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New York state accuses Brooklyn co-op managing agent of defrauding elderly shareholders

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

NEW YORK — The state of New York is suing a managing agent of a Brooklyn cooperatively owned apartment building for allegedly defrauding elderly co-op shareholders through the "below market sale" of apartments and hiding a $100,000 commission.

California asks insurance execs to stop prior authorization requirements for opioid treatment

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California's attorney general is asking 17 health insurance companies to do away with requirements for prior authorization for opioid abuse disorder patient's medication assisted treatment (MAT), arguing the requirements place a burden on those trying to get treatment.

Illinois files lawsuit after 200,000-gallon oil leak affects Granite City

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

CHICAGO — The state of Illinois has filed a lawsuit against a Delaware company following a 200,000-gallon oil leak from the company's storage tank in Downstate Granite City, according to the Illinois Attorney General's Office.

North Greenville University to pay $2.5 million for alleged Higher Education Act violations

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Greenville University (NGU) has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle allegations by the federal government that the South Carolina college submitted false claims to the U.S. Department of Education.

Company contracted with National Nuclear Security Administration charged with kickback violations

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A company contracted by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and its subcontractor are facing a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over allegations of violating the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act.

Maryland private school coach settles allegations he was fired for being male

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

BALTIMORE — A Maryland private school softball coach's claim that he was fired because he was a male, has resulted in a $41,000 settlement, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Federal contractor settles allegations of discriminating against more than 100 black applicants

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C — A tree pruning, removal and vegetation management company working as a federal contractor has settled charges by the U.S. Department of Labor of discriminating against more than 100 African-American job applicants.

Florida contractor faces more than $90,000 in penalties for worker fall hazards

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Florida roofing contractor faces more than $90,000 in penalties after receiving citations by the federal government at some of its worksites for not protecting workers from serious falls.

SEC charges Ukrainian hacker, others with breaching EDGAR system for illegal trading

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is charging a Ukrainian hacker, six traders and others with hacking into Electronic, Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) system to obtain information used for illegal trading.

N.Y. international law firm linked to Manafort reaches $4.6 million settlement with U.S.

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has reached a $4.6 million settlement with the federal government to resolve charges the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by not registering as an agent of the government of Ukraine.

Ohio bakery settles U.S. charges of paying workers for 'straight time' instead of overtime

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An Ohio bakery and grocery store has agreed to pay more than $80,000 in back wages after the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the business paid some employees for "straight time" and in cash, rather than paying for overtime hours.

Washington attorney general: 50 corporate chains agree to eliminate 'no-poach' clauses

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

OLYMPIA — Fifty corporate chains with more than 100,000 locations throughout the country have agreed to do away with "no-poach" clauses in their franchise agreements which prevent employees from moving to other stores within the chain, according to the Washington state Attorney General's Office.

Washington state could join legal fight against U.S. Navy over Puget Sound Shipyard pollution

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

OLYMPIA —Washington state is threatening to join a legal battle involving the U.S. Navy's pollution of Washington State's Puget Sound due to the scrapping of the hull on a decommissioned aircraft carrier, according to the state's attorney general.

D.C. restaurant settles allegation of blocking transgender customer from using restroom

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Cuban-themed restaurant and bar in the District of Columbia's Chinatown area has settled allegations of blocking a transgender customer from using the restroom corresponding with her gender identity.

Iowa attorney general: Telemarketer lied about being blind, sale proceeds helping the disabled

By Marian Johns | Feb 13, 2019

DES MOINES — A telemarketer and the Alabama-based telemarketing firm he works for have agreed to settle allegations by the Iowa Attorney General's Office that the solicitor lied about being blind and about sales of products helping those who are disabled.

Dollar Thrifty car rental companies settle charges of misleading Florida customers

By Marian Johns | Feb 13, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Dollar Thrifty car rental companies have reached an agreement with the state of Florida over allegations of not disclosing additional fees added to rental charges for the state's "cashless tolls" and misleading customers regarding other fees and charges.

California school district reaches settlement with state over civil, constitutional violations

By Marian Johns | Feb 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a settlement with one of the state's school districts and its police department to resolve allegations of civil and constitutional rights violations against African-American and Latino students as well as students with disabilities.

Arizona attorney general files appeal over state's Board of Regents tuition, student fees policy

By Marian Johns | Feb 13, 2019

PHOENIX — The state of Arizona has filed an appeal as it seeks to have its case against the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), which is challenging the board's tuition and student fee raises policy, moved to the state's Supreme Court.

Oklahoma Gas, Electric settles Arkansas' challenge over proposed $6.4 million rate increases

By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E) has reached a settlement with the state of Arkansas after facing a challenge by the state's attorney general over the company's request of a proposed $6.4 million increase in rates.

California attorney general blasts consumer bureau's recent rollback of payday lending rules

By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California's attorney general has criticized the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) recent reversion of its Payday, Vehicle Title and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans rule, arguing the rule protects against predatory lending.

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