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

Munsters joins Edmond de Rothschild as asset management head

first_img“He has successfully run and grown large-size asset managers, empowering professionals in varying countries and with diverse backgrounds, with a strong focus on clients and portfolio performance.”She also thanked Tignard for his work since joining the company from HSBC Global Asset Management in France three years ago.On his appointment, Munsters said: “It is an honour to have the opportunity to take part in the group’s European and international development and to support the further growth of its reputation.”Prior to leaving Robeco last year, where he spent six years as chief executive, Munsters was CIO at APG.He joined the largest Dutch pension manager in 2005 from PGGM, where he spent seven years as a member of the executive investment committee. Roderick Munsters has joined Edmond de Rothschild Group, being named chief executive of the asset management business.Munsters, who most recently was chief executive at Robeco, replaces Laurent Tignard at the Swiss asset manager, effective immediately.Ariane de Rothschild, chair of Edmond de Rothschild’s executive committee, said she was “very pleased” to welcome Munsters to the CHF85bn (€78bn) asset manager.“He will bring a wealth of experience, strong knowledge of international financial markets, entrepreneurial spirit and recognised ability to generate long-term performance,” she said.last_img read more

More EV-D68 Cases Confirmed In Indiana

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – State health officials are confirming 19 new cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a respiratory illness that was first confirmed in Indiana three weeks ago. The Indiana State Department of Health is working with local health departments and hospitals to conduct surveillance for additional cases of EV-D68 in the state.Surveillance of hospital emergency department chief complaints indicates that statewide respiratory activity has returned within normal limits.“The best way to prevent the spread of EV-D68 is through washing your hands with soap and water frequently, covering your cough and staying home when you’re sick,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. “This virus can be quite serious and potentially even fatal. These measures are currently our best defense.”Typically, EV-D68 causes upper respiratory illness, such as low-grade fever, cough, runny nose, sneezing and body/muscle aches. Infected individuals generally recover on their own without incident by treating symptoms.However, some individuals, especially infants, children and those with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, may experience severe complications and require hospitalization. There is no vaccine or treatment for EV-D68, but hospitals can provide supportive therapy.Enteroviruses are very common, with more than 100 strains and between 10 and 15 million cases in the United States each year, usually during the summer and fall.EV-D68 is spread through close contact with infected people. State health officials recommend the following tips to protect you and your family:Clean: Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds. *Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is not effective in preventing the spread of EV-D68.Cover: Cover your cough with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.Contain: Prevent spreading illness to others by staying home if you are sick.Avoid close contact and sharing cups or eating utensils with those who are ill.Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.last_img read more

Recognizing Potential Stardom

first_imgAs a coach, there is something that you see in an athlete that leads you to believe you are coaching something special.  I’m sure that in the early stages of Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky a coach knew that he/she was about to witness the start of a great athletic career.  It was at East Central in their Invitational that Chris Giesting showed that potential.  Taking the baton on a final leg of a 4 x 400m relay he was 50 yards behind the leading team.  Before his lap was finished, he not only caught this runner but passed him.  This was the first time he broke the 50 sec. barrier in the 400m.  Standing on the sideline I knew he was something special.  This year he just missed making our Olympic team.Katie Ledecky is just in the early stages of her career, but she already is 5 for 5 with gold medal swims. She is amazing in the fact that she can swim the freestyle from the 200m to 1500m.  The only time anyone is close to her is the 200m swims.  Otherwise, she not only wins but she annihilates them!  Will she stay around long enough to challenge the incredible feat of Michael Phelps?Michael Phelps, at the age of 31, says this was his last competitive swim.  No one in the world can challenge what he has done in the pool.  His 23 gold medals which is 14 more than his nearest competitor.  If you think this has been easy, just read his autobiography.  Even when you are that good, not everything comes easy.  Goodbye, Michael!last_img read more