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U.S. OKs $34,000 settlement with Missouri health care providers

Mark Iandolo May 23, 2017, 8:50am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 18 that two southwest Missouri health care providers will pay $34,000 after allegations of violating the False Claims Act through the creation of improper financial relationships with referring physicians.

New York settles with Buffalo landlord who allegedly allowed unruly parties

Mark Iandolo May 22, 2017, 1:07pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a consent decree May 18 with Jeremy Dunn, a landlord who controls a number of properties on Winspear Avenue and Northrup Place in University Heights, a residential neighborhood in Buffalo.

Federal court grants FTC lien on Florida home in alleged precious metals scam

Mark Iandolo May 22, 2017, 1:06pm

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 18 that a federal court has granted its request for a lien on the Florida home of Sam J. Goldman, the alleged operator of a precious metals scam conning senior citizens.

Montana federal jury returns $37,000 verdict against landlord who allegedly charged illegal fee

Mark Iandolo May 22, 2017, 1:06pm

BUTTE, Mont. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 17 that a federal jury in Butte, Montana, has returned a $37,343 verdict against a Bozeman, Montana, landlord for charging a $1,000 fee to a tenant with physical and psychiatric disabilities for having a service animal.

EEOC settles with summer camp for $70,000 after allegations of pregnancy discrimination

Mark Iandolo May 22, 2017, 1:06pm

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced May 17 that Carolina Creek Christian Camp Inc., a business that offers summer camping and retreats in Huntsville, Texas, will pay $70,000 after allegations of pregnancy and disability discrimination.

U.S. settles with Washington food processing facility after discrimination allegations

Mark Iandolo May 22, 2017, 12:59pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 21 that Washington Potato Company and Pasco Processing LLC has agreed to pay $225,750 and change its business practices to settle allegations of discriminating against lawful permanent residents in their hiring practices.

EEOC seeks injunctive relief against Ruby Tuesday

Mark Iandolo May 22, 2017, 12:57pm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit May 17 against Ruby Tuesday Inc., a national casual dining restaurant chain, for allegations of age discrimination.

Connecticut alleges EPA has failed to act on anti-pollution petition

Mark Iandolo May 22, 2017, 12:57pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced May 17 that his office has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), alleging it is failing to take timely action on a petition from Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Justice Department files second complaint against UnitedHealth Group alleging Medicare fraud

Mark Iandolo May 22, 2017, 12:56pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 16 that has it filed a second complaint against UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UHG) for allegations of knowingly obtaining inflated risk adjustment payments based on untruthful and inaccurate information about its UHG’s Medicare Advantage plan beneficiaries and their health statuses.

Montana joins 36 other states in urging expansion of Medicaid fraud authority

Mark Iandolo May 18, 2017, 9:41am

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced May 10 that he has joined 36 other states and the District of Columbia in urging U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to expand the Medicaid fraud authority so it can address more resident abuse and neglect cases.

Massachusetts announces cleanup agreement for contaminated Jamaica Plan facility

Mark Iandolo May 17, 2017, 9:06am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced May 10 that her office has entered an agreement for the cleanup and redevelopment of a former automotive and industrial facility in Jamaica Plain.

EEOC accuses North Dakota company of sexual harassment

Mark Iandolo May 17, 2017, 9:03am

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit May 5 against Keller Paving and Landscaping Inc. for allegations of sexual harassment.

EEOC settles for $57,000 with special education company after allegations of sex discrimination

Mark Iandolo May 17, 2017, 9:03am

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced May 8 that Special Education Associates Inc., a company that provides educational services to students with developmental and learning disabilities in New York City, will pay $57,000 after allegations of sex discrimination.

California joins coalition urging appointment of independent counsel to review possible Russian interference

Mark Iandolo May 17, 2017, 9:02am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced May 11 that he has joined Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and a coalition of 20 attorneys general in urging the U.S. Department of Justice to appoint an independent special counsel to look into possible Russian interference in the presidential election.

EPA signs proposed rulemaking to approve North Dakota's Class VI injection wells

Mark Iandolo May 16, 2017, 9:41am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced May 9 that the EPA has signed a proposed rulemaking to approve North Dakota’s application to implement and enforce its own Class VI Underground Injection Control (UIC) program.

EPA settles with Potomac Electric Power Company for $54,000

Mark Iandolo May 16, 2017, 9:41am

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced May 11 that Potomac Electric Power Company will pay $54,000 after allegations of violating hazardous waste regulations at its maintenance facility in Washington D.C.

Washington governor signs bill approving conditions for government contracts

Mark Iandolo May 16, 2017, 9:41am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced May 8 that Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law his bipartisan bill to ban businesses that have willfully violated wage theft laws from being awarded government contracts.

California to receive $66 million in additional settlement with Volkswagen

Mark Iandolo May 16, 2017, 9:40am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced May 11 that Judge Charles Breyer of the U.S. District Court for Northern District of California has approved a $250 million settlement with Volkswagen.

EEOC targets New Jersey IT staffing company for alleged age discrimination

Mark Iandolo May 16, 2017, 9:39am

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit May 9 against Diverse Lynx, an IT staffing company in Princeton, New Jersey, for allegations age discrimination.

EEOC settles with Georgia restaurant for $20,000 after allegations of sexual harassment

Mark Iandolo May 16, 2017, 9:39am

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced May 8 that El Chaparro Inc., a Tex-Mex restaurant in Covington, Georgia, will pay $20,000 after allegations of sexual harassment.