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Justice Department targets loan providers that allegedly discriminated against Hispanic homeowners

Mark Iandolo Aug. 26, 2016, 3:41pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — The Justice Department has announced a lawsuit against a multitude of mortgage loan modification service providers, alleging violations of the federal Fair Housing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act.

Justice Department accuses Georgia of discriminating against students with disabilities

Mark Iandolo Aug. 26, 2016, 3:38pm

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — The Justice Department has announced a lawsuit against the state of Georgia, alleging disability discrimination in the way the state treats students with disabilities in the Georgia Network for Education and therapeutic Support (GNETS) Program.  

Consumer accuses natural food manufacturer of misleading business practices

Michael Abella Aug. 26, 2016, 3:10pm

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — A Nassau County woman is suing a nutritional food manufacturer, alleging deceptive and misleading business practices and unjust enrichment.

SEC announces penalties for 13 investment advisory firms that allegedly spread false claims

Mark Iandolo Aug. 26, 2016, 2:56pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced penalties for 13 investment advisory firms that allegedly violated securities laws. These companies purportedly spread the false claims made by F-Squared Investments about its flagship product, AlphaSector.

U.S. DOL argues new fiduciary rule will have ‘enormous’ benefits for investors

Jessica Karmasek Aug. 26, 2016, 2:53pm

The Department of Labor, in a lawsuit brought by a group of trade associations in June, contends its conflicts of interest rule, despite the cost, better serves investors and aligns with other federal retirement laws. The department is asking a Texas federal court to rule in its favor.

FTC announces permanent ban for New York debt collector

Mark Iandolo Aug. 26, 2016, 2:48pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that Kelly S. Brace and his four companies have been banned from the debt collection business after a settlement with the agency and the attorney general of New York.

New York consumer accuses food company of false advertising

Louie Torres Aug. 26, 2016, 2:45pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — A New York consumer is suing a food company, alleging negligent misrepresentation and unfair competition.

Customer accuses retail store of false advertising

Wadi Reformado Aug. 26, 2016, 2:32pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — An El Dorado County woman is suing a retail store, alleging false advertising of shoes. 

ON to divest Ignition IGBT business to complete merger with Fairchild

Mark Iandolo Aug. 26, 2016, 2:21pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that ON Semiconductor Corporation will sell its Ignition IGBT business after allegations its proposed $2.4 billion acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. would be anticompetitive.

EEOC charges Profile Cabinet and Designs with race discrimination

Mark Iandolo Aug. 26, 2016, 1:47pm

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced a lawsuit against QWP Holdings LLC, doing business as Profile Cabinet and Design, for allegations of discriminating against two black employees because of their race.

N.J. SC to take on TCCWNA class actions

Andrew Burger Aug. 26, 2016, 12:26pm

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - The New Jersey Supreme Court is aiming to reconcile opposing lower court decisions regarding certification of class action lawsuits brought under the state's Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA) and Consumer Fraud Act.

Fired Wis. employee not a whistleblower; Decision part of circuit split

Dawn Geske Aug. 26, 2016, 12:11pm

MILWAUKEE (Legal Newsline) – A recent Wisconsin decision attempting to determine who is a whistleblower under the Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation protection provision is part of a growing split among circuits, a New York attorney says.

EEOC targets Legendary Baking for disability discrimination allegations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 26, 2016, 11:56am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced a lawsuit against American Blue Ribbons Holding LLC, doing business as Legendary Baking, for allegations of violating federal disability discrimination laws.

CFPB releases 'fix it form' to help student loan servicers improve level of service

Mark Iandolo Aug. 26, 2016, 11:52am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Student Loan Omsbudman has released a report about consumer complaints of servicing problems that make it difficult to lower their payments in relation to their income.

HealthNow to pay members it allegedly wrongfully denied claims

Mark Iandolo Aug. 26, 2016, 11:50am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — HealthNow, New York Inc. will pay many of its members after allegations of wrongfully denying thousands of claims for outpatient psychotherapy and more than 100 claims for nutritional counseling for eating disorders. The alleged wrongful denials totaled more than $1.6 million in patient claims.

Three Papa John's owners in New York City to pay $500,000 for alleged wage law violations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 26, 2016, 11:44am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — Sultan Ali Lakhani, Moregrace LLC and Thegrace Inc., owners of three Papa John’s Pizza franchise stores in Manhattan and the Bronx, will pay $500,000 after allegations of violating minimum wage and overtime laws, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced.

Credit Acceptance Corporation agrees to issue credit to consumers after settlement with Kansas

Mark Iandolo Aug. 26, 2016, 11:39am

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — The Office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has announced that Credit Acceptance Corporation will issue credit to roughly 2,100 consumers who used the financing company in the purchase of a vehicle.

Pumpco Energy Services to pay $237,980 after alleged RCRA violations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 26, 2016, 11:36am

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — Pumpco Energy Services Inc. will pay $237,980 after allegations of violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced.

Arizona Attorney General: Western Union has implemented compliance program in area

Mark Iandolo Aug. 25, 2016, 7:15pm

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a new development in the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) agreement with Western Union Financial Services Inc.

CFPB proposes changes to Know Before You Owe rule to help provide clarity

Mark Iandolo Aug. 25, 2016, 7:10pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced proposed updates to its Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule.