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Washington state bipartisan student borrowing bill advances through legislature

Mark Iandolo Apr. 20, 2017, 3:31pm

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson recently announced that his bipartisan legislation to provide more transparency to students regarding their borrowing has been advanced by the state’s legislature via a unanimous vote in the Senate.

Virginia Social Services allegedly violated False Claims Act, to pay U.S. $7 million

Mark Iandolo Apr. 20, 2017, 1:20pm

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will pay the United States $7,150,436 after allegations of violating the False Claims Act while administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Horizon NJ Health to pay former employee $80,000 after alleged wrongful termination

Mark Iandolo Apr. 20, 2017, 1:13pm

New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino recently announced that health insurer Horizon NJ Health will pay $80,000 to a former employee after allegations of wrongful termination.

Washington state targets alleged deficient campaign finance filings

Mark Iandolo Apr. 20, 2017, 1:12pm

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson recently announced that his office has filed three separate complaints in Thurston County Superior Court for alleged deficient campaign finance filings.

Desco Industries to pay $45,000 EEOC penalty after alleged workplace retaliation

Mark Iandolo Apr. 19, 2017, 12:36pm

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced Desco Industries Inc. will pay $45,000 after allegations of workplace retaliation.

Ohio attorney general targets charitable organization, alleging identity theft

Mark Iandolo Apr. 19, 2017, 12:28pm

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recently announced that his office has filed a lawsuit against Columbus charity operator Johnny R. Marcum and his organization, Central Ohio Sober Living, for allegations of violating state charitable laws and stealing clients' identities.

FTC approves Washington state supermarket application to divest store it bought during merger case

Mark Iandolo Apr. 19, 2017, 12:25pm

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced it has approved SuperValu Inc.’s application to sell one of two supermarkets bought in 2015 after Safeway and Albertsons merged and were required to divest 168 stores.

FTC settles with companies accused of misrepresenting participation in APEC CBPR system

Mark Iandolo Apr. 19, 2017, 11:16am

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that it has approved final orders with three companies following allegations of deceiving consumers through the misrepresentation of company participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system.

D.C. reaches settlement with debt collection company over allegations of illegal collections

Mark Iandolo Apr. 19, 2017, 11:06am

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine announced April 14 that his office has settled with Collect Pros LLC, a California-based debt collection company, and Michael Ross, who owns and manages the company.

Wells Fargo to pay $5.4 million, settles allegations of terminating employee for whistleblowing

Mark Iandolo Apr. 19, 2017, 10:55am

The U.S. Department of Labor announced April 3 that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Wells Fargo Bank N.A. to compensate and reinstate a former bank manager who lost his job after reporting suspected fraudulent behavior to superiors and a bank ethics hotline.

New Jersey: Two members of major pay-to-play scheme plead guilty

Mark Iandolo Apr. 18, 2017, 9:04am

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced April 12 that two former executives of Birdsall Services Group (BSG) have pleaded guilty for allegations of participating in a scheme to avoid the state’s pay-to-play law through having firm employees make $1 million in corporate political contributions illegally.

California participates in multistate settlement with Western Union

Mark Iandolo Apr. 18, 2017, 8:53am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 12 a multistate settlement with Western Union that resolves allegations that third parties were using the service to defraud consumers.

Consumer financial board issues proposal to facilitate compliance with 2015 HMDA rule

Mark Iandolo Apr. 18, 2017, 8:52am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced April 13 that it has issued a proposal to facilitate compliance with the 2015 updates to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) rule.

FTC supports repeal of Alaska's certificate-of-need laws

Mark Iandolo Apr. 18, 2017, 8:52am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 12 that it has recommended that Alaska repeal its certificate-of-need (CON) laws.

FTC settles with ringleader behind allegedly illegal nationwide telemarketing scheme

Mark Iandolo Apr. 18, 2017, 8:52am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 13 a settlement with Justin Ramsey, the ringleader behind an alleged telemarketing scheme that robocalled consumers and called phone numbers listed on the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry.

Massachusetts insurance agent, broker to refund consumers $130,000

Mark Iandolo Apr. 18, 2017, 8:51am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced April 11 that seniors in the state will receive more than $130,000 in refunds due to a settlement her office has reached with mortgage broker Direct Finance Corp., its employee Daniel Matthews and insurance agent James Moniz.

New York attorney general unveils legislation to combat tenant harassment

Mark Iandolo Apr. 18, 2017, 8:49am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced April 12 that his office has unveiled new legislation that would hold New York City’s most unscrupulous landlords accountable for harassing tenants.

California urges U.S. Labor Department to implement 'fiduciary' conflict of interest rule

Mark Iandolo Apr. 18, 2017, 8:49am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 13 that he has urged acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Edward Hugler to immediately implement the “fiduciary” conflict of interest rule.

Massachusetts settles for $150,000 with waste transport company over alleged hazardous waste violations

Mark Iandolo Apr. 18, 2017, 8:48am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced April 12 that EQ Northeast Inc. will pay $150,000 after allegations of illegally transporting hazardous waste and storing it at an unlicensed facility.

Massachusetts attorney general testifies against Eversource's proposed rate hikes

Mark Iandolo Apr. 18, 2017, 8:48am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced April 11 that she testified before the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) in support of 200,000 ratepayers in western Massachusetts.