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Connecticut accuses Norwich professional counselor of Medicaid billing fraud, destruction of records

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

HARTFORD — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has filed a lawsuit against a Norwich licensed professional counselor, alleging the provider billed the state's Medicaid program for services not rendered and for not maintaining or destroying records.

Rhode Island attorney general lauds legislature's passage of bad contractors bill

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has applauded the state legislature's recent passage of a bill that increases penalties for licensed contractors who are convicted of failing to comply with Contractors' Registration and License Board (CRLB) orders.

SEC reaches $42 million settlement with Merrill Lynch for allegedly misleading customers

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reached a $42 million settlement charges against Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith for allegedly misleading customers about how the company's trades were executed.

Delta Faucet reaches settlement with Department of Labor for alleged FMLA violations

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. — The U.S Department of Labor has reached a settlement with Delta Faucet Co., for allegations the company violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by firing an employee for taking time off to care for a family member.

SEC approves proposal to establish transaction fee pilot in NMS stocks

By Marian Johns | Apr 17, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently approved a proposal to establish a transaction fee pilot in National Market System (NMS) Stocks Rule 610T of Regulation, designed to obtain data on transaction fees and rebates.

FTC OKs final order for caring.com's divestiture to allow Red Ventures' acquisition of Bankrate

By Marian Johns | Mar 22, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently approved its final order for caring.com senior living referral service to be divested in order for the completion of Red Ventures' acquisition of Bankrate, an order that settles charges that the acquisition could disrupt market competition.

Settlement reached over allegations oral surgery practice fired employee days after she turned 65

By Marian Johns | Mar 22, 2018

DETROIT — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has reached a settlement with Michigan-based Professional Endodontics in an age discrimination suit that alleged the oral surgery practice fired an employee four days after she turned 65.

FTC reaches settlement with defendants in Money Now Funding scheme

By Marian Johns | Mar 22, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement agreement with Michael Abdelmesseh and KMA Merchant Services LLC, charged by the FTC for laundering credit card charges as part of a business scheme for Money Now Funding (MNF).

New Jersey attorney general joins amicus briefs in LGBT discrimination federal lawsuits

By Marian Johns | Mar 21, 2018

TRENTON — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has joined amicus briefs in two federal lawsuits pertaining to LGBT discrimination, including Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which is currently pending before the U.S Supreme Court.

New York, Colorado lead opposition to legislation restricting oversight of student loan fraud

By Marian Johns | Mar 21, 2018

NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has joined Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman in leading a group of 30 attorneys generals to oppose legislation aimed at obstructing states from preventing and fighting student loan servicing fraud.

CGL Facility Management reaches $750,000 agreement in Mississippi prison bribery suit

By Marian Johns | Mar 21, 2018

JACKSON — CGL Facility Management, LLC has reached a $750,000 agreement with the state of Mississippi as part of a fourth settlement in a Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) prison bribery scandal lawsuit.

Adobe Carpet Cleaning to pay $1 million, banned from telemarketing for 6 years

By Marian Johns | Mar 21, 2018

PHOENIX — Adobe Carpet Cleaning LLC has agreed to pay $1 million in civil penalties and is banned from marketing calls for six years as part of a recent consent judgment reached with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

BP, Shell, Sunoco OK $196.5 settlements for New jersey groundwater contamination

By Marian Johns | Mar 20, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. — Three major petroleum companies, Sunoco, Inc., BP, and Shell Oil Company, have reached $196.5 million in settlements with New Jersey for alleged damage to the state's environment and natural resources.

Massachusetts attorney general considers legal action to fight offshore drilling plans

By Marian Johns | Mar 20, 2018

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is opposing the Trump administration's and the Department of Interior's proposal of offshore oil and gas drilling along the coast of the state and is threatening legal actions in an effort to fight the proposed drilling.

Colonial Pipeline reaches agreement with Alabama for 2016 equipment ruptures

By Marian Johns | Mar 20, 2018

MONTGOMERY — Colonial Pipeline has entered into an agreement with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall to resolve allegations involving the company's 2016 gasoline pipeline ruptures and releases.

Washington state accuses Texas firm of operating 'trust mill'

By Marian Johns | Mar 16, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed suit against CLA Estate Services Inc and CLA USA Inc. alleging they operated a "trust mill" that led to persuading seniors into purchasing high-commission insurance products.

Montana, Wyoming oppose Washington state's proposed ' carbon tax'

By Marian Johns | Feb 28, 2018

HELENA — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael are opposing Washington state's recently proposed "carbon tax" legislation, (https://dojmt.gov/attorneys-general-fox-michael-raise-concerns-carbon-tax-legislation/), citing conflicts with the Federal Clean Air Act, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Constitution.

Final judgment reached after Kilgore ISD taxed citizens more than legal amount

By Marian Johns | Feb 28, 2018

AUSTIN — A final judgement has been reached allowing a Gregg County court's grant for relief in a homestead exemption case that involves the Kilgore Independent School District (ISD) taxing citizens at least $4 million more than the legally permitted amount.

Montana attorney general seeks to halt OxyContin manufacturer from marketing in state

By Marian Johns | Feb 27, 2018

HELENA — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has filed a motion in Montana District Court requesting a preliminary injunction to stop OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharmaceuticals' ongoing marketing campaign in the state.

Coalition of 23 attorneys general seeks to block rollback of net neutrality

By Marian Johns | Feb 27, 2018

NEW YORK — A coalition of 23 attorneys general led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in an attempt to block the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recent rollback of net neutrality.

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