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Rhode Island Supreme Court sides with Wells Fargo in foreclosure case

David Hutton Jun. 14, 2017, 9:38am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court on May 25 upheld a lower court's ruling that cleared Wells Fargo Bank of any wrongdoing in a home foreclosure that began in 2009.

Hit by foul ball in dugout, high school baseball player sees verdict overturned

Dee Thompson Jun. 14, 2017, 9:35am

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – Six years after getting hit in the head with a foul ball at a high school baseball game, Spencer Ludman’s case was deemed worthy of a new trial by the Iowa Supreme Court on June 2.

Connecticut dentist barred from Medicaid participation for 10 years

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:32am

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced June 6 that a Stamford-based dentist, Georgy Betser, his wife, Irina Betser, and their companies will forfeit $755,956.30 and be excluded from participation in the state's Medicaid program for 10 years after False Claims Act violation allegations.

EPA settles with petroleum marketing company involved in 2016 California oil spill

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:24am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced June 7 that the SoCo Group Inc., a petroleum marketing and distribution company based in Carlsbad, has agreed to pay $59,400 and resolve allegations related to its 2016 oil spill in San Diego.

Florida reaches settlement with Panama City Beach vehicle rental company

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:23am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced June 7 that her office has reached a settlement with Classy Cycles Inc. and owners Colleen Swab and Rich R. Roof after allegations of charging consumers for damage that did not occur.

New York, Massachusetts, Kentucky urge FCC to deny 'ringless robocall' petition

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:16am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced June 5 that they are urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny a petition requesting that so-called “ringless robocalls” be exempt from consumer protections under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Massachusetts joins coalition opposing the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:16am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced June 7 that she has joined a coalition of 20 attorneys general in opposing a federal bill that would cut the role of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

California receives $53.25 million of multistate settlement involving Dish Network

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:16am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced June 6 that California will receive $53.25 million after a judgment was levied against Dish Network in a national telemarketing case.

Justice Department issues memo ending third party settlement practice

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:15am

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced June 7 that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a memo ending the DOJ’s third party settlement practice.

FTC continues crackdown on tech support scams with recent $1 million settlement

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:15am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission announced June 7 that it has obtained settlements with a group of defendants based in St. Louis who allegedly tricked consumers into buying unnecessary technical support devices by targeting them with deceptive pop-up ads.

U.S. settles with Illinois city in case involving alleged RLUIPA violations

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:14am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced June 6 that the city of Des Plaines, Illinois, has agreed to resolve allegations of violating the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA).

Consumer board penalizes Fay Servicing $1.15 million for alleged mortgage servicing violations

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:14am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced June 7 that it took action against Fay Servicing, a mortgage servicer based in Chicago, for allegations of failing to provide mortgage borrowers with federally mandated protections against foreclosure.

U.S. secures $2.5 million settlement with contractor over alleged False Claims Act violations

Mark Iandolo Jun. 14, 2017, 9:13am

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced June 5 that Integrated Medical Solutions Inc. (IMS) and former President Jerry Heftler will pay $2.475 million after allegations of violating the False Claims Act and Anti-kickback Act.

States bet on spaceports, future economic benefits

Amanda Robert Jun. 14, 2017, 9:13am

Spaceports are popping up over the country as private companies bet on a surge in commercial spaceflight and equally eager states maneuver to make room for them.

Consumer alleges Royal Seas Cruises made illegal phone calls

Mike Torres Jun. 14, 2017, 9:12am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — A California consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against a cruise ship company, alleging violation of telephone harassment statutes.

Label or Liability: GSK faces $3M verdict over product it didn't make

Stephanie Grimoldby Jun. 13, 2017, 1:30pm

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - This spring, a Chicago federal jury awarded $3 million to the widow of a lawyer who committed suicide by stepping in front of a CTA L train in Chicago’s Loop in 2010 shortly after taking a generic version of the antidepressant drug Paxil.

Three customers allege Venezuelan airline broke law

Mike Torres Jun. 13, 2017, 11:37am

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) — Three Florida customers have filed a class action lawsuit against Santa Barbara Airlines CA, doing business as SBA Airlines, a Venezuelan company, alleging breach of contract.

Military housing company Corvias wins appeal to sue in bathroom fan fire case

Kacie Whaley Jun. 13, 2017, 11:37am

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – A Kansas military housing company won its appeal after suing two companies responsible for constructing a bathroom fan that allegedly caused two fires.

California's 2nd District Court of Appeal rejects Applied Underwriters’ petition

David Hutton Jun. 13, 2017, 10:59am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – California's Second District Court of Appeal has ruled that that Applied Underwriters’ appeal of a trial court’s order denying its renewed petition to compel arbitration is not appealable.

Police brutality victim will not receive award money from Baltimore, appeals court rules

Kacie Whaley Jun. 13, 2017, 9:43am

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has ruled against allowing a police brutality victim to collect damages from the city of Baltimore.