Marian Johns News

New York alleges Buffalo-Niagara home improvement contractor violated court order

By Marian Johns | Jan 9, 2018

BUFFALO — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against a Buffalo-Niagara area home improvement contractor, alleging violation of a court order by operating illegally under a different business name.

FTC reaches $1.4 Million settlement with Southern California auto dealerships

By Marian Johns | Jan 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a $1.4 million settlement agreement with a Southern California auto dealership group for allegedly misrepresenting consumer’s costs to finance or lease a vehicle.

New York attorney general seeks further consumer protection against data breaches

By Marian Johns | Jan 9, 2018

NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has put forward legislation designed to further protect New Yorkers from data breaches and close gaps in the state’s current security laws.

Texas attorney general targets gas price gouging during Hurricane Harvey

By Marian Johns | Jan 9, 2018

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed two additional lawsuits against businesses for alleged price gouging of gasoline during Hurricane Harvey.

Red Ventures, Bankrate agree to settle FTC charges against $1.4 billion merger

By Marian Johns | Jan 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Red Ventures and Bankrate have agreed to a divestiture of Bankrate’s caring.com business unit as part of a settlement for Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges against the two company’s $1.4 billion merger.

Hilton reaches $700,000 settlement with New York for 2015 data breaches

By Marian Johns | Jan 9, 2018

NEW YORK — The Hilton Domestic Operating Company Inc., has reached a $700,000 settlement with the New York Attorney General’s Office for two data breaches that occurred in 2015 exposing more than 350,000 credit card numbers.

Consumer board fines Xerox $1.1 million For flawed software

By Marian Johns | Jan 8, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued Xerox Business Services LLC, now Conduent Business Services, a $1.1 million civil penalty for its failed software, which allegedly led to incorrect consumer information being sent to credit reporting agencies.

Consumer board orders Citibank to pay $3.75 million for alleged illegal student loan practices

By Marian Johns | Jan 8, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is ordering Citibank NA, to pay $3.75 million in compensation to consumers as well as pay a $2.75 million civil penalty for illegal student loan servicing practices.

Rhode Island attorney general joins lawsuit against EPA for protection against downwind pollution

By Marian Johns | Jan 8, 2018

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has joined seven other attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), seeking to force the agency to protect upwind states from downwind state's pollution, in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

17 attorneys general urge Transportation Department to reverse decision on hidden fees

By Marian Johns | Jan 8, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood recently joined 16 other attorneys general urging the the U.S. Department of Transportation to reverse its decision on the withdrawal of the Transparency of Airline Ancillary Service Fees rule established last year.

New York attorney general reaches settlement with lumber company for $50,000 In penalties

By Marian Johns | Jan 8, 2018

BUFFALO — In a recent settlement agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, owner Fred DeNormand and his company Classic Fence and Lumber will shut down his company and pay more than $50,000 in penalties, costs and restitution for allegedly defrauding consumers.

Rhode Island Supreme Court shuts down appeal based on 'mode of operation' theory

By Marian Johns | Feb 21, 2017

PROVIDENCE, RI (Legal Newsline) – The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently upheld a jury’s verdict in a case involving a slip-and-fall at a West Warwick market, with the court striking down the plaintiff’s adoption of the “mode of operation” theory.

Nestle USA to 'vigorously defend' itself against 'baseless' deceptive marketing allegations

By Marian Johns | Dec 30, 2016

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A New York resident has filed a suit against Nestle USA Inc. over claims that she was deceived by the company’s marketing of its Lean Cuisine frozen meals as being “preservative free.”

Attorneys fees added when factoring maximum punitive damages in California case

By Marian Johns | Dec 23, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California appellate court recently held attorneys fees could be applied to the state's 10:1 punitive-to-compensatory damages limit while weighing in on a case involving a life insurance company’s alleged fraud against a disabled veteran.

Lawsuit over Duncan Hines muffin mix brings definition of 'nothing artificial' to the courts

By Marian Johns | Dec 21, 2016

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) — A consumer’s lawsuit against Pinnacle Foods Group over alleged deceptive labeling on one of the company’s muffin mixes is bringing the complicated issue of defining the term “nothing artificial” as relating to consumer food labels into the courts.

Century 21 one of the latest to face TCPA class action

By Marian Johns | Jun 13, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — A California woman who alleges she received several unsolicited sales calls from Century 21 Real Estate, despite her number being listed on the National Do-Not-Call Registry, has filed a lawsuit against the company.

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