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Arizona attorney general secures VW settlement for state consumers

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich recently announced that Volkswagen will pay $40 million after allegations of false advertising related to its so-called “clean diesel” cars.

New Jersey attorney general to create group to target data privacy, cybersecurity

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced May 7 that his office plans to open a new branch that will be called the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity (DPC) Section and will handle civil enforcement of data privacy laws.

EEOC alleges company denied religious accommodation to Muslim employees

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit May 7 against Aviation Port Services LLC, a company that provides support services to airlines, for allegations of denying requests for religious accommodations.

California attorney general moves to dismiss federal lawsuit against state

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced May 4 that his office is filing both a motion to dismiss and an opposition to a preliminary injunction in the case United States v. California, a lawsuit brought by the federal government to invalidate three state laws regarding safety, health, and welfare for Californians.

Arizona alleges company sold expensive health care products to elderly, refused refund requests

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich recently announced he is suing DIY Neurocare of America LLC, a company based in Arizona, and CEO Lyle Day, for allegedly refusing requests from elderly consumers for refunds after they bought LED light systems meant to treat symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and other ailments.

Hawaii company agrees to close large-capacity cesspool

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced May 8 that N.F. Kawakami Store Ltd. (NFK), the property owner of the Koloa Big Save Supermarket in Hawaii, will settle allegations of failing to close a large-capacity cesspool on the premises.

EEOC: Albertsons disallowed Hispanic employees from speaking Spanish in workplace

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit May 3 against Albertsons Inc., a national retail grocery chain, for allegations of subjecting a classic of Hispanic employees to harassment and a hostile work environment.

EEOC: Atlanta thrift store refused to let employee wear oxygen backpack

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit May 3 against Two Peaches Group LLC, which does business as Value Village and operates five for-profit thrift stores in the Atlanta area, for allegations of disability discrimination and refusing reasonable accommodation requests.

New Jersey attorney general urges Congress to opposed Securities Fraud Act bill

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Bureau of Securities Chief Christopher W. Gerold announced May 7 that they will urge Congress to oppose a bill could allegedly weaken states’ rights when it comes to protecting investors from securities fraud.

New Jersey secures $100,000 for consumers whose children were allegedly victimized by electronics company

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced May 8 that Meitu Inc., a software and consumer electronic company based in China, will pay $100,000 after allegations of violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (CFA).

Florida attorney general accuses farm-to-table restaurant of false marketing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced May 4 that her office is taking action against Icebox Café L.C. and Icebox Café at MIA LLC for allegedly misleading consumers regarding the local nature and sustainability of their products.

EEOC obtains $2.85 million settlement with Seasons 52 in ageism case

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced May 3 that Seasons 52, a chain of restaurants based in Orlando, will pay $2.85 million after allegations of age discrimination against a class of people.

EEOC alleges Kansas security company did not allow not allow pregnant employee to work

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit May 3 against Simmons Security and Protective Services, a Kansas company that provides private security services, for allegations of pregnancy discrimination.

Fishing company to pay $414,000 after alleged illegal oil dumping in Massachusetts harbor

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 7 that Challenge Fisheries LLC, Quinn Fisheries Inc., Charles Quinn II, and Charles Quinn III will pay $414,000 after allegations of oil discharges into New Bedford harbor in Massachusetts.

KleinBank allegedly engaged in 'redlining' in Twin Cities

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 8 that KleinBank will settle allegations of “redlining,” a practice of discrimination in which lenders intentionally avoid providing services to members of certain communities because of the race or national origin of those residents.

Texas attorney general settles with 37 stores accused of illegal contact lenses sales

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced May 7 that his office’s Consumer Protection Division has secured assurances of voluntary compliance with 37 store owners and wholesale distribution companies that agreed to stop selling contact lenses in Texas that are allegedly dangerous and unlawful.

Virginia attorney general accuses major online lender of astronomical interest rates

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced a lawsuit May 4 against Net Credit, a major online lender in the state, for allegedly violating the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

FTC alleges mortgage relief operation duped distressed homeowners

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 8 that it has charged a mortgage relief operation with allegedly duping homeowners into poor deals.

FTC settles case with Hawaiian air ambulance service providers

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 3 that, following a public comment period, it approved a final order settling charges against AMR Holdco and Air Medical Group Holdings, which does business as LifeTeam.

EEOC alleges motor company participated in disability discrimination scheme

PORTLAND, Maine (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit April 30 against Hirschbach Motor Lines Inc. for allegedly rejecting job applicants with disabilities by using a pre-employment “back assessment” test.