DISH 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.
Brookville, In. — A Sunman woman has been convicted in a methamphetamine dealing case that resulted in the death of a customer.Court documents indicate Felicia Craig, 25, traveled to Sunman in order to purchase methamphetamine from Lolla Sells in August of 2014 for her boyfriend, Adam Wagner, of Rushville. While traveling home she was pulled over by a Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy for a lane violation. During the stop, it is believed Craig swallowed seven grams of methamphetamine. She was issued a warning at 12:50 a.m. August 26, 2014 for driving in the left lane.After the stop, Craig called Wagner and explained what had happened. Wagner, who testified under immunity, said he did not call police because he was scared. Craig’s body was found at the New Point Truck Stop in the early morning hours of August 26, 2014.Sells is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday, October 10 for dealing in methamphetamine over five grams and conspiracy to deal in more than five grams of methamphetamine.
FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Lexie Ducat is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.The senior forward led the Wildcats (5-1) to a 1-1 record on the road last week, averaging 18 points and six rebounds to go along with a pair of steals. The Brock, Texas, product shot 7-for-11 from the field against Oklahoma and was just two rebounds shy of a double-double performance against the Sooners.Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Lexie Ducat, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Forward – Brock, TexasDucat averaged 18 points and six rebounds per game last week, pacing the Abilene Christian offense with a 65.2-percent shooting average. She opened the week with 20 points and eight rebounds against Oklahoma to mark the Wildcats’ highest individual scoring performance against a power-five school since the 2017 season. Ducat then followed up with 16 points over Portland to secure 76-69 road win for the Wildcats. Ducat is shooting 69.2 percent from the field this season, ranking seventh nationally for field goal percentage.Honorable Mention: Jadyn Pimentel, Lamar; Rayah Haynes, McNeese; Celica Sterling, Southeastern Louisiana; Aiyana Johnson, Stephen F. Austin; Alexes Bryant, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.