Texas Attorney General John Cornyn filed a lawsuit against Publishers Clearing House for multiple violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The suit alleges that PCH made a variety of misrepresentations in its mail-order solicitations with the intent to deprive money primarily from senior citizen recipients. The suit asks the court to require PCH to discontinue certain marketing practices in Texas and to pay civil penalties to the state of up to $10,000 per violation. PCH also would be required to provide restitution to consumers identified as victims. Texas is the ninth state to sue PCH.
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