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Texas woman alleges law firm Burr & Forman LLP charged higher fee than stated in contract

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Harris County, Texas woman alleges a law firm that represented her in an arbitration matter charged more than what was agreed upon.

Aloha Auto Group reaches $30,000 settlement with EEOC over retaliatory discrimination suit

HONOLULU — Aloha Auto Group, Ltd,, has agreed to a $30,000 settlement after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against the company for retaliatory discrimination.

NLRB reversal on joint employer issue should please business community

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Well-versed in federal and state labor law matters, award-winning attorney James Nicholas has much to say about two recent National Labor Board Relations (NLRB) verdict reversals.

GEO Group to pay $550,000 for sexual harassment, retaliation suits

PHOENIX — The GEO Group Inc., will pay $550,000 as part of a consent decree to settle two lawsuits for sexual harassment and retaliation filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Arizona Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General's Office (ACRD).

Pioneer Health Services agrees to $85,000 settlement after alleged ADA violation

JACKSON, Mississippi — Pioneer Health Services Inc. of Mississippi, recently agreed to pay a settlement of $85,000 after a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit alleged the company illegally fired an employee after she underwent liver transplant surgery.

FTC reaches $650,000 settlement with VTech for allegedly violating U.S. children's privacy laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a $650,000 settlement with VTech Electronics to settle charges that the electronic toy manufacturer violated U.S. children's privacy laws.

False Claims Act defendant challenges civil penalties as excessive before any amount determined

RICHLAND, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A False Claims Act lawsuit in Washington state could help defendants challenge excessive fine amounts early in the litigation process.

Phoney Lawsuits: Polish immigrant concludes six-figure run by settling 31st lawsuit

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The last of a Polish immigrant's 31 Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits, which paid out more than $800,000, has settled, but the need to reform telemarketing regulation continues, a privacy and securities class actions defense lawyer says.

Federal judge joins others, says bankruptcy court not allowed to impose punitive sanctions

BURLINGTON, Vt. (Legal Newsline) – A U.S. district court judge has overturned a bankruptcy court ruling that level $375,000 in punitive sanctions against PHH Mortgage Corp. in three Chapter 13 cases pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont.

Six Flags case could clarify requirements for biometric claims used in class actions

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case could have bearing on Illinois' one-of-a-kind biometric privacy law after an appeals court ruled last month the plaintiff alleged no actual harm, an attorney who defends businesses against such cases said during a recent interview.

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.