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AG Frosh joins coalition of attorneys general in urging Facebook to abandon launch of Instagram Kids

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has joined a coalition of 44 attorneys general urging Facebook to abandon its plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13, citing serious concerns about the safety and well-being of children and the harm social media poses to young people. In a letter to Facebook CEO Mark …


Crime

Maryland Attorney General’s Office warns of Publishers Clearing House award letter scam

BALTIMORE, MD—The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is warning Maryland residents of a fraudulent “Publishers Clearing House” (PCH) letter that claims the recipient has won an award of a million dollars, or more, from a random drawing of a serial number called the 2021 Mega Prize Payout. The letter claims that the recipient has been approved for a lump sum …


Attorney General Frosh, Environment Secretary Grumbles announce settlement with Home Free Lead Inspections

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles on Monday announced a settlement with Home Free Lead Inspections, LLC (Home Free) and two of its inspectors, Charles Gillis and David Gillis. The settlement resolves allegations that Home Free and the two inspectors failed to properly perform lead-based paint inspections, issued lead-free inspection certificates for properties …

Attorney General Frosh announces $188.6 million settlement with Boston Scientific Corp. over deceptive marketing practices

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Tuesday announced a multistate settlement with Boston Scientific Corporation to resolve allegations of deceptive marketing of its surgical mesh products for women. The settlement requires Boston Scientific to pay $188.6 million to 47 states and the District of Columbia to resolve allegations that it deceptively marketed transvaginal surgical mesh devices. Maryland’s share …

Attorney General Frosh to host COVID-19 scam virtual forum

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh will host a virtual consumer protection forum with U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen on Friday, March 5th (today). Attorney General Frosh and Senator Van Hollen will discuss common COVID-19 related scams. They will also be answering questions from Marylanders and providing details on ways consumers can identify and protect themselves from scams. The …

Attorney General Frosh urges FCC to increase internet access during COVID-19 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh this week joined 30 attorneys general in urging the Federal Communications Commission to fund internet connectivity and internet-enabled devices to K-12 students attending school remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This month, the FCC asked for comment on petitions urging the commission to temporarily waive some restrictions on its E-Rate program. Specifically, …

Attorney General Frosh calls for cancellation of federal student loan debt

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Friday joined a multistate coalition urging the adoption of U.S. House and Senate resolutions that call for the cancellation of up to $50,000 in federal student debt owed by every federal student loan borrower nationwide. In their letter to Congress, the attorneys general stress the relief needed for borrowers struggling with unmanageable …

Attorney General Frosh joins bipartisan coalition to continue fight against robocalls

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Tuesday joined a bipartisan coalition of 35 attorneys general fighting against robocalls by filing an amicus brief in Lindenbaum v. Realgy. In their brief, the states argue that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s (TCPA) robocall ban was enforceable from 2015 to 2020. “Consumers have had it with irritating and potentially dangerous robocalls,” …