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California urology practice to pay $1.85 million over alleged false Medicare claims

By Marian Johns | Mar 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A California urology practice has reached a $1.85 million settlement with the federal government over allegations of submitting false Medicare claims for evaluation and management services.

Coalition of states supports transgender high school student told to only use gender-neutral restroom

By Marian Johns | Mar 4, 2019

ALBANY — New York state's attorney general, along with a coalition of 20 other attorneys general, has filed an amicus brief in support of a Florida transgender high school student who was denied use of the boys' restroom.

L.A. charter school settles allegations of paying female math tutor less than male counterpart

By Marian Johns | Mar 4, 2019

LOS ANGELES — The federal government has reached a settlement with a Los Angeles charter school it says paid a female employee less than a male co-worker in the same job, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

USA Parking Services settles EEOC allegations it refused to hire deaf applicant

By Marian Johns | Mar 4, 2019

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) — A national valet and parking services company has agreed to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging the company refused to hire a deaf valet applicant due to her disability.

Nursing home chain to pay more than $18 million to settle billing controversy

By Marian Johns | Mar 4, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A Tennessee nursing home chain will pay more than $18 million to resolve allegations of billing Medicare and Medicaid for substandard services and marking Tennessee's largest "worthless services" resolution in the state's history, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Feb. 27.

Consumer alleges honey manufacturer falsely says product is '100 percent raw honey'

By Marian Johns | Feb 28, 2019

DALLAS — A Texas woman has filed a class action suit against the makers of Nature Nate's Raw Honey, alleging the company knowingly deceived consumers by falsely marketing their product as "raw."

Molson Coors, senior officers allegedly reported false income that caused stock drop

By Marian Johns | Feb 28, 2019

CHICAGO — Molson Coors Brewing Company, along with its chief executive officer and chief financial officer, face a federal securities class action lawsuit over alleged false and misleading statements in reporting income.

Walgreens challenges skincare product manufacturer over 'guaranteed-sale basis' agreement

By Marian Johns | Feb 28, 2019

CHICAGO — Kiss My Face skincare products manufacturer faces a lawsuit from Walgreens over allegations of breach of contract relating to an agreement that allowed the drugstore chain to return unsold Kiss My Face products for refunds.

Class action alleges Cento Fine Foods mislead consumers on premium tomato

By Marian Johns | Feb 28, 2019

NEW YORK — A class action lawsuit alleges Cento Fine Foods Inc. deceived consumers by saying a certain type of its canned tomatoes were "certified" to be a rare and premium tomato only grown in volcanic, southern Italian soil.

2 energy service companies settle with New York state

By Marian Johns | Feb 27, 2019

ALBANY — The state of New York's 2017 settlements with two energy service companies over allegations of consumer fraud have resulted in one company paying more than $1.5 million in penalties and another company issuing more than $700,000 in customer refunds, according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

Teachers allegedly operated 'daycare fight club' in basement classroom

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The state of Missouri has served a St. Louis daycare center with a civil investigative demand over allegations of running a "daycare fight club" in the facility's basement classroom.

Massachusetts petitions U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission over proposed nuclear plant sale

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and the state's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) have filed a petition with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as part of an effort to intervene in the proposed sale of a nuclear power station on Cape Cod Bay https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilgrim_Nuclear_Power_Station.

California attorney general proposes bill to end pharmaceutical companies' 'pay-for-delay' deals

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California's attorney general along with a state assembly member have proposed a new bill to the state legislature that would stop pharmaceutical companies from using "pay-for-delay" agreements that they use to delay research, marketing and sales of a competing version of their drugs.

California legislation would add passport numbers to state's breach notification law

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019

SACRAMENTO — In an effort to close a loophole in California's data breach notification law, the state's attorney general, along with a state assembly member have proposed legislation that would required businesses to give notice to customers if their passport numbers and "biometric information" have been compromised.

Global consultant firm reaches $15 million settlement over allegedly insufficient bankruptcy disclosures

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Global consultant firm McKinsey & Company Inc. has reached a $15 million settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations claims of insufficient bankruptcy case disclosures, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Texas asks U.S. district court to dismiss federal lawsuit challenging Electoral College

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019

AUSTIN — The Texas attorney general is asking the U.S. district court in San Antonio to dismiss a federal lawsuit that is challenging the Electoral College System and the state's "winner-take all" practice for awarding electors.

Broker offering high interest credit to veterans settles consumer board charges for $1

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A broker of pension assignments who allegedly violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act by offering high-interest credit to veterans, has settled with the federal government for $1, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Primo Hoagies franchise owner to pay more than $20,000 in back wages for FLSA violations

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania Primo Hoagies franchise owner has agreed to settle charges by the U.S. Department of Labor that it incorrectly classified some of its employees to avoid paying overtime as well as violating other Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations.

Florida debt buyer accused of scamming students agrees to forgive debt

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

BOSTON — A Florida debt buyer that purchased student loans from an online study guide and education provider has agreed to forgive the debt as part of a settlement with the state of Massachusetts that resolves allegations the education provider offered ineffective and expensive study materials to students.

21-state coalition asks consumer board to abandon recent rule changes for regulatory, licensing

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

ALBANY — A 21-state coalition of attorneys general is asking the federal government to abandon recent proposals that the coalition argues would give financial services companies immunity from certain regulatory and licensing requirements.

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