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U.S. alleges Florida mail order diabetic testing supply company submitted false Medicare claims

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government has joined a lawsuit against a Florida mail order diabetic testing supply company accused of submitting false claims to Medicare and paying kickbacks to Medicare beneficiaries.

Staffing agencies accused of subjecting Latino workers to racial slurs settles with EEOC

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

BIRMINGHAM — Four related staffing agencies have settled allegations by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that they discriminated against Latino workers who were recruited to work in an Alabama poultry processing plant.

Jacksonville to pay $4.9 million for alleged discriminatory fire department union practices

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

JACKSONVILLE — The city of Jacksonville will pay $4.9 million as part of a settlement against the Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters, Local 122, IAFF, alleging it practiced a promotion process that was discriminatory against African-Americans.

Orlando restaurant settles allegations of subjecting bartender to sexual harassment

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

MIAMI — An Orlando restaurant has reached a settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations of subjecting a bartender to sexual harassment and then firing her due to her complaints about the harassment.

FTC settles with operators of alleged work-from-home scam

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 14 that it has reached a settlement with two men who allegedly made several million dollars from customers by conducting a "work-from home business opportunity" scam.

Payday lender accused of making harassing calls to borrowers' references settles with government

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A payday retail lender operating in several states has settled charges by the federal government of failing to prevent overcharges, making harassing collection calls to borrowers' references and falsely advertising services that the company did not really offer.

Coalition urges FDIC to protect small-dollar loan lenders from abusive lending

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — Illinois Attorney Kwame Raoul has joined a 13-state coalition urging the federal government to ensure small loan borrowers are protected from high interest and abusive lending and that lenders comply with state laws regarding small-dollar loans.

LPL Financial could face about $26 million in civil penalties

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — LPL Financial LLC has reached a settlement agreement with the state of Maryland that could result in more than $26 million in civil penalties and will resolve allegations the company's policies and actions resulted in unregistered, non-exempt securities sales.

Mississippi recovers $26.6 million against government contractors alleging bribes, kickbacks

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) — Eleven lawsuits filed by the state of Mississippi against several government contractors that allege bribery and kickbacks of a former Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) commissioner have resulted in $26.6 million in recoveries.

State reaches settlement with New York City co-ops accused of avoiding rent stabilization laws

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — The state of New York has reached a settlement with two previous New York City cooperative corporations over charges they avoided the state's rent stabilization laws by operating their buildings as "for-profit rental buildings."

FTC seeks public comment regarding modifications to franchising rule

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering changes and modifications to its Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising (Franchising Rule) and seeks public comment on the rule.

Consumers to receive $3.5 million as part of FTC settlement with company promoting weight loss

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Maine Attorney General's Office have reached settlements with two companies who both falsely marketed weight loss supplements that will result in nearly $3.5 million in refunds going to consumers affected by the alleged scam.

Florida compounding pharmacy accused of paying kickbacks for referrals settles with U.S.

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Florida compounding pharmacy accused of paying kickbacks to a third-party marketing company in order to obtain referrals for compound drug prescribers has reached a settlement with the federal government.

EEOC settles with Pennsylvania country club accused of age discrimination

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania country club has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the federal government alleging the establishment subjected a groundskeeper to seasonal layoffs and then fired him because of his age.

Californian who operated $4 million mortgage fraud scheme sentenced to 8 years in prison

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A California man who operated a $4 million mortgage fraud scheme throughout the southern part of the state has been sentenced to nearly eight years in prison and must pay more than $200,000 in restitution, according to the California Attorney General's Office.

FTC, FDA warn sellers of dietary supplements about using false claims

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set its sites on three companies that sell dietary supplements and other health-related products, alleging the companies may be using false claims not supported by scientific evidence.

Consumers to receive $1.7 million in settlement stemming from illegal robocall scheme

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Consumers affected by what the federal government calls a "robocall scheme" will soon see some of the $1.7 million in settlement monies ordered by a Florida district court against several companies involved in the illegal calls.

Pennsylvania alleges Verizon did not deliver promised customer incentives

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

PHILADELPHIA —The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has announced its filing of a lawsuit against Verizon Communications Inc. over allegations the company did not provide promised incentives to customers.

New Jersey settles with online brokerage firm accused of using three-time convicted felon

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

TRENTON — An online brokerage firm accused of being a part of defrauding investors in a scam that lost about $4.5 million in trading within a two-month period has agreed to a settlement with New Jersey's Division of Consumer Affairs and the Bureau of Securities.

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