Are You a Customer with T-Mobile? You May Be Entitled to a Discount, Washington State Attorney General’s Office says

Attorney General’s Office investigation leads to $90 million “cramming” payout from T-Mobile

More than 230,000 Washington customers may be entitled to restitution for unauthorized charges “crammed” onto bills

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a $90 million nationwide agreement with T-Mobile, resolving allegations the company placed unauthorized third-party service charges on subscribers’ telephone bills.

Consumer victims of this practice, called “cramming,” are socked with charges, typically $9.99 per month, for “premium” text message services (PSMS) — such as horoscopes, trivia, and sports scores — that they have never requested or even heard of.

“I will not tolerate deceptive billing practices,” Ferguson said. “My office will hold any company accountable that tries to hide unauthorized charges in the fine print of a consumer’s bill.”

Under the agreement, T-Mobile will pay at least $67.5 million in restitution to consumers around the country in the form of refunds or debt forgiveness. Consumers must contact T-Mobile to request a refund at

According to T-Mobile’s records, an estimated 230,754 Washington customers may be eligible for restitution.

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division worked with the attorneys general of all 49 other states and the District of Columbia as well as the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to bring about today’s resolution.

T-Mobile is the second mobile telephone provider to enter into a nationwide settlement which Washington has helped to lead to resolve allegations regarding cramming. Attorney General Ferguson announced a similar, $105 million settlement with AT&T in October of this year. T-Mobile and AT&T were among the four major mobile carriers — in addition to Verizon and Sprint — that announced they would stop billing customers for commercial PSMS charges in the fall of 2013.

The agreement requires T-Mobile to stay out of the PSMS business, which law enforcement agencies believe represents the lion’s share of the cramming problem.

The company must also take steps to ensure it’s only billing customers for charges that have been authorized. These steps include:

  • Obtaining customers’ express consent before billing for third-party charges, and ensuring consumers are only charged for services if they are informed of all material terms and conditions of their payment;
  • Providing a full refund or credit to any customer billed for unauthorized third-party charges in  the future;
  • Informing new customers that they can either block third-party charges or choose to use their mobile phone to pay third-party charges;
  • Presenting third-party charges in a dedicated section of consumers’ mobile phone bills, which clearly distinguishes them from T-Mobile’s charges and contains information about how to block third-party charges.

In addition to restitution, T-Mobile will pay $18 million to go to cost recovery for the 50 states and the District of Columbia, whose attorneys general participated in the agreement. Washington’s share of that money is $726,583.07.

The FCC will receive $4.5 million.


Beginning today, eligible current or former T-Mobile customers should submit claims to the T-Mobile cramming refund program by visiting

On that website, consumers can submit a claim, find information about refund eligibility and how to obtain a refund, and can request a free account summary that details PSMS purchases on their accounts.

Consumers who have questions about the program can visit the program website or call the Refund Administrator at (855) 382-6403.

Source: WA AG’s Office

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FDA FOOD RECALL NOTIFICATION: Cheese by Flat Creek Farm & Dairy due to Possible Salmonella Contamination


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 11, 2014 – Swainsboro, GA – Flat Creek Farm & Dairy of Swainsboro, GA has recalled 3 lots of cheese with lot codes 140802XAZ (Aztec Cheddar), 140702XAZ (Low Country Gouda voluntary recall) and 140725XGO (Aztec Cheddar voluntary recall) because of potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications can include severe arthritis. The lot codes can be found on the front of the packages.

As of November 25, 2014 at 11:00am, according to Flat Creek records, all of the purchasers have been notified and all but 1.5 pounds of the cheese has been recovered. Two of the batches of raw milk cheese (lot codes 140702XAZ and 140725XGO) have been tested by an independent lab. The results were negative for contamination, but they are being voluntarily recalled and destroyed by Flat Creek.

Aztec Cheddar and Low Country Gouda was distributed in certain parts of Georgia via Flat Creek delivery and (1) online order (, which have all been notified. The product is packed in clear plastic and ranges in sizes from ½ pound to whole wheels. The results were negative for contamination, but they are beingvoluntarily recalled and destroyed by Flat Creek.

All of the raw milk cheese has been destroyed. Flat Creek Dairy is no longer producing raw milk cheese and has begun gently pasteurizing its artisanal cheeses.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program conducted by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, which revealed that the finished products were contaminated. The company has identified the source of the problem and has eliminated it from future batches.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers that have purchased this product are asked to return the product to the place of purchase. They may also call Flat Creek Dairy & Farm at 478-237-0123, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST for more information.

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FDA FOOD RECALL NOTIFICATION: Apple Pistachio Salad by Giant Eagle due to Possible Listeria monoctyogenes Contamination


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 11, 2014 – PITTSBURGH – Giant Eagle has issued a recall of Giant Eagle Apple Pistachio Salad and Apple Pistachio Salad with Chicken because the salads may contain fresh cut Gala red apples currently recalled by Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. To date, Giant Eagle has received no reports of customer illnesses associated with this recall.

The affected Del Monte fresh cut Gala red apples were distributed to retailers in multiple states in the northeast U.S. and is being recalled because these apples have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.


The recall is being implemented because samples of red apple slices produced by Del Monte and collected by the Division of Food Safety of the Ohio Department of Agriculture tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The FDA was notified on December 9. Del Monte previously distributed a press release regarding the recall of pre-cut Gala red apples and named Giant Eagle as one of the recipients of the affected product under the Giant Eagle label. The salad items may have been sold in Pennsylvania and Ohio Giant Eagle locations from November 29 through December 9 with sell-by dates of December 1 through December 11. Labels attached to the product packaging bear the names “Apple Pistachio Salad” and “Apple Pistachio Salad With Chicken”. Sell-by dates December 1 through December 11 can be found directly underneath the product names.

Upon notification from Del Monte, Giant Eagle immediately removed all potentially affected product from the prepared foods areas, and also implemented a register block to ensure that the product was not inadvertently purchased. Additionally, the company has made outreach to customers who had purchased the potentially affected product and have updated telephone contact information in the Giant Eagle Advantage Card loyalty program.

Customers who have purchased the affected product should dispose of it or return it to their local Giant Eagle store where they will receive a refund. Consumers may call Del Monte at 1-800-659-6500 (operating 24 hours a day).

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FOOD RECALL: Cut Red Apples Recalled due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — December 10, 2014 — CORAL GABLES, Fla — Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte Fresh”) announced today the voluntary recall of fresh cut fruit containing Gala red apples grown in Pennsylvania. The affected product was distributed to a limited number of customers in a few States in North East US and is being recalled because these apples have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes , an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.


Listeriosis symptoms may include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by 2diarrhea and other gastrointestinal distress, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among women who are pregnant.

A total of 3,051 consumer packages containing fresh cut red apples were distributed to Giant Eagle, Amazon Fresh, Sunoco, Peter’s Fruit, Wegmans, Sheetz and 7-Eleven and have “Best If Enjoyed By” dates of 12/3/14, 12/6/14, 12/7/14 and 12/8/14. The fresh cut red apples have a red color skin. The recalled fresh cut fruit packages containing red apples were distributed for sale in clear plastic containers with one of the following labels and markings:



Consumers who believe that they are in possession of the fresh cut fruit containing the affected red apples should dispose of the product in an appropriate waste container. For any inquiries consumers may call 1-800-659-6500 (operating 24 hours a day) or email Del Monte Fresh at

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Canterbury’s Rural Fire Challenge

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In October I went along to watch Canterbury’s rural firefighters testing their skills and strengths in the Rural Firefighter Challenge, set against the stunning Castle Hill basin. Organisers of the Rural Firefighter Challenge Fifteen, seven-strong, firefighting…

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Article: Volunteer firefighter shortage a threat to communities

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Last October, when Smith Valley Fire Chief D.C. Haas told NBC Montana reporters his department was short on volunteers, he pointed to the tip of an iceberg that’s threatening the welfare and safety of many Montana communities. Montana’s volunteer fire departments are falling far short on manpower.

Last year, Montana State University’s Fire Services Training School trained 6,000 firefighters. That’s more than half the estimated 11,000 members serving Montana. The effort fell far short of what fire chiefs tell NBC Montana is necessary to fill their crew list.

The problem isn’t a lack of trainers. Quite simply, the problem is a lack of volunteers.

Haas says Smith Valley has eight volunteers, but he could use 20.

East of Missoula, the Clinton volunteers are dispatched from a brand new well equipped station on a frontage road along I-90. The community pays Chief Bill Tucker for…

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Our Posts and Articles Attract Readers from all over the World!

We are really appreciative of those who read our blog posts, articles and happenings here in the Northwest.  As of 2200 hours this evening, here are the countries that have visited us.

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#CA Career Opportunities: Fire and Law Enforcement – December 6, 2014 [Saturday]



Fire Battalion ChiefCity of Visa FD.  Pay $101k-$122k/year. Closes 12/23/14 Tuesday.

Fire Captain. CAL Fire. $3648-$5081/mo.

Firefighter.  Rural / Metro. Lafayette.

Firefighter / Paramedic. US Marine Corps. Twentynine Palms. Closes 12/8/14 Monday. $43,640-$69,391/year.

Firefighter I / Paramedic.  City of Sanger FD.

Forestry Aid.  CAL Fire. No closing date posted. $2683-$3231/mo.

Hotshot Wildland Firefighter [Range/Forestry Technician].  National Park Service. Three Rivers. Closes 3/15/15.

Wildland Firefighter (Range/Forestry Aid/Technician). US Fish & Wildlife Service. Jamul, Los Banos, Tulelake, Willows, CA. Las Vegas, NV. Closes 3/15/15. Pay $11.06-$17.26/hr.

Wildland Firefighter Lead.  National Park Park Service.  Multiple locations. Closes 3/31/15. $16.89-$20.00/hr.

Wildland Firefighter – Supervisory. Bureau of Land Management. Closes 3/31/15. $18.77/hour.

Wildland Firefighter (Range/Forestry Technician) – Lead. Bureau of Land Management. Multiple Locations. $16.89/hr. Closes 3/31/15.


Helicopter Pilot.  Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.  $45.50-$63.79/hr.

Public Safety Officer – In Training. City of Sunnyvale. No closing date. $43.04-$49.82/hr Public Safety Officer.  City of Rohnert PD. Closes 1/5/15. Pay $4943-$6609/mo.

Police Recruit (Entry-Level). City of Chula Vista PD. Closes 1/16/15. $4,297.23 – $4,512.10 Monthly.

Police Officer RecruitCity of Carlsbad PD. Closes 12/18/14.  $56351-$68495/yr.

Police Officer – Recruit.  City of Fresno PD. Closes 12/15/14.

Police Officer – Recruit.  Sacramento PD. Closes 12/26/14. $43,740-$50,640/yr.

Police Officer – Recruit. City of Burbank PD.  $4945/mo.

Recruit Police Officer.  City of Santa Clara. $37.32-$47.57/hr. No $4,391 – $4,611 a monthclosing date.

Police Offier Recruit – Lateral. City of Clovis $4953-6636/year.

Police Officer Recruit – Police Officer.  City of Costa Mesa. P/T $26.56/hr. F/T $6402-8579/mo.

Police Officer Recruit. City of San Diego.  $4039/mo.

Police Officer Recruit. City of Santa Ana. $4978-$6050/mo

Police Officer – Recruit. City of Stockton. $4275/mo.

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Enchiladas Recall Nationwide

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Overhill Farms, Inc. of Vernon, California is recalling the frozen Open Nature Chile Cheese Enchiladas due to potential Salmonella contamination.

The product is sold nationwide at all Safeway-owned stores, including Safeway, Carrs, Genuardi’s, Pak ‘N Save, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, and Vons.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall.

Open Nature Chile Cheese Enchiladas are a frozen prepared dinner packaged in a box with a net weight of 9 oz and marked with UPC 0-7989310436-9. The product was sold at stores from Oct 9, 2014, through December 1, 2014.

Packages with the following lot code and “Best Before” dates are subject to the recall:

Lot Number Best By Date
141006 AUG-06-15

The lot number and best by date can be found on the side panel of the box.

Consumers should discard the recalled Open Nature Chile Cheese Enchiladas or return it to the store for a full…

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