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AG Swanson Sues Debt Collector Over Bank-Fee Pursuit

A debt collector associated with two big banks is being sued by Minnesota’s attorney general over steep interest rates charged to people with overdrawn checking accounts. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson alleged Wednesday that Minneapolis-based Bradstreet and Associates broke state law by charging up to 21.75 percent in interest on the bank debt.

01/08/2014

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Minn. AG, Milwaukee For-Profit School Settle

Minnesota’s attorney general has reached a settlement with a Milwaukee for-profit college that requires the institution to notify prospective students about the accreditation of certain programs and offer refunds to students who may not have had full information about what they needed for career certification.

11/27/2013

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40 AGs Urge Regulation Of e-Cigarettes, Including MN’s

Forty attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday urging the agency to meet its own deadline and regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way it regulates tobacco products.

09/24/2013

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Minn. AG Sues Calif. Lending Firm Over Rate ‘Ruse’

A California-based Internet lender faces court action in Minnesota over short-term loan rates and alleged efforts to use tribal sovereign immunity to skirt state laws. A lawyer for the company said that the lawsuit contains inaccuracies.

07/12/2013

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Court Orders Multi-Million Judgment Against Internet Lender

For struggling families living paycheck to paycheck, internet deals offering a short-term payday loan can appear appealing. But for many customers, what was intended to help them out when they are short of cash, can quickly grow into long-term headaches.

06/03/2013

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Attorney General Will Probe Fairview Acquisition

Attorney General Lori Swanson says she is investigating the potential takeover of Fairview Health Services by a South Dakota-based company.

03/26/2013

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Swanson Seeks To Limit Interim Utility Rate Hikes

Minnesota’s attorney general is renewing a call for legislation to block utility companies from temporarily hiking their rates while they wait for state approval of permanent rate increases.

12/31/2012

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Minn. Settles Lawsuit With Debt Collection Company

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced a $500,000 settlement has been made in the wake of a lawsuit against Midland Funding.

12/12/2012

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AG Swanson: Accretive Health Will Cease Operations

Accretive Health, Inc. will cease all operations in the state of Minnesota, as announced by Attorney General Lori Swanson on Monday.

07/30/2012

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MN AG Expands Lawsuit Against Hospital Debt Firm

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has added new material to her lawsuit against a Chicago firm that helped some Minnesota hospitals collect debt from patients.

06/19/2012

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Chicago Mayor Contacts MN AG On Accretive Health Lawsuit

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to influence Minnesota’s investigation of Accretive Health.

05/08/2012

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Accretive Health Asks Judge To Toss MN AG’s Lawsuit

Accretive Health Inc. has filed a motion to dismiss the Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson’s lawsuit, saying Swanson’s accusations that the company broke patient privacy laws are “factually baseless and legally indefensible.”

04/30/2012

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MN’s AG Releases Scathing Report On Accretive Health Inc.

After a six month investigation, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson released a six-volume report Tuesday, saying Accretive Health, a Chicago-based medical debt collection company contracted by Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services, aggressively collected debt from patients and misused private patient information.

04/24/2012

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Lawsuit: Accretive Health Inc. Broke Patient Privacy Laws

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing Accretive Health Incorporation, a debt collection agency. It stems from an incident last year when someone stole a laptop with medical information for more than 23,000 North Memorial and Fairview patients.

01/19/2012

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AG Swanson Urges Tougher Anti-Bullying Law

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says the state needs to “create a strong tone and school culture” against bullying with more investigation, reporting and discipline around cases.

11/23/2011

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