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EEOC alleges that Nebraska-based bank violated equal pay laws

Mark Iandolo Jun. 23, 2017, 9:26am

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit June 12 against Heritage Bank for allegations of paying women and men unequally for substantially equal work.

FTC OKs final order settling anti-competitive charges against dialysis chain DaVita

Mark Iandolo Jun. 19, 2017, 1:56pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced June 14 that, following a public comment period, it has approved a final order settling charges that outpatient kidney dialysis chain DaVita Inc.’s $358 million acquisition of competitor Renal Ventures Management LLC would be anti-competitive.

New York targets local contractors for allegedly defrauding consumers

Mark Iandolo Jun. 19, 2017, 1:25pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a lawsuit June 15 against Tri-State Paving and principals Richard Attenborough, III and Stevee Paige Castle-Lagerquist for allegations of defrauding homeowners.

Attorney general urges Kansas Supreme Court to approve new school finance plan

Mark Iandolo Jun. 19, 2017, 1:25pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced June 16 that he has urged the state’s Supreme Court to move quickly and approve the new school finance plan that Gov. Sam Brownback recently signed into law.

Consumer board seeks comment on proposed updates to prepaid rule

Mark Iandolo Jun. 19, 2017, 1:24pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced June 15 that it is seeking comment on proposed updates to its prepaid rule.

EEOC targets operator of a KFC in Georgia, alleging disability discrimination

Mark Iandolo Jun. 19, 2017, 1:24pm

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit June 12 against Hester Foods Inc., a company that operates a Kentucky Fried Chicken facility in Dublin, Georgia, for allegations of discriminating against an employee because of her disability.

D.C. attorney general supports fiscal year 2018 budget

Mark Iandolo Jun. 19, 2017, 1:22pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced June 14 that the district council has unanimously passed a fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget for the district that that includes more funds for the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

New York settles with health industry support company after massive data breach allegations

Mark Iandolo Jun. 19, 2017, 1:22pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced June 15 that CoPilot Provider Support Services Inc. (CoPilot), a company providing support services to the health industry, will pay $130,000 and improve its legal compliance program after allegations of violating the state’s General Business Law.

EEOC: Growers subjected female employee to sexual harassment

Mark Iandolo Jun. 19, 2017, 1:21pm

&SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit June 13 against Stemilt Growers, the largest organic tree fruit grower in the United States, for allegations of subjecting a Latina tractor driver to sexual harassment and then retaliating against her after she reported the abuse.

Orlando staffing company settles EEOC allegations of religious discrimination

Mark Iandolo Jun. 19, 2017, 1:21pm

ORLANDO, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced June 14 that HospitalityStaff, a staffing company in Orlando that focuses on Central Florida’s massive hospitality industry, will pay $30,000 after allegations of religious discrimination.

California objects to EPA administrator's decision to deny ban on pesticide chlorpyrifos

Mark Iandolo Jun. 19, 2017, 1:20pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced June 6 that he has joined with the attorneys general of New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Maine, Maryland and Vermont in submitting legal objections to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to drop a proposed ban on chlorpyrifos.

Jury convicts psychologist in alleged social security scam

Mark Iandolo Jun. 19, 2017, 1:20pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced June 12 that a federal jury has convicted clinical psychologist Alfred Bradley Adkins for his role in an alleged social security disability fraud scheme.

Washington joins multistate coalition challenging Trump administration delay of new energy standards

Mark Iandolo Jun. 19, 2017, 1:19pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced June 13 that he is suing the Trump administration along with 10 other state attorneys general over allegations the administration is delaying new energy efficiency standards that will result in consumer savings and a reduction in pollution to the environment.

Ohio targets pet adoption agency that allegedly misled, defrauded clients

Mark Iandolo Jun. 15, 2017, 8:00am

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced June 2 that his office has filed a lawsuit against European Adoption Consultants and owner Margaret Cole for allegations of misleading clients and taking payment for adoption services never performed.

Consumer board encourages credit card companies to use more transparent promotions

Mark Iandolo Jun. 15, 2017, 8:00am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced June 8 that it has sent letters to top retail credit card companies encouraging them to consider using more transparent promotions.

Connecticut dentist barred from Medicaid participation for 10 years

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:32am

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced June 6 that a Stamford-based dentist, Georgy Betser, his wife, Irina Betser, and their companies will forfeit $755,956.30 and be excluded from participation in the state's Medicaid program for 10 years after False Claims Act violation allegations.

EPA settles with petroleum marketing company involved in 2016 California oil spill

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:24am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced June 7 that the SoCo Group Inc., a petroleum marketing and distribution company based in Carlsbad, has agreed to pay $59,400 and resolve allegations related to its 2016 oil spill in San Diego.

Florida reaches settlement with Panama City Beach vehicle rental company

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:23am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced June 7 that her office has reached a settlement with Classy Cycles Inc. and owners Colleen Swab and Rich R. Roof after allegations of charging consumers for damage that did not occur.

New York, Massachusetts, Kentucky urge FCC to deny 'ringless robocall' petition

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:16am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced June 5 that they are urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny a petition requesting that so-called “ringless robocalls” be exempt from consumer protections under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Massachusetts joins coalition opposing the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:16am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced June 7 that she has joined a coalition of 20 attorneys general in opposing a federal bill that would cut the role of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).