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CFPB report on college-bank deals: Many schools more focused on bottom line, not students

Mark Iandolo Jan. 4, 2017, 9:05am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Dec. 14 a report detailing that costly fees and risky features often are attached to college-sponsored accounts.

California secures additional $66 million from Volkswagen after landmark environmental case

Mark Iandolo Jan. 4, 2017, 9:04am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced Dec. 20 an additional $66 million settlement with Volkswagen.

Massachusetts fines Olympia General Construction $27,000 for alleged wage issues

Mark Iandolo Jan. 4, 2017, 9:03am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Dec. 19 that Olympia General Construction Corp. and its president, Marcelo Cardoso Queiroz, have been cited $27,611 for allegedly failing to pay overtime wages to employees.

Arizona joins 24-state coalition against Clean Power Plan, urges Trump to withdraw measure

Mark Iandolo Jan. 4, 2017, 9:02am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Dec. 15 that he has joined a 24-state coalition in opposing the Clean Power Plan put forth by President Obama. The coalition asks President-elect Donald Trump and Congressional leaders to withdraw the plan.

EPA fines Western Solutions $25,000, alleges violations of cleanup agreement

Mark Iandolo Jan. 4, 2017, 9:01am

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 20 that it has assessed Western Solutions Inc. a $25,000 fine for violating a chemical cleanup order issued by the agency in 2010.

Arkansas targets United Networks of America in consumer protection lawsuit

Mark Iandolo Jan. 4, 2017, 9:00am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced a consumer-protection lawsuit Dec. 20 against Louisiana-based United Networks of America Inc. (UNA).

CFPB blog post details key areas of 2017 focus for agency's fair lending department

Mark Iandolo Jan. 4, 2017, 8:52am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a blog post Dec. 16 by Patrice Ficklin of the fair lending department that details the key areas her team will focus on in 2017.

EPA targets Syngenta Seeds, seeks $4.8 million for alleged worker protection law violations

Mark Iandolo Jan. 4, 2017, 8:38am

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a complaint Dec. 15 against Syngenta Seeds LLC for allegations of violating federal pesticide regulations.

California not happy with Interior Department's fracking assessment

Mark Iandolo Jan. 4, 2017, 8:38am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and the California Coastal Commission announced a lawsuit Dec. 19 challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) final environmental assessment concerning fracking off the coast of California.

Southern Coal settles allegations of Clean Water Act violations, agrees to $900,000 penalty

Mark Iandolo Dec. 30, 2016, 10:14am

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Dec. 16 that Southern Coal Corporation has agreed to settle with Virginia and other Appalachian states after allegations of systemically polluting waterways in violation of state and federal laws.

Washington state targets legislative candidate for alleged campaign finance violations

Mark Iandolo Dec. 30, 2016, 10:09am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Dec. 19 that his office has filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court against Teresa Purcell for alleged campaign finance violations.

Ohio, West Virginia attorneys general oppose Obama administration's Stream Protection Rule

Mark Iandolo Dec. 30, 2016, 9:57am

COLUMBUS (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey released comments on Dec. 19 expressing opposition to the federal government’s Stream Protection Rule.

CarMax allegedly failed to disclose vehicles had been recalled, settles with the FTC

Mark Iandolo Dec. 29, 2016, 12:52pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Dec. 16 that CarMax Inc. and two other major used auto retailers have agreed to settle allegations of false advertising.

Michigan attorney general alleges four individuals failed to protect citizens of Flint

Mark Iandolo Dec. 29, 2016, 12:51pm

FLINT,Mich. (Legal Newsline) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Dec. 20 that his office has charged two former state of Michigan emergencymanagers, Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose, with allegations of failing to protect Flint citizens from health hazards caused by contaminated drinking water.

Houston's Brothers Market & Meat Mart closes after allegedly violating temporary injunction

Mark Iandolo Dec. 29, 2016, 12:49pm

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Dec. 14 that Brothers Market & Meat Mart in Houston has been closed after it allegedly violated the terms of a temporary injunction.

Turn Inc. to settle FTC claims it deceived consumers by tracking them without consent

Mark Iandolo Dec. 29, 2016, 12:47pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement Dec. 20 with Turn Inc., a Redwood City, California-based company that enables sellers to target digital advertisements to consumers.

FTC OKs American Air Liquide Holding's divestiture of bulk liquid carbon production assets

Mark Iandolo Dec. 29, 2016, 12:46pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Dec. 20 that it had approved an application from American Air Liquide Holdings Inc. to sell to Reliant Holdings Ltd. certain assets related to liquid carbon dioxide and dry ice production at facilities in Galva, Iowa, and Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.

Washington state targets politician, political group for alleged campaign finance violations

Mark Iandolo Dec. 29, 2016, 12:45pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Dec. 19 that his office has filed two separate complaints against the Washington State Budget and Policy Center and a 2016 candidate for the Thurston County Board of Commissioners for allegations of campaign finance violations. 

New Jersey cites 21 unlicensed moving companies, fines each $2,500

Mark Iandolo Dec. 29, 2016, 12:43pm

NEWARK, N.J.(Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Dec. 16 that the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs cited 21 unlicensed moving companies and fined them each $2,500.

SEC charges Platinum Partners founder with allegedly running fraudulent scheme

Mark Iandolo Dec. 29, 2016, 9:23am

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Dec. 19 charges against Mark Nordlicht, founder of Platinum Partners and two of its flagship hedge funds.