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FTC reaches $2.2M settlements with Red Cedar, SFS Inc. over illegal fee allegations

Mark Iandolo Jan. 8, 2016, 5:42pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission has reached settlements with payday lenders Red Cedar Services and SFS Inc. for $2.2 million each over allegations they charged consumers illegal fees.

Kansas AG claims Iowa Steak Co. violated consumer protection laws

Mark Iandolo Jan. 8, 2016, 5:33pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced that he is suing Christopher Maselka and Iowa Steak Co. LLC over alleged violations of consumer protection laws in Kansas.

Oklahoma AG files brief asking Supreme Court to hear its marijuana case against Colorado

Mark Iandolo Jan. 8, 2016, 5:27pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) – Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed a brief that asks the Supreme Court of the United States to consider the question of whether Colorado’s recreational marijuana law violates federal law.

EPA announces insecticide assessment results

Mark Iandolo Jan. 8, 2016, 5:20pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an assessment in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation that indicates a potential threat of insecticides to pollinators.

CFPB seeks public input on HMDA resubmission guidelines

Mark Iandolo Jan. 8, 2016, 5:08pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it would seek feedback from the public on the resubmission of mortgage lending data reported under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).

Washington State attorney general asks UTC to reject the current CenturyLink settlement proposal after 911 outage

Mark Iandolo Jan. 8, 2016, 5:03pm

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he is asking the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) to reject CenturyLink’s settlement proposal and fine it the maximum $11.5 million over the six-hour 911 outage that left the state without critical 911 services.

EPA and Department of Justice announces $22 million final settlement with Cooper Drum group

Mark Iandolo Jan. 8, 2016, 4:54pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice announced a final $22 million settlement with a group of 40 parties to help clean up the Cooper Drum site.

Massachusetts convenience store Honey Farms will pay $25,000 to settle discrimination allegations

Mark Iandolo Jan. 7, 2016, 2:31pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that Honey Farms Inc. will pay up to $25,000 to resolve racism allegations.

Ohio Attorney General announces lawsuit against Thrifty Propane for allegedly misrepresenting its services

Mark Iandolo Jan. 7, 2016, 2:22pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced his office is suing Thrifty Propane for allegedly misrepresenting its services and failing to properly deliver propane to customers across Ohio.

Department of Justice seeks injunctive relief from Volkswagen over alleged faulty emission systems

Mark Iandolo Jan. 7, 2016, 2:16pm

DETROIT (Legal Newsline) – On behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice filed a civil complaint against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche over alleged faulty emission control systems in their vehicles.

Justice Department reaches $9 million settlement with URS E & C Holdings

Mark Iandolo Jan. 7, 2016, 2:08pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Justice Department announced that URS E & C Holdings Inc. will pay $9 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations.

Henry Schein Practice Solutions will pay FTC $250,000 over false advertising allegations

Mark Iandolo Jan. 7, 2016, 1:59pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission has reached a $250,000 agreement with Henry Schein Practice Solutions Inc. to resolve allegations the company falsely advertised the encryption level it provided to protect patient data.

Novum Structures to plead guilty to the alleged use of improper foreign products

Mark Iandolo Jan. 7, 2016, 1:48pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Justice Department announced that Novum Structures LLC has agreed to plead guilty and pay $3 million to resolve allegations of improperly using foreign materials on construction projects involving federal funds.

New York Attorney General asks Supreme Court to invalidate two Texas abortion provisions

Mark Iandolo Jan. 7, 2016, 12:50pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – In a case also involving 13 other states and the District of Columbia, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a friend-of-the-court briefing that asks the Supreme Court of the United States to invalidate two Texas law provisions that restrict access to abortion services in that state.

Lumosity will pay $2 million to resolve claims of deceptive advertising

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2016, 6:29pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission has reached a $2 million agreement with the creators and marketers of the Lumosity “brain training” program over allegations of deceiving consumers.

Schneiderman reaches settlement with DirectLabs and LabCorp over alleged clinical testing issues

Mark Iandolo Jan. 5, 2016, 12:41pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced agreements with Direct Laboratories LLC (DirectLabs) and Laboratory Corp. of American (LabCorp) that will stop these businesses from giving clinical laboratory testing to New Yorkers without a licensed medical provider’s involvement.

Arkansas AG receives settlement from Tri-State Pawn, resolving allegations of excessive interest rates

Mark Iandolo Jan. 5, 2016, 12:35pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – Tri-State Pawn of Texarkana Inc. has come to an agreement with Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, resolving allegations it charged consumers excessive interest rates on title loans, a violation of Arkansas law.

Justice Department and Oregon come to agreement over alleged ADA infractions

Mark Iandolo Jan. 5, 2016, 12:31pm

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) – The state of Oregon has reached an agreement with the Justice Department over its alleged infractions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Harris supports CFPB's proposed payday lending regulations

Mark Iandolo Jan. 5, 2016, 12:24pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris issued a letter that urges the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to adopt regulations that would help protect consumers from harmful payday and small-dollar lending practices.

Delaware AG proposes financial crisis settlement funds to be used to build communities

Mark Iandolo Jan. 5, 2016, 12:19pm

DOVER, Del. (Legal Newsline) – Delaware Attorney General Matt Den, backed by community leaders, has revised his proposal for using funds from the financial crisis settlement on crime prevention, housing, substance abuse treatment, after-school and summer school programs, prisoner re-entry, and education.