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Customer files class action against Nissan over allegedly melted dashboard

Louie Torres Jan. 20, 2017, 8:49am

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) — A Florida customer is suing Nissan, alleging design defect, liability, negligent misrepresentation and product liability.

Three consumers allege My Pillow falsely advertised price

Louie Torres Jan. 20, 2017, 8:46am

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) — Three West Coast customers are suing My Pillow, alleging fraud.

SEC orders 10 investment advisory firms to pay fines after allegedly violating pay-to-play rule

Mark Iandolo Jan. 20, 2017, 8:46am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Jan. 17 that 10 investment advisory firms will pay between $35,000 and $100,000 each in penalties after allegations of violating the SEC’s investment adviser pay-to-play rule.

Ohio, West Virginia lead coalition opposing federal 'Stream Protection Rule'

Mark Iandolo Jan. 20, 2017, 8:45am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, announced Jan. 19 that a group of 13 states has challenged the federal government’s “Stream Protection Rule.”

FTC issues comments opposing proposed merger of Mountain States, Wellmont Health

Mark Iandolo Jan. 20, 2017, 8:44am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 13 that its staff has submitted a supplemental comment and analysis to the Virginia Department of Health. In the comments, the staff voices opposition to issuing a letter authorizing a cooperative agreement to Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System.

Lawyer: Fifth Circuit ruling in Delek case 'significant victory for the regulated industry'

David Hutton Jan. 19, 2017, 10:22am

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – A three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Dec. 29 rejected Occupational Safety and Health Administration citations issued to a Delek Refining LTD facility for alleged safety violations that occurred years prior to its ownership of the refinery.

Health care industry is primary target of False Claims Act: Recovery exceeds $4 billion in FY 2016

Jireh Gibson Jan. 19, 2017, 10:16am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – At $4.7 billion, fiscal year 2016's haul is the third-highest annual recovery of fraudulent claims in the history of the False Claims Act.

Gonnella Baking of Chicago settles EEOC charges of racial harassment, pays $30,000 penalty

Mark Iandolo Jan. 19, 2017, 10:12am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Jan. 10 that Gonnella Baking Co. of Chicago will pay $30,000 to resolve allegations of racial harassment at the company’s Aurora, Ilinois, facility.

Diallo's of Houston to pay $139,366 after EEOC alleges disability discrimination

Mark Iandolo Jan. 19, 2017, 10:07am

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Jan. 9 that Diallo’s of Houston, a nightclub and party venue in the Houston area, will pay $139,366 after allegations of disability discrimination.

CFPB orders medical debt relief collection law firms to pay $577,135 to consumers

Mark Iandolo Jan. 19, 2017, 10:05am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Jan. 9 that it is ordering Works and Lentz Inc., Works and Lentz of Tulsa Inc., and their president, Harry A. Lentz Jr., to provide $577,135 in relief to consumers, correct their business practices and pay a $78,800 penalty for allegations of falsifying documents sent to consumers in the debt collection proc...

Ohio AG targets two telemarketing groups for allegedly misleading consumers

Mark Iandolo Jan. 19, 2017, 10:04am

FREMONT, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a lawsuit Jan. 6 against two telemarketing groups for allegedly misleading consumers – Buckeye Impact Group LLC and Premier Design Group LLC.

Federal Trade Commission launches class action study amid growing fairness skepticism

Glenn Minnis Jan. 19, 2017, 10:03am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Claim handlers from eight different entities have been ordered by the Federal Trade Commission to provide the government with data illustrating the way they notify class members about settlement agreements and other developments related to their cases.

Alleged mortgage relief scheme operator agrees to FTC ban

Mark Iandolo Jan. 19, 2017, 9:59am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 11 that Damian Kutzner, who allegedly helped operate a mortgage relief scheme that duped consumers and stole millions, has agreed to a court order banning him from the debt relief business.

L3 Technologies agrees to SEC cease-and-desist, to pay $1.6 million in penalties

Mark Iandolo Jan. 19, 2017, 9:55am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Jan. 11 that L3 Technologies Inc., a contractor for U.S. and various foreign government agencies, will pay $1.6 million after allegations of failing to maintain proper books and records.

FTC seeks to bar businesses from selling allegedly fake payday loan debt portfolios

Mark Iandolo Jan. 19, 2017, 9:55am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 9 that it had charged Joel Jerome Tucker, SQ Capital LLC, JT Holdings Inc. and HPD LLC with selling portfolios of fake payday loan debts.

FTC OKs final order in CentraCare-SCMG acquisition following public comment

Mark Iandolo Jan. 19, 2017, 9:54am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the approval Jan. 9 of a final order settling charges that CentraCare’s acquisition of St. Cloud Medical Group, also known as SCMG, would be anti-competitive. The approval comes following a public comment period.