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EEOC: 2 California restaurants ignored employees' complaints of sexual harassment, groping

By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — Two California restaurants face a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after allegedly dismissing complaints from male and female workers about being sexually harassed by a kitchen manager.

South Carolina pest control company faces lawsuit for alleged illegal firing of employee

By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2019

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The federal government has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina against a South Carolina pest control and landscaping company that allegedly fired an office manager after denying her request for leave as an accommodation for her disability.

California attorney general, Labor Commission Office back meal, rest break rules for truckers

By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — California's attorney general and the Labor Commission Office have filed a petition as part of their on-going legal challenge with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regarding the state's meal and rest break rules for truck drivers.

South Dakota legislature OKs bills for consumer protection laws, tobacco escrow money transfers

By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2019

PIERRE — The South Dakota legislature recently approved two bills proposed by the state's attorney general that update existing state laws regarding consumer protections as well as the transfer of interest of some tobacco escrow monies.

New Jersey, Pennsylvania oppose Justice Department's reversal for online gambling

By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2019

TRENTON — New Jersey Attorney General Gubir Grewal is opposing a recent opinion issued by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that reverses the department's nearly decade-old opinion of applying federal criminal law to state-sanctioned online gambling and is investigating the suspected role of lobbying efforts in the DOJ reversal.

New York's BronxCare settles charges of illegally billing assault survivors for rape exams

By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2019

ALBANY — BronxCare Health System (BronxCare) has reached a settlement with the state of New York to resolve charges of illegally billing sexual assault survivors for hospital services in violation of state law, according to the New York Attorney General's Office.

Nevada seeks to stop Energy Department's weapons-grade plutonium shipments

By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2019

CARSON CITY — Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford has filed a motion requesting an injunction to stop the U.S. Department of Energy's continued shipping of weapons-grade plutonium into the state, pending an appeal filed with the Ninth Circuit Court.

Walgreens reaches $2 million settlements to resolve alleged overcharging MassHealth for prescriptions

By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2019

BOSTON — The state of Massachusetts has reached two settlement agreements with Walgreens totaling $2 million to resolve charges the drugstore chain overcharged the state's Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (MassHealth) for prescriptions.

Consumer protection bureau to revise requirements for payday, single-payment vehicle title loans

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced a proposal to take away sections of its "Payday, Vehicle Title and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans" rule that pertains to underwriting requirements for payday, single-payment vehicle title and long-term balloon payment loans in an effort to increase access to credit for consumers.

Labor Department updates Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A final rule updating regulations for the administration of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA) has recently been put in place by the U.S. Department of Labor 's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP).

California company that allegedly used fake news articles settles claims for $6.4 million

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A California company accused by the federal government of using a network of online marketers to deceptively sell a variety of health-related products has agreed to pay $6.4 million to resolve the claims.

U.S. bankruptcy court rules computer financing scam operator must pay $13.4 million judgment

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Florida West Palm Beach Division has ruled in favor of the federal government's request to require a computer financing scheme operator to pay a $13.4 million judgment despite filing for bankruptcy.

FTC adds defendants to case against California student debt relief company

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government has added two additional defendants in its case against Impetus Enterprise Inc, a California-based student debt relief company accused of defrauding consumers out of millions of dollars through its deceptive loan practices.

Marathon Petroleum agrees to divest retail fuel outlets to Sunoco

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement relating to the nation's second largest gasoline and a convenience store chain's acquisition proposal that would affect retail gasoline and retail diesel in five local markets.

FTC settles with 2 companies accused of misrepresenting paid endorsements by athletes

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two companies accused of misrepresenting paid endorsements by athletes in its marketing campaigns has reached a settlement with the federal government.

Federal courts back Justice Department's position in 2 religious liberty cases

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal courts have upheld the U.S. Justice Department's (DOJ) positions on two separate cases involving religious liberty issues, according to the department.

Court OKs U.S.'s temporary restraining order against pharmacies' dispensing controlled substances

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee has granted the federal government's request for a temporary restraining order to stop two Tennessee pharmacies and their owners as well as three pharmacists from alleged illegal dispensing of controlled substances which the government claims caused at least two deaths and several overdoses.

EEOC renews commitment to fight discrimination against Ecuadoran nationals working in U.S.

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has renewed its national memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ecuador as part of the its agreement to stop discrimination of Ecuadoran nationals working in the U.S.

PHH settles allegations of foreclosing on active duty military members' homes without court order

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — PHH Mortgage, one of the nation's largest loan servicers, will pay more than $700,000 as part of a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) over allegations of illegally foreclosing on the homes of servicemembers.

Florida electronic health records software developer to pay $57.25 million to resolve violations

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government has reached a $57.25 million settlement with a Florida electronic health records (EHR) software developer who is accused of violating the False Claims Act, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

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