DCP: News Releases from the Department of Consumer Protection

2014 news releases
12/29/2014State Officials Issue Reminder Concerning Liquor Sales and Service for New Year’s Eve
  The Department is reminding the general public about the hours in which businesses may legally sell and serve liquor as part of New Year’s Eve celebrations...
 
12/19/2014State Joins National Settlement with T-Mobile
  Under the terms of the settlement, T-Mobile must provide each victim of cramming who files a claim under its premium SMS Refund Program an opportunity for a full refund. Consumers can submit claims until June 30, 2015...
 
12/12/2014Department of Consumer Protection, Connecticut Science Center Pilot Unique Partnership to Teach Financial Literacy Skills to Area Youth
  SciFi, an innovative financial literacy program for Connecticut teens, kicks off Saturday, December 13, with “Budgeting for Life,” an interactive session held at the Connecticut Science Center. During this workshop, teens will learn the importance of budgeting...
 
12/11/2014State Joins Multistate Settlement with PointRoll to Resolve Internet Privacy Allegations
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein today announced that Connecticut has joined a $750,000 multistate settlement with PointRoll, Inc. that resolves an investigation into whether the company violated consumers' privacy by unlawfully circumventing the privacy settings in Apple Inc.'s Safari Web browser...
 
12/4/2014State Joins $3.8 Million Multistate Settlement with Sirus XM Radio
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein today announced that Connecticut has joined 44 other states in a $3.8 million settlement with Sirius XM Radio Inc...
 
12/3/2014Grandparents Scam Active in Connecticut, Officials Warn
  The Department joins the Department on Aging and AARP of Connecticut in warning consumers to be wary of “grandparent scams,” which have surfaced in the past week in at least two Connecticut communities...
 
12/3/2014“Mejor tenga cuidado”. 12 estafas de la temporada
 
12/1/2014“You Better Watch Out” -- 12 Scams of the Season
  Scams never take a holiday -- that’s the message the Department is sending this month, as it cautions shoppers to stay alert. Many common scams will be dressed up for the holidays, but their goal of defrauding consumers is the same...
 
11/17/2014El Department of Consumer Protection está coordinando quejas de los consumidores relacionadas con la transición de AT&T a Frontier Communications
 
11/13/2014Department is Coordinating Consumer Complaints on AT&T Transition to Frontier Communications
  The Department is coordinating written consumer complaints in order to expedite the process, ensure the highest level of company compliance, and achieve satisfaction for consumers...
 
10/31/2014“Turning Back the Clock” Does Not Provide for an Extra Hour of Liquor Service
  On Sunday November 2nd at 2:00 a.m., when Connecticut residents and businesses turn the clock back to 1:00 a.m., patrons and owners of cafes, bars and restaurants that sell liquor are not allowed a “do-over” of that last hour...
 
10/27/2014Halloween Safety Plans Should Start Early
  Take a few basic safety precautions to ensure that Halloween is enjoyable and fondly remembered...
 
10/16/2014Attorney General and Department Announce $850,000 Multistate Settlement with TD Bank Over Data Breach
  Commissioner Rubenstein and Attorney General Jepsen today announced an $850,000 multistate settlement with TD Bank, N.A. that resolves an investigation into a 2012 data breach that affected thousands of consumers and helps to ensure that protections are in place to prevent future incidents...
 
10/15/2014Las cunas de baranda móvil son inseguras y están prohibidas en todo el país: se encontraron cuatro y se retiraron de una tienda de segunda mano local
 
10/9/2014Drop-Side Cribs are Unsafe, Banned Nationwide -- Four Found and Removed from Local Thrift Store
  The Department reminds consumers and store owners that drop-side cribs are considered unsafe and have been banned for sale or resale since 2011. A recent product safety inspection of licensed thrift stores found one Meriden store with four used drop-down cribs for sale. These were immediately removed and destroyed...
 
10/8/2014State Joins National Settlement with AT&T
  Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein announced today that Connecticut, along with 49 other States and the District of Columbia, has reached a settlement with AT&T Mobility, LLC to resolve allegations that the company participated in a practice known as "data cramming"...
 
9/30/2014El Department of Consumer Protection y el Procurador General instan a los clientes de Home Depot a denunciar el uso indebido de datos, a aprovechar los servicios gratuitos de protección de la identidad y de control, tras la filtración de datos
 
9/26/2014State Gaming Officials Issue Warning about Bogus “Winning” Lottery Tickets Being Sold
  The Gaming Division is warning consumers that a person or persons in the Bridgeport and Norwalk areas are selling instant lottery tickets that have been altered to appear to be winning tickets, when in fact they are losing tickets and have no value...
 
9/26/2014Las rejas de seguridad y otras precauciones para las ventanas pueden evitar accidentes fatales
 
9/24/2014Department and Attorney General Urge Home Depot Customers to Report Misuse, Take Advantage of Free Identity Protection and Monitoring in Wake of Data Breach
  Commissioner William M. Rubenstein and Attorney General George Jepsen today advised all Connecticut residents who have shopped at Home Depot stores since April to take advantage of the free services being offered by the retailer in the wake of the massive data breach...
 
9/19/2014El Departamento de Protección del Consumidor alerta a los consumidores sobre el retiro de lentes para sol contaminados con plomo, diseñados para niños.
 
9/10/2014Window Guards and Other Precautions can Prevent Accidental Falls
  The Department is issuing a reminder that taking precautions around windows can help prevent accidental falls...
 
9/5/2014Department of Consumer Protection Alerts Consumers to Recall of Lead-Tainted Children’s Sunglasses
  The Department is alerting parents and caregivers to a new recall of children’s sunglasses that have been deemed unsafe due lead. These glasses should be immediately taken away from children and returned to the importer...
 
8/8/2014State Files Federal Lawsuit against Alleged Mortgage Rescue Scam that Pocketed at Least $4.7 Million from Distressed Homeowners
  At the request of Commissioner Rubenstein, Attorney General Jepsen has obtained a temporary restraining order and appointment of a receiver in a joint lawsuit against Connecticut-based Resolution Law Group, Florida-based Berger Law Group, and related entities and individuals over allegations that they took advantage of struggling homeowners through a scam that promised legal assistance but delivered none...
 
8/4/2014Weekend Checks Identify Two Businesses Allegedly Serving Alcohol to Teens
  The Department released results of unannounced compliance checks completed at local bars, restaurants and package stores in Haddam, Higganum and Killingworth...
 
7/24/2014State and FTC File Federal Complaint, Consent Order against TicketNetwork and Partners for Unfair Trade Practices
  The State alleges that through use of website design, web addresses and terms like “official” tickets, the defendants falsely created the impression that their online ticket sites were official websites for the venues...
 
7/24/2014TicketNetwork Complaint and Consent Orders
 
7/15/2014Stores in Middlefield, Durham, Meriden Cited for Alleged Sales of Alcohol to Minors
  The Department of Consumer Protection is releasing the results of weekend compliance operations undertaken by the Division of Liquor Control in cooperation with State and local police departments...
 
7/11/2014State Issues Second Consumer Alert about IRS Telephone Scam
  The Department of Consumer Protection and Office of the Attorney General continue to receive complaints and inquiries from consumers worried about telephone calls in which the caller claims to be an official from the IRS and attempts to solicit tax payments. These calls are bogus and should be reported to the federal Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration...
 
7/2/2014State Liquor Control Issues Retailer and Consumer Advisory on July 4th Sales
  Package stores may remain open for business on Friday, July 4th, 2014. The hours of operation are...
 
7/2/2014Diez consejos para ahorrar gasolina este verano
 
7/1/2014State Releases Report on Charitable Response to Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School
  Governor Malloy, Attorney General Jepsen and Consumer Protection Commissioner Rubenstein today released a report that evaluates information provided voluntarily by organizations engaged in fundraising ...
 
6/30/2014Ten Tips for Saving on Gasoline this Summer
  As consumers prepare for summer vacations, day trips and other excursions, the Department is offering advice for saving on gasoline...
 
6/17/2014State Liquor Control Authorities Release Results of Weekend Compliance Checks in Enfield
  Of the 19 establishments tested for compliance, it is alleged that seven (7) failed by selling alcoholic liquor to a minor...
 
6/9/2014Milford Liquor Compliance Check Identifies Five Stores that Allegedly Sold to Minor
  On Saturday, June 7th in the town of Milford, agents from the Department’s Liquor Control Division conducted a joint undercover compliance operation with officers from the Milford Police Department and youth volunteers from the Governor’s Prevention Partnership...
 
6/9/2014No todo es juego y diversión: Los juegos en la piscina requieren de la supervisión de un adulto
 
6/3/2014Not Just Fun and Games: Pool Play Requires Adult Supervision
  As the weather heats up, the Department of Consumer Protection is reminding families and caregivers that supervising children around water is essential for their safety...
 
5/28/2014Trituración de papel gratuita el próximo sábado, 31 de mayo, a la mañana en Hartford
 
5/23/2014Home Improvement Reminders from the Department of Consumer Protection
  With the first long weekend of the season upon us, the Department of Consumer Protection has reminders for anyone planning to hire...
 
5/22/2014Department and Attorney General's Office Advise eBay Customers to Change Account Passwords
  Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein and Attorney General George Jepsen today urged Connecticut consumers who use eBay, Inc., and who have not yet changed the password on their account to do so as soon as possible...
 
5/5/2014Weekend Liquor Compliance Check in Stratford Cites One Store for Alleged Underage Sale
  On Saturday, May 3rd, agents from the Liquor Control Division and Stratford Police detectives and officers conducted compliance checks of twenty-seven (27) grocery stores and package stores, assisted by two (2) minors...
 
5/2/2014Consumer Protection Tips for Special Spring and Summer Events
  As families prepare for weddings, proms, graduations, road trips and other special events this spring and summer, the Department of Consumer Protection offers these reminders...
 
4/30/2014State Officials Warn Connecticut Residents of IRS Phone Scam
  Connecticut residents should be wary of scammers targeting taxpayers by representing that they're from the Internal Revenue Service Attorney General George Jepsen, Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein and Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan said...
 
4/30/2014Liquor Control Commission Denies Liquor Permit Renewal for Lazy Lizard Café in New Haven
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Commissioner William M. Rubenstein announced today that the state’s Liquor Control Commission has denied the renewal of a liquor permit being sought by MAD Crown Street Holdings, LLC, doing business as Lazy Lizard Café and revoked its permit...
 
4/29/2014Liquor Compliance Checks of Enfield Stores Identify Two that Allegedly Sold to Minors
  Of 23 stores tested for compliance, the Department alleges that two establishments sold alcoholic liquor to one of the undercover youth...
 
4/14/2014Eight Groton-Area Businesses Allegedly Fail Routine Liquor Compliance Checks
  The Department is releasing results of recent alcohol compliance checks undertaken by the Division of Liquor Control in cooperation with the Groton Town and City Police Departments...
 
4/8/2014Liquor Control Commission Denies Liquor Permit for Pandora’s Cabaret in Waterbury
  Commissioner William M. Rubenstein announced today that the state’s Liquor Control Commission upheld the remonstrance filed by Waterbury residents and denied the liquor permit being sought by LT Unlimited LLC, dba Pandora’s Cabaret...
 
4/8/2014Local Establishments Fail Weekend Liquor Compliance Check in Canton
  Five stores allegedly sold to a minor during the Department's routine compliance checks in Canton and Collinsville...
 
4/3/2014State Announces Selection of Six Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facilities
  "With the selection of dispensary facilities, all necessary pieces of the medical marijuana program are in place and we are poised to provide patients with a safe and secure source of needed medicine,” Commissioner Rubenstein said today...
 
3/26/2014Baby Dolls Sold at Walmart are Recalled Due to Burn Hazard
  The Department of Consumer Protection is urging parents and caregivers to be aware of a new recall involving an interactive baby doll sold by Walmart with the name My Sweet Love Cuddle Care Doll or My Sweet Baby Cuddle Care Doll...
 
3/24/2014Department Releases Results of Liquor Compliance Checks in Danbury
  A total of 44 package stores and grocery stores were tested for compliance; five (5) stores allegedly failed by selling alcoholic liquor to one of the minors...
 
3/20/2014Department Revokes Contractor Registration, Orders Civil Penalties and Restitution for Victimized Consumers
  The Department has issued its Final Decision and Order in the case of Brian S. Curylo of New Britain, Connecticut, d/b/a Hot Top Paving, revoking Mr. Curylo’s registration for home improvement work, ordering restitution to five consumers that he defrauded in the amount of $30,990, and levying civil penalties...
 
3/10/2014Department Releases Results of Liquor Compliance Checks in Meriden
  Of the 32 stores tested for compliance, it is alleged that two (2) failed by selling alcoholic liquor to a minor...
 
3/7/2014Consumer Complaints for 2013 Reflect Marketplace Changes
  According to a review of more than 6,000 written consumer complaints received in 2013, home improvement complaints took a back seat to fuel-related complaints for the first time...
 
2/28/2014Connecticut Youth Invited to be Smart Consumers, Compete for Prizes in State Consumer Protection Week Contest
  Youth aged 12 to 18 are the special focus of Consumer Protection Week, Sunday March 2nd through Saturday March 8th, at the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. The agency is hosting an online quiz and essay contest that will award three lucky winners an Apple I-Pad Mini, an Apple I-Pod Touch, or a Kindle Fire...
 
2/25/2014Department Releases Results of Recent Liquor Compliance Operation in Windsor Locks
  On Friday, February 21, state Liquor Control Agents partnered with officers from the Windsor Locks police department to conduct compliance checks at nine permitted premises in Windsor Locks...
 
2/7/2014State Advises Consumers About Readers Digest Prize Scam
  Commissioner Rubenstein, Attorney General Jepsen and Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora B. Schriro today are advising residents to avoid responding to a letter claiming to be from Governor Dannel P. Malloy and bearing a replica of his signature, informing them that in return for a cash payment to cover state taxes, they will receive the Reader’s Digest Sweepstakes prize of $5 million and a Mercedes Benz vehicle...
 
1/30/2014Branford Store Cited for Alcohol Sale to Minor
  On Saturday, January 24th, agents from the Liquor Control Division and officers from the Branford Police Department conducted a compliance check of 15 package stores and grocery stores licensed to sell beer in Branford,,,
 
1/28/2014State Announces Selection of Four Medical Marijuana Producers
  Commissioner William M. Rubenstein, joined by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and other officials, today announced that four applicants have been chosen as the first-ever producers of medical marijuana to serve the needs of seriously ill patients in Connecticut...
 
1/21/2014State to File Civil Complaint, Dissolution Action in Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation Investigation
  The state will file a civil complaint against the executive director of the Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation seeking civil penalties and injunctive relief for the alleged use of charitable funds for personal expenses, as well as a separate action seeking dissolution of the existing foundation after a joint investigation found no assets left in the organization’s possession...
 
1/13/2014DCP, Attorney General Urge Target Customers to Take Advantage of Free Credit Monitoring in Wake of Data Breach
  Commissioner William M. Rubenstein and Attorney General George Jepsen today urged all Connecticut residents who shop at Target stores to take advantage of one year of free credit monitoring being offered by the retailer in the wake of the massive data breach announced last month...
 
1/7/2014Settlement Will Provide for Consumer Restitution in Deceptive Practices Suit over Weight-loss Product Marketing, Sales
  The state of Connecticut and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have entered into a settlement with three Branford-based companies and their owner that will provide restitution to consumers harmed by the companies’ alleged deceptive and unfair Internet marketing and sales practices...
 
1/6/2014Department of Consumer Protection Releases Results of Liquor Compliance Checks in Middletown
  On Saturday, January 4th, agents from the Department’s Liquor Control Division and officers from the Middletown Police Department conducted a series of compliance checks at all package stores and grocery stores licensed to sell beer in Middletown...