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Sherwin-Williams to divest two Valspar plants, continue with $11.3 billion acquisition

Mark Iandolo Jun. 6, 2017, 9:20am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 26 that Sherwin-Williams Company will settle anti-competitive allegations related to its proposed $11.3 billion acquisition of Valspar Corporation by selling Valspar’s North America Industrial Wood Coatings Business to Axalta Coating Systems Ltd.

FTC to mail nearly 40,000 refund checks for alleged coffee bean weight loss scam

Mark Iandolo Jun. 6, 2017, 9:19am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 30 that it is mailing 38,553 refund checks totaling roughly $1.9 million to consumers who purchased Pure Health or Genesis Today green coffee bean extract supplement from different retailers, including Walmart.

FTC settles with brothers who allegedly deceptively sold trampolines

Mark Iandolo Jun. 6, 2017, 9:18am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 31 that it has settled with Son “Sonny” Le and Bao “Bobby” Le, two brothers who allegedly deceived consumers in the marketing and sale of trampolines.

American Guild of Organists settles with FTC, to revise policies

Mark Iandolo Jun. 6, 2017, 9:18am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 26 that, following a public comment period, it has approved a final order and consent agreement with the American Guild of Organists that had been first announced in March.

Kansas announces debt collection ban for a deceptive practices

Mark Iandolo Jun. 6, 2017, 9:17am

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced May 26 that Jacobs Marsh LLC and owner Joseph Arena of Williamsville, New York, have been banned from the debt collection and debt enforcement business in the state.

FTC accuses Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board of limiting competition; LREAB says lawsuit is 'plain wrong'

Mark Iandolo Jun. 6, 2017, 9:16am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 31 it has filed a complaint against the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board, citing allegations the group unreasonably restrains price competition for appraisal services in its state.

Ohio targets 5 opioid manufacturers, alleging fraudulent marketing

Mark Iandolo Jun. 6, 2017, 9:16am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a lawsuit May 31 against five prescription opioid manufacturers for allegations of fraudulent marketing about the risks of opioids.

Justice Department settles with health care company, secures nearly $31.7 million

Mark Iandolo Jun. 6, 2017, 9:15am

TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 30 that Freedom Health Inc. and related corporate entities will pay $31,695,593 after allegations of violating the False Claims Act in connection with their Medicare Advantage plans.

Ohio attorney general targets contractor

Mark Iandolo Jun. 5, 2017, 9:33am

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced May 22 that his office has taken action to protect consumers, filing a complaint against George N. Krinos, who does business as Doors, Kitchens, and More Construction Co., for allegedly failing to deliver promised home improvement services to consumers.

Washington state settles with 2 restaurants that allegedly mislabeled fish in sushi products

Mark Iandolo Jun. 5, 2017, 9:26am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced May 25 that his office has settled with two state restaurants. The restaurants will cease the alleged mislabeling of fish in their sushi products.

Attorney general certifies petition seeking to change Ohio's congressional redistricting

Mark Iandolo Jun. 5, 2017, 9:26am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced May 22 that he has certified the petition that seeks to amend the Ohio Constitution and change the congressional redistricting process in the state.

Labor Department joins Pension Benefit Guaranty to recover $1.5 million for 2 participants

Mark Iandolo Jun. 5, 2017, 9:25am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced May 25 that the partnership between its Employee Benefits Security Administration and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has recovered close to $1.5 million for participants in two terminated Chicago-based pension plans.

Citigroup subsidiary to pay $97.44 million after allegations of violating Bank Secrecy Act

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2017, 8:43am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 22 that Banamex USA (BUSA), a Los Angeles-based financial institution and a subsidiary of Citigroup Inc., will forfeit $97.44 million and enter into a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) after allegations that BUSA committed Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) violations.

Federal court halts alleged phone debt relief operation at request of FTC

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2017, 8:42am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 23 that a federal court has temporarily halted an alleged phony debt relief operation that duped financially strapped consumers out of tens of millions of dollars. The purported scheme focused much of its efforts on scamming the elderly and the disabled.

EEOC targets educational technology company, alleges retaliation against employee

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2017, 8:42am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit May 24 against educational technology company IXL Learning Inc., alleging retaliation against an employee for accusing the company of discriminatory practices on Glassdoor.com.

Massachusetts leads 32 attorneys general in opposing administration plan to cut LSC funds

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2017, 8:41am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced May 22 that she is leading a group of 32 attorneys general, along with Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, in opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).

Arizona joins multistate, $18.5 million settlement with the Target

Mark Iandolo Jun. 2, 2017, 8:37am

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced May 23 that Arizona has joined a multistate, $18.5 million settlement with the Target Corporation after allegations the retail company incurred a massive data breach in 2013.

Maryland alleges assisted living facility violated False Health Claims Act

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:35am

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) — Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced May 22 that his office has taken action against Kris-Leigh Catered Living of Severna Park, LLC and its owners (“Kris-Leigh”) for allegations of violating the Maryland False Health Claims Act.

ConocoPhillips to pay $39 million to settle environmental damage allegations

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:32am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced May 25 that the ConocoPhillips Company will pay $39 million after allegations of environmental damage and injury to natural resources caused by a gasoline additive known as methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

EPA, Justice Department target Fiat Chrysler for alleged circumventing of Clean Air Act

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:32am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced May 23 the filing of a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit, against FCA US LLC, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., V.M. Motori S.p.A., and V.M. North America Inc. (collectively, “FCA”).