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District judge blocks merger of Anthem, Cigna

Mark Iandolo Feb. 15, 2017, 9:25am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —  A Washington, D.C., judge sided with the U.S. Department of Justice in a lawsuit attempting to block Anthem Inc. from acquiring Cigna Corp.

Stratford Career Institute settles FTC charges it misled consumers, to pay $250,000

Mark Iandolo Feb. 15, 2017, 9:23am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 3 that Stratford Career Institute has agreed to stop making claims about education programs that the FTC had alleged were deceptive.

MasterCard, UniRush to pay $13 million in penalties for alleged system breakdowns

Mark Iandolo Feb. 15, 2017, 9:22am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken action against MasterCard and UniRush following allegations of system breakdowns that caused harm to tens of thousands of economically vulnerable RushCard users.

FTC chairman appoints Thomas Pahl as acting director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection

Mark Iandolo Feb. 15, 2017, 9:21am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen has appointed Thomas Pahl as acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

VIZIO settles New Jersey case related to consumer protection allegations, to pay $2.5 million

Mark Iandolo Feb. 15, 2017, 9:21am

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced Feb. 6 that Smart TV manufacturer VIZIO Inc. (VIZIO) and its subsidiary VIZIO Inscape Services LLC (Inscape) will pay $2.5 million after allegations of illegally tracking consumers’ television viewing habits.

New York attorney general issues alert to help consumers pick internet plans

Mark Iandolo Feb. 15, 2017, 9:21am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has issued a consumer alert to help New Yorkers pick the best internet service plan options.

Bausch + Lomb's parent company settles charges that it illegally acquired contact lens maker

Mark Iandolo Feb. 15, 2017, 9:18am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Feb. 8 approved a final order settling charges that Bausch + Lomb's parent company illegally acquired another business.

FTC accuses Shire ViroPharma of antitrust law violations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 15, 2017, 9:18am

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 7 the filing of a complaint against Shire ViroPharma Inc. in federal district court.

City of Philadelphia resolves DOJ allegations of discriminating against disabled employee

Mark Iandolo Feb. 15, 2017, 9:17am

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) —  The city of Philadelphia agreed Feb. 6 to resolve allegations it discriminated against an employee with a disability, the U.S. Department of Justice said.  

D.C. challenges Public Service Commission ruling on Exelon, Pepco Holdings merger

Mark Iandolo Feb. 15, 2017, 9:01am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Feb. 7 that he has filed a brief in the D.C. District Court of Appeals challenging the District’s Public Service Commission (PSC) decision to allow a merger between Exelon and Pepco Holdings Inc. on terms of the PSC’s choosing.

RTG Furniture to pay $55,000 after allegations of pregnancy discrimination

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

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Feb. 3 that RTG Furniture Corp of Georgia, a Florida corporation that operates a chain of Rooms to Go furniture stores and distribution centers nationwide, will pay $55,000 after allegations of pregnancy discrimination.

Northwest Territorial Mint settles EEOC sexual harassment allegations with $725,000 penalty

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

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Feb. 7 that Northwest Territorial Mint, a precious metals dealer in Federal Way, Wash., will pay $725,000 to resolve allegations of sexual harassment.

Universal Drywall settles for $500,000 after allegations it misclassified employees

Mark Iandolo Feb. 14, 2017, 9:04am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Feb. 2 that Universal Drywall LLC (Universal) has agreed to a $500,000 settlement after allegations it misclassified employees on multiple public construction projects.

Wash.judge orders makers of 5-hour ENERGY to pay $4.3M

Mark Iandolo Feb. 14, 2017, 8:42am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Feb. 8 that a King County judge has ordered the makers of 5-hour ENERGY to pay nearly $4.3 million after multiple alleged violations of the state Consumer Protection Act.

Consumer board targets Woodbridge Gold & Pawn for alleged customer deception

Mark Iandolo Feb. 14, 2017, 8:41am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Feb. 2 that, along with Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, that it took action against Woodbridge Coins and Jewelry Exchange Inc., doing business as Woodbridge Gold & Pawn, for allegedly deceiving consumers about the actual annual costs of loans.

Texas files amicus brief in Supreme Court case involving patent infringement

Mark Iandolo Feb. 14, 2017, 8:40am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Feb. 6 that he is leading a coalition of 17 states in filing an amicus brief in the Supreme Court over where patent owners can file claims.

Officials say legal funding company scammed 9/11 heroes, NFL concussion victims

Mark Iandolo Feb. 14, 2017, 8:39am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Feb. 7 that, along with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, it has filed a lawsuit against RD Legal LLC, two related entities and Roni Dersovitz, the companies’ founder and owner, for allegedly scamming 9/11 heroes and NFL concussion victims out of money.

Wilson Oil settles alleged Clean Water Act spill violations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 14, 2017, 8:37am

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Feb. 2 that Wilson Oil Inc., doing business as Wilcox & Flegel Oil Co., has agreed to settle allegations of Clean Water Act spill prevention violations at its Longview Terminal facility in Longview, Washington.

Western Sky, affiliates to provide $40 million in monetary relief to Georgia consumers

Mark Iandolo Feb. 14, 2017, 8:36am

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced Feb. 8 that Western Sky Financial LLC, CashCall Inc. and related entities have agreed to pay $40 million in monetary relief to Georgia consumers.

Consumer board orders Prospect Mortgage to pay $3.5 million for alleged kickback scheme

Mark Iandolo Feb. 9, 2017, 1:09pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Jan. 31 that Prospect Mortgage LLC will pay a $3.5 million civil penalty for allegedly paying illegal kickbacks for mortgage business referrals.