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News from DCA - Current Press Releases

Wednesday, December 14, 2005
T-Mobile Pays $135,000 to Settle City’s Lawsuit for Deceptive Ads
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Acting Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced T-Mobile USA, Inc. paid the City $135,000 and agreed to fully comply with the City's Consumer Protection Law.




Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Three Retailers Pay $95,000 to City For Refusing Customer Returns Without Disclosing Policies.
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Acting Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced three retailers – Express LLC (Limited Brands Inc.), Staples Inc., and The Sports Authority – paid the City a total of $95,000 ($50,000, $35,000, and $10,000 respectively) to settle charges the companies refused customer returns without disclosing conditions of their return policies.




Monday, November 21, 2005
Consumer Affairs Reminds Shoppers to Beware of Hidden Gift Card Fees, Return Policy Traps, Sale Offers & More
It's that time of year again... and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) wants consumers to be careful, know their rights, and shop wisely! As we approach the busiest shopping week of the year, DCA Acting Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today released a list of holiday shopping tips to help visitors and residents taking advantage of everything the Big Apple has to offer.




Tuesday, November 15, 2005
City and State Officials Launch Expanded 'Bank On New York' Campaign
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) and the New York State Banking Department today announced the launch of an expanded BANK ON NEW YORK campaign to encourage New Yorkers to open basic bank accounts.




Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Owners of Damaged Cars in Parking Garage Fire Urged to Contact DCA
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is urging consumers who had their cars destroyed or damaged by the fire at the parking facility located at 422 W. 15th Street to contact the DCA by calling 311. The location is a licensed parking garage (Chelsea Park 15 West LLC).




Thursday, October 27, 2005
DCA Shelves Furniture Store Rip-Offs: Cites Stores for Refusing Returns, Deceptive Promotions, Defective Merchandise and Non-Existent Deliveries
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Acting Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced an agency sweep citing four furniture retailers — Sleepy's, Jennifer Convertibles, Calidad, and Viva Casa — for deceptive practices seeking more than $185,000 in total fines and consumer restitution.




Wednesday, October 26, 2005
DCA CITES STORES FOR SELLING ILLEGAL FAKE GUNS AND URGES PARENTS TO BE VIGILANT THIS HALLOWEEN
Dark-colored fake guns are dangerous and illegal to sell. That's the message New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Acting Commissioner Jonathan Mintz sent today when announcing the agency cited a dozen stores over the past two months for illegal sales.




Tuesday, October 18, 2005
DCA Inspecting Heating Oil Delivery Trucks and Offers Fuel Purchasing Tips to Homeowners
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) today reminded New York homeowners to prepare for the expected high-price of heating oil by making careful purchasing decisions and to take the necessary steps to ensure they don’t get shortchanged.




Thursday, September 29, 2005
Tougher Towing Rules Proposed to Protect Drivers
New Yorkers with cars towed from private lots will have greater protection under a rule proposed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA).




Thursday, September 1, 2005
DCA Puts the Freeze on Misleading Calorie Claims: Announces Agreement with Tasti D-Lite
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Acting Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced an agreement with A Matter of Taste, Inc.- trademark owner and wholesale supplier of the frozen dessert Tasti D-Lite – that settles the agency’s investigation into misleading calorie and cholesterol claims when advertising the company’s popular frozen treats.



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