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Consumer board orders JPMorgan to pay $4.6 million

Mark Iandolo Aug. 8, 2017, 7:59am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Aug. 2 that it has taken action against JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, ordering it to pay $4.6 million for alleged failures related to information it provides for checking account screening reports.

Kansas joins coalition in backing Congress' use of CRA to overturn agency regulations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 8, 2017, 7:58am

TOPEKA (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced July 31 he has joined the attorneys general of 14 states in supporting a federal law that allows Congress to review and overturn agency regulations.

New York leads coalition alleging EPA is stalling smog designation plan

Mark Iandolo Aug. 8, 2017, 7:58am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Aug. 1 that he is leading a coalition of 16 state attorneys general in a lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Washington state attorney general accuses political action committee of violations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 7, 2017, 11:38am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Aug. 1 that his office filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court against the Washington & Northern Idaho Laborers Political Action Committee (the PAC) for campaign finance violation allegations.

Arizona announces $240,000 judgment against mortgage relief company after alleged scam

Mark Iandolo Aug. 2, 2017, 9:48am

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced July 26 that his office has obtained a $241,401 judgment against Mortgage Relief Solutions Inc. (MRS) and owner Eric David Brown over allegations of consumer fraud.

Court enters permanent injunction against Crown Labs after alleged distribution of misbranded drugs

Mark Iandolo Aug. 2, 2017, 9:47am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced July 27 that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Crown Laboratories Inc. and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Bedard to stop the alleged distribution of unapproved and misbranded drugs.

Two major pharmaceuticals agree to FTC divestiture settlement

Mark Iandolo Aug. 2, 2017, 9:46am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced July 20 that Baxter International Inc. and Claris Lifesciences Limited will divest two types of pharmaceutical products to settle anti-competitive allegations related to Baxter’s proposed $625 million acquisition of Claris’ injectable drugs business.

Justice Department accuses two Louisiana companies of Immigration and Nationality Act violations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 2, 2017, 9:45am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced July 26 it has filed a lawsuit against Louisiana-based companies Technical Marine Maintenance Texas LLC, which provides contract shipyard labor, and Gulf Coast Workforce LLC, a related company, for allegedly violating the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Massachusetts joins coalition challenging EPA delay

Mark Iandolo Aug. 1, 2017, 9:32am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced July 25 that she has joined a coalition of 11 attorneys general in a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to challenge the agency’s allegedly unlawful delay of a rule providing vital protections to communities living near facilities housing dangerous chemicals.

Massachusetts accuses oil tank removal company of hazardous waste law violations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 1, 2017, 9:25am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced a lawsuit July 25 against Commonwealth Tank Inc. (CommTank) and President Kevin Hoag for allegations of illegally generating and storing hazardous waste and discharging pollutants into an unpermitted well at its facility.

Oklahoma sues four major opioid manufacturers, alleges responsibility for public health crisis

Mark Iandolo Aug. 1, 2017, 9:25am

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced June 30 that his office has filed a lawsuit against the four leading manufacturers of opioid pain medication in the United States, for allegations of deceptive marketing that helped advance the country’s opioid epidemic.

Arizona settles with company that allegedly targeted local businesses in fraud scheme

Mark Iandolo Aug. 1, 2017, 9:23am

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced July 27 that Mandatory Poster Agency Inc. and its owners will pay $175,000 in restitution to Arizona businesses after allegations it sent government “Annual Minutes" lookalike mailers.

Mass. AG: Law firm clogged courts with more than 200K lawsuits

Mark Iandolo Jul. 31, 2017, 2:41pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced July 27 that Lustig, Glaser & Wilson PC and its two principals, Ronald E. Lustig and Kenneth C. Wilson, will pay $1 million in restitution after allegations of widespread consumer abuses that impacted thousands of consumers in the state.

Puerto Rico steakhouse agrees to EEOC settlement regarding age discrimination allegations

Mark Iandolo Jul. 31, 2017, 2:40pm

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced July 24 that Meat Market LLC, a steakhouse in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will pay a monetary amount to unsuccessful job applicants and better maintain a workplace free from discrimination after allegations of age discrimination.

MagnaCare to return $14.5 million to ERISA-covered health plans after alleged violations

Mark Iandolo Jul. 31, 2017, 2:39pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced July 25 that MagnaCare LLC will return at least $14.5 million to health benefit plans covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) after allegations of ERISA violations.

EEOC targets New York trucking company for alleged disability discrimination

Mark Iandolo Jul. 31, 2017, 2:38pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit July 27 against Regional International Corporation, a commercial truck and trailer dealership with locations in western New York, over allegations of firing an employee who requested leave for hip replacement surgery.

Virginia secures settlement with credit lender that allegedly violated Consumer Protection Act

Mark Iandolo Jul. 31, 2017, 2:38pm

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced July 25 that Alternative Finance Company, an open-end credit lender in Virginia Beach, will provide refunds and debt forgiveness to roughly 600 consumers after allegations of violating the Virginia statutes applicable to consumer finance companies and the Virginia Consumer Protection Act (VCPA).

EEOC alleges Georgia Dollar General guilty of disability discrimination in hiring

Mark Iandolo Jul. 31, 2017, 2:37pm

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit July 25 against the owner-operator of a Dollar General store in Georgia for allegations of discriminating against a job applicant because of her disability and because she complained to the company’s human resources department about the discrimination.

Houston company to pay $145,000 EEOC settlement after alleged disability discrimination

Mark Iandolo Jul. 31, 2017, 2:36pm

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced July 21 that Chemtrusion Inc., a manufacturing services company in Houston, will pay $145,000 after allegations of disability discrimination.

EEOC secures $10.5 million settlement with Bass Pro after allegations of discrimination

Mark Iandolo Jul. 31, 2017, 2:36pm

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced July 25 that Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC will pay $10.5 million after allegations of hiring discrimination and retaliation.