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Magellan settles spill claims, will pay $16M in injuctive relief

Mark Iandolo Feb. 3, 2017, 9:31am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice on Jan. 19 reached a settlement with Magellan Pipeline Company L.P. for alleged Clean Water Act violations related to a fuel spill.

Hancock Foods settles EPA allegations related to Clean Air Act compliance

Mark Iandolo Feb. 3, 2017, 9:30am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Jan. 19 that Hancock Foods, which owns a blueberry processing facility in Hancock, Maine, has agreed to comply with federal requirements designed to protect the public and first responders from hazardous chemicals.

Rhode Island, 16 other states, D.C. intervene in appeal to defend CFPB's structure

Mark Iandolo Feb. 3, 2017, 9:30am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Jan. 23 that he would join a group of 17 other attorneys general in claiming the structure of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is constitutional.

Florida AG alleges General Chemical Corporation conspired to reduce competition

Mark Iandolo Feb. 3, 2017, 9:22am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — The office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a federal antitrust action Jan. 19 against liquid aluminum sulfate producers General Chemical Corporation and its successor and affiliated companies GEO Specialty Chemicals Inc. and C&S Chemicals Inc. and its affiliated company.

FTC settles with Endo, files charges against Watson and Impax alleging pay-for-delay scheme

Mark Iandolo Feb. 3, 2017, 9:22am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 23 that the agency re-filed a complaint and filed a proposed stipulated order in federal court to resolve charges that Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Endo International plc violated antitrust laws.

FTC settles with Uber for $20 million

Mark Iandolo Feb. 3, 2017, 9:21am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 19 that Uber Technologies, the San Francisco-based ride hailing company, will pay $20 million after allegations it misled potential drivers by exaggerating earnings claims. The $20 million will go toward refunding affected drivers around the U.S.

EEOC targets Marquez Brothers, alleging civil rights violations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 2, 2017, 12:01pm

FRESNO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Jan. 12 against Marquez Brothers International Inc. for allegations of failing to hire non-Hispanic applicants for entry-level positions due to their race.

FTC accuses Qualcomm of anti-competitive monopoly tactics

Mark Iandolo Feb. 2, 2017, 12:00pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 17 that it has filed a complaint in federal court against Qualcomm Inc. for allegedly using anti-competitive tactics to keep its monopoly related to key semiconductor devices.

District of Columbia settles class action lawsuit related to tax-lien statute

Mark Iandolo Feb. 2, 2017, 11:58am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Jan. 18 that the district will settle a class action lawsuit filed by Boies, Schiller & Flexner on behalf of property owners who lost homes and home equity because of the district’s tax-sale foreclosure system.

Matson to pay $725,000 for alleged Clean Water Act violations in Honolulu Harbor

Mark Iandolo Feb. 2, 2017, 11:57am

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Jan. 19 that Matson Terminals Inc. has agreed to pay $725,000 in civil penalties after allegations of Clean Water Act violations related to a September 2013 molasses spill into Honolulu Harbor.

Consumer financial board alleges CityFinancial Servicing, CitiMortgage misled consumers

Mark Iandolo Feb. 2, 2017, 11:57am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Jan. 23 that it took separate actions against CitiFinancial Servicing and CitiMortgage Inc. for business practices involving struggling homeowners seeking options to save their homes.

Deutsche Bank to pay $7.2 billion for alleged role in financial crisis

Mark Iandolo Feb. 1, 2017, 9:21am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice announced Jan. 17 that Deutsche Bank has agreed to a $7.2 billion settlement after allegations it misled investors in the packaging, securitization, marketing, sale and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) between 2006 and 2007.

Justice Department targets Ahmet Okumus for alleged HSR Act violations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 1, 2017, 9:21am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice announced a civil antitrust lawsuit Jan. 17, filed at the request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), against Ahmet Okumus.

Medstar allegedly violated False Claims Act, to pay $12.7 million penalty

Mark Iandolo Feb. 1, 2017, 9:20am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice announced Jan. 13 that Medstar Ambulance will pay $12.7 million after allegations of knowingly submitting false claims to Medicare.

Western Union settles for $586 million after allegations of fraud, money laundering

Mark Iandolo Feb. 1, 2017, 8:53am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 19 that the Western Union Company (Western Union), a global money services business headquartered in Colorado, will forfeit $586 million after allegations of allowing consumer fraud and money laundering.

Washington secretary of state to pay $10,115 for alleged campaign finance violations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 1, 2017, 8:52am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that Washington’s Secretary of State, Kim Wyman, will pay $10,115 for alleged campaign finance violations.

Volkswagen agrees to $4.3 billion in penalties

Mark Iandolo Jan. 31, 2017, 9:18am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice announced Jan. 11 that Volkswagen has agreed to $4.3 billion in penalties after allegations the company sold 590,000 diesel vehicles in the U.S. by using defeat devices to circumvent emissions tests.

McKesson distribution practices suspended in multiple states after alleged violations of CSA

Mark Iandolo Jan. 31, 2017, 9:18am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice announced Jan. 17 that McKesson Corporation (McKesson), a pharmaceutical drug distributor in the United States, will pay $150 million in civil penalties after allegedly violating the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

Massachusetts Medicaid Fraud Division recovered more than $80 million in 2016

Mark Iandolo Jan. 31, 2017, 9:17am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Jan. 11 that during 2016 her office recovered more than $80 million for the state’s Medicaid program.

MB2 Dental Solutions in Texas to pay $8.45 million after allegedly violating federal, state laws

Mark Iandolo Jan. 31, 2017, 9:17am

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Jan. 12 that MB2 Dental Solutions (MB2) and 21 affiliated pediatric dental practices have agreed to pay $8.45 million after allegedly violating the federal False Claims Act (FCA) and the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act (TMFPA).