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EEOC: Dallas home health care company to pay $25,000 to settle disability discrimination allegations

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Dec. 1 that AccentCare Inc., a Dallas home health care company, will pay $25,000 after allegations of disability discrimination against an employee with bipolar disorder.

EEOC: Washington state seafood company to pay $75,000 to resolve sexual harassment allegations

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Nov. 30 that Trans Ocean Seafoods Inc., a company in northwestern Washington state doing business as New England Shellfish, will pay $75,000 to three female former employees after allegations of sexual harassment.

EEOC: Philadelphia staffing company to pay $45,000 for alleged disability discrimination

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Nov. 30 that Day and Zimmerman NPS, a Philadelphia company that provides staffing services to the power industry, will pay $45,000 after allegations of disability discrimination and retaliation.

EEOC secures $50,000 for woman who lost job after pregnancy-related complications

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Nov. 29 that R. Siskind & Company Inc., an apparel company in Manhattan that does business as Siskind Group, will pay $50,000 after allegations of pregnancy discrimination.

EEOC: Maryland medical facility company discriminated against employee due to age, race

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Nov. 29 against McCready Foundation Inc., a Maryland operator of medical and care facilities, for allegedly failing to promote a worker because of her race and age.

PayPal notifies Pennsylvania of data breach affecting possibly 1.6 million consumers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Dec. 6 that PayPal has notified his office of a data breach possibly affecting 1.6 million U.S. and Canadian users.

New York continues legal action against leasing company, alleging fraud

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Dec. 6 that his office will continue its lawsuit against Northern Leasing Systems Inc. after New York state Supreme Court Justice Lucy Billings determined Schneiderman’s office had adequately alleged fraud on behalf of the defendants.

New York alleges music producer canceled festival, failed to refund consumers

BUFFALO, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a lawsuit Dec. 6 against Buffalomusic producer Cody Conway and his company Buffalove Music Festival LLC for allegedly defrauding music festival consumers out of more than $14,000.

Montana attorney general targets Purdue Pharma for role in opioid crisis

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced a consumer protection lawsuit Dec. 4 against Purdue Pharma LLC for allegations of deceiving consumers about its prescription opioids such as OxyContin.

District of Columbia secures nearly $200,000 for consumers victimized by alleged student aid scam

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Dec. 4 that Student Aid Center Inc. will pay $425,000 in restitution and civil penalties after allegations of deceiving student borrowers into paying fees for services that could be obtained for free.

California attorney general: EPA shirking Clean Air Act duties

SACRAMENTO (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced a lawsuit Dec. 7 against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the agency’s alleged failure to designate certain areas across the nation as having too much smog.

California attorney general alleges jewelry manufacturer sells items with lead to children

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a lawsuit Dec. 5 against Los Angeles jewelry manufacturer Luxy Accessory Inc. (Luxy), and its owner Hyun Sook Kim, for allegations of selling jewelry with elevated levels of cadmium and lead.

Arizona attorney general seeks to stop serial litigator from preying on state businesses

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Dec. 5 that his office has filed a motion to intervene in a federal court case to stop serial litigators from filing frivolous lawsuits against businesses in the state.

New Jersey secures $57,920 for woman who suffered persistent sexual harassment

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Dec. 4 that Statewide Roadside Assistance of Toms River and its owner, Neal K. Prashad, will pay $57,920 for emotional distress and lost wages after allegations of persistent sexual harassment against a female employee.

FTC: Federal judge bans operators of gold, silver investment scam

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Dec. 6 that a federal judge banned the operators of Discount Gold Brokers’ alleged fraudulent investment scheme.

FTC targets alleged Florida credit card interest-rate reduction scam

ORLANDO, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Dec. 4 that it has filed a complaint in federal district court in Orlando to stop to an alleged credit card interest rate reduction scam.

FTC: Dallas auto dealer deceived Spanish-speaking consumers in advertisements

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Dec. 1 that Cowboy AG LLC, a company in Dallas that does business as Cowboy Toyota and Cowboy Scion (Cowboy Toyota), has agreed to settle allegations of deceptively advertising loan and leasing terms in ads delivered in a regional Spanish-language newspaper.

Fugitive lawyer apprehended in Honduras to face Social Security fraud charges

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 6 that Eric Christopher Conn of Pikeville, Kentucky, was apprehended abroad after fleeing Social Security fraud charges.

Justice Department targets Saipan restaurant for alleged discrimination against U.S. job applicants

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 4 that JET Holding Co. Inc. (JET) has paid $40,000 to nine citizens after allegedly violating the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Dallas hospital to pay $7.5 million after alleged physician kickback scandal

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 1 that Pine Creek Medical Center LLC (Pine Creek), a Dallas/Fort Worth physician-owned hospital, will pay $7.5 million after allegations of violating the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks for surgical referrals.