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EPA places 90-day administrative hold on guidelines for landfills

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:10am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced May 23 a 90-day administrative stay for the August 2016 New Source Performance Standards and Emissions Guidelines for municipal solid waste landfills.

District of Columbia joins 42 states in $33 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:10am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced May 24 that the district and 42 states will receive $33 million after a settlement with Johnson & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. related to the sale of allegedly adulterated versions of common over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

Court rules Wells Fargo liable 20 percent penalty after allegedly abusive tax shelter

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:10am

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 25 that a federal court in Minneapolis ruled Wells Fargo is liable for a 20 percent negligence penalty for the $350 million of foreign tax credits it claimed while participating in an alleged abusive tax shelter called the Advantaged Repackaged Securities (STARS).

New York secures settlement with company that sells Bluetooth-enabled doors, padlocks

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:09am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced May 22 that Safetech Products LLC and owner Ryan Hyde have agreed to settle allegations of selling insecure wireless door and padlocks.

EPA settles with Hawaii farm that allegedly misused pesticides, violated safety regulations

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:09am

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced May 25 that Wonder Farm Inc. has agreed to settle allegations of misusing pesticides and violating worker safety regulations at its basil farm in Waianae, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu, by paying a $26,700 penalty.

FTC targets alleged student loan debt relief scam

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:08am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 25 that it has taken action against a scheme that allegedly duped millions of dollars from consumers by falsely promising student loan debt relief and credit repair.

California urges Trump administration to close so-called 'bomb train' loophole

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:08am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced May 25 that he has urged the Trump administration to close a loophole that allows highly flammable, highly explosive crude oil to be shipped by freight rail via so-called “bomb trains” through communities in California.

Oklahoma attorney general urges consumers to avoid LayZ Board hoverboards

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:08am

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced May 23 that he has urged Oklahomans to stop purchasing or using LayZ Board Hoverboards.

Justice Department settles with onion farm that allegedly discriminated against U.S. citizens

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:07am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 23 that Carrillo Farm Labor LLC (Carillo Farm), an onion farm in Deming, New Mexico, has agreed to settle allegations that it discriminated against U.S. citizens and instead hired mostly foreign visa workers.

EPA administrator signs proposal to postpone compliance date for ELG Rule

Mark Iandolo May 31, 2017, 9:06am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced May 25 that Administrator Scott Pruitt has signed a proposed rule aimed at postponing the date that companies would need to come under compliance with the effluent limitations guidelines and standards for steam electric power plants (ELG Rule).

District of Columbia settles with financial group that allegedly duped cash-strapped consumers

Mark Iandolo May 30, 2017, 11:40am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced May 23 that his Office of Consumer Protection has settled with Burlington Financial Group LLC (Burlington) and its owner and manager, Sang Yi, for allegations of falsely promising to reduce consumer debt.

Texas urges EPA administrator to reconsider Obama-era regulations

Mark Iandolo May 26, 2017, 7:07am

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced May 19 that his office sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking the agency to suspend, review and reconsider Obama-era EPA regulations that Texas challenged in 12 lawsuits.

Ohio joins coalition urging Senate to fix quirk in law related to health care fraud recoveries

Mark Iandolo May 26, 2017, 7:07am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced May 17 that he has been joined by 51 other attorneys general in urging the the Senate Finance Committee to look into an alleged quirk in federal law that prevents states from receiving equitable shares of health care fraud recoveries.

EEOC accuses Maryland logistics company of religious discrimination

Mark Iandolo May 24, 2017, 9:06am

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit May 16 against XPO Mile Inc., a logistics company, for allegations of refusing to hire a Jewish job candidate who could not work on Rosh Hashanah due to his religious beliefs.

New York settles with two Buffalo property owners after lead-based paint hazard allegations

Mark Iandolo May 24, 2017, 9:05am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced May 18 that two Buffalo-area property owners have agreed to settle allegations of lead-based paint hazards at apartment complexes in Buffalo.

Mississippi settles with drug testing company for $2 million after alleged bribery scheme

Mark Iandolo May 24, 2017, 9:05am

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced May 18 that Branan Medical Corp. will pay $2 million after allegations of a bribery scandal.

Montana backs federal appeals court postponement of EPA oil, natural gas rule decision

Mark Iandolo May 24, 2017, 9:05am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced May 19 that he supports a federal appeals court after its decision effectively postpones any decision regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s overreaching oil and natural gas rule.

New York settles with nonprofit housing organization after allegations of discrimination

Mark Iandolo May 24, 2017, 9:04am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement agreement May 17 with the German American Settlement League (GASL) after allegations the nonprofit organization committed housing discrimination on the basis of race and national origin.

Massachusetts settles with three construction companies that allegedly violated wage laws

Mark Iandolo May 23, 2017, 8:52am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced May 15 that three construction companies in the state will pay more than $600,000 for allegations of failing to pay the proper prevailing wage rate to employees for work performed on public projects.

Texas wastewater treatment facility to improve pollution controls

Mark Iandolo May 23, 2017, 8:51am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced May 17 that Vopak Terminal Deer Park Inc. and Vopak Logistics Services USA Inc., have agreed to settle allegations of violating federal and state clean air laws.