Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
American Express Publishing Corp.
Current Parent Company: 
American Express
Penalty: 
$600,000
Year: 
2011
Date: 
May 20, 2011
Offense Group: 
consumer-protection-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
consumer protection violation
Secondary Offense: 
false advertising
Violation Description: 

A publishing arm of credit card issuer American Express Corp. agreed to pay $600,000 in penalties to settle a false advertising case brought by District Attorneys in Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Solano and Santa Cruz counties.

Level of Government: 
local
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
California Multi-Jurisdiction Case
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Private Lawsuit Resolution Type: 
settlement
Facility State: 
California
Facility County: 
multi-county
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
New York
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
financial services
Specific Industry of Parent: 
financial services
Source of Data: 

American Express to settle with Bay Area counties over alleged false advertising, San Jose Mercury News, May 20, 2011 (via Nexis).

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Parent company note: 
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