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Nationstar Mortgage fined $1.75 million over alleged reporting errors

Mark Iandolo Mar. 29, 2017, 8:50am

Nationstar Mortgage LLC has been ordered by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to pay a record $1.75 million for allegedly failing to report mortgage transaction data.

D.C. attorney general backs legislation to better protect consumers

Mark Iandolo Mar. 29, 2017, 8:50am

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine has submitted legislation to the Council of the District of Columbia to better protect D.C. consumers from fraud and other abuses.

Kansas attorney general files suit against three individuals for allegedly rigging lottery tickets

Mark Iandolo Mar. 29, 2017, 8:50am

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt recently filed lawsuits against three individuals for allegedly submitting false or fraudulent claims for Kansas Lottery payments.

California court orders gas station owners to pay $3 million in civil penalties

Mark Iandolo Mar. 29, 2017, 8:50am

Several gas station owners operating underground storage tanks around Northern California have been ordered to pay $3 million in civil penalties stemming from environmental violations, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced.

Defendants settle Massachusetts case involving allegations of illegal disposing of asbestos-containing waste

Mark Iandolo Mar. 29, 2017, 8:42am

Maura Healey, Massachusetts attorney general, announced on March 17 that a group of defendants involved in a sewer pipe replacement project in Framingham will pay a total of $385,000 after allegedly allowing asbestos-containing soil and waste to be illegally disposed of behind a Milford home.

Mass.-based candy store chain to pay $37,363 for alleged labor law violations

Mark Iandolo Mar. 29, 2017, 8:41am

Three Total Sugar stores and the candy store chain's only corporate officer will pay $37,363 in restitution and penalties after allegedly violating labor laws in the state, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced.

Impostor scams outpace identity theft cases, FTC finds

Mark Iandolo Mar. 29, 2017, 8:40am

Imposter scam complaints surpassed identity theft as the second most common class of consumer complaints in 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said in an annual summary report.

Texas firm will stop claiming pulley systems are 'Made in USA'

Mark Iandolo Mar. 29, 2017, 8:39am

Block Division Inc., a Texas-based distributor of pulley block systems, agreed to stop making misleading claims that its products were made in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said. 

Texas attorney general challenges federal methane gas rule

Mark Iandolo Mar. 29, 2017, 8:38am

Ken Paxton, Texas attorney general, filed a motion on March 21 to intervene in a lawsuit challenging a new rule by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

FTC settles advance fee complaint with debt-relief firm

Mark Iandolo Mar. 29, 2017, 8:37am

A debt-relief company and its principals have been banned from misleading consumers and charging illegal advance fees under a settlement reached with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

New York attorney general comments on case related to West Carthage's village justice

Mark Iandolo Mar. 17, 2017, 8:29am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb. 24 that Delmar House, the former village justice for the village of West Carthage Court in Jefferson County, entered a guilty plea in court after allegations of abusing his position as a judge by trading lenient treatment in exchange for sexual favors.

FTC approves final order in Boehringer-Sanofi asset swap case

Mark Iandolo Mar. 17, 2017, 8:28am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 24 that, following a public comment period, it has approved a final order settling charges that Boehringer Ingelheim’s $13.53 billion asset swap with Paris-based Sanofi would likely be anti-competitive. 

Ohio settles with operator of alleged charitable door-to-door scam

Mark Iandolo Mar. 17, 2017, 8:26am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced March 7 that Darnell Robinson, the operator of an organization called “Teens With Dreams” that collects money through door-to-door solicitations by children, will settle allegations that the money collected went to him rather than charity.

FTC provides comments to Ohio Senate on proposed dental hygienist bill

Mark Iandolo Mar. 17, 2017, 8:25am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 9 that its staff has submitted a comment to the Ohio State Senate on proposed legislation that would broaden dental hygienists’ ability to work without a supervising dentist on-site.

EPA withdraws request for information from oil, gas companies

Mark Iandolo Mar. 16, 2017, 9:41am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 2 that it is withdrawing its request that owners and operators in the oil and natural gas industry provide information on equipment and emissions at existing oil and gas operations, effective immediately.

UnWrapped, president to pay $1.2 million to settle multiple wage, labor violations allegations

Mark Iandolo Mar. 16, 2017, 8:48am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced March 10 that UnWrapped Inc. and President Steven Katz will pay roughly $1.2 million after allegations of numerous wage and hour law violations and retaliation against employees.

Texas, 18 other states urge EPA to end alleged federal overreach

Mark Iandolo Mar. 16, 2017, 8:48am

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced March 7 that he has joined 18 other states in a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt urging an end to alleged federal overreach. 

ZTE allegedly violates International Emergency Economic Powers Act, will pay $430 million

Mark Iandolo Mar. 15, 2017, 10:05am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 7 that ZTE Corporation has agreed to pay a $430,388,798 penalty to the United States for allegedly conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and send U.S.-origin items to Iran.

Danny's Downtown charged with breaching terms of EEOC agreement

Mark Iandolo Mar. 15, 2017, 10:04am

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced March 2 that Baby O’s Restaurant, doing business as Danny’s Downtown, has agreed to settle a contempt action. The Jackson-based provider of adult entertainment services had been charged with breaching the terms of an EEOC agreement that resolves racial discrimination allegations.

C&A Tool to pay penalty of $35,000 after allegations of disability discrimination

Mark Iandolo Mar. 15, 2017, 10:03am

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced March 6 that C&A Tool Engineering Inc., a Churubusco, Indiana-based manufacturing-tooling company, will pay $35,000 after allegations of disability discrimination.