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SEC files additional charges in alleged Fitbit securities scheme

By Marian Johns | Jul 16, 2018

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed additional fraud charges in a case relating to alleged false regulatory filings as part of a scheme to manipulate Fitbit securities.

U.S. alleges Colorado contractor assigned Hispanic workers to more dangerous job sites

By Marian Johns | Jul 11, 2018

DENVER — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Colorado against a plumbing and mechanical contractor who allegedly assigned Hispanic workers to more dangerous work environments than non-Hispanic workers.

Vermont prepares for Association Health Plans regulations

By Marian Johns | Jul 11, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vermont — The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) will file emergency regulations as part of the U.S Department of Labor's (DOL) final rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs) in an effort to ensure the regulations will be in place when AHPs are offered in the state.

New York reaches settlement with Brooklyn car dealership for alleged deceptive practices

By Marian Johns | Jul 11, 2018

BROOKLYN — New York state Attorney General Barbara Underwood has reached a settlement agreement with a Brooklyn Honda dealer for more than $423,000 to resolve allegations the dealership targeted non-English speaking customers on which to use deceptive practices.

Missouri resolves 2013 Bridgeton Landfill lawsuit over environmental violations

By Marian Johns | Jul 11, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri has reached a settlement to resolve a 2013 Bridgeton Landfill lawsuit relating to violations of the state's environmental regulations and a subsurface fire at the landfill.

Illinois reaches $20 million settlement with Royal Bank of Scotland over pension funds investments

By Marian Johns | Jul 11, 2018

CHICAGO — The state of Illinois has reached a $20 million settlement with Royal Bank of Scotland for the bank's alleged failure to fully disclose the risks of its mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) relating to the state's pension fund investments.

Florida alleges student loan debt relief scam

By Marian Johns | Jul 11, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed a court action against several student loan debt relief businesses for an alleged scam that tricked consumers into paying upfront fees for services that never were provided.

U.S. Connecticut allege psychologist fraudulently billed Medicaid

By Marian Johns | Jul 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Connecticut psychologist has agreed to a $126,000 settlement with the federal and Connecticut state governments for allegedly billing Medicaid for services that were not provided.

National group honors Georgia Office of Attorney General

By Marian Johns | Jul 11, 2018

ATLANTA — The Georgia Office of Attorney General has been recognized by The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) with the association's "Best Brief Award."

EEOC alleges Hawaii health insurance provider discriminated against disabled employees

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

HONOLULU — The federal government is suing a major health insurance provider over allegations the provider denied intermittent leave to a class of disabled employees by abruptly changing a company policy.

EEOC alleges Texas painting company fired employee who was in opioid recovery treatment

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

HOUSTON — A Beaumont, Texas, painting company is being sued by the federal government for alleged discrimination against an employee who was fired because he was in opioid dependency recovery treatment.

Citibank, consumer board reach $335 million agreement to settle credit card claim

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Citibank has reached a $335 million agreement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to settle claims the company violated the Truth in Lending Act for not re-evaluating and reducing annual percentage rates for 1.75 million of its consumer credit card accounts.

FTC obtains court order to stop 2 California companies from alleged deceptive marketing

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government has obtained a court order that halts the alleged deceptive marketing and billing of two California companies that sell skincare products, resolving resolves charges against dating back to June 2015.

California online training services company settles FTC charges of false privacy shields

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement with a California online training services company that allegedly posted false claims relating to its Privacy Shield participation.

Federal court grants FTC request to halt Internet marketing companies' alleged deceptive advertising

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been granted an order from a federal district court which terminates several San Diego Internet marketing companies from continuing what the FTC alleges is deceptive "free trial" advertising and offers.

Allegations of MFA's Clean Air Act violations produces $850,000 settlement

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — MFA Incorporated of Columbia, Missouri, and its subsidiary, MFA Enterprises Incorporated, have settled with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for $850,000 relating to allegations of chemical accident prevention violations.

Hong Kong bank to pay $47 million for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violation

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Hong Kong investment bank will pay a $47 million criminal penalty to resolve allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that the bank violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when it awarded jobs to friends and family of Chinese officials.

EEOC alleges Halliburton subjected 2 Muslim employees to harassment, discrimination

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

DALLAS — The federal government has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas Dallas Division against Halliburton Energy Services Inc. for allegedly subjecting two Muslim employees to national origin and religious discrimination.

Federal defense contractor reaches $100,000 settlement with EEOC

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal defense contractor has reached a $100,000 settlement to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC), alleging the company denied an employee's transfer related to his son's medical issues then replaced the employee with a younger worker.

L.A. restaurant, nightclub settles EEOC charges of discrimination against pregnant servers

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has reached a $82,500 settlement with a Los Angeles restaurant and jazz nightclub for allegations it denied working hours to pregnant employees.

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