AG sues timeshare marketers

Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper and his team have filed a lawsuit against timeshare marketing firm Festiva. In its complaint — which follows similar moves last month by officials in Louisiana and Maine — the AG's office accuses Florida-based Festiva officials of Telemarketing Act Violations and deceptive marketing practices that it says sow confusion in part via a host of membership rules and terms.

Festiva purportedly capitalizes on this confusion in order to sell more of its products. For example, consumers have reported that the company calls its members to tell them that they are invited to an “owners update” meeting. Instead, consumers report that upon arrival at the meeting, they are confronted with another high-pressure sales presentation where Festiva tries to sell them more vacation products through “upgrades.”

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State joins DOJ in attempt to block American/US Airways merger

Cooper, feds and 5 other states say reduced competition would hurt consumers
Aug 13, 2013 12:05 PM

NHI, NHC settle nonprofit suits for $40M

Entities in receivership claimed companies' financial dealings were unfair; NHI hikes dividend and guidance
Apr 26, 2013 11:36 AM

Brentwood man cops to investment fraud

Retired state employee was pitched Elvis farm interest, energy company opportunity
Mar 26, 2013 2:41 PM

Judge grants restraining order against hormone clinic chain

State wants HRC Medical shut down
Oct 10, 2012 1:22 PM

AG wants to shut down hormone clinic chain

The office of Attorney General Bob Cooper has filed suit against HRC Medical, the multi-state chain of hormone replacement therapy clinics run by brothers Don and Dan Hale. The state is accusing the company of, among other things, endangering patients by using excessive treatment doses and — shades of meningitis here — using a pharmacy in the Northeast with a history of quality issues.  Jennifer Kraus at NewsChannel 5 has the full story, which includes these details.

According to the complaint, Dr. Hale, who claimed to be an expert in hormone therapy, got most of his training from a two-day conference. The lawsuit claims that HRC's therapy program was created with an unlicensed medical assistant who had no formal training, just a medical assistant's certificate from the Nashville Court Reporting Academy.

Oct 9, 2012 7:17 AM

Tennessee AG 'indicates' it won't approve NHI purchase

Office sends notice to nonprofit target that it doesn't like planned sale of seven facilities
May 22, 2012 2:33 PM

Tennessee joins $25B agreement with major financial institutions

State to participate in mortgage relief effort
Feb 9, 2012 10:42 AM

State Court of Appeals reverses lower court in large tax case

Department of Revenue wins right to pursue $6M liability
Jan 31, 2012 2:54 PM

State appeals Fisk art sale ruling

Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper has filed an appeal contesting the $30 million agreement to share Fisk University's Stieglitz art collection with the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas. Cooper says rulings by Davidson County Chancery Court and the Tennessee Court of Appeals judges approving the sale could have an impact on the management of other charitable gifts throughout Tennessee.

Jan 31, 2012 7:20 AM