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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).

California receives $53.25 million of multistate settlement involving Dish Network

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced June 6 that California will receive $53.25 million after a judgment was levied against Dish Network in a national telemarketing case.

Justice Department issues memo ending third party settlement practice

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:15am

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced June 7 that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a memo ending the DOJ’s third party settlement practice.

FTC continues crackdown on tech support scams with recent $1 million settlement

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:15am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission announced June 7 that it has obtained settlements with a group of defendants based in St. Louis who allegedly tricked consumers into buying unnecessary technical support devices by targeting them with deceptive pop-up ads.

U.S. settles with Illinois city in case involving alleged RLUIPA violations

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

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced June 6 that the city of Des Plaines, Illinois, has agreed to resolve allegations of violating the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA).

Consumer board penalizes Fay Servicing $1.15 million for alleged mortgage servicing violations

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

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced June 7 that it took action against Fay Servicing, a mortgage servicer based in Chicago, for allegations of failing to provide mortgage borrowers with federally mandated protections against foreclosure.

U.S. secures $2.5 million settlement with contractor over alleged False Claims Act violations

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:13am

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced June 5 that Integrated Medical Solutions Inc. (IMS) and former President Jerry Heftler will pay $2.475 million after allegations of violating the False Claims Act and Anti-kickback Act.

FTC amends complaint against operators of invention-promotion scam

Mark Iandolo Jun. 12, 2017, 1:39pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced June 8 that it has amended its complaint against the operators of an invention-promotion scheme, World Patent Marketing (WPM).

FTC concludes case against Orlando robocall scammers

Mark Iandolo Jun. 12, 2017, 1:39pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Florida Office of the Attorney General announced June 5 that a federal district court judge has entered eight orders against a group of individuals in Orlando that allegedly pitched worthless credit card interest rate reduction programs to consumers via illegal robocalls.

Massachusetts joins coalition challenging EPA's decision to abandon proposed pesticides ban

Mark Iandolo Jun. 12, 2017, 1:38pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced June 7 that she has joined six other attorneys general in challenging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s decision to abandon its proposed ban on a toxic pesticide widely used on food consumed by infants, young children and pregnant women.

Texas urges appeals court to declare federal government not in compliance with NWPA

Mark Iandolo Jun. 12, 2017, 1:38pm

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced June 2 that his office has led a motion that asks the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to declare that the federal government is not in compliance with the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA).

California urges U.S. to act on student loan relief requests in Corinthians case

Mark Iandolo Jun. 12, 2017, 1:37pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced June 5 that he has urged the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to act quickly on requests for student loan relief for students victimized by Corinthian Colleges Inc.

U.S. intervenes in federal accessibility law case against Los Angeles

Mark Iandolo Jun. 12, 2017, 1:34pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced June 7 that the United States has intervened in a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles and the CRA/LA (formerly the Community Redevelopment Agency of the city of Los Angeles) in a case involving federal accessibility laws.

EEOC targets Florida farm business for sexual harassment allegations

Mark Iandolo Jun. 12, 2017, 12:51pm

TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a lawsuit May 31 against Favorite Farms Inc., a farm business in Dover, Florida, for allegations of subjecting a female farmworker to sexual harassment, including rape, and then suspending and firing her for complaining about it.