WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 7 that Kiekert AG, an automotive parts manufacturer with headquarters in Heiligenhaus, Germany, will pay $6.1 million for allegedly conspiring to rig bids of side-door latches and latch mini-modules installed in cars sold in the United States.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 15 that its investigators working undercover in nine states found failures to disclose pricing information to consumers in 31 of 133 funeral homes visited between 2015 and 2016. The FTC’s Funeral Rule mandates that prices must be clearly disclosed in funeral homes.
LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced March 1 that the state has joined a federal antitrust lawsuit with 39 other states against six generic drugmakers. The lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to divide customers and markets as well as increase prices for two generic drugs.
PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) — Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills announced Feb. 22 that her office and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have filed a complaint against nine defendants for an allegedly deceptive campaign to sell health supplements in violation of both state and federal laws.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Feb. 28 that he has joined six state attorneys general in opposing President Trump’s executive order that Trump described as paving the way for the elimination of the Clean Water Rule (also known as the Waters of the United States Rule, or WOTUS).
TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the state’s Division of Consumer Protection announced March 1 that the North Jersey Dermatology Clinic have paid $150,000 to a former employee after allegations of unlawfully discriminating against the employee by firing her when she went on maternity leave.
HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Feb. 22 against Downhole Technology, a manufacturer of equipment for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), for allegations of retaliating against an employee who reported being harassed by white coworkers because of his race.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb. 23 that Oxford Health Plans (NY) and Oxford Health Insurance Inc. (together, “Oxford”), have agreed to provide refunds to hundreds of small group plan members in New York State after allegedly improperly denying coverage of infusion services.
DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Feb. 23 that S&B Industry, a cellphone repair facility in Fort Worth, Texas, will pay $110,000 and provide additional relief after allegations of disability discrimination in denying employment to two hearing-impaired applicants.
S&R Construction, A&S Electrical to pay $420,000 for allegedly violating Massachusetts False Claims Act
BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Feb. 24 that S&R Construction Enterprise, its president Stephen Early, and subcontractor A&S Electrical LLC and its manager Gregory Lane will pay $420,000 after allegations of submitting false and inflated payment requests for construction on a Massachusetts public project.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson recently announced that his bipartisan legislation designed to fight the financial exploitation and neglect of vulnerable adults in the state was advanced by the House of Representatives in a 92-4 vote. The bill next goes to the state Senate.