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Texas urges court to knock down race, sex quota for state bar board membership

Mark Iandolo Jan. 10, 2017, 9:35am

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Dec. 29 that his office has filed an amicus brief supporting a lawsuit challenging racial and sex-based quotas for board membership on the State Bar of Texas.

Pennsylvania targets auto business for allegedly selling unlicensed vehicles

Mark Iandolo Jan. 10, 2017, 9:35am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer announced Jan. 3 that his office has filed 29 legal actions against individuals and automobile businesses that allegedly engaged in unlicensed car sales, selling un-roadworthy vehicles and publishing deceptive advertisements.

Tennessee Gas to pay $640,000 for conservation land it bought to build pipeline

Mark Iandolo Jan. 10, 2017, 9:34am

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy and Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton announced Dec. 29 that Tennessee Gas Pipeline LLC will pay $640,000 to compensate for conservation land acquired to build a pipeline in Berkshire County.

Fertility Bridge settles with New Jersey, will remove libel clause from consumer contracts

Mark Iandolo Jan. 10, 2017, 9:33am

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced Jan. 4 that Fertility Bridges will settle allegations it effectively barred consumers from posting negative reviews of the website online.

All American Home Care agrees to $25,000 fine after allegations of privacy rule violations

Mark Iandolo Jan. 10, 2017, 9:31am

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Dec. 23 that All American Home Care, a home care services agency, has agreed to a $25,000 fine after allegations the company obtained personal contact information from a competing agency and used the information in commercial marketing efforts.

Two companies defeat telemarketing claims holding them 'vicariously liable'

Kyla Asbury Jan. 9, 2017, 2:19pm

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – Two defendants in a multidistrict litigation proceeding involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act have won summary judgment, dismissing them from an MDL containing 30 cases. 

DirecTV, lawyer accused of unfair trade practices

Christopher Knoll Jan. 9, 2017, 12:19pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- DirecTV once more faces a RICO lawsuit alleging it has conducted unfair trade practices and has colluded with a law firm and an unnamed entity in extorting small businesses, especially those that are minority-owned, by threatening legal action over alleged erroneous billing.

More litigants come forward in ongoing automotive parts antitrust case

Shanice Harris Jan. 9, 2017, 12:16pm

DETROIT (Legal Newsline) – Bridgestone is one of several defendants being sued for alleged antitrust violations in what the company calls one of the largest litigations in the country.

GOP lawmaker introduces federal legislation aimed at delaying DOL’s fiduciary rule

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 9, 2017, 11:33am

The legislation, introduced by U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina Friday, would provide for a two-year delay of the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule’s effective date. The rule mandates financial professionals who service individual retirement accounts, including IRAs and 401(k) plans, to serve the “best interest” of the savers and disclose conflicts of interest.

Health care fraud efforts ramped up under Obama

John O'Brien Jan. 6, 2017, 1:14pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A federal program that was implemented in 1997 and designed to target health care fraud took off under President Obama.

Federal jury awards $250,000 to former Costco employee

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2017, 10:11am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Dec. 22 that a federal jury has awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages to a former employee of Costco Wholesale Inc. The employee allegedly had been harassed and stalked by a customer.

Law firms butt heads over share of fees in Vioxx class action settlement

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 6, 2017, 10:10am

Kahn Swick & Foti LLC, considered one of the nation’s premier boutique securities litigation law firms, filed its lawsuit against Milberg LLP in November. The Louisiana firm contends Milberg owes it millions in fees from work it did on litigation concerning Merck’s painkiller Vioxx.

Stockholder alleges Paypal, officers violated law

Louie Torres Jan. 6, 2017, 10:10am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — A stockholder is suing a California corporation and its officers, alleging violation of federal law.

U.S. announces deal with Union Savings Bank, Guardian Savings Bank over redlining allegations

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2017, 10:08am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 28 that Union Savings Bank and Guardian Savings Bank had settled allegations of engaging in “redlining,” a practice of discriminating against predominantly African-American neighborhoods in and around Cincinnati.

Abbot Laboratories, St. Jude to divest certain businesses before completing proposed merger

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2017, 10:08am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Dec. 27 that Abbot Laboratories will divest two medical device businesses after allegations its proposed $25 billion acquisition of St. Jude Medical Inc. will likely be anti-competitive.

U.S. agencies settle for $40 million with 100 parties in Petersen/Puritan Superfund site case

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2017, 10:07am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Protection (RIDEM) announced Dec. 23 they had reached a $40 million settlement with defendants to ensure cleanup of “Operable Unit Two” of the Peterson/Puritan Inc. Superfund site in Cumberland and Lincoln, Rhode Island.

General Cable pays $20 million in settlement, settles allegations of FCPA violations

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2017, 10:06am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 29 that General Cable Corporation will pay $20 million after allegations it made improper payments to government officials in Angola, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia and Thailand to gain business. Purported conduct of this nature violates the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Boehringer Ingelheim OKs FTC consent order, will divest certain products before Sanofi deal

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2017, 10:05am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Dec. 28 that Boehringer Ingelheim has agreed to divest five types of animal health products in the United States before finalizing its proposed asset swap with Sanofi of Paris. The FTC had alleged the swap likely would be anti-competitive.

U.S. reaches final resolutions with banks in Swiss Bank Program

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2017, 10:05am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 29 that it had reached final resolutions with banks that have met the requirements of the Swiss Bank Program.

U.S. targets Barclays for alleged scam that helped ignite 2008 financial crisis

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2017, 10:04am

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 22 it has filed a civil complaint against Barclays Bank PLC and many of its affiliates. The department alleges Barclays engaged in a fraudulent scheme to sell residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS).