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RETAILER SALES AND USE TAX RECORDS

December 5, 2017

Retailers who keep sales and use tax records for more than the minimum number of years required by law must provide those records to the Tax Commissioner, upon request, when the Tax Commissioner is conducting an audit of sales and use tax reporting.


SCAM VICTIMS WHO USED WESTERN UNION WIRE TRANSFERS MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION

December 1, 2017

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced today that North Dakota consumers who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union's wire transfer service may be eligible for compensation from a $586 million fund that will be administered by the US Department of Justice.


PHONY CHARITY PRETENDS TO HELP U.S. SOLDIERS OVERSEAS

November 22, 2017

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued a Cease & Desist order today, banning the fake charity “Nationwide Soldier Support” from doing business in North Dakota.


OUT OF STATE MOVING COMPANY BANNED IN NORTH DAKOTA

November 16, 2017

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued a Cease & Desist order against an out of state moving company operating under several business names, for violations of the state’s consumer fraud laws. 


FRAUDULENT VEHICLE WARRANTY COMPANY BANNED IN NORTH DAKOTA

November 14, 2017

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued a Cease & Desist order against Jason Rhoden of Santa Ana, California, doing business as Vehicle Protection Department, LLC, for violations of the consumer fraud and telephone solicitation laws. 


MORE UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS BANNED

November 3, 2017

The Consumer Protection division has obtained a civil judgment against two unlicensed contractors, Wayde Anderson and Shanda Anderson, doing business as WJA Builders, banning them from doing business in North Dakota. 


UNREASONABLE DELAY IN RESPONDING TO REQUEST

November 3, 2017

Even though the city of Mandan was busy with budget and other deadlines as well as dealing with numerous other record requests from the same requester, it was an unreasonable delay when the city took three weeks to respond that no records existed. 


NO DELAY IN SAME DAY RESPONSE

November 1, 2017

In determining whether a response to a records request is made within a reasonable time, the law looks at when the public entity receives the request, not the date it was mailed. A response made on the same day the request was received by the public entity was not unreasonably delayed. 


NO VIOLATION WHEN NDIC MEMBERS ATTENDED MEETING WITH EPA ADMINISTRATOR PRUITT

October 27, 2017

A discussion of the WOTUS regulation with EPA Administrator Pruitt attended by a quorum of the Industrial Commission was not subject to open meeting requirements because the discussion did not involve the public business of the Industrial Commission. 


NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY

October 27, 2017

Saturday October 28, 2017, is national prescription drug “Take Back Day.” Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem reminds North Dakota residents who want to safely dispose of unused prescription and over the counter medications that they can turn to the state’s free, year-round Take Back program.