Attorney General Brown supports FTC effort to protect car buyers

BALTIMORE, MD—Attorney General Anthony G. Brown has joined a multistate coalition of 19 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief (PDF) in National Automobile Dealers Association et al. v. FTC, supporting the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) defense of its new Combating Auto Retail Scams (CARS) Trade Regulation Rule. The rule addresses several persistent unfair and deceptive practices in the auto […]

Maryland joins federal antitrust lawsuit against Live Nation, Ticketmaster

BALTIMORE, MD—This week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and a bipartisan coalition of 30 states, including Maryland, filed an antitrust lawsuit (PDF) against Live Nation Entertainment (NASDAQ: LCN), which owns Ticketmaster, alleging that the company has abused its monopoly power in the live entertainment market. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New […]

Maryland selects law firms for potential Key Bridge collapse litigation

BALTIMORE, MD—A team of five law firms has been selected by the Maryland Transportation Authority to assist the state in its lawsuit against the parties responsible for the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse. The announcement was made by Attorney General Anthony G. Brown this week. The firms were selected from a pool of candidates that submitted proposals for legal services […]

Attorney General Brown announces settlement with wireless carriers over allegations of undisclosed terms in offers

BALTIMORE, MD—Some of the nation’s largest wireless carriers have agreed to settle with attorneys general over allegations they failed to disclose all the material terms of their offers. The settlement, announced this week by the office of Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown, resolves claims against AT&T Mobility, Cricket Wireless, T-Mobile USA, Cellco Partnership, and TracFone Wireless. The wireless carriers agreed […]

Baltimore-based home improvement contractor ordered to pay $1 million after failing to perform work

BALTIMORE, MD—Attorney General Anthony G. Brown announced this week that the Consumer Protection Division has entered a Final Order (PDF) against a Baltimore-based home improvement contractor, Bryan O. Jones, and his company, BOJ & Sons Construction, to pay restitution to consumers and civil penalties and costs of more than $1 million. BOJ & Sons took large deposits from at least […]

DOT, Maryland Attorney General’s Office partner to streamline air travel complaint resolution process

BALTIMORE, MD—To address the ever-increasing number of consumer complaints regarding flights disruptions, baggage delays, and lost or delayed flights, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office have established a memorandum of understanding (PDF) to streamline the process of reviewing and resolving these complaints. The new collaboration between the two parties will result in a more […]

Maryland announces settlement with Royal Caribbean over cancelled Jazz cruises

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown this week announced that his Consumer Protection Division has entered into a settlement resolving an investigation into Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd., d/b/a Royal Caribbean International, regarding 2021 and 2022 Capital Jazz “SuperCruise” sailings. Tickets for the cruises were sold by a Maryland-based company, Capital Jazz, Inc., but the cruises were cancelled during the […]

Attorney General Brown urges FTC to update children’s online privacy rules

BALTIMORE, MD—A bipartisan coalition of attorneys general, including Maryland’s Anthony G. Brown, sent a letter (PDF) to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging the agency to update and strengthen the rules that technology companies must follow when collecting personal data about children online. The letter argues that the current rules, outlined in the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which […]