Business, Politics

Former FTC Chair Jon Leibowitz to join Maryland Office of Attorney General

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh this week announced that former Federal Trade Commission Chair Jon Leibowitz will join the Office of Attorney General. Leibowitz, a legal expert on privacy, technology, antitrust, and consumer issues will work part-time as Senior Counsel. Leibowitz was sworn in as an FTC Commissioner in 2004, designated to serve as Chairman in 2009, and …


Business, Crime

Attorney General Frosh announces multi-state settlement with Healing Heroes Network

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, along with 10 other state states, on Tuesday announced a settlement with Florida-based veterans’ charity Healing Heroes Network, Inc. and its former directors, Stacey Spiegel, Allan Spiegel, and Neal Spiegel. Also part of the settlement is Hero Giveaways, LLC, a business formed by Stacey Spiegel and Neal Spiegel after Healing Heroes Network, Inc. …


Attorney General Frosh joins multi-state lawsuit seeking to end ‘Facebook’s illegal monopoly’

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday announced that a bipartisan coalition of 48 attorneys general had filed a lawsuit against Facebook Inc., alleging the company illegally stifles competition to protect its monopoly power. The lawsuit alleges that, over the past decade, the social networking giant illegally acquired potential competitors in a predatory manner and cut services to …

Police in Baltimore County warn residents of bail money scam

NOTTINGHAM, MD—”This is an urgent message about your grandchild. I’m their lawyer. They’ve been involved in an accident and arrested for reckless driving. They need $10,000 to pay their bail so that they don’t have to stay in jail for six months.” Legit? No, this is fraud, and police say it’s costing older citizens in Baltimore County thousands of dollars. …

Maryland businesses receiving fake “2020 Certificate of Good Standing Request Form” letter; same scam as in 2019

BALTIMORE, MD—An updated version of a common scam targeting business owners is once again making the rounds. The Office of the Attorney General has received information that businesses in Maryland have been receiving a letter entitled “2020 Certificate of Good Standing Request Form” that requests a fee in exchange for a letter of good standing with an “official seal of …

Authorities warn of fake COVID-19 contact-tracing scams

NOTTINGHAM, MD—As more of the population ventures out, it increases their chances of being exposed to COVID-19. This could lead to a call from a Maryland Department of Health contact tracer who tracks residents’ whereabouts as well as with whom they have been in contact in recent weeks. The Federal Trade Commission, Maryland Department of Health, and Baltimore County Police …

Maryland Secretary of State, Attorney General warn of possible COVID-19 charity scams

ANNAPOLIS, MD—The Federal Trade Commission has reported that scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the coronavirus, including through the sale of counterfeit products and the solicitation of money and personal information. When charities request donations in response to the coronavirus, Marylanders may feel duty-bound to donate in an effort to help their neighbors. Maryland’s Secretary of State John C. …

Attorney General Frosh asks FTC to strengthen online protections for children

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and a bipartisan coalition of 25 state attorneys general this week submitted a comment letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking the agency to strengthen its rules prohibiting websites, mobile apps, and other digital marketing companies from collecting personal information from children under the age of 13 and using that information to …