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  • Foreclosure, predatory lending to take center stage at north Minneapolis town hall forum
    August 07, 2012 - Over the last seven years, more than 136,000 Minnesota homes have gone into foreclosure – and Minnesota isn’t out of the woods yet. Last month, one out of every 902 Minnesota households received a notice of foreclosure. North Minneapolis residents, more than others, have felt firsthand the devastating impacts of the nation’s housing crisis.
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce returns to Farmfest
    August 07, 2012 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce returns to Farmfest this year, with more information relevant to rural Minnesota economies than ever before. The Commerce Department booth is located in the Agriculture Building, where Commerce staff will be on hand to answer questions about a variety of topics affecting the lives of farm families and businesses.
  • Commerce Department returns $19 million to Minnesota consumers in 2012
    August 07, 2012 - Sometimes money goes missing due to a change of address or a death in the family. That’s when the Minnesota Department of Commerce steps in to help Minnesotans find and claim what is rightfully theirs. This year alone the Commerce Department reunited 7,200 Minnesotans with $19 million in missing bank accounts, life insurance policies, safe deposit boxes, unclaimed paychecks, and other real property and financial assets – a 13 percent improvement over 2011.
  • Sen. Franken, MN Commerce Commissioner Rothman to Outline Impact of Provision Resulting in Health Insurance Rebates for 123,000 Minnesotans This Year
    August 03, 2012 - U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman will discuss the impact on Minnesota of a provision that Sen. Franken added to the nation's health reform law that has resulted in health insurance rebates for almost 13 million Americans – including 123,000 Minnesotans this year. Franken based his measure on a Minnesota law.
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce Cautions Consumers on Mini-Med Plans
    July 23, 2012 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce is reminding consumers to fully educate themselves before purchasing Limited Medical Benefit Insurance, or Mini-Med Plans. Often these limited benefit plans are bare bones policies that cover specific expenses and have many more limitations than a comprehensive medical plan. Mini-Med plans may seem like a bargain, but may not always be the best or only option.
  • Commerce Department teams up to crack down on unlicensed loan modification companies
    June 15, 2012 - SAINT PAUL, MN – In a coordinated effort with federal law enforcement agencies that executed search warrants at three locations associated with C.C. Brown Law Office in Utah Tuesday, Commissioner Mike Rothman issued a statement of charges against Charles Craig Brown, Chad Gettel, and C.C. Brown Law, LLC for allegedly engaging in unlicensed mortgage modification activities in Minnesota.
  • Minnesota leads the way in $146 million nationwide settlement agreement
    June 12, 2012 - Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that a settlement agreement between the American International Group, Inc. (AIG) and its affiliates with all states and the District of Columbia has become fully effective. Minnesota was one of eight leading states to conduct a Multistate Market Conduct Examination that revealed AIG misrepresented its workers’ compensation insurance premiums to reduce their taxes and assessments, resulting in the $2.1 million settlement for the State of Minnesota.
  • Commerce Department warns utility customers to protect accounts, personal information
    May 24, 2012 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce and Alliant Energy are teaming up to warn consumers about a recent scam targeting utility customers throughout the Midwest. Alliant Energy customers in Wisconsin and Iowa have received calls from individuals impersonating Alliant representatives. The callers then claim a customer’s account is delinquent and demand immediate, full payment to avoid immediate disconnection.
  • Second Annual Financial Literacy Roundtable to be held Monday
    April 27, 2012 - On the final day of Financial Literacy Month, more than 140 stakeholders from state and local government, community organizations, non-profits, financial institutions, and foundations will gather at Neighborhood House in St. Paul for Minnesota’s Second Annual Financial Literacy Roundtable. Hosted by the Minnesota Interagency Work Group on Financial Literacy, Monday’s Roundtable is the culmination of a month-long effort that has included nearly 40 consumer outreach events statewide involving ten state agencies.
  • Commissioner Rothman to train doctors Friday how to spot elder fraud, financial abuse
    April 26, 2012 - As Financial Literacy Month continues, Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, the University of Minnesota’s Dr. Ed Ratner, and Janet Golden from the Tubman Senior Rights Alliance are teaming up Friday to teach Twin Cities doctors how to spot fraud and financial abuse in their elderly patients.
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