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General Interest News

A cross section of news releases from all areas of our department that are of interest to a general audience.

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  • Commissioner Rothman to speak, read to students at Shakopee University of Minnesota Extension event recognizing America Saves Week
    February 26, 2013 - Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman will read “Less Than Zero,” by Stuart Murphy to 4-H students in grades K-5 at Shakopee Sweeney Elementary on Wednesday, February 27th from 3:50 to 4:30 PM. He will join the University of Minnesota – Extension to commemorate America Saves, a nationwide partnership dedicated to helping individuals save money, reduce debt, and build wealth.
  • Commerce orders Virginia Surety Company to return over $88,000 to Minnesotans and pay civil penalties
    February 19, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced today that Minnesota consumers may qualify for a refund if they purchased travel insurance from Virginia Surety Company (VSC), or one of its contracted agencies, between January 1, 2007 and October 31, 2012. The announcement came after the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Missouri Department of Insurance issued a joint consent order alleging that VSC routinely required consumers to affirmatively “opt-out” of purchasing premium travel insurance packages, violating numerous state laws and regulations.
  • Commerce Commissioner orders former Safe Money Radio personality to stop selling securities in the State of Minnesota and pay a $300,000 civil penalty
    February 14, 2013 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce took action against Rodd after receiving a complaint in January from a resident of the Redwood Falls area who had not been repaid as promised for his investment. The Commerce Department’s investigation found that four southwestern Minnesota residents who were solicited by Rodd were senior citizens, one of whom had been suffering from dementia at the time of investment; and two investors who claim to have invested their entire retirement savings – one of whom literally invested virtually all the proceeds from the sale of his farm.
  • Spring Break? The Commerce Department urges consumers to beware of “opt-out” travel insurance
    February 12, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Spring Break is fast approaching and countless Minnesotans are searching for a fun and, more importantly, warm destination. These days, all it takes to book your dream Spring Break vacation is a travel website and a few clicks of the mouse. As you shop online, the Minnesota Department of Commerce reminds consumers to watch out for travel companies and websites that don’t fully advertise their travel insurance packages and sometimes sign consumers up for coverage without proper consent.
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce Recognizes Insurance Fraud Awareness Week
    February 11, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN –To raise awareness, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is highlighting Insurance Fraud Awareness Week, February 11-15, 2013. Insurance fraud costs an average family about $950 a year, and insurance companies and consumers across the United States an estimated $80 billion a year, according to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.
  • Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announces changes in leadership team
    February 04, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced a recent change to the Minnesota Department of Commerce leadership team. “I am pleased to announce the promotion of Tim Vande Hey to Deputy Commissioner of the Insurance Division for the Commerce Department,” said Commissioner Mike Rothman. “With his extensive experience in insurance regulation - from mergers and acquisitions, to examinations, liquidations, and rehabilitations – Tim’s leadership at the Commerce Department is an asset to Minnesota consumers and the insurance industry.”
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce alerts consumers – be wary of fake telecom invoices
    January 31, 2013 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently received reports from small business owners in the state who had received suspicious invoices from companies claiming to have provided their telecommunication services.
  • Department of Commerce – Minnesota on track to meet state’s Renewable Energy Standard requirements
    January 29, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – All 16 of the utilities subject to the Minnesota Renewable Energy Standard have demonstrated compliance with the 2011 requirements and are on track to comply with 2012 goals, according to a report released this month by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. The report is entitled Progress on Compliance by Electric Utilities with the Minnesota Renewable Energy Objective and the Renewable Energy Standard and is prepared for the Minnesota Legislature once every two years.
  • Businessman wrecks Lamborghini, city park, faces insurance fraud charge
    January 25, 2013 - David Norman Juntunen, 40, of Minneapolis was arrested Wednesday following a 10-month investigation by the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minneapolis Park Police. Juntunen is the owner of Top Gear Autoworks in Minneapolis, which repairs and stores high-end luxury and sports cars. Pamela Jean Dupont, 41, of Minneapolis was also charged with insurance fraud and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
  • Minnesota solar electric installations achieve strong growth
    January 15, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – New Minnesota solar electric installations in 2012 nearly tripled in capacity compared with 2011, according to figures compiled by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.
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