Opinion

Wheeling papers call decision important for consumers

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginia Supreme Court justices did the right thing for Mountain State residents in affirming the attorney general’s power to investigate potential abuses of consumers. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey should be vigorous in using that authority, when appropriate.

In a unanimous decision, high court justices ruled against several bill collection agencies that had been subjects of an investigation by the attorney general’s office. In essence, the companies insisted the office had no right to use subpoenas to obtain information for the investigation, or to seek temporary injunctions against them while lawsuits were pursued.

On both counts, justices said the attorney general’s office was right in how it handled the collection agencies…

… in this situation, there was cause for concern. The attorney general’s office had received 16 complaints about the collection companies. There was ample reason to investigate whether they were disobeying the state Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

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