Dish Network to pay $125,000 for sending misleading letters to customers

first_imgDISH Network, LLC will pay the State of Vermont $125,000 to resolve the Attorney General’s claims that it violated Vermont’s Consumer Fraud Act in mailings to consumers last summer. ‘Words like ‘urgent‟ ‘immediately‟ ‘necessary‟ and ‘free’ have significant meanings,’ said Attorney General William H Sorrell. ‘Using such language to trigger unnecessary action by Vermont consumers won’t be tolerated.’In July 2010, DISH sent 310 letters to Vermont consumers. The letter included headings stating: ‘URGENT ACTION REQUIRED’ and ‘PLEASE READ IMMEDIATELY TO AVOID SERVICE INTERRUPTION OF YOUR HIGH DEFINITION PROGRAMMING.’ The letter further claimed that replacement of consumer equipment was ‘necessary’ and ‘free.’In the settlement agreement, DISH admitted that no immediate equipment upgrade was necessary. Additionally, some consumers who responded to the mailing were required to enter into a 24-month contract with DISH before they received the upgrade. In the complaint, the Attorney General alleged that this conduct violated the Vermont Consumer Fraud Act’s prohibition on unfair and deceptive acts in commerce.DISH later informed customers who entered into the 24-month contract that they did not need to do so and has neither enforced any contract commitment nor charged customers to receive the upgrade.Attorney General Sorrell noted his appreciation for a recipient of the letter who brought it to the attention of the Consumer Assistance Program.‘Alert Vermonters help us identify potential consumer protection problems early on,’ said Attorney General Sorrell. ‘This case should remind us all to pay attention to claims made in mailings and advertisements of all types – what is promised is not always what is sold.’This settlement is the second in just over two years between the State and DISH. In July 2009, as part of a $5.9 million settlement with 45 states, Vermont also received $125,000 from DISH. That settlement required DISH to make customer refunds and changes in its business practices.last_img read more

Ohio State’s Chase Young suspension could reach four games, per report

first_imgThe Buckeyes could be without Chase Young for up to four games, according to a new report.On Friday, news broke that the star Buckeyes defensive lineman had been ruled ineligible by the NCAA for Saturday’s game vs. Maryland, stemming from a loan he received prior to last season. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit reported on Saturday that Young could be away from the Buckeyes for up to four games, but an appeal could knock it down. Again from @CollegeGameDay this am Chase Young suspended 4 games based on the AMOUNT that was provided. It is slotted to 4 games. $ was paid back.VERY IMPORTANT.OSU will gather intel/appeal and expect to hear back from NCAA next week. My guess 2 games after appeal.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 9, 2019MORE: How Young suspension affects Big Ten, Heisman racesYoung, widely considered a top NFL-draft prospect, accepted an improper loan from a family friend, which was used to fly his girlfriend out to the Buckeyes’ 2019 Rose Bowl Game vs. Washington. The money which was used had been paid back, according to— CY2 (@youngchase907) November 8, 2019Ohio State’s next four opponents are all Big Ten rivals: Maryland, Rutgers, No. 5 Penn State and No. 14 Michigan.last_img read more

Rockets owner jokes about general manager Daryl Morey’s China tweet to Donald Trump

first_img“You know, it’s funny you brought up about China,” Fertitta told the room. “I should have realized it was gonna be a bad year for China when my general manager tweeted out ‘Freedom for Hong Kong.'”Said Trump in response: “You kept that quiet, right? You kept that quiet.”The interaction between Tilman Fertitta and President Donald Trump about #Rockets GM Daryl MoreyFertitta: “You know, it’s funny you brought up about China. I should have realized it was gonna be a bad year for China when my general manager tweeted out “Freedom for Hong Kong.”— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) May 18, 2020MORE: A two-decade love letter to Reds baseball Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, who amassed his wealth as a restaurant business executive, brought up general manager Daryl Morey’s social media post about Hong Kong in a meeting with President Donald Trump, senior advisor Jared Kuschner and industry leaders on Monday.The gathering was meant to discuss economic reopening strategies for the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic. Fertitta remarked about his GM as an aside after someone else mentioned China. Fertitta was referencing Morey’s Oct. 4 tweet in which the GM offered support to Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China battling for its independence from mainland influence. Because the NBA — and the Rockets in particular — have strong financial ties to China, the league struggled to balance its social justice views with its economic wishes, ultimately undercutting Morey’s since-deleted social media post.Morey remained employed by the Rockets following the incident. He has been at the helm since the 2007-08 campaign, overseeing nine playoff berths. He built the foundation of the current Rockets team by trading for James Harden in a blockbuster deal with the Thunder and more recently acquiring Russell Westbrook.Trump went on to ask Fertitta whether Morey was fired for his comments on China. Fertitta explained Morey was still employed and joked the questions regarding his GM were “a trick.”last_img read more

96-year-old most senior at city’s Senior Games

first_imgBURBANK – When Florence Munson sits down to play bridge this week at the 12th annual Burbank Senior Games, she’ll bring with her more life – and possibly bridge – experience than any of her 27 competitors. At 96, Munson is the oldest of the 300 participants in this year’s event, and she’s been playing bridge since before the stock market crashed in 1929. “To play with her is a challenge. She knows exactly what she’s doing,” said Ruth Grayne, 79, a former bookkeeper from North Hollywood and one of the three organizers of the bridge event. “She’s a gambler. She knows how to play the game.” But Munson is humble and deflects the limelight. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“We’re playing for pure fun,” said Munson, who’s learned how to hold firm to her 13-card hand while being careful not to inflame her arthritic fingers. “I love it. I get out. I love people who play bridge.” The games, which include bowling, cribbage, a fun walk, golf, horseshoes, pool and softball, begin Monday and end Saturday. Munson became the oldest contestant – who actually put an age down on the entry form – after 101-year-old Theodore Muller, a longtime bowler, had to back out. “I broke my hip,” said Muller, a retired gardener, from his Sun Valley home, where he was recovering with the aid of a caretaker. “Maybe I can start up again in September. You have to get your balance.” He wished Munson luck. “That’s pretty nice,” he said when told she was the oldest member of the senior games this year. “Keeps her mind going. You’re lucky if you get that old.” The senior games have been held for the past 15 years, and organizer Gayle Migden is impressed by the large number of seniors, some in their 80s and 90s and all over 55, who participate. She’s especially pleased to see Munson in top form. “It’s remarkable,” Migden said. “She’s a wonderful, nice, nice lady.” Munson is a Long Beach native whose mother was a homemaker and whose father worked in the Navy shipyards in Wilmington during World War I. During the early 1920s, her family moved to the Crescenta Valley. She was in the first class of students at what was then known as Glendale Junior College before going on to the University of California, Los Angeles, then dropping out in her senior year and getting married. Early on, she had dreams of becoming a chemist. She was good at math and science. She was married once, for 20 years, before getting divorced. She bore two sons, one who died in the 1970s and one who is a businessman in Massachusetts. Munson, a retired Burbank school day-care instructor, has had a passion for cards since she first saw a pick-up game during her stint at Glendale Junior College in 1927. Over the years, she developed a keen sense of strategy and a great poker face, relying on her sharp wit and memory to defeat her competitors. As for the Senior Games, she said she hopes for the best. “I’ve always enjoyed cards,” she said. “It’s luck, luck. Luck and skill.” (818) 546-3306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more