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Division of Professional Licensure Fines The Portfolio Center For Alleged Violations of Occupational School Licensing Rules

BOSTON – The Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) announced that it recently entered into a consent agreement with the Portfolio Center of Atlanta, GA, formerly of Waltham, MA, fining the school $10,000 and resolving allegations that school failed to maintain minimum standards relating to its business and ethics practices. More


Consumers Should Use Registered and Licensed Professionals for Spring Repairs

As consumers greet the beautiful spring weather with enthusiasm and begin to plan their home repair and improvement projects, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) reminds homeowners to hire licensed and registered professionals. More


Division of Banks Awards $1.3 Million in Foreclosure Education and Counseling Grants

BOSTON – The Baker Administration’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation’s Division of Banks (Division) has awarded $1.3 million in grants to 11 regional foreclosure prevention centers and 10 individual/first-time homeownership centers across Massachusetts to better educate homebuyers on the benefits of homeownership and the risks of foreclosure. More


Secretary Ash Welcomes New Commissioner at the Division of Insurance

BOSTON – Monday, April 27, 2015 – The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development is pleased to welcome Daniel R. Judson as Commissioner of Insurance, in the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations (OCABR). More


State Consumer Affairs Office Compares Cell Phone Plans, Offers Tips for Purchasing Wireless Service

BOSTON – Today, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation released a survey of the top four nationwide cell phone carriers. The survey looked at various smartphone plans’ prices, the amount of data offered, and cancellation policies. More


Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Saves Massachusetts Consumers and Businesses over $6.3 Million

BOSTON - The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and its agencies today announced they secured over $6.3 million for Massachusetts citizens through fines, settlements, and refunds in calendar year 2014. More
 


Massachusetts Consumer Protection Organizations Announce Top Consumer Issues of 2014

BOSTON - March 19, 2015 - Today Undersecretary John Chapman of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) joined Attorney General Maura Healey, representatives from the Attorney General's Office, the Better Business Bureau, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to announce each agency's "Top 5" consumer issues of 2014 at a press conference in downtown Boston. The event highlighted the Baker-Polito Administration's efforts to coordinate the initiatives of consumer protection organizations to better serve the residents of Massachusetts. More


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