BPI filed a defamation lawsuit Thursday, Sept, 13, against ABC News for what it alleges was misleading reporting about a product that critics have dubbed "pink slime. AP — Beef Products Inc.
Hoffman and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs have filed suit against two former Bloomfield-based travel companies and the brothers who owned and operated them.
It was only after the customers arrived at hotels in Rome that they learned the defendants had failed to pay for the lodging and other accommodations for which they had pre-paid hundreds or thousands of dollars.
The customers then found that the travel insurance they had paid for would not cover the losses. As a result, those stranded customers had to choose whether to pay out-of-pocket for hotels — or book immediate flights back home.
The State will use its full authority in an effort to recover the money they lost. Paris, 59, of Greenwich, Connecticut, and Thomas H. Paris, 61, of New York City, are the sole owners and operators of both travel companies. Club ABC Tours was a members-only travel club that sold all-inclusive travel packages including airfare, hotel accommodations, dining and sightseeing tours, and cruises.
ABC Destinations LLC offered similar packages to groups such as chambers of commerce, educational institutions, and churches in New Jersey and elsewhere.
The State alleges that, for years, the Paris brothers allegedly kept the businesses functioning by accepting payment for travel packages that were to occur in the future, but applying those payments to travel packages that had previously been booked, or had already taken place.
As the companies grew further in debt, this business model inevitably failed. The State asks the Court to order disgorgement of all funds and property acquired through violation of the law, refund of any monies paid for memberships effective after the companies closed on October 1,consumer restitution, and civil penalties, among other relief.
Each deceptive practice or advertisement is considered a separate violation of the Consumer Fraud Act. They left some customers literally stranded overseas, without the amenities for which they had paid thousands of dollars. This is unconscionable, and we are seeking to hold them accountable.
An extensive investigation by the Division of Consumer Affairs revealed that both companies were insolvent, with debts far in excess of their assets and increasing each year, for a significant amount of time before they closed.
On October 1,the defendants forwarded a brief message to consumers stating that Club ABC Tours had ceased operations.
The message made no mention about the possibility of obtaining refunds.
To date, the defendants have not provided refunds to any consumers who paid by check. Any consumers who have not yet contacted the Division are urged to do so by calling toll-free within New Jersey oror by visiting www.
Deputy Attorney General Lorraine K.
Follow the Division of Consumer Affairs on Facebookand check our online calendar of upcoming Consumer Outreach events.The lawsuit says the plan to kill off characters was hatched even before ABC approached Prospect Park to "borrow" characters.
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Food Lion sued ABC in July in federal court in Greensboro, N.C., alleging fraud, breach of the duty of loyalty, trespass and unfair trade practices under North Carolina law.
The chain argued that ABC used illegal newsgathering methods to obtain the information for the report. Two women have filed lawsuits against Ulta, one of the largest beauty retailers in the United States, claiming that the company repackages and resells beauty products after they have been opened.
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