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FTC charges 'work from home,' 'get rich quick' scheme operators with FTC Act violations

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Dec. 28 that it has charged a group of defendants with allegations of deceiving consumers about a “work from home” scheme.

FTC finalizes settlement with Lenovo, resolves security infringement case involving U.S. laptops

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan 2 that it has finalized a settlement with Lenovo Inc., resolving allegations the company’s laptops with pre-loaded software that harmed consumers.

FTC settles with Utah woman who allegedly helped telemarketers dupe consumers

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan 2 that it had reached a settlement with Jamie L. White of Utah over allegations of assisting telemarketers in bilking money from consumers.

Can a government official block a constituent from a Facebook page?

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – As a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit prepares to consider the appeal in a case pitting a Loudoun County, Va., official and a frequent critic, the ACLU is stepping in.

Computer Sciences Corp. takes issue with Maryland's fraud claims

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – Los Angeles-based Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought against it by the state of Maryland that claimed CSC deliberately misrepresented its capabilities in creating a new Medicaid computer system.

Ala. Supreme Court rules damages cap does not apply to wrongful death suit against nurses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Alabama Supreme Court has reversed a ruling in a wrongful death case and has ruled that the claims against nurses are not subject to a damages cap.

Calif. court gives hope to class action filed by custodians at ABM Industries

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A California appellate court has reversed a lower court's decision denying class status to janitorial workers at ABM Industries who retained a wage and hour expert, noting “it appears that plaintiffs have identified a number of common questions suitable for classwide resolution.”

Justice Department secures $23.9 million from dental management company

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Jan. 10 that Benevis LLC, a dental management company, and more than 130 of its affiliated Kool Smiles dental clinics will pay $23.9 million after allegations of submitting false claims to state Medicaid programs for child dental services that were not medically needed.

EEOC: Louisville restaurant chain to pay 15 former female employees $340,000 after alleged harassment

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Jan. 8 that Indi’s Fast Food Restaurant Inc., a restaurant chain in Louisville, will pay $340,000 to 15 former female employees after allegations of sexual harassment.

Virginia secures $150,000 for consumers victimized by alleged home improvement fraud scheme

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Jan. 10 that his office has secured $150,000 in restitution for more than 60 consumers who were allegedly defrauded by Sea-Thru Windows Inc., a window seller and installer, and its president and sole owner, Jeffery C. Pesich.

Rhode Island settles decade-long case targeting state's Department of Children, Youth, Families

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Jan. 8 that the state has settled a decade-long civil action brought forth by Children’s Rights Inc. over the quality of care at the Rhode Island Island Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF).

Whitney M. Young Health Center to pay $1.25 million to resolve improper billing allegations

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Jan. 12 that the Whitney M. Young Health Center will pay $1.25 million to resolve allegations of improper billing by its Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program.

New York City nursing home operator allegedly shut down two facilities without warning

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Jan. 5 that Allure Group will pay roughly $2 million in penalties after allegations of improperly handling facility closures.

New York: Johnson Controls self-reports False Claims Act violations, will pay $341,000

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Jan. 9 that Johnson Controls will pay $341,000 to resolve allegations of submitting falsified training certifications when bidding for state contracts in the Albany area.

EPA: StarKist Co. to pay $6.5 million after alleged Clean Water Act violations in Samoa

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 26 that StarKist Co. and its subsidiary, Starkist Samoa Co., have agreed to pay $6.5 million after allegations of violating stormwater rules of the Clean Water Act at a tuna processing plant in American Samoa.

California: Royal Bank of Scotland to pay $125 million for alleged role in financial crisis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Dec. 22 the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), a financial conglomerate with holdings throughout the world, will pay $125 million after allegations of misrepresentations about residential mortgage-backed securities sold to CalPERS and CalSTRS, the state’s public employee and teacher pension funds.