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Attorney General Frosh announces $1.25 million multistate settlement with Carnival Cruise Line over 2019 data breach

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday announced that Maryland, along with 45 other states, has obtained a $1.25 million multistate settlement with Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line stemming from a 2019 data breach that involved the personal information of approximately 180,000 Carnival employees and customers nationwide. In March 2020, Carnival publicly reported a data breach in which an …


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Attorney General Frosh announces settlement with Ford Motor Company over false advertising claims

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Tuesday announced, as part of multistate settlement, a more than $989,000 settlement with Ford Motor Company regarding claims that Ford falsely advertised the real-world fuel economy of model year 2013–2014 C-Max hybrids and the payload capacity of model year 2011–2014 Super Duty pickup trucks. “Ford bragged about the fuel efficiency of its …


Decedent, officers in fatal Essex police-involved identified

BALTIMORE, MD—The Independent Investigations Division of the Office of the Attorney General has identified the decedent and involved officers in the fatal police-involved shooting that occurred on May 4 in Essex. The incident occurred at around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the 900-block of Boundbrook Way (21221). The decedent has been identified as 39-year-old Ralph Picarello, III, of Essex. The …

Fatal, Essex police-involved shooting under investigation

BALTIMORE, MD—The Independent Investigations Division of the Office of the Attorney General is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred on Wednesday. The incident took place in the 900-block of Boundbrook Way (212210) in Essex on Wednesday evening. At around 4 p.m. on May 4, officers with the Baltimore County Police Department responded to a home on Boundbrook Way for …

Frosh files charges against unlicensed home improvement contractor in Middle River

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney Brian E. Frosh on Thursday announced that the state’s Consumer Protection Division has filed charges against Patrick Michael Savage d/b/a Extreme Backyard’s. The Middle River home improvement contractor collected illegal deposits from consumers for home improvement services, failed to provide the services, and refused to refund consumers’ money, according to the filing. The matter is also pending …

Frosh announces $2 million settlement for TurboTax customers in Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday announced a settlement that includes more than $2 million in restitution from the owner of TurboTax, Intuit Inc. for misleading Maryland consumers into paying for tax services that they could have received for free. Per a multistate agreement with all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Intuit will pay $141 million, …

Frosh seeks to cancel loan debt for students who attended schools operated by Education Corporation of America

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, together with five other attorneys general, is calling on the U.S. Department of Education to cancel the federal student loan debt of thousands of students, including students in Maryland, who attended schools operated by the for-profit company Education Corporation of America (ECA). The Borrower Defense Application submitted last week seeks relief for student …

Harford County Sheriff’s Office responds to Attorney General Frosh’s legal challenge

HARFORD COUNTY, MD—The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has issued a response to Attorney General Brian Frosh’s legal challenge that was filed this week. On Monday, Attorney General Frosh alleged that the HCSO was interfering with its investigation of a police-involved shooting that took place in Forest Hill on Saturday (details available here). The response from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office …