex, Conn., and two locations in Pennsylvania that allegedly scammed consumers out of more than $17 million by pretending to represent Microsoft, Apple and other major tech companies, Attorney General George Jepsen said today.
 
11/9/2015State Joins National Settlement with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP and Cephalon, Inc. to Resolve Overcharging Allegations
  Attorney General George Jepsen, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced today that Connecticut has joined a federal-state settlement with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP and Cephalon, Inc. to resolve allegations that the companies inappropriately overcharged state Medicaid programs for drugs. AstraZeneca, a London and Delaware-based pharmaceutical manufacturer, has paid the states and the federal government $46.5 million to resolve allegations against the company. Cephalon, a Pennsylvania-based subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, Ltd., has paid the states and the federal government $7.5 million to settle similar allegations.
 
11/6/2015AG Jepsen, Hartford Hospital, Contractor Reach Agreement Resolving Investigation into Breach of Unencrypted Patient Information
  Hartford Hospital and the EMC Corporation will pay $90,000 and have agreed to institute additional training and control measures to resolve an investigation into the 2012 theft of a laptop containing unencrypted patient information, Attorney General George Jepsen said today.
 
11/4/2015AG Jepsen Joins Coalition in Defense of EPA Clean Power Plan
  Attorney General George Jepsen announced today that Connecticut has joined a coalition of 25 states, cities and counties in filing a motion to intervene to defend the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan against legal challenges.
 
10/19/2015Statement from Attorney General Jepsen on Second Circuit Ruling in Shew v. Malloy
  “This decision is deeply gratifying, particularly in light of the terrible events that gave rise to the laws challenged in this case. At a time when many Americans have abandoned hope of government’s ability to address gun violence in our schools and on our streets, Connecticut’s laws – and today’s decision – demonstrate that willing states can enact meaningful reform to improve public safety without violating the Second Amendment."
 
10/15/2015AG Jepsen Joins Colleagues in Siding with Consumers in Long-Term Care Facilities
  Attorney General George Jepsen joined fifteen other attorneys general in strongly opposing pre-dispute arbitration clauses in long-term care facility contracts.
 
10/9/2015Attorney General Jepsen: October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
  Cybercrimes and security breaches are a growing problem globally, claiming 556 million victims annually and over $100 billion in costs. This month, Attorney General George Jepsen is participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a month-long collaborative effort between the United States Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance that began in 2004 and is held every October. During the campaign, individuals are encouraged to take advantage of resources that can help them be safer and more secure while online. One first step is to visit https://www.staysafeonline.org/ and learn more about cyber security.
 
10/8/2015AG Jepsen Encourages Consumers to Take Advantage of Credit Monitoring Services in Wake of T-Mobile/Experian Breach
  Attorney General George Jepsen is encouraging all Connecticut residents affected by the recent T-Mobile and Experian data breach to take advantage of the free credit monitoring services being offered.
 
9/28/2015AG Jepsen Joins Colleagues in Urging Passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015
  Attorney General Jepsen has joined attorneys general from 36 other states and the District of Columbia in sending a letter to the leadership of the Committee on the Judiciary for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (S. 524/HR 953). The proposed law would provide states with important tools to be more effective in confronting the growing challenge of heroin and opioid abuse and addiction.
 
9/24/2015Attorney General Jepsen Questions Pharmaceutical Company on Dramatic Price Increase for Lifesaving Opioid Emergency Drug
  – In a letter sent this week to the head of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – a California-based drug manufacturer – Attorney General George Jepsen is seeking to understand why the price of Naloxone, also known as Narcan, has dramatically and unexpectedly increased and wants to explore options with the company to address concerns that the higher cost is creating a burden for state and municipal first responders who rely on the drug in emergency situations involving heroin overdoses.
 
9/17/2015State Officials: Agreement Provides Framework for Environmental Clean-up at New Haven's English Station
  Should the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority ultimately approve the proposed acquisition of UIL Holdings by Iberdrola, the companies will commit as many resources as necessary to remediate the island in New Haven that currently houses the contaminated English Station power plant, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee announced today.
 
8/18/2015AG Jepsen Joins Multistate Effort Supporting Victims of Predatory For-profit Schools
  Attorney General George Jepsen today joined with 10 fellow attorneys general from around the country in calling on the U.S. Department of Education to cancel federal student loans in cases where Corinthian Colleges and other for-profit colleges and universities have broken state law, including laws prohibiting unfair and deceptive sales practices, and to provide clear processes for students seeking relief.
 
8/18/2015AG Jepsen: Connecticut Joins $71M Multistate Settlement with AMGEN Resolving Deceptive Marketing Allegations
  Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that Connecticut has joined with 47 other states and the District of Columbia in a $71 million settlement with biopharmaceutical company AMGEN, Inc. to resolve allegations that the company unlawfully promoted two biologic medications, Aranesp and Enbrel.
 
8/6/2015State Warns Businesses about “Official” Reporting Scam
  Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Attorney General George Jepsen are warning businesses across Connecticut about bogus forms being sent by the “Division of Corporate Services” seeking payment for an “Annual Records Statement,” alleging that payment is required by Connecticut law.
 
8/4/2015State Joins $2.7 Million National Settlement with Pediatric Services of America, Inc. to Resolve Overcharging Allegations
  Attorney General George Jepsen, Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced today that Connecticut has joined a federal-state settlement with Pediatric Services of America Inc. (PSA) to resolve allegations that the company inappropriately failed to return overpayments received from state Medicaid programs as well as other federally insured health programs. PSA is also alleged to have overcharged for home nursing services by improperly rounding-up claims to the nearest whole hour. The Georgia-based pediatric and home-care company has agreed to pay the states and the federal government $2.7 million.
 
8/3/2015Gov. Malloy, Attorney General Jepsen, Commissioner Klee Statements on EPA Rule on Pollution from Power Plants
  "The State of Connecticut has consistently demonstrated a commitment to clean air, reduced emissions and the development of alternative energy sources, and this plan will play an essential role in continued efforts to protect our environment and public health, safety, and welfare."
 
7/22/2015AG Jepsen Joins Colleagues in Urging Phone Carriers to Offer Call-Blocking Technology Customers
  Attorney General George Jepsen has joined 44 other state attorneys general in urging five major telephone companies to offer their customers call-blocking technology to assist them in avoiding unwanted robo-calls. In a letter sent to the chief executives of the carriers, the attorneys general stated that a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule clarification actually allows telecommunication service providers to offer customers the ability to block unwanted calls. Telephone companies previously claimed that federal law administered by the FCC prohibits them from implementing existing technologies to block robocalls.
 
7/15/2015Merrill & Jepsen Collect Nearly $1.8 Million in Penalties from Companies Transacting Business in CT without Legal Authority
  Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that during Fiscal Year 2015, a joint effort by their offices resulted in the collection of nearly $1.8 million in penalties from out-of-state companies operating in Connecticut without legal authority to transact business.
 
7/10/2015AG Jepsen: State Reaches False Claims Act Settlement with Providers at Children's Behavioral Health Clinic
  A social worker and a doctor will pay a total of $120,000 to Connecticut's Medical Assistance Program through settlement agreements that resolve civil allegations involving the filing of false and fraudulent claims for payments at a Branford-based outpatient behavioral health clinic for children, Attorney General George Jepsen said today.
 
7/9/2015AG Jepsen, Consumer Counsel Katz: Settlement with Electric Supplier Will Provide $2.6 Million in Support for Operation Fuel
  Under a settlement agreement filed with the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority today, electric supply company North American Power LLC will pay $2.6 million to the nonprofit Operation Fuel, Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz announced.
 
7/8/2015AG Jepsen: Joint State-Federal Settlement with Chase Will Reform Credit Card Debt Collection Practices, Cease Collection Actions on 5,000 Connecticut Consumer Accounts
  Connecticut has joined with 46 other states, the District of Columbia and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a $136 million settlement with Chase Bank USA N.A. and Chase Bankcard Services, Inc. to resolve allegations that the bank engaged in unfair, misleading and deceptive business practices – including so-called "robosigning" – in connection with its consumer credit card debt collection business, Attorney General George Jepsen announced today.
 
7/7/2015AG Jepsen Cosponsors Letter Joined by 46 Attorneys General Asking Congressional Leadership to Preserve Role of States in Investigating Data Breaches
  Attorney General George Jepsen has cosponsored a letter joined by 46 fellow attorneys general from across the country calling on Congressional Leadership to preserve states' abilities to investigate and take action in response to data breaches affecting their citizens. The letter asks federal lawmakers, who are currently considering proposals for a national law on data breach notification and data security, not to preempt state laws in this area.
 
6/30/2015Statement from AG Jepsen on Ruling in Apple eBooks Appeal
  "This enforcement action and the settlements that arose from it are representative of my continued commitment to ensuring Connecticut consumers the benefits of an honest, open and competitive marketplace. I'm extremely proud of the work of my staff and of the exemplary cooperation amongst state attorneys general and the Department of Justice that has led to today's ruling."
 
6/26/2015AG Jepsen Applauds Supreme Court Decision on Obergefell v. Hodges
  Attorney General George Jepsen today issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court decision regarding Obergefell v. Hodges: "I am delighted by the Supreme Court's ruling upholding a nationwide, constitutional right to marriage equality. I applaud the Court for guaranteeing equality for same sex couples previously denied the right to marry. This decision is also an important vindication for couples in Connecticut whose marriages were previously denied recognition and respect in all states. Indeed, every American benefits by today's reaffirmation and extension of our national commitment to equality and human dignity – principles at the very heart of our constitutional system of government."
 
6/25/2015AG Jepsen Applauds Supreme Court Decision on King v. Burwell
  Attorney General George Jepsen today issued the following statements on today’s Supreme Court decision regarding King v. Burwell:
 
6/25/2015AG Jepsen, Consumer Counsel Katz Welcome PURA Draft Decision Delaying Any Closure of Eversource's Simsbury Work Center
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz today welcomed a draft decision issued by the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority that would delay the proposed closure of Eversource Energy's facilities in Simsbury until more information is known about the impact of previous closing of work centers around the state.
 
6/18/2015AG Jepsen Files False Claims Act Complaint Alleging Psychiatrist Knowingly Submitted False Claims to the Connecticut Medicaid Program
  Attorney General George Jepsen announced today that he has filed a complaint in Hartford Superior Court under the Connecticut False Claims Act seeking treble damages and other relief stemming from an alleged long-running scheme to submit false claims to the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program (CMAP) from January 2010 through December 2014.
 
6/8/2015State Reaches Settlements with Three Defendants in Alleged Fraudulent Medicaid Billing Lawsuit
  The state has executed settlement agreements with three defendants that resolve civil fraud allegations and claims stemming from an illegal Medicaid dental billing scheme, Attorney General George Jepsen said today.
 
6/2/2015Statement from AG Jepsen on Final Passage of Data Breach Notification and Consumer Protection Legislation
  "My office will continue to aggressively investigate these breaches and, where appropriate, take action when we feel that notification has not been reasonable or protections offered to consumers are not adequate."
 
5/19/2015AG, DCP Join Historic Multistate Lawsuit Against Four Sham Cancer Charities; Announce Settlement with Related Sham Charities
  Attorney General George Jepsen and the state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris today announced that Connecticut, all 49 other states, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Trade Commission have jointly filed a federal lawsuit against four sham cancer charities and those responsible for their operation. A historic and cooperative effort, the states allege that Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services and The Breast Cancer Society made misrepresentations to donors by portraying themselves as legitimate charities that provided relief to cancer patients. In addition, the FTC and the plaintiff states charge the defendants with misrepresenting specific program benefits and violating the FTC's Telemarketing Sales Rule, which prohibits deceptive charitable solicitations.
 
5/14/2015Aggressive New "Grandparent Scam" Reported in State
  In a newly reported scam targeting older adults, callers demand money immediately to free a kidnapped relative and threaten physical harm to the relative if funds are not delivered, Attorney General George Jepsen and Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris warned residents today.
 
5/14/2015Attorney General Files Agreement to Revoke Pension of Former Waterbury Library Clerk
  Under an agreement filed in Hartford Superior Court this week, a former library clerk for the city of Waterbury who pleaded guilty to a felony larceny charge for embezzling more than $200,000 from a city library will have her pension revoked, Attorney General George Jepsen said today.
 
5/12/2015State Joins $158 Million National Settlements with Verizon and Sprint
  Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris announced today that Connecticut, along with all 49 other states and the District of Columbia, have reached settlements with Sprint Corporation and Verizon Wireless to resolve allegations that the companies participated in a practice known as "data cramming."
 
4/28/2015Statement from Attorney General Jepsen on Settlement Agreement with Plaintiffs in State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition v. Rowland
  "This settlement brings to a close a case that has endured for more than a decade and ends the uncertainty of litigation for all involved parties."
 
4/22/2015On Earth Day, State Officials Offer Advice on Solar Energy Promotions and Installation
  On Earth Day 2015, Attorney General George Jepsen, Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris and Connecticut Green Bank President Bryan Garcia are urging consumers to do their homework when considering whether to purchase or lease solar photovoltaic panels, also known as solar PV or solar power.
 
4/15/2015State Reaches Settlement with Second Defendant in Alleged Fraudulent Medicaid Billing Lawsuit
  The state has reached a settlement with a Stamford dentist and 13 of his practices and management companies resolving fraud allegations and civil claims stemming from an illegal Medicaid billing scheme, Attorney General George Jepsen said today.
 
4/9/2015AG Jepsen Joins Multistate Effort Urging Federal Agency to Provide Relief for Students of Predatory For-Profit Schools
  Attorney General George Jepsen today joined a multistate effort urging the federal Department of Education to take immediate steps to assist student borrowers who have been harmed by for-profit colleges and to immediately relieve borrowers of the obligation to repay federal student loans incurred as a result of violations of state law by Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
 
3/31/2015Attorney General Jepsen Announces Changes in Leadership Staff at Office of the Attorney General
  Attorney General George Jepsen today announced several staff changes at the Office of the Attorney General due to retirements and a resignation that have occurred among staff in leadership positions over the past few months.
 
3/11/2015Attorney General Jepsen Forms Permanent Department on Privacy, Data Security within Office of the Attorney General
  Attorney General George Jepsen today announced the creation of a new department within the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General – the Privacy and Data Security Department – that will work exclusively on investigations and litigation related to privacy and data security.
 
3/10/2015Attorney General Jepsen Wants Information from Lumber Liquidators on Formaldehyde Levels in Some Laminate Flooring Products
  Attorney General George Jepsen wants information from flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators about Chinese-manufactured laminate flooring sold online and in its Connecticut stores that, according to a recent media report, may contain high levels of formaldehyde despite purporting to be in compliance with certain legal standards.
 
3/10/2015Attorney General Jepsen Joins Coalition in Widening Probe of Herbal Supplement Industry
  Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that he has joined a coalition of state attorneys general to examine labeling, quality control and other aspects of the herbal supplement industry.
 
3/6/2015Attorney General Jepsen Joins Coalition Urging U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold Right to Marry Nationally
  Attorney General Jepsen has joined a coalition of states in filing a friend-of-the-court brief with the United States Supreme Court arguing that the U.S. Constitution requires marriage equality nationwide.
 
3/5/2015Attorney General Jepsen Debunks Consumer Myths During National Consumer Protection Week
  This week, Attorney General George Jepsen has been participating in National Consumer Protection Week, a week-long nationwide campaign to encourage individuals to take full advantage of their consumer rights and to be better able to protect themselves from scams and fraud.
 
3/3/2015Attorney General Jepsen Offers Data Privacy and Security Tips for Consumers During National Consumer Protection Week
  This week, Attorney General George Jepsen will participate in National Consumer Protection Week, a week long nationwide campaign to encourage individuals to take full advantage of their consumer rights and to be better able to protect themselves from scams and fraud.
 
3/2/2015AG Jepsen Opens Inquiry into Lenovo, Superfish Privacy and Security Concerns
  Attorney General George Jepsen has sent letters to executives at the computer technology company Lenovo Group Ltd. and the software company Superfish seeking information about software pre-installed on Lenovo personal computers and sold to consumers that could potentially expose them to hackers.
 
2/24/2015State Officials Urge Connecticut Residents to Sign Up for Free Anthem Protections
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen, Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris and Department of Insurance Acting Commissioner Anne Melissa Dowling today are strongly encouraging Connecticut residents to help protect their identity and their credit by enrolling in the free services.
 
2/11/2015Statement from AG Jepsen on Response from Anthem Indicating Consumer Protections Will Be Made Available on Friday
  "I am pleased that Anthem has responded quickly and positively to our request and that consumers affected by the data breach will be able to access the promised free identity theft protection and credit monitoring beginning this coming Friday, February 13. I strongly urge all affected Connecticut residents to take advantage of these services as soon as they can."
 
2/11/2015Consumer Alert: AG Jepsen, DCP Advise Consumers with RadioShack Gift Cards to Redeem Unused Balances Immediately
  Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris are advising Connecticut residents who may be holding gift cards, certificates or store credits to the electronic retail establishment RadioShack to use their gift cards as soon as possible. The company recently filed bankruptcy and has announced plans to close stores in Connecticut as early as February 17 and as late as March 31 of this year.
 
2/10/2015AG Jepsen to Anthem: End Unreasonable Delay in Providing Information to Affected Residents
  Attorney General George Jepsen and nine attorneys general from around the country are unhappy with the lack of communication from health insurer Anthem, Inc. to its customers about the massive data breach that may have exposed sensitive personal information of as many as 80 million people, or perhaps more, and are demanding that the company immediately step up its response.
 
2/10/2015AG Jepsen Joins Colleagues in Urging Oil Companies to Eliminate Synthetic Drugs from Retail Locations
  Attorney General George Jepsen and 43 other state and territorial attorneys general have asked nine major oil companies to collaborate with their franchisees in an effort to help eliminate synthetic drugs from retail locations operating under their brand names, including gas station and convenience stores.
 
2/9/2015State Officials Warn Consumers: Beware, IRS Phone Scams Still Active
  Scammers targeting taxpayers by representing that they're from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are still active, and consumers should NOT give in to their bogus demands, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen, Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris, and Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan said today.
 
2/5/2015AG Jepsen, DCP Caution Anthem Customers in Connecticut about Nationwide Data Breach
  Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris are asking Anthem Inc. for more information about a reported data breach that may have compromised personal information of its customers across the state.
 
2/3/2015Attorney General Jepsen Leads Multistate Coalition in $1.375 Billion State-Federal Settlement with Standard & Poor's
  Attorney General George Jepsen announced today that Connecticut, the U.S. Department of Justice, 18 states and the District of Columbia have reached a settlement agreement with Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC resolving allegations that S&P mislead investors when it rated structured finance securities in the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis.
 
1/29/2015Avoid Companies Offering Student Loan Debt Relief for a Fee
  The Department of Consumer Protection, the Department of Banking, and the Office of the Attorney General are warning residents with student loan debt to avoid companies that promise to provide student loan debt relief, but for a fee. Student loan debt is an increasing financial hardship for Connecticut residents. Some unscrupulous companies take advantage of borrowers who are trying to manage or lessen their debt, often charging high up-front fees and not offering any services beyond what borrowers can get at no cost by contacting their loan servicers or the U.S. Department of Education.
 
1/26/2015Attorney General, DCP Remind Residents that Price Gouging on Consumer Items, Energy Resources Prohibited
  Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris are reminding residents and retailers that state law prohibits price gouging on consumer items and energy resources during the current civil preparedness emergency in Connecticut.
 
1/15/2015Don’t Pay for Financial Aid Forms or Information, State Officials Advise
  The Department of Consumer Protection, Department of Banking and the Office of the Attorney General are warning high school seniors and college students applying for college financial aid to steer clear of companies charging fees for financial aid forms. These services, which falsely imply that they will improve an applicant’s chances of success, often end up charging students as much as $1,000 for materials that are available at no cost.
 
1/12/2015AG, OCC, Legislators Welcome PURA Draft Decision on Electric Bill Disclosures, Ban on Daily and Weekly Variable Rates
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz today filed formal comments supporting a draft decision issued by the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) last week that will ensure new, comparative rate information is clearly disclosed on electric customers' monthly bills. The requirements stem from legislation passed last year that required the disclosures after thousands of Connecticut residents who purchased electricity from third-party suppliers complained of skyrocketing bills.