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Alabama attorney general leads coalition opposing Persuader Advice Exemption Rule

Mark Iandolo Feb. 11, 2016, 12:06pm

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (Legal Newsline) — Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has announced his state is spearheading a coalition that involves 12 other states in opposing the Obama administration’s proposed Persuader Advice Exemption Rule.

SEIU 925 to pay $31,715 regarding allegations of campaign finance law violations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 10, 2016, 2:54pm

OLYMPIA, Washington (Legal Newsline) — Service Employees International Union Local 925 (SEIU 925) will pay the state of Washington $31,715 due to allegations it improperly reported in-kind and cash campaign violations, the state has announced.

Washington state attorney general takes action against Facing East Restaurant

Mark Iandolo Feb. 10, 2016, 12:33pm

OLYMPIA, Washington (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced his office has filed charges against Yu-Ling Wong, owner of the Facing East restaurant, alleging Wong hid cash transactions and pocketed tax money from patrons.

Sale Slash to stop alleged use of fake claims in sale of weight-loss pills

Mark Iandolo Feb. 9, 2016, 12:44pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — As part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), California-based Sale Slash will stop the alleged use of spam emails and fake news websites with phony celebrity endorsements and unsupported efficacy claims to promote its weight-loss products.

Greyhound to implement sweeping reforms after allegations of violating ADA

Mark Iandolo Feb. 9, 2016, 12:40pm

WILMINGTON, Delaware (Legal Newsline) — Greyhound Lines Inc., the nation’s largest provider of intercity bus transportation, will need to implement a series of reforms to resolve allegations it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) under a consent decree filed by the Justice Department.

FTC settles with Vulcan for allegedly placing apps on consumer devices without permission

Mark Iandolo Feb. 9, 2016, 12:21pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement with technology company Vulcan that will resolve allegations the company unfairly placed apps on consumers’ mobile devices without permission.

Mattuchio Construction agrees to $72,000 settlement over alleged illegal dumping

Mark Iandolo Feb. 9, 2016, 12:17pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has reached a settlement agreement with Mattuchio Construction Co. Inc. for $72,000 over alleged illegal waste dumping.

AG's bill to raise sale age of tobacco advances in Washington

Mark Iandolo Feb. 7, 2016, 5:53pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — The state of Washington's House Health Care & Wellness Committee advanced Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s agency-request bill to raise the sale age of tobacco and vapor products to 21 last week. 

FTC discusses its competition enforcement and advocacy work in recent testimony

Mark Iandolo Feb. 7, 2016, 3:32pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission explained its competition enforcement and advocacy work for state regulatory boards and licensing requirements for occupations, trades and professions in testimony presented to a subcommittee from the U.S. Senate.

Michigan attorney general warns Flint residents about potential scams

Mark Iandolo Feb. 7, 2016, 3:27pm

FLINT, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is warning Flint residents as they deal with hardships stemming from the contamination of their drinking water that these types of crises can also create opportunities for scam artists.

Two Maine supplement companies settle with the state after claims of deceptive advertising

Mark Iandolo Feb. 7, 2016, 3:17pm

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission, along with Maine’s Office of the Attorney General, reached a settlement with Direct Alternatives and Original Organics LLC to resolve allegations of deceptive claims and advertising.

HSBC to pay $470 million over allegations of mortgage and foreclosure abuses

Mark Iandolo Feb. 7, 2016, 3:05pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – HSBC Bank USA NA and its affiliates settled for $470 million with the Justice Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and numerous state attorneys general over allegations of mortgage origination, servicing and foreclosure abuses.

California AG files lawsuit against Southern California Gas Co. in connection to recent methane leak

Mark Iandolo Feb. 7, 2016, 2:52pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris filed a lawsuit against Southern California Gas Co. over alleged violations of California law in connection to a massive methane leak from the company’s Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility.

Washington AG charges WSLC with alleged campaign finance violations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 7, 2016, 2:45pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Washington State Attorney General’s Office announced the filing of a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court that alleges campaign finance violations by the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC).

Arkansas AG takes action against auto dealers over allegedly deceptive practices

Mark Iandolo Feb. 7, 2016, 2:36pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – In a consumer-protection lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge alleged that a group of automobile dealerships and their owners engaged in deceptive practices.

SEIU 775 will pay $39,000 over allegations of false reporting

Mark Iandolo Feb. 6, 2016, 3:31pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson reached an agreement with Service Employees International Healthcare 775NW (SEIU 775) that will see the organization pay more than $39,000 over allegations of improperly reporting in-kind and cash contributions.

Miami-Luken settles for $2.5 million in larger case involving the alleged flood of drugs into W.Va.

Mark Iandolo Feb. 6, 2016, 3:22pm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – The Attorney General’s Office for West Virginia announced it has settled for $2.5 million with Miami-Luken over allegations the company failed to detect, report and stop the flood of suspicious drugs into the state.

New York AG takes action against home improvement contractor Joseph Lloyd

Mark Iandolo Feb. 6, 2016, 3:12pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a lawsuit against Joseph Lloyd, a home improvement contractor, over alleged fraud against Western New Yorkers.

Rental Pro to pay $37,000 over age discrimination allegations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 6, 2016, 3:00pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reached an agreement with Rental Pro that will see the company pay $37,000 over allegations it violated age discrimination laws.

Save-A-Lot franchise agrees to $125,000 settlement with EEOC

Mark Iandolo Feb. 6, 2016, 2:52pm

GREENVILLE, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – The Canton, Mississippi, franchise of Save-A-Lot Grocery will pay a former employee $125,000 to settle sexual harassment allegations brought forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.