resident of the Ocean State and public servant for three decades, Attorney
General Peter F. Kilmartin is not afraid to take on the big banks and scam
artists who try take advantage of Rhode Islanders.
has always been an aggressive advocate for consumers, because he understands
the hardships that the economic downturn has caused for Rhode Islanders. For
more than two decades—as a police officer, prosecutor, and elected official, as
well as a husband and father—Peter has fought to make Rhode Island a safer,
more livable place to raise a family.
a watchdog for Rhode Island consumers, Peter took on Wall Street,
holding lenders accountable for foreclosure abuses and mortgage servicing practices.
He announced Rhode Island’s participation in the landmark national mortgage
settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage service providers, and the
settlement brought in more than $150 million in benefits and relief to Rhode
Island homeowners. A major settlement with Ocwen later brought an additional
$10 million dollars in relief to homeowners and upheld Peter’s promise to
continue his investigations into Wall Street banks that led the country into a
has also been a leader on consumer issues, including the fight against mortgage modification scams, which
take advantage of our most vulnerable residents—he’s even successfully shut
down several fraudulent companies. He’s warned consumers of an ongoing medical
alert scam, “mobile cramming,” and hosted free mortgage foreclosure prevention
and loan modification scam awareness workshops. Peter also joined 29 other
states in reaching a $29
million settlement with the Toyota Motor Corporation, of which RI will receive
$510,000, regarding safety issues with unintended acceleration.
taking office, Peter has aggressively fought to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for illegal and
deceptive marketing practices and made Big Pharma pay more than $20 million to
the state’s coffers and Medicaid program and ordered reforms in marketing
practices. He’s successfully won settlements with drug companies such as
Ranbaxy and Amgen, Inc. for their distribution of adulterated drugs and for
reporting inflated pricing data. These settlements brought in more than
$340,000 in benefits and relief to Rhode Islanders.
joined other state attorneys general in the fight against companies that
utilize deceptive marketing practices, and together, they successfully reached settlements
worth $42.9 million with Pfizer, $90 million with GlaxoSmithKline, and $181
million with Janssen Pharmaceutical.
a dramatic increase in identity theft and data breaches with consumer brands,
Peter has initiated several law-enforcement training programs, giving police
the tools they need to track down those who operate criminal enterprises from
behind a computer screen. He’s also holding giant retailers accountable for data breaches that may compromise customer
is the best way to prevent Rhode Islanders from becoming victims of scam
artists, which is why Peter has led community seminars to educate seniors on identify theft and hosted shred-a-thons to protect Rhode Islanders’private information.
will continue to fight against those who would take advantage of Rhode
Islanders, to serve as an aggressive advocate for consumers, and to provide the
leadership we need when up against powerful interests like banks and insurance