DCP: News Releases from the Department of Consumer Protection

2013 news releases
12/31/2013State Liquor Officials Issue Reminder on New Year’s Eve Hours of Sales and Service
  Tonight, New Year’s Eve, liquor stores and grocery stores with beer permits may sell permitted products during their normal hours until nine p.m...
 
12/20/2013Don’t Let Returns and Exchanges Dim Your Holiday Spirit!
  Consumers need to observe the guidelines that retailers set out for returns, refunds and exchanges -- because they can all be different and perfectly legal...
 
12/19/2013Consumer Alert: Commissioner and Office of Attorney General Offer Immediate Steps for Shoppers Concerned About Target Data Breach
  Attorney General Jepsen and Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein today warned Connecticut consumers to take necessary precautions following news of a major data breach at Target stores across the country...
 
12/19/2013State Drug Control Experts Advise: Keep Medications in a Secure Area to Protect Children and Teens this Holiday Season
  Because the holidays often bring guests of all ages into your home, it’s an especially important time to make sure your medications are locked away safely in order to prevent accidental poisonings and misuse...
 
12/10/2013Department Releases Results of Liquor Compliance Checks in Stratford
  Of 28 stores tested for compliance, five (5) failed by allegedly selling alcoholic liquor to one of the volunteer minors...
 
12/10/2013Statement on Ongoing Joint Investigation into Hartford's Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation
  The Department of Consumer Protection and the Office of the Attorney General today issued a statement on their ongoing joint investigation...
 
12/6/2013Department Encourages Safety when Decorating for the Holidays
  Hanging holiday lights, assembling lawn displays and decorating trees and shrubs can cause more than a few sore muscles...
 
11/22/2013Owner of Now-Closed New England Sheds Refunds Customers
  Nineteen customers of the now defunct New England Sheds, which operated at 65 Burritt Street in New Britain, are receiving refunds for sheds that were ordered but not delivered, thanks to cooperative efforts of store owner Demetrios Katras and the Department of Consumer Protection...
 
11/19/2013Connecticut, 36 Other States Reach $17M Settlement with Google
  Connecticut, with 36 other states and the District of Columbia, has reached a $17 million agreement with Google, Inc. to resolve allegations that the company circumvented default privacy settings pertaining to cookie blocking...
 
11/8/2013Department Revokes Home Improvement Registration of Lysco Contracting, Inc.
  The Department revoked the registration of Lysco Contracting, Inc. of 70 East Jefryn Boulevard, Deer Park, NY for violations of the Home Improvement Act, the Unfair Trade Practices Act, and occupational licensing laws...
 
11/4/2013Four Local Stores Fail Weekend Liquor Compliance Check in Naugatuck
  Of eighteen Naugatuck businesses tested for compliance, fourteen passed and four allegedly failed by selling to the minor...
 
11/1/2013Turning Back the Clock Does Not Buy Extra Hour of Liquor Service
  Even though we turn the clock back to 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning, the law does not allow liquor sales to recommence or continue...
 
10/22/2013State Sanctions Branford Mobile Home Park for Unsafe, Unhealthy Living Conditions
  Commissioner William M. Rubenstein has issued a legal decision and order against Shoreline Trailer Court, LLC of Branford for violations of laws pertaining to mobile manufactured home parks and the Unfair Trade Practices Act...
 
10/21/2013Burlington, Harwinton Establishments Score 100% in Recent Liquor Compliance Check
  All Burlington / Harwinton establishments tested during a liquor compliance check this past weekend passed by not completing a sale of alcohol to a minor...
 
10/10/2013Connecticut Joins Multistate Settlement with Affinion
  Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein announced today that the state has joined with 46 other states and the District of Columbia in a settlement with Stamford-based Affinion Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries...
 
10/8/2013Two New Haven Bars Cited for Sales to Minors During Liquor Compliance Check
  The two establishments are charged with selling liquor to a minor and will be scheduled for an administrative hearing...
 
10/4/2013Be Wary of Threatening “Collection Calls” from Utilities
  Scammers posing as representatives of utility companies have been targeting Connecticut residents in recent months, and State officials and the utilities are reminding consumers to be skeptical if someone calls demanding immediate payment on a utility bill...
 
10/3/2013Department of Consumer Protection and Attorney General Jepsen Advise Customers of Meriden Heating Oil
  Meriden-based Ace Oil Co. has closed its doors; customers should seek an alternate home heating oil supplier for future deliveries and retain copies of all records while the Department and the Office of the Attorney General investigate...
 
9/30/2013Enfield Liquor Compliance Check Identifies One Store that Sold to Minor
  The Department is reporting the results of a liquor compliance check it conducted this past weekend...
 
9/20/2013Liquor Compliance Check in Orange Cites Five Local Establishments for Allegedly Selling Alcohol to Minors
  The Department is reporting the results of compliance checks it conducted Thursday evening in the town of Orange...
 
9/17/2013State Files Suit against Former Hartford Charity Director over Allegations of Fund Misuse
 
9/9/2013Department Alerts Consumers to Recall of Concentrated MOTRIN Infants Drops Original Berry Flavor 1/2 fl oz.
  McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division is voluntarily recalling approximately 200,000 bottles of Concentrated MOTRIN® Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor, 1/2 fl. oz. sold in the U.S...
 
9/9/2013Department Alerts Consumers to Recall of Certain Lubricating Eye Drops Due to Faulty Preservative
  The Department of Consumer Protection is alerting the public to a recall of the following lubricating eye drops sold at CVS, Wall-Mart and Target stores...
 
9/6/2013Department of Consumer Protection Launches Application Process for Medical Marijuana Producers and Dispensary Facilities
  Requests for Applications (RFAs) for Connecticut’s first medical marijuana producers and dispensary facilities are now available on the Department of Consumer Protection’s website at www.ct.gov/dcp/mmp, the Department reported today...
 
9/5/2013Department Alerts Consumers to Chobani Greek Yogurt Recall
  Chobani, Inc., of Twin Falls, Idaho is voluntarily recalling its Greek Yogurt products with "best-by" dates ranging between September 11 and October 13 ...
 
9/4/2013Unexpected Contractors at Your Door? “No Thanks” is Best Answer
  Homeowners should be on the lookout for scammers that will use the fine fall weather as an opportunity to make a quick buck on paving, chimney repair, driveway sealing and other scams that can be easily run on unsuspecting consumers...
 
8/27/2013Department of Consumer Protection Responds to Legislative Committee’s Approval of Medical Marijuana Regulations
  The Department of Consumer Protection welcomes the Legislative Regulations Review Committee’s approval today of regulations to implement Connecticut General Statutes Ch. 420f, Palliative Use of Marijuana...
 
8/22/2013Eight Local Stores Fail Weekend Liquor Compliance Check in Vernon
  On Saturday, August 18th, agents from the Liquor Control Division and officers from the Vernon Police Department, working with a 17 year old minor trained and provided by the Governor’s Prevention Partnership, conducted a series of undercover compliance checks...
 
8/16/2013IKEA Junior Beds are Recalled for Faulty Guard Rails
  The Department is alerting consumers about a recall of KRITTER and SNIGLAR Junior Beds Sold by IKEA...
 
8/6/2013Recall Information Goes Mobile -- Even Easier for Consumers to Find
  Knowing about new product recalls that could affect you or your family is easier than ever through Twitter, Flickr and Google+...
 
7/30/2013State Officials Warn Residents About “Free Medical Alert” Scams
  Scammers promising “free” medical alert devices have been contacting residents across the state, and consumers are urged to be take note and spread the word...
 
7/23/2013State Liquor Control Reports Results of Recent Enforcement Efforts
  As part of the Department's commitment to deter underage access to alcoholic liquor, the Liquor Control Division reports the following results of its recent compliance efforts in six cities and towns...
 
7/19/2013Macy’s Recalls Infants’ Varsity Jackets Due to Choking Hazard
  Macy’s is recalling about 8,700 “First Impressions” varsity jackets for infants, because snaps on the jackets can come off, posing a choking hazard....
 
7/15/2013Department Releases Results of Undercover Alcohol Compliance Check in Norwalk
  Of the 27 stores tested, two stores allegedly failed by selling alcoholic liquor to the minor...
 
7/3/2013State Liquor Control Plans Increased Enforcement to Thwart Underage Sales This Summer
  Citing long holiday weekends, a broad array of sold-out concerts and outdoor events, and the arrival of college students home for the summer, the Liquor Control Division is stepping up enforcement activities...
 
6/27/2013Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels Recalled for Risk of Hepatitis A Contamination
  Due to concerns about Hepatitis A virus contamination, eight- ounce bags of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels are being removed from Connecticut stores today as part of a voluntary recall by Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon...
 
6/26/2013Vehicle Owners Can and Should Keep Up with Recalls
  Information for consumers in light of Chrysler’s voluntary recall last week...
 
6/25/2013Second Grant Deed Scheme Banned from State
  Continuing its success in pursuing property deed scams, the Department this week issued a Consent Order and Order to Cease and Desist to “Property Transfer Service"...
 
6/20/2013Department Reaches Agreement with Hotel Alleged to Have Acted Unfairly to Consumers During Storm Sandy
  La Quinta Inn & Suites in Stamford will forfeit to the state $1,800 and will not require longer than normal lengths of stay when severe weather is predicted...
 
6/17/2013Department Releases Results of Recent Alcohol Compliance Check in Groton
  Eighteen grocery stores and package stores were tested for compliance. Of these, five failed by allegedly selling to a volunteer minor who had been trained and provided by the Governor’s Prevention Partnership...
 
6/10/2013Results of Weekend Liquor Compliance Checks in Moodus, East Haddam and Putnam are Released
  Six permitted locations allegedly sold alcohol to a minor during compliance checks held on the weekend....
 
6/7/2013Department Scores for Customers of Defunct Baseball Training Facility
  Customers of the now-closed “Frozen Ropes” baseball training club in Danbury have the opportunity to get the lessons they paid for, thanks to concerned consumers and cooperation from a new owner...
 
6/6/2013Consumers Cautioned to Beware Travel and Timeshare Schemes
  Connecticut is joining the Federal Trade Commission and other consumer organizations nationwide in a multistate, multi-national law enforcement initiative to call attention to a host of bogus travel and timeshare deals...
 
5/30/2013Liquor Compliance Check in Cheshire Results in Seven Citations
  Inspections undertaken by the Division of Liquor Control in cooperation with the Cheshire Police Department found that seven of the twelve stores tested in Cheshire allegedly failed...
 
5/17/2013Bogus UST – US Telecom Invoices Resurfacing?
  The Department barred UST-US Telecom from doing business of any kind in Connecticut, but a new UST invoice received in Danbury has gotten the agency's attention...
 
5/13/2013Weekend Liquor Compliance Checks Held in Milford
  Of the 29 stores tested, six (6) allegedly failed by selling alcoholic liquor to one of the youth volunteers...
 
5/6/2013One Local Establishment Fails Weekend Liquor Compliance Check in Putnam
  The Department is reporting the results of compliance checks it conducted in Putnam this past weekend....
 
4/30/2013A Dozen Do’s and Don’ts for Home Improvement Season
  While there may be dozens of things that can go wrong on any home repair or improvement job, these twelve Do’s and Don’ts can help...
 
4/29/2013Results of Weekend Liquor Compliance Checks in Fairfield and Branford are Released
  The Department is reporting the results of two compliance checks it conducted this past weekend...
 
4/26/2013Department of Consumer Protection’s Advice When Planning Spring/Summer Events
  The Department of Consumer Protection offers these reminders about limousine service and serving alcohol to guests at your home...
 
4/23/2013Recent Liquor Compliance Checks Cite Establishments in Seymour, Glastonbury
  The Department of Consumer Protection is reporting the results of two compliance checks it recently conducted this past weekend...
 
4/23/2013Be Wary of Online Tech Support Offers, Agency Advises
  "Scam artists may try using the phone to break into your computer,” Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said today. “Be skeptical if you get a phone call from persons claiming to be computer techs who say that they’ve detected viruses...
 
4/18/2013Recent Liquor Compliance Checks Cite Establishments in Danielson, Stratford
  The Department is reporting the results of two compliance checks it recently conducted...
 
4/18/2013Huffy “Slider” Tricycles Sold Exclusively at Toys R Us are Recalled
  About 5,040 Huffy brand tricycles sold at Toys R Us this year are being recalled because the handlebar can unexpectedly loosen while in use, causing the rider to lose control...
 
4/17/2013Increasing Alcohol Awareness: Ongoing Compliance Checks Educate Permittees and the Public, Protect Youth
  In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, the Department of Consumer Protection, Liquor Control Division is highlighting the results of its the ongoing compliance and enforcement efforts...
 
4/16/2013Give Wisely: State Warns Residents to Beware of Charity Scams in Wake of Boston Tragedy
  Following yesterday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Commissioner William M. Rubenstein and Attorney General George Jepsen are alerting residents that scammers may already be seeking to exploit the tragedy for their own purposes...
 
4/16/2013Attorney General, Consumer Protection Post Information Received from Sandy Hook-Related Charities
  Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein and Attorney General George Jepsen today made public the information collected to date from dozens of charities related to the shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School...
 
3/28/2013Attorney General, Consumer Protection Commissioner seek Information for Public from Sandy Hook Charities
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein are seeking more information about the amount of money collected and the intended charitable purposes of dozens of charities related to the shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
 
3/27/2013For New Vehicles that Don’t Measure Up, State’s Lemon Law Program Offers Relief
  “More than 3,000 consumers have taken advantage of this program, and for many, it’s made the difference between having a vehicle that lives up to their expectations, or being stuck with an unreliable headache on wheels,” said Commissioner Rubenstein..."/span>