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Pennsylvania charges Parma Pizza with failing to pay correct taxes

Mark Iandolo Mar. 13, 2017, 12:09pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced charges March 9 against Parma Pizza and owner Anthony Sottasante for allegations of failing to pay more than $68,000 in state taxes.

Auto parts manufacturer Kiekert to pay $6.1 million after conspiracy allegations

Mark Iandolo Mar. 13, 2017, 12:09pm

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.

Kansas executes settlement with city of Independence after alleged KORA violations

Mark Iandolo Mar. 13, 2017, 12:09pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced March 8 that he has executed a settlement with the city of Independence after allegations of violating the state’s Open Records Act (KORA).

FTC finds 31 funeral homes in violation of Funeral Rule

Mark Iandolo Mar. 10, 2017, 9:31am

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.

Washington judge orders GMA to pay $1.1 million in costs, fees after lawsuit

Mark Iandolo Mar. 9, 2017, 8:54am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced March 1 that Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has been ordered to pay close to $1.1 million in costs and fees from Ferguson’s campaign finance lawsuit.

California joins 39 other states in suit against generic drugmakers for alleged conspiracy

Mark Iandolo Mar. 9, 2017, 8:53am

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.  

Maine, FTC target marketers of Flexiprin, Cogniprin for alleged deceptive tactics

Mark Iandolo Mar. 9, 2017, 8:52am

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.

Kansas officials negotiate cigarette accounting agreement with Kickapoo Tribe

Mark Iandolo Mar. 9, 2017, 8:52am

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Gov. Sam Brownback announced Feb. 23 that the state has negotiated an agreement with the Kickapoo Tribe to improve accounting for cigarettes and tobacco products sold on tribal lands.

D.C. joins six states in opposing Trump's executive order regarding Clean Water Act

Mark Iandolo Mar. 9, 2017, 8:48am

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).

Texas leads 11-state coalition urging EPA to suspend methane-related information requests

Mark Iandolo Mar. 8, 2017, 9:46am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced March 1 that he is leading an 11-state coalition urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend its information collection request related to existing oil and gas facilities.

North Jersey Dermatology Clinic pays $150,000 after allegations of pregnancy discrimination

Mark Iandolo Mar. 8, 2017, 9:45am

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.

Lifetime Fitness settles EEOC allegations of pregnancy discrimination, to pay $86,000

Mark Iandolo Mar. 8, 2017, 9:44am

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Feb. 23 that Life Time Fitness Inc., a gym company based in Minnesota, will pay $86,000 and furnish significant relief after allegations of rescinding a job offer due to pregnancy.

Takata to pay $1 billion after allegations of selling defective airbags

Mark Iandolo Mar. 7, 2017, 1:50pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Feb. 27 that Takata Corporation, a leading supplier of automotive safety equipment based in Tokyo, will pay $1 billion for allegations of selling defective airbags.

EEOC targets Downhole Technology over alleged discrimination, retaliation

Mark Iandolo Mar. 7, 2017, 8:50am

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.

EEOC: L-3 Communications discriminated against disabled employee

Mark Iandolo Mar. 7, 2017, 8:49am

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Feb. 23 against L-3 Communications, a defense contractor with facilities in Texas, for allegations of disability discrimination.

Oxford Health to refund thousands of consumers after allegedly improperly denying claims

Mark Iandolo Mar. 7, 2017, 8:49am

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.

S&B Industry to pay $110,000 to resolve EEOC allegations of disability discrimination

Mark Iandolo Mar. 7, 2017, 8:48am

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

Mark Iandolo Mar. 7, 2017, 8:47am

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.

Wash. AG: Vulnerable adult bill makes it through House

Mark Iandolo Mar. 7, 2017, 8:33am

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.

EEOC settles discrimination suit with Graceworks Lutheran Services

Mark Iandolo Mar. 7, 2017, 8:32am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Feb. 23 that Graceworks Lutheran Services, a Dayton, Ohio-based housing and care service provider, will pay $30,660 after allegations of disability discrimination.