From the Georgia Attorney General's Office
2005 Accomplishments - Enforcement
A few highlights of our achievements for consumers in 2005 in the civil arena are:
Price Gouging During a Declared State of Emergency
Sixty-five (65) cases involving allegations of price gouging during a state of emergency were resolved in 2005. Three Executive Orders were issued in 2004 in anticipation of existing or approaching hurricanes. The three resolved cases involved hotels or online reservation services which charged increased room rates during the state of emergency, in violation of Georgia law, to consumers fleeing the storms. Sixty-two (62) cases involved gasoline prices following the August 31, 2005, Executive Order Governor Perdue issued to control spiraling motor fuel costs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Each matter was resolved on a case-by-case basis, and the settlements included consumer restitution and/or civil penalties up to $10,000, depending upon the severity of the violation.
Unfair and Deceptive Marketing Practices
Hawk Communications, LLC - In December of 2005, this local Internet provider and its affiliate entity JOI Internet, LLC, entered an agreement addressing issues that included advertising unlimited access (when users would in fact be disconnected after only 5 uninterrupted hours of online usage); failure to provide timely or accurate refunds upon users cancellation of their subscriptions; and ads that touted exaggerated dial-up speeds. Hawk ceased doing business as an Internet service provider, and agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty, as well as administrative fees, investigative costs, and restitution for certain Georgia consumers. (Filed December 27, 2005)
This is what the execs at JoiPhone were doing while they ran JoiInternet - which ended up folding due to it's corrupt practices. Looks like they are up to their old tricks again...