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FTC settles with one defendant in ongoing case against alleged fake prize scheme

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 8:55am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 21 that Ian Gamberg will settle FTC allegations in an alleged fake prize scheme that tricked consumers via mail into thinking that they had won $1 million. Gamberg is one of the defendants. 

Enbridge, Spectra Energy agree to conditions for merger to preserve competition

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 8:53am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 16 that Enbridge Inc. and Spectra Energy Corp have agreed to settle allegations that their merger would harm competition for pipeline transportation of natural gas in three production areas off the coast of Louisiana.

FTC: Leader of alleged debt relief scheme banned from selling mortgage or debt services

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 8:52am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 23 that Gabriel D. Stewart, the alleged leader of a debt relief scheme, has been banned from selling mortgage or debt relief services.

GC Services to pay $700,000 after FTC alleges unlawful use of tactics to collect debts

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 8:51am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 14 that debt collector GC Services will pay $700,000 after allegations of using unlawful tactics to collect federal student loans.

New York, Illinois lead coalition supporting federal protections for higher education students

Mark Iandolo Feb. 27, 2017, 8:08am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb. 22 that he joined with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and a coalition of other attorneys general in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Education Secretary and leaders in Congress.

HealthDrive dental practice to pay $1.5 million after allegedly overbilling MassHealth for nursing home visits

Mark Iandolo Feb. 27, 2017, 8:07am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Feb. 17 that dental provider Dr. Alec H. Jaret, doing business as HealthDrive Dental Group, and its billing agent, HealthDrive Corp., will pay $1.5 million after allegations of overbilling MassHealth for nursing home visits.

SEC charges Terminus Energy with allegations of misleading investors about its products

Mark Iandolo Feb. 27, 2017, 8:06am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Feb. 14 that it charged Terminus Energy, a California-based penny stock company, and four corporate officers with allegations of misleading investors. 

SEC obtains emergency court order freezing brokerage accounts of a Chinese national suspected of insider trading

Mark Iandolo Feb. 27, 2017, 8:05am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Feb. 10 that it obtained an emergency court order freezing brokerage accounts amassed by Shaohua (Michael) Yin in the wake of Comcast Corp.’s acquisition of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. after allegations of insider trading.

IWLA to settle allegations about business practices

Mark Iandolo Feb. 27, 2017, 8:05am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb. 22 that The International Women’s Leadership Association (IWLA) agreed to settle allegations that it has misrepresented the methods it used to select recipients for a business networking program.

Morgan Stanley pays $8 million penalty after allegations linked to single inverse ETF investments

Mark Iandolo Feb. 27, 2017, 8:04am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Feb. 14 that Morgan Stanley Smith Barney will pay $8 million and admit wrongdoing after allegations related to single inverse ETF investments it recommended to advisory clients.

JFK Courtyard settles price-gouging allegations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 24, 2017, 8:18am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb.13 that Granite JFK LLC and Crossroads Hospitality Company, which own and operate, respectively, the Courtyard by Marriott New York JFK Airport hotel, have agreed pay $48,000 to settle allegations of illegal price gouging during the Jonas ice storm in January 2016.

New York attorney general joins opposition to Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act

Mark Iandolo Feb. 24, 2017, 8:14am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb. 15 that his office has joined 10 other attorneys general in writing a letter to Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Charles Schumer of New York, asking for them to oppose to the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act. 

New York targets David Barton Gyms for allegedly failing to refund customers after closing

Mark Iandolo Feb. 24, 2017, 8:13am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a lawsuit Feb. 15 against Club Ventures Investments LLC,doing business as David Barton Gyms (DBG), and related entities that own and operate four David Barton Gyms in New York City.

New York settles with multiple app developers that allegedly failed to disclose data collection practices

Mark Iandolo Feb. 24, 2017, 8:12am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb. 9 that his office has reached settlements with mobile application developers AB Mobile Apps LLC and Bizness Apps LLC for alleged failures to disclose data collection practices in privacy policies.

EEOC targets three Hawaii tour companies for sexual harassment allegations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 22, 2017, 4:22pm

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Feb. 15 against three related Hawaii tour companies for allegations of sexual harassment of male employees.

United Staffing OKs $24,500 EEOC settlement after discrimination allegations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 22, 2017, 4:21pm

FRESNO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Feb. 14 that United Staffing Associates LLC, a staffing agency in Visalia, Calif., will pay $24,500 after allegations of retaliatory discrimination.

D.C. attorney general targets local personal care aid, alleging Medicaid fraud

Mark Iandolo Feb. 21, 2017, 9:25am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Jan. 27 that his office has filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against Deborah Kale, a personal care aide, for alleged Medicaid fraud.

D.C. attorney general intervenes in lawsuit against Department of Education

Mark Iandolo Feb. 21, 2017, 9:24am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Jan. 24 that he has motioned to intervene, along with four other state attorneys general, in a lawsuit to defend the Department of Education (DOE).

Michigan files amicus brief in case involving legally blind plaintiff's lawsuit against ABA

Mark Iandolo Feb. 21, 2017, 9:24am

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Jan. 18 that he has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Angelo Binno v. the American Bar Association (ABA). Binno, who is legally blind, is suing the ABA for its refusal to exempt blind people from the logic games section of the LSATs.

Florida to receive $111,000 of multistate settlement involving Ameriprise Group subsidiaries

Mark Iandolo Feb. 21, 2017, 9:24am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, along with the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation and the Florida Department of Financial Services, announced Jan. 30 that subsidiaries of the Ameriprise Group, RiverSource Life Insurance Company and RiverSource Life Insurance Company of New York, will pay $1.5 million in a life claim settlement.