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FTC amends Energy Labeling Rule to update information

By Marian Johns | Feb 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently amended its Energy Labeling Rule to update the cost information and comparability range for its EnergyGuide labels on items such as dishwashers, furnaces, pool heaters and room air conditioners.

Bureau of Securities halts Bitstrade from selling unregistered securities in New Jersey

By Marian Johns | Feb 14, 2018

NEWARK — The Bureau of Securities recently issued an emergency cease and desist order that prohibits the online cryptocurrency-related investment entity, Bitstrade, from continuing to sell unregistered securities in New Jersey.

Ohio attorney general alleges DuPont has been releasing PFOA into Ohio River for decades

By Marian Johns | Feb 14, 2018

MARIETTA, Ohio — Ohio'Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a lawsuit against DuPont alleging the company has been releasing perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) into the Ohio River for decades.

Home Furnishing Resource Group To pay $500,000 for allegedly violating False Claims Act

By Marian Johns | Feb 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tennessee-based Home Furnishing Resource Group Inc (HFRG) has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay $500,000 to resolve allegations the company violated the False Claims Act on its customs declaration statements.

Explore Talent settles FTC allegations of violating Children's Online Protection Act

By Marian Johns | Feb 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Prime Sites, doing business as Explore Talent, has agreed to pay $235,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that the online talent search company violated the Children's Online Protection Act (COPPA) and misled consumers.

FTC obtains court order to halt alleged business coaching scheme

By Marian Johns | Feb 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has obtained a court order to stop what it calls a business coaching scheme that allegedly took more than $14 million from customers who were trying to start their own online business.

Arizona attorney general, state rep introduce data breach legislation

By Marian Johns | Feb 9, 2018

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and State Representative T.J Shope (R-Coolidge) have introduced new legislation to protect victims of data breaches and if passed, would be one of the most comprehensive and pro-consumer data breach laws in the country.

Arizona attorney general obtains $2.8 million default judgment from precious metals company

By Marian Johns | Feb 9, 2018

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – A court has ordered Liberty Precious Metals LLC and Bresee Group LLC owner Keith Bresee to pay $2.25 million in consumer restitution and $560,000 in civil penalties over allegations of consumer fraud.

Mississippi attorney general recovers $33 million in drug price manipulation case

By Marian Johns | Feb 9, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – As Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood recovers more than $33 million from a Mississippi Supreme Court ruling finding pharmaceutical manufacturer Watson Inc. defrauded the state's Medicaid program through price manipulation, recently proposed state legislation could halt the prosecutorial powers of the office of the attorney general from further recoveries.

New York attorney general, Home Family Care Inc. reach $6 million settlement over fraud claims

By Marian Johns | Feb 9, 2018

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A $6.41 million settlement has been reached to resolve allegations of Medicaid billing fraud and falsifying records against Home Family Care Inc., located in Brooklyn and its president Alexander Kiselev.

EEOC alleges North Carolina company denied worker extended disability leave to recover from toe amputation

By Marian Johns | Feb 9, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against North Carolina-based Heritage Home Group alleging the company denied a worker the extended disability leave needed to recover from toe amputation and peripheral neuropathy.

XPO Last Mile, EEOC reach agreement over allegations that Jewish employee was not given religious accommodation

By Marian Johns | Feb 9, 2018

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and XPO Last Mile Inc. have reached a $94,541 settlement for a lawsuit alleging the logistics company rescinded a job offer to a Jewish employee who could not work on Rosh Hashanah.

Wisconsin care provider network to pay $80,000 to settle pregnancy discrimination suit

By Marian Johns | Feb 9, 2018

MILWAUKEE (Legal Newsline) – Residential care provider Silverado has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that claimed the company fired a pregnant caregiver instead of accommodating her medical restrictions.

Plastipak Packing Inc. agrees to $90,000 settlement in EEOC retaliation suit

By Marian Johns | Feb 9, 2018

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – Plastipak Packing Inc., has agreed to a $90,000 settlement in a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) federal retaliatory lawsuit that claimed the company fired a female employee at its Maryland facility because she reported sexual harassment.

EEOC settles with Lowe's Home Centers over alleged demotion of employee with disability

By Marian Johns | Feb 9, 2018

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – Lowe's Home Centers LLC has agreed to pay $55,000 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) disability discrimination lawsuit claiming the company demoted one of its department managers because he had a spinal cord injury, which limited the use of one arm.

EEOC alleges Houston energy company fired employee after taking leave to recover from heart attack

By Marian Johns | Feb 9, 2018

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against Houston-based Vantage claiming the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by firing an employee after he had a heart attack on one of the energy, drilling and management company's drilling rigs.

Universal Protection Services reaches $90,000 settlement for alleged religious discrimination

By Marian Johns | Jan 26, 2018

SAN DIEGO — Universal Protection Services LP, a private security services company, has reached a $90,000 settlement for a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit alleging religious discrimination over the firing of a Muslim security guard.

Volvo Group North America settles federal disability discrimination suit

By Marian Johns | Jan 26, 2018

BALTIMORE — Volvo Group North America will pay $70,000 to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for the car dealer's refusal to hire a recovering drug addict who was in a medically supervised treatment program.

Settlement reached In EEOC case against Vador Ventures for alleged sex discrimination

By Marian Johns | Jan 26, 2018

WASHINGTON — Vador Ventures, Inc., has reached a $36,461 settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for a federal lawsuit alleging the company paid a female employee lower wages than her male counterpart and then retaliated against her.

New York attorney general lauds U.S. District Court's dismissal of state's gun law challenge

By Marian Johns | Jan 23, 2018

NEW YORK —New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is applauding the recent dismissal of a lawsuit by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, which was filed by the Libertarian Party of Erie County and challenged the state's permit laws for pistols.

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