MN attorney general sues Epilepsy Foundation over its ties with Savers


The Minnesota Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota for letting for-profit retailer Savers use signage that was "misleading" to donors.

This comes a few weeks after Attorney General Lori Swanson sued the thrift giant for misleading people that donated clothing and other items about how much their donations would benefit the intended charities.

The lawsuit filed Monday alleges the foundation violated the state's charities laws through its partnership with Savers, the Star Tribune reports.

The lawsuit says Savers solicited donations of clothing and household items on behalf of the Epilepsy Foundation "even though donations at those stores did not benefit the foundation," MPR News says.

Several charities had stopped doing business with Savers following Swanson's 2014 compliance report that was critical of the retailer's practices, Swanson said in May, while another charity has entered into a compliance agreement, resolving the attorney general's concerns, The Associated Press says.

Swanson says the Epilepsy Foundation was "unwilling to resolve the issues," resulting in Monday's lawsuit, MPR notes.

Following the attorney general's lawsuit against Savers back in May, the Epilepsy Foundation released a statement saying it is aware of the lawsuit, noting "the sale of donated items provides significant funding to serve people with epilepsy, and their families," adding "donor transparency has always been a priority."

The charity has not commented on the most recent lawsuit.

Savers operates 15 thrift stores in Minnesota under the names Savers, Unique Thrift and Valu Thrift.

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