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U.S. OKs $1.1 million settlement with agricultural company

Mark Iandolo Aug. 22, 2017, 9:36am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Aug. 15 that John Duarte and Duarte Nursery Inc. will pay $1.1 million in civil penalties and mitigation to resolve allegations of violating the Clean Water Act on property in Tehama County, California.

Arizona attorney general supports FTC's Class Action Fairness Project

Mark Iandolo Aug. 22, 2017, 9:36am

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Aug. 16 that he has filed a formal comment with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in support of the agency’s Class Action Fairness Project.

FTC finalizes final order resolving antitrust allegations against Alimentation Couche-Tard

Mark Iandolo Aug. 22, 2017, 9:35am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Aug. 14 that, following a public comment period, the agency has approved a final order resolving federal antitrust violation allegations against Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s (ACT) $4.4 billion acquisition of CST Brands Inc.

Washington state alleges campaign finance violations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 22, 2017, 9:35am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Aug. 15 that he has filed a complaint alleging the Pierce County Democratic Central Committee committed campaign finance violations.

Pharmaceutical giant Mylan to pay $465 million after False Claims Act allegations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 22, 2017, 9:27am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Aug. 17 that pharmaceutical companies Mylan Inc. and Mylan Specialty L.P. will pay $465 million after allegations of violating the False Claims Act.

Washington state secures debt relief for 2,000 Corinthian Colleges student loan victims

Mark Iandolo Aug. 22, 2017, 9:26am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Aug. 17 that Aequitas Capital Management, a company in Lake Oswego, Oregon, will provide $7 million in debt relief to more than 2,000 Washington student loan borrowers.

New York secures $6.5 million settlement with timeshare building in Manhattan

Mark Iandolo Aug. 22, 2017, 9:26am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Aug. 16 that the owners and operators of the Manhattan Club, a timeshare building in Manhattan, will pay $6.5 million to resolve allegations of making false promises to current share owners.

Washington state urges U.S. Supreme Court to review 'culverts case'

Mark Iandolo Aug. 22, 2017, 9:25am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Aug. 17 that he has filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in U. S. et al v. State of Washington – also known as the “culverts case.”

EEOC targets UPS Freight for alleged disability discrimination

Mark Iandolo Aug. 17, 2017, 11:52am

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Aug. 8 against UPS Freight, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

CFPB unveils new Know Before You Owe overdraft disclosure prototypes

Mark Iandolo Aug. 17, 2017, 11:51am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Aug. 4 that it has unveiled its new Know Before You Owe overdraft disclosure prototypes, which were created to improve the model form that banks and credit unions already provide to consumers weighing overdraft coverage.

Mortgage company to pay $74 million after allegedly violating False Claims Act

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2017, 8:48am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Aug. 8 that PHH Corp., PHH Mortgage Corp. and PHH Home Loans (collectively, PHH) will pay $74,453,802 to resolve allegations of violating the False Claims Act.

EEOC targets AT&T Pacific Bell over allegations of discrimination against deaf employee

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2017, 8:48am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Aug. 8 against AT&T Pacific Bell, a telecommunications company in California, for allegations of denying an employee’s request for a sign language interpreter.

Massachusetts contractor to pay $100,000 for alleged wage law violations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2017, 8:47am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Aug. 8 that Wilmington Wiring Corporation (WWC) and owner John Garrett will pay more than $100,000 after allegations of intentionally failing to properly pay employees working on a public project for the city of Worcester to repair streetlights.

Arizona's Brnovich selected new chairman of Conference of Western Attorneys General

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2017, 8:47am

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Aug. 7 that he has been selected the new chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG).

Massachusetts attorney general secures $6.3 million in refunds for 4,500 homeowners

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2017, 8:46am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Aug. 11 that American Security Insurance Company will pay $6.3 million in refunds to more than 4,500 homeowners after allegations of improper charges.

South Carolina targets U.S. Energy Department, seeks $100 million

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2017, 8:46am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) — South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Aug. 8 that his office has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), seeking to recover $100 million the DOE allegedly owes for failing to remove a ton of plutonium from the Savannah River site this year.

California joins 16-state coalition supporting CMS arbitration prohibition rule

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2017, 8:45am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Aug. 9 that, along with a coalition of 16 other attorneys general, he has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

California leads coalition opposing EPA's proposed 27-month delay to methane reduction rule

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2017, 8:45am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Aug. 9 that he is leading a coalition of 14 attorneys general, the state of Colorado and the city of Chicago in submitting comments in opposition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed 27-month compliance delay of an Obama administration public health rule.

Massachusetts health care company owes $750,000 after allegedly forcing consumers to pay bills

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2017, 8:44am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Aug. 9 that Apria Healthcare LLC (Apria) will pay more than $750,000 to resolve allegations of directly billing people for services covered by the state’s Medicaid program (MassHealth).

District of Columbia secures settlement with Florida debt relief company, owner

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2017, 8:43am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Aug. 8 that the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) Office of Consumer Protection has reached a settlement agreement with YF Solution LLC, a Florida debt relief company, and its owner, Grace de Paz.