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.”
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.
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.