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Alaska targets Bureau of Land Management over ownership of land beneath Fortymile River

By Marian Johns | Nov 14, 2018

ANCHORAGE — Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over ownership of lands that lie beneath the state's Fortymile River.

21-state coalition backs proposed EPA plan to allow states more authority over regulations

By Marian Johns | Nov 14, 2018

LTTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is the latest to join a 21-state coalition that submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in favor of the Trump administration's proposal to end the Clean Power Plan.

Iowa attorney general alleges Belle Plaine resident illegally burned items containing asbestos

By Marian Johns | Nov 13, 2018

DES MOINES — An Iowa resident faces a lawsuit by the state for the alleged illegal burning of items containing asbestos near a residential area, despite his request to burn being denied by county fire officials, the Iowa Attorney General's Office said.

Illinois alleges 4 construction companies dumped pollutants into Chicago River

By Marian Johns | Nov 13, 2018

CHICAGO — The state of Illinois alleges in a lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court that four construction companies are violating the state's environmental laws by releasing pollutants into the Chicago River.

Massachusetts attorney general releases guidelines for those affected by Columbia Gas explosions

By Marian Johns | Nov 13, 2018

BOSTON — As a result of the Columbia Gas explosions, which took place in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley in September, state Attorney General Maura Healey has released guidelines on the rights and obligations of tenants and landlords affected by the accident.

Whole Foods reaches $65,000 settlement over alleged firing of employee due to kidney impairment

By Marian Johns | Nov 13, 2018

CHARLOTTE — Whole Foods Market has reached a $65,000 settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to resolve a lawsuit alleging the company fired an employee for missing work due to kidney impairment.

EEOC: North Carolina restaurant allowed employee to be subjected to racial slurs, harassment

By Marian Johns | Nov 13, 2018

CHARLOTTE — A North Carolina barbecue restaurant is facing a lawsuit from the federal government, alleging it did not attempt to stop a black employee from being subjected to racial slurs and harassment by another employee.

Miss. restaurant settles claims it violated woman's religious beliefs by making her wear blue jeans instead of blue jean skirt

By Marian Johns | Nov 13, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A Mississippi restaurant has settled a lawsuit filed by a federal agency, alleging the company discriminated against a female worker who could not follow the dress code due to her religious beliefs.

EEOC reports increase in potential workplace discrimination claims

By Marian Johns | Nov 13, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is reporting a spike in its outreach and enforcement work in fiscal year 2018, which included responding to 200,000-plus likely discrimination claims and securing $505 million and other relief for nearly 70,000 victims of workplace discrimination.

SEC alleges SeeThruEquity defrauded investors over false claims of 'unbiased' research reports

By Marian Johns | Nov 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A stock research firm is being accused of defrauding investors by issuing reports that featured research that the firm said was "unbiased," after allegedly receiving money to issue the research, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

MoneyGram International reaches $125 million settlement over alleged consumer fraud

By Marian Johns | Nov 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — MoneyGram International Inc., has reached a $125 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve the breach of a 2012 deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) involving consumer fraud scams, according to the federal government.

U.S. accuses Swiss company of residential mortgage-backed securities fraud

By Marian Johns | Nov 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government is suing a Swiss investment bank and financial services company https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UBS for alleged residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.

Justice Department memo to states attorneys discusses 'principles' of civil suit resolutions

By Marian Johns | Nov 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a recently released memo to U.S. states attorneys and other civil litigation segments, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has set guidelines for what it is calling "principles" for state and local government civil suit resolutions.

U.S. district court denies UPS Freight's request to vacate injunction relating to ADA

By Marian Johns | Nov 12, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- An effort by UPS Freight, asking a federal court to vacate an injunction which prohibits the company from violating the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), was recently struck down in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

FTC: Maryland federal district court halts $100 million real estate investment scam

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a Maryland federal district court's order to halt a large "real estate investment scam" that resulted in taking more than $100 million from investors who purchased lots.

Labor Department alleges Pennsylvania restaurant failed to pay full minimum wage, overtime

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Pennsylvania restaurant in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for allegedly failing to pay servers a full federal minimum wage as well as overtime pay.

New Jersey supermarket owes more than $175,000 for alleged minimum wage violations

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A New Jersey supermarket has agreed to pay more $175,000 in employee lost wages and damages after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found violations of federal minimum wage and record-keeping laws.

Texas distribution company pays $244,000 in back wages for employees' 'pre-shift' work

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Texas distribution company did not pay its hourly employees for "pre-shift" work and failed to keep proper record keeping in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the U.S. Department of Labor alleges.

Citibank reaches $38.7 million settlement with SEC over receipts

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Citibank has reached a $38.7 million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to resolve charges that the bank inappropriately gave American depository receipts (ADRs) to brokers prior to thousands of transactions without the required corresponding foreign shares in a depository bank.

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