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Oklahoma attorney general's motions regarding federal tax cut savings receives approval

By Marian Johns | Jan 15, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma's Corporate Commission has voted to approve the motions filed by the state's attorney general that request Oklahoma Natural Gas (ONG) return money saved from the 2017 federal tax cuts to utility customers.

Jackson Hewitt reaches settlement with Massachusetts over alleged deceptive advertising

By Marian Johns | Jan 15, 2019

BOSTON — Jackson Hewitt Tax Service has reached a settlement with the state of Massachusetts to resolve allegations the company posted deceiving advertisements regarding discounts on tax preparation services.

Florida attorney general to serve on NAAG executive committee

By Marian Johns | Jan 15, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, recently sworn in as the state's 38th attorney general, has announced she will serve on the National Association of Attorneys General's (NAAG) executive committee along with nine other attorneys general from across the nation.

Arizona accuses Mercedes-Benz of emissions fraud for diesel cars

By Marian Johns | Jan 15, 2019

PHOENIX — The state of Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Mercedes-Benz USA LLC and its parent company Daimler, alleging the companies defrauded customers by installing "defeat devices" on its diesel cars to show lower emission levels than were actually emitted by the vehicles.

Florida sports club allegedly violated D.C. consumer protection laws

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Florida sports club faces a lawsuit by the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia for alleged violations of consumer protection laws and also alleged violations of a 2016 legal settlement regarding the club's membership cancelation policies.

South Carolina seeks to join action against U.S. government's offshore drilling, seismic testing plans

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The state of South Carolina has filed a motion in federal court to join a lawsuit filed by 16 of the state's cities, towns and the Small Business Chamber of Commerce in an effort to block offshore drilling and seismic testing off the South Carolina coast.

Federal student loan servicer reaches $9 million settlement with New York

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. — A federal student loan servicer has reached a $9 million settlement with New York state to resolve charges the company deceived borrowers regarding repayment plans and on the availability of loan forgiveness for those working in public service.

U.S. investigation leads to more than $1 million in back wages, damages for restaurant workers

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

TAMPA — U.S. Labor Department Investigations into Tampa area restaurants' payroll and employee wage practices has resulted in more than $1 million in back wages and damages for workers, according to the federal agency.

Mutual of Omaha settles discrimination claims involving HIV prevention medication

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

BOSTON — Mutual of Omaha has settled with the state of Massachusetts allegations that the company practiced discrimination by denying life and long-term care insurance to members using an HIV prevention medication.

OSHA cites 2 contractors in fatal Wisconsin gas line explosion

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The death of a volunteer firefighter who responded to an explosion and fire of a gas line at a Wisconsin work site has led the federal government to cite a Kansas and a Michigan contractor.

Neiman Marcus reaches $1.5 million settlement with more than 40 states over 2013 data breach

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

PHOENIX — Neiman Marcus Group LLC has agreed to a $1.5 million settlement with more than 40 states and the District of Columbia over charges the company failed to protect customers' card information that was compromised in a 2013 data breach.

Fiat Chrysler to pay more than $500 million for alleged emissions test cheating

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fiat Chrysler will pay more than $500 million in settlements, product recalls and civil penalties with the federal government and the state of California to resolve allegations of cheating on emissions tests, and violating the Clean Air Act as well as state law.

Oklahoma City waste disposal company settles charges of child labor, overtime violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City oil service waste disposal company has settled charges by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of violating overtime, child labor and record-keeping federal laws.

Arkansas medical center reaches settlement on failure to pay onsite, overnight workers overtime

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas-based Ouachita County Medical Center has reached a more than $90,000 settlement with the federal government to resolve claims of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations, including failing to pay overtime to onsite, overnight employees.

U.S. Department of Labor report: 2018 mining fatalities 2nd lowest on record

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mining fatalities in the U.S. reached the second lowest on record in 2018, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

OSHA cites U.S. Postal Service after heat-related death of Southern California postal worker

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif — The heat-related death of a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) worker has led to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citing of the Woodland Hills, California, post office including more than $140,000 in penalties.

Pennsylvania excavation company faces OSHA charges over worksite trenching hazards

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Pennsylvania excavation company faces charges and a $106,057 penalty from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over worksite trenching hazards.

Illinois home improvement reaches $1 million settlement over allegations of deceiving customers

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

CHICAGO — An Illinois home improvement business has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, alleging the company tricked customers into paying for repair work they did not know they were ordering.

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