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California joins coalition opposing Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017

Mark Iandolo May 4, 2017, 8:46am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 26 that he has joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general in urging Congress to protect critical ozone air quality standards.

Federal court orders Commercial Recovery Systems president to pay $2 million

Mark Iandolo May 3, 2017, 10:06am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 24 that a federal court, per an FTC request, has ordered Timothy L. Ford to pay $2 million in civil penalties for allegedly violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Ford is the president of Commercial Recovery Systems Inc. (CRS).

SEC settles for $400,000 with former Magyar Telekom executives for alleged violations

Mark Iandolo May 3, 2017, 10:06am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced April 24 that the two former executives at Hungarian-based telecommunications company Magyar Telekom will a pay a total of $400,000 to settle allegation of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Alabama backs Supreme Court's decision to uphold state's PAC-to-PAC transfer ban

Mark Iandolo May 3, 2017, 10:05am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) — Alabama Attorney General Steven T. Marshall announced April 25 that he supports the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject a challenge to Alabama’s PAC-to-PAC transfer ban.

California joins multistate coalition opposing Education Department's rollback of student loan reforms

Mark Iandolo May 3, 2017, 10:05am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 24 that he has joined a multistate coalition in calling out the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). The coalition alleges the DOE is abdicating its responsibility to millions of student loan borrowers. “

California, New Mexico challenge Interior Department for delaying Valuation Rule

Mark Iandolo May 3, 2017, 10:04am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 27 that he has joined New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas in suing the U.S. Department of the Interior for delaying the implementation of a rule designed to help taxpayers receive fair royalties from companies that extract oil, gas, and coal from federal lands.

Consumer board settles with auto lender for $1.25 million after allegations of violating consent order

Mark Iandolo May 3, 2017, 10:04am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced April 26 that it has ordered Security National Automotive Acceptance Company (SNAAC), an auto lender specializing in loans to service members, to pay $1.25 million and make good on a previous consent order after the company allegedly violated a CFPB consent order.

U.S. settles with Pacific Pulmonary for $11.4 million over alleged False Claims Act violations

Mark Iandolo May 1, 2017, 3:14pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 24 that Braden Partners L.P., doing business as Pacific Pulmonary Services, will pay $11.4 million to settle allegations that it and its general partner, Teijin Pharma USA LLC, violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims for reimbursement to Medicare.

IU Health, HealthNet pay $18 million to resolve kickback scheme allegations

Mark Iandolo May 1, 2017, 3:13pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 27 that Indiana University Health Inc. (IU Health) and HealthNet Inc. will pay a total of $18 million after allegations of federal and state false claims. The defendant purportedly engaged in an illegal kickback scheme.

FTC OKs Sycamore Partners' sale of former Family Dollar stores to Dollar General

Mark Iandolo May 1, 2017, 3:13pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 27 that, following a 15-day public comment period, it has approved Sycamore Partners II L.P.’s application to sell to Dollar General Corporation the assets it acquired under a 2015 FTC settlement.

Baltimore hospital settles allegations of disability discrimination with $180,000 payment

Mark Iandolo May 1, 2017, 3:13pm

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced April 27 that Harbor Hospital Inc., trading as MedStar Hospital, will pay $179,576 after allegations of federal disability discrimination.

New York urges Trump administration to reconfirm commitment to Paris climate accord

Mark Iandolo May 1, 2017, 3:12pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced April 25 that he has joined a coalition of 14 attorneys general in urging President Trump to reconfirm the Unites States’ commitment to and cooperation with the Paris Climate Agreement.

New Jersey warns 30 property managers about advertisements

Mark Iandolo May 1, 2017, 3:12pm

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced April 26 that the Division of Civil Rights has issued a warning letter to roughly 30 property managers in the state about posting advertisements that, he says, discourage applicants from paying with federal Section 8 assistance vouchers.

Washington charges agricultural company with violating discrimination laws

Mark Iandolo May 1, 2017, 3:11pm

SPOKANE, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced April 26 that he has filed a lawsuit against Horning Brothers LLC, a Quincy-based agricultural company, for allegations of violating Title VII of the federal 1964 Civil Rights Act 1964 and the Washington Law Against Discrimination.

Florida targets West Palm Beach mortgage financier for misconduct allegations

Mark Iandolo May 1, 2017, 3:10pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Florida Office of Financial Regulation Commissioner Drew J. Breakspear announced April 20 a lawsuit against Ocwen Financial Corporation of West Palm Beach and its subsidiaries, Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC and Ocwen Mortgage Servicing Inc., for alleged mortgage servicing misconduct.

Consumer board alleges student loan, mortgage services often violate law

Mark Iandolo May 1, 2017, 3:10pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced April 26 that some recent supervisory work revealed some student loan and mortgage services have been violating the law in failing to provide struggling borrowers with legal protections.

D.C. targets real estate company for allegations of property neglect

Mark Iandolo May 1, 2017, 3:10pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced April 25 a lawsuit against the owners and managers of an apartment building at 2724 11th St NW for allegations of neglect and forcing tenants to live in a place with long-term infestations of vermin and mold.

D.C. attorney general targets real estate company for allegedly violating rent control laws

Mark Iandolo May 1, 2017, 3:10pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced April 25 a lawsuit against a real estate company that allegedly circumvents district rent-control laws and operates apartments like hotel rooms.

Kentucky receives roughly $93.5 million in annual Big Tobacco settlement payout

Mark Iandolo Apr. 28, 2017, 9:34am

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced April 20 that the state received millions from tobacco settlement money.

Massachusetts AG convenes advisory panel to review Community Benefits Program

Mark Iandolo Apr. 28, 2017, 9:34am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced April 19 that her office convened the first meeting of an advisory task force of health care experts who will examine guidelines for Massachusetts health care institution community benefits.