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U.S. district court rules Energy Department must implement energy efficiency standards

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) must put national energy efficiency standards into effect and that the department violated its error correction regulation under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.

Arizona car rental companies hit with $1.85 million verdict for consumer fraud

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2018

PHOENIX — A $1.85 million verdict has been reached against Dennis N. Saban and his companies, Phoenix Car Rental and Saban's Rent-A-Car, for violating the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act. This is one of the largest consumer fraud trial verdicts ever obtained by the state's Attorney General's Office.

Proposed Ohio Constitution amendment would establish minimum patient standards for dialysis treatment

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Through a recently certified petition, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is advocating an amendment to the state's constitution designed to ensure that kidney dialysis clinics provide quality and affordable treatment to patients.

Shell to install $10 million In pollution monitoring equipment to settle U.S. charges

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2018

NORCO, Louisiana — Shell Chemical Company LP has agreed to install $10 million worth of pollution monitoring and control equipment at its Louisiana Norco Chemical facility as part of a settlement for the company allegedly violating the Clean Air Act and state laws.

U.S., Missouri request HPI Products be held in contempt for violating 2011 environmental settlement

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice and the state of Missouri are requesting a federal court hold pesticide manufacturer HPI Products Inc. in contempt for not complying with a 2011 environmental settlement and alleging the company is storing thousands of pounds of hazardous chemicals in its western Missouri facility.

Michaels Stores agrees to $1.5 million settlement for alleged delay in reporting safety claims

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Michaels Stores Inc., and Micheal Stores Procurement Co. Inc., has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle allegations the company delayed in reporting a claim to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

National bankruptcy law firm sanctioned

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2018

CHICAGO — The national consumer bankruptcy law firm, Law Solutions Chicago DBA UpRight Law (UpRight), has been sanctioned for more than $250,000 by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia for allegedly harming financially distressed consumers and auto lenders.

Massachusetts ticket companies to pay Washington state $60,000 for violations

By Marian Johns | Feb 16, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Two Massachusetts-based ticket buying companies, Find My Seats LLC and Box Office Pros LLC, will pay Washington state $60,000 for violating Washington's Ticket Sellers Act by using "ticket bot."

Michigan attorney general applauds state's new public administration system laws

By Marian Johns | Feb 16, 2018

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan's attorney is praising the state legislature for its passage of two bills that were recently signed into law and designed to stop probate abuse and also make critical changes to Michigan's public administrator system.

California joins opposition to Trump administration's opening coast to offshore drilling

By Marian Johns | Feb 15, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has joined a coalition of more than a dozen state attorneys general who are calling on the Trump administration to halt its proposed opening of California's coast to offshore drilling.

FTC staff supports repealing Alaska's certificate-of-need laws

By Marian Johns | Feb 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In recent testimony to the Alaska Senate Labor and Commerce Committee, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff recommended repeal of Alaska's certificate-of-need (CON) laws requiring health care providers to obtain the state's approval prior to their expansion, establishment of new facilities/services and for certain large capital expenditures.

FTC targets American Financial Benefits Center in 'Operation Game of Loans' Initiative

By Marian Johns | Feb 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of its "Operation Game of Loans" federal-state law enforcement initiative, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed charges against American Financial Benefits Center for allegedly violating the FTC Act and the FTC's Telemarketing Sales Rule by defrauding thousands of customers of more than $28 million.

FTC OKs final order in fertilizer, chemical companies merger

By Marian Johns | Feb 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has voted to 2-0 to approve a final order that settles charges against a merger of Canadian fertilizer and chemical companies Potash Corporation, Saskatchewan Inc. and Agrium Inc, on the basis the merger would harm competition in two markets.

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.

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