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Florida to receive $1.6 million in multistate settlement with Olympus America

Mark Iandolo May 9, 2016, 12:37pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has announced Florida will participate in a multistate and federal settlement with Olympus America Inc. that resolves allegations the company committed anti-kickback violations.

Discount Auto Sales to pay $125,000 for allegedly selling previously wrecked vehicles

Mark Iandolo May 9, 2016, 12:22pm

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Discount Auto Sales LLC and owner Eivan Shahara will pay $125,000 in restitution and attorney fees after allegations of selling consumers cars that had been previously wrecked and declared total losses, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has announced.

Justice Department settles with Texas city over alleged disability discrimination

Mark Iandolo May 7, 2016, 7:33pm

BEAUMONT, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Justice Department announced a settlement with the city of Beaumont, Texas, for $475,000 over allegations the city discriminated against persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities trying to live in small group homes in residential districts. The city has also agreed to make changes to its zoning and land use practices.

Missouri AG takes action against 5 Star Paving over allegations of violating consumer laws

Mark Iandolo May 7, 2016, 7:29pm

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a civil lawsuit against 5 Star Paving, Christopher Haynes, Charles Haynes, Nancy Haynes and Randy Williams over allegations of violating state consumer laws by taking money for asphalt jobs and then failing to complete promised work.

Halliburton and Baker Hughes abandon potential $34 billion merger

Mark Iandolo May 6, 2016, 7:52pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Halliburton and Baker Hughes have abandoned a $34 billion planned merger according to the Department of Justice.

Trolice Consulting Services mandated to pay $2.5 million civil penalty

Mark Iandolo May 6, 2016, 7:48pm

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Trolice Consulting Services LLC and president James R. Trolice have been mandated by the New Jersey Bureau of Securities to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty for allegations of selling unregistered securities to investors.

New York attorney general reaches $7 million agreement with art collector

Mark Iandolo May 6, 2016, 7:38pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Aby J. Rosen, a contemporary art collector, has agreed to pay $7 million to resolve allegations he failed to pay millions in sales and use taxes on art acquisitions, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced.

Michigan attorney general files cease and desist against Corporations for Character

Mark Iandolo May 6, 2016, 7:32pm

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that his office filed a cease and desist against professional fundraiser Corporations for Character for allegedly violating the Public Safety Solicitation Act.

New York attorney general notes 40 percent increase in data breaches this year

Mark Iandolo May 6, 2016, 7:27pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that so far this year as compared to last year, his office has received a 40 percent increase in data breach notifications.

Hikma to divest certain products to complete major acquisition

Mark Iandolo May 6, 2016, 12:24pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a modified final order that settles anti-competitive allegations for Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLCS’s $2 billion acquisition of Roxane Laboratories Inc. and Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Inc.

FTC settles with Vipvape over allegations of consumer deception

Mark Iandolo May 5, 2016, 8:24pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with Very Incognito Technologies Inc., which does business as Vipvape, after allegations of deceiving consumers about participation in the East-Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBRP) system.

BSG settles with FTC after allegations of unauthorized telephone bill charges

Mark Iandolo May 5, 2016, 8:20pm

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a proposed $5.2 million settlement agreement with Billing Services Group (BSG) that resolves allegations the company placed crammed charges on consumers’ phone bills.

BlueHippo Capital CEO to owe $13.4 million for alleged deception

Mark Iandolo May 5, 2016, 8:16pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A federal court, at the request of the Federal Trade Commission, has found BlueHippo Funding LLC, BlueHippo Capital LLC and Joseph Rensin in contempt for allegedly operating a computer financing scheme that deceived consumers in violation of a 2008 agreement.

Ohio attorney general accuses Prime Technologies of telemarketing violations

Mark Iandolo May 4, 2016, 2:56pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a lawsuit against Prime Technologies LLC and operator Linda Brown Massey, alleging the company tricked consumers into thinking their computers were infected with a virus in order to profit.

New York joins national settlement with Olympus over False Claims Act allegations

Mark Iandolo May 4, 2016, 2:26pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced a joint settlement with the federal government and a coalition of states that resolves allegations that Olympus Corporation of the Americas paid illegal kickbacks to health care providers.

Oregon attorney general settles with allegedly fraudulent company

Mark Iandolo May 4, 2016, 2:22pm

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) — Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins have announced the state has settled with “Oregon State Compliance,” a company that allegedly sent Oregon businesses a fake invoice meant to look like it was from the state.

Pennsylvania receives $1.6 million as part of larger civil settlement with Olympus

Mark Iandolo May 4, 2016, 2:16pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — The Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has announced it has joined with other states and the federal government in a $306 million civil settlement with Olympus America Inc. to resolve allegations of illegal kickbacks. Pennsylvania will receive $1.6 million as part of the settlement.

Ohio targets contractor for alleged consumer sales violations

Mark Iandolo May 4, 2016, 2:13pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced his office has sued Columbus-based 5 Star Remodeling LLC and owner Robert Turnquest for alleged violations of the state’s Consumer Sales Practice Act.

North Carolina bans car title lender from making loans in state

Mark Iandolo May 4, 2016, 1:39pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has announced that a car title lender that does business as Autoloans, Car Loan, Sovereign Lending Solutions and Title Loan America has been banned from making loans in the state.

North Carolina bans Antiquities Vending from doing business in state

Mark Iandolo May 4, 2016, 1:20pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has announced Antiquities Vending Company and owner Alan Huffman have been temporarily banned from operating in the state after allegations of repeatedly failing to complete work or return antiques to consumers.