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California joins coalition urging appointment of independent counsel to review possible Russian interference

Mark Iandolo May 17, 2017, 9:02am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced May 11 that he has joined Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and a coalition of 20 attorneys general in urging the U.S. Department of Justice to appoint an independent special counsel to look into possible Russian interference in the presidential election.

EPA signs proposed rulemaking to approve North Dakota's Class VI injection wells

Mark Iandolo May 16, 2017, 9:41am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced May 9 that the EPA has signed a proposed rulemaking to approve North Dakota’s application to implement and enforce its own Class VI Underground Injection Control (UIC) program.

EPA settles with Potomac Electric Power Company for $54,000

Mark Iandolo May 16, 2017, 9:41am

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced May 11 that Potomac Electric Power Company will pay $54,000 after allegations of violating hazardous waste regulations at its maintenance facility in Washington D.C.

Washington governor signs bill approving conditions for government contracts

Mark Iandolo May 16, 2017, 9:41am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced May 8 that Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law his bipartisan bill to ban businesses that have willfully violated wage theft laws from being awarded government contracts.

California to receive $66 million in additional settlement with Volkswagen

Mark Iandolo May 16, 2017, 9:40am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced May 11 that Judge Charles Breyer of the U.S. District Court for Northern District of California has approved a $250 million settlement with Volkswagen.

EEOC targets New Jersey IT staffing company for alleged age discrimination

Mark Iandolo May 16, 2017, 9:39am

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit May 9 against Diverse Lynx, an IT staffing company in Princeton, New Jersey, for allegations age discrimination.

EEOC settles with Georgia restaurant for $20,000 after allegations of sexual harassment

Mark Iandolo May 16, 2017, 9:39am

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced May 8 that El Chaparro Inc., a Tex-Mex restaurant in Covington, Georgia, will pay $20,000 after allegations of sexual harassment.

New York taxi driver allegedly took advantage of refugees fleeing U.S.

Mark Iandolo May 16, 2017, 9:38am

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced May 10 that Northern Taxi and its owner and operator, Christopher Crowningshield, will pay $2,500 in penalties and costs and make business practices changes after allegations of repeatedly violating state and local laws.

EPA settles with Maryland wood treatment plant that allegedly violated hazardous waste laws

Mark Iandolo May 16, 2017, 9:36am

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced May 11 that Reliance Treated Wood Inc. will pay $69,000 after allegations of violating hazardous waste regulations at its wood treatment facility in Federalsburg, Md.

Washington AG targets former judge for alleged campaign finance violations

Mark Iandolo May 16, 2017, 9:36am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced May 8 that has he filed a campaign finance lawsuit against former Grant County Superior Court judge Jerry Moberg and Moses Lake business owner Ken Greene.

New York settles with townhome operator that allegedly charged service personnel illegal fees

Mark Iandolo May 16, 2017, 9:35am

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced May 10 that he has settled with LeRay 300 LLC, a Virginia-based company that operates a community of 150 duplex-style townhomes near Fort Drum.

Federal court OKs divestiture of Saltzer Medical Group from St. Luke’s Health System

Mark Iandolo May 12, 2017, 8:50am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 2 that a federal court has approved the divestiture of Saltzer Medical Group from Idaho-based St. Luke’s Health System. The FTC successfully challenged St. Luke’s acquisition of Saltzer.

Jay Clayton sworn in as 32nd SEC chairman

Mark Iandolo May 11, 2017, 9:34am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced May 4 that Jay Clayton has been sworn into office as the 32nd chairman of the SEC by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

EEOC settles for $100,000 with Florida insurance broker after alleged pregnancy discrimination

Mark Iandolo May 11, 2017, 9:34am

ORLANDO, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced May 3 that Brown & Brown, an insurance brokerage firm in Daytona Beach, Florida, will pay $100,000 after allegations of pregnancy discrimination.

FTC settles false claims case against regarding home opiate detox

Mark Iandolo May 11, 2017, 9:33am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 4 that Catlin Enterprises Inc., a company that marketed itself as “the leader in home opiate detox since 2009,” and CEO George Catlin have settled FTC charges that the withdrawal treatment claims for their “withdrawal ease” and “recovery ease” products were false or unsupported by scientific evidence.

Attorney general's case against Alabama State University is closed

Mark Iandolo May 11, 2017, 9:33am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) — Acting Alabama Attorney General Chris McCool announced May 2 that the case of alleged wrongdoing at Alabama State University (ASU) has been closed.

U.S. settles with merchandising company that allegedly evaded anti-dumping duties on China imports

Mark Iandolo May 10, 2017, 11:31am

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 1 that Importer Merchandising Concepts LP (IMC) and two individuals, Glen Michaels and Alan Lewis, will pay $275,000 to resolve allegations the company improperly evaded customs duties on imports of wooden bedroom furniture from the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

EEOC targets S.C. Applebee's after alleged harassment by manager

Mark Iandolo May 10, 2017, 11:31am

FLORENCE, S.C. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit May 4 against Green Apple LLC, doing business as Applebee’s Grill and Bar, for allegedly subjecting two female employees to a sexually hostile work environment.

U.S. district court enters consent decree of permanent injunction against Syfrett Feed

Mark Iandolo May 10, 2017, 11:30am

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 4 that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Syfrett Feed Company Inc. of Okeechobee, Florida, its owner and President Charles B. Syfrett I, its Vice President Melissa S. Montes De Oca and its Operations Manager Charles B. Syfrett II.

Justice Department files complaint in UnitedHealth Group lawsuit

Mark Iandolo May 10, 2017, 11:30am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 2 that it has intervened and filed a complaint in a lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UHG).