By: Scott R. Wilson | Jeff Tsai | Vanessa Offutt | Noah Schottenstein

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a $615,000 settlement with LCX, Lead ID, and Ifficient, lead generator companies that submitted millions of comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in connection with a 2017 proceeding to repeal net neutrality rules. The Attorney General alleged that the companies were retained to generate public support for the campaign, but instead fraudulently utilized the identities of millions of consumers to submit fake comments without their knowledge or consent. The Attorney General’s investigation also found that the companies generated more than 1 million fake comments for other rulemaking proceedings and more than 3.5 million fake digital signatures for letters and petitions to legislators and government officials nationwide.

Learn more here: Attorney General James Secures $615,000 from Companies that Supplied Fake Comments to Influence FCC’s Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules