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Covenant Transport agrees to $30,000 EEOC penalty after allegations of disability discrimination

Mark Iandolo Mar. 7, 2017, 8:31am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Feb. 24 that Covenant Transport Inc., a Tennessee-based trucking company, will pay a $30,000 penalty after allegations of disability discrimination.

Massachusetts settles three cases related to disability-based housing discrimination

Mark Iandolo Mar. 7, 2017, 8:30am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Feb. 28 three separate settlements related to disability-based housing discrimination against tenants.

Wood Group to pay $9.5 million for alleged negligence at offshore sites in Gulf of Mexico

Mark Iandolo Mar. 7, 2017, 8:29am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Feb. 23 that Wood Group PSN Inc., a Nevada corporation based in Houston, will pay $9.5 million in two separate cases involving allegations related to conduct in the Gulf of Mexico.

Massachusetts joins amicus brief in Supreme Court case related to debt buyers

Mark Iandolo Mar. 7, 2017, 8:29am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Feb. 27 that she has joined a multistate amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court. In the brief, the attorneys general argue that debt buyers that purchase defaulted consumer debt and attempt to collect it should be subject to federal laws related to debt collection.

EPA announces settlement in Oregon with Nygaard Land

Mark Iandolo Mar. 2, 2017, 8:32am

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Feb. 8 that Martin Nygaard and Nygaard Land LLC will begin a major wetland restoration effort on 72 acres of formerly wooded property that Nygaard owns and cleared.

Arizona court dismisses more than 1,000 lawsuits brought by alleged serial litigator

Mark Iandolo Mar. 2, 2017, 8:32am

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Feb. 17 that a judge has dismissed more than 1,000 allegedly frivolous lawsuits filed by a serial litigator.

D.C. successfully defends inclusionary zoning program after challenge from developer

Mark Iandolo Mar. 2, 2017, 8:31am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Feb. 15 that his office has won a case against a developer that challenged the constitutionality of the district’s inclusionary zoning (IZ) program.

Florida works with FTC to shut down alleged illegal robocall scheme

Mark Iandolo Mar. 2, 2017, 8:30am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and nine other state attorneys general announced Feb. 21 the final consent judgment shutting down an allegedly illegal robocall scheme selling Florida cruise line vacations.

Wash. high court upholds lower court decision in LGBT discrimination case

Mark Iandolo Mar. 2, 2017, 8:29am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Feb. 16 that the state’s Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision in Ferguson’s lawsuit against a Richland Florist for alleged LGBT discrimination.

New Jersey targets Hilton Homewood Suites hotel, alleging discrimination against female employees

Mark Iandolo Mar. 2, 2017, 8:28am

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the state’s Division of Civil Rights announced Feb. 10 the filing of a complaint against a Hilton Homewood Suites hotel for allegations of discriminating against female employees.

Washington state attorney general resolves two campaign finance violation cases

Mark Iandolo Mar. 2, 2017, 8:26am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Feb. 13 that his office has resolved two campaign finance violation cases.

Breast cancer group settles Michigan case involving allegations of deceiving donors

Mark Iandolo Mar. 2, 2017, 8:25am

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Feb. 14 that Florida-based nonprofit Breast Cancer Outreach Foundation Inc. will pay $150,000 after allegations it deceptively raised $1.4 million nationwide, including at least $36,372 in Michigan.

SEC, state securities administrators sign pact to monitor new crowdfunding rules

Mark Iandolo Mar. 1, 2017, 8:49am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Feb. 17 that it had signed an information-sharing agreement with the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA).

Horizon Healthcare Services settles data breach case for $1.1 million

Mark Iandolo Mar. 1, 2017, 8:48am

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Feb. 17 that Horizon Healthcare Services Inc., the state’s largest health care provider, will pay $1.1 million and improve data security practices after allegations of failing to properly protect the privacy of close to 690,000 New Jersey policyholders.

Shan and Toad to change refund policy to avoid alleged 'redlining'

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 9:01am

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Feb. 16 that internet children’s clothing retailer Shan and Toad will change its policy of not offering refunds for consumers in certain locations.

Muskegan Family Care to pay $21,500 after allegedly firing employee because of medical condition

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 9:00am

DETROIT (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Feb. 17 that Muskegon Family Care will pay $21,500 and furnish other relief after allegations of disability discrimination.

Cili Minerals enjoined from distributing allegedly misbranded products

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 8:59am

LAFEYETTE, La. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Feb. 16 that Pick and Pay Inc./Cili Minerals LLC (Cili Minerals) and its owner and CEO, Anton S. Botha, have been permanently enjoined from distributing allegedly misbranded and unapproved drugs.

FTC bans American from telemarketing after allegedly helping India-based call centers deceive consumers

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 8:58am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 15 that Joel S. Treuhaft and his company, PHLG Enterprises LLC, have been banned from aiding any telemarketers. This comes after the FTC charged him with allegations of helping telemarketers in India defraud cash-strapped U.S. consumers.

Three U.S. companies settle with FTC in case involving deception allegations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 8:57am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 22 that three U.S. companies will settle allegations of deceiving consumers about their participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system.

Abbott Labs, St. Jude Medical to divest certain business assets to complete merger

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 8:56am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 23 the approval of a final order settling charges that Abbott Laboratories’ $25 billion acquisition of St. Jude Medical Inc. would be anti-competitive. The approval comes following a public comment period.