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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 misled consumers on premium tomato; Company calls suit frivolous

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.

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.

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