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Ala. court backs state AG in case against MOWA band of Choctaw Native Americans

Mark Iandolo Jan. 31, 2017, 9:16am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) — Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced Jan. 13 that the Mobile County Circuit Court has ruled in favor of the state in a case against the MOWA band of Choctaw Native Americans (Choctaw Entertainment Center) in Mount Vernon.

Cigna agrees to comply with New York mental health coverage laws

Mark Iandolo Jan. 27, 2017, 9:56am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Jan. 23 that Cigna has agreed to comply with New York mental health coverage laws.

Florida attempts to enforce settlement requirements against tobacco companies

Mark Iandolo Jan. 27, 2017, 9:55am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced an enforcement motion Jan. 18 against TG Brands LLC, formerly known as Lignum-2 LLC (ITG), and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJR) to enforce the explicit terms of the tobacco settlement agreement dated Aug. 25, 1997.

Washington business to pay $5.275 million after alleged employee payment issues

Mark Iandolo Jan. 27, 2017, 9:55am

SPOKANE, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice announced Jan. 23 that Washington River Protection Solutions LLC (WRPS) will pay $5.275 million after allegations of submitting false claims to the Department of Energy (DOE) about overtime and premium pay on a contract assignment.

Costco to pay $11.75 million to resolve allegations of violating Controlled Substance Act

Mark Iandolo Jan. 27, 2017, 9:54am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice announced Jan. 19 that Costco Wholesale will pay $11.75 million after allegations its pharmacies violated the Controlled Substance Act.

U.S. settles with Meadowvale Dairy after allegations of Clean Water Act violations

Mark Iandolo Jan. 27, 2017, 9:54am

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Jan. 19 that Meadowvale Dairy LLC will pay $160,000 and make changes to its business practices after allegations of violating the Clean Water Act at its animal feeding operations in Rock Valley, Iowa.

New York supports EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Update Rule

Mark Iandolo Jan. 27, 2017, 9:51am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Jan. 19 that his office has filed a motion in District of Columbia.District Court seeking to intervene in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cross-State Air Pollution Update Rule.

Questcor Pharmaceuticals settles with FTC, four states after monopoly allegations

Mark Iandolo Jan. 27, 2017, 9:50am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a joint settlement Jan. 18 with four other attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission with Mallinckrodt PLC and its U.S. subsidiary, formerly known as Questcor Pharmaceuticals (Questcor), a drug manufacturer.

Mississippi alleges Google illegally obtains personal information of students

Mark Iandolo Jan. 27, 2017, 9:49am

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced a lawsuit Jan. 17 against Google Inc., over allegations of collecting personal information and a search history of public school students in violation of the state’s Consumer Protection Act.

Shire Pharmaceuticals to pay $350 million penalty, resolving kickback allegations

Mark Iandolo Jan. 26, 2017, 9:06am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice announced Jan. 11 that Shire Pharmaceuticals will pay $350 million after allegedly committing federal and state False Claims Act violations by employing kickbacks to induce physicians to use their product.

Allergen settles SEC allegations regarding public disclosures, to pay $15 million penalty

Mark Iandolo Jan. 25, 2017, 8:54am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Jan. 17 that Allergan Inc. will pay $15 million in penalties after allegedly violating securities law when failing to make proper disclosures after a hostile takeover bid.

CashCall to repay $1.8 million, forgive $1 million in loans after deal with D.C.

Mark Iandolo Jan. 25, 2017, 8:54am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Karl A. Racine, the attorney general for the District of Columbia, announced Jan. 11 that lender CashCall has agreed to repay more than $1.8 million in debt payments made by district consumers. The company will also forgive more than $1 million in remaining loan debt.

U.S. settles with Pepco, resolving alleged violations of Clean Water Act permit

Mark Iandolo Jan. 25, 2017, 8:53am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement Jan. 13 with the Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) that resolves alleged violations of Pepco’s Clean Water Act permit at its service center in the Anacostia section of Washington, D.C.

CGMI to return $22.5 million to consumers after fee overcharge allegations in New York

Mark Iandolo Jan. 24, 2017, 12:25pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Jan. 12 that Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (CGMI), a subsidiary of Citigroup, will return more than $22.5 million in fees to more than 47,000 consumers after a four-year long case. The company admitted to the findings of Schneiderman’s office.

Washington state attorney general, senator seek one-year lobbying prohibition

Mark Iandolo Jan. 24, 2017, 12:25pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Jan. 12 that, along with state Sen. Reuven Carlyle, he has reintroduced the government ethics proposal that would establish a one-year lobbying prohibition for former high-ranking state officials.

Nearly 4,500 ACI students will receive loan forgiveness after deceptive practices allegations

Mark Iandolo Jan. 24, 2017, 12:24pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Jan. 13 that the U.S. Department of Education will forgive loans for nearly 4,500 student who were allegedly victimized by the now-defunct American Career Institute (ACI) in Massachusetts.

CITGO settles New Jersey-based case of alleged fraud with $456,610 penalty

Mark Iandolo Jan. 24, 2017, 12:16pm

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced Jan. 12 that Texas-based CITGO Petroleum (CITGO) will pay $456,610 after allegations of violating the Motor Fuels Act, the Consumer Fraud Act and the Advertising Regulations.

Connecticut home health care provider pays $5.25 million to settle false claim allegations

Mark Iandolo Jan. 24, 2017, 12:15pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced Jan. 12 that Family Care Visiting Nurse and Home Care Agency LLC (FCVNA) and owners David and Rita Krett have agreed to a $5.25 million settlement after allegations of submitting false claims to the state’s Medicaid program.

D.C. attorney general reintroduces legislation targeting pay-to-play politics

Mark Iandolo Jan. 24, 2017, 12:14pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Karl A. Racine, attorney general for the District of Columbia, announced Jan. 9 that his office has reintroduced legislation targeting pay-to-play politics in Washington, D.C.

California gets $150 million of Moody's $863 million settlement related to alleged misconduct

Mark Iandolo Jan. 24, 2017, 12:14pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California’s acting attorney general, Kathleen A. Kenealy, along with the U.S. Department of Justice and the attorneys general from 20 other states and the District of Columbia, announced Jan. 13 that Moody’s Corporation (Moody’s) will pay $863.8 million after allegations related to the company’s misconduct in inflating ratings of residential mortgage-backed securities.