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Patriots Environmental to pay $129,000 settlement after asbestos-related allegations

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that Patriots Environmental and affiliated companies will pay up to $129,000 to resolve allegations of illegal handling of asbestos-containing materials.

Juris Publishing, Jurisnet settles after allegations of negative option marketing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Juris Publishing Inc. and Jurisnet LLC (Juris) agreed to settle after allegations of negative option marketing in their advertising, selling and distributing of print, electronic and CD publications, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced.

FTC takes action against Volkswagen for alleged deceptive advertising

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken action against Volkswagen Group of America Inc., charging it with allegedly deceiving consumers through its advertising campaigns.

New Jersey rules $158,000 in penalties against 20 local health clubs

NEWARK, New Jersey (Legal Newsline) — The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has announced administrative actions against 20 health clubs for allegedly breaking consumer protection laws.

Rhode Island House committee examines e-cigarette legislation

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Legal Newsline) — The Rhode Island House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare recently examined legislation filed on behalf of Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin that would require child-resistant packaging for e-cigarettes and similar products.

AutoZone to revise business practices after alleged pricing controversies

NEWARK, New Jersey (Legal Newsline) — AutoZone Inc. will pay $47,500 and revise its business practices after allegedly failing to plainly mark total selling prices on certain merchandise at many of its New Jersey stores, the office of New Jersey acting Attorney General Robert Lougy has announced.

Terminix charged over allegations of federal violations in the U.S. Virgin Islands

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced that Terminix International Company LP (TERMINIX LP) and its U.S. Virgin Islands operation Terminix International USVI LLC (TERMINIX, USVI) have been charged with violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

South Dakota high court upholds attorney general's ballot explanation

PIERRE, South Dakota (Legal Newsline) — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has announced that the state’s Supreme Court upheld his ballot explanation for Initiated Measure 21, which limited the amount of interest certain money lenders can charge on loans at 36 percent.

New York attorney general joins other states to combat climate change

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced he will join attorneys general from across the country to create a coalition of top law enforcement officials who will continue to combat climate change and build on the recent progress the United States has made on the issue.

Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services to be dissolved

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Cancer Fund of America Inc. (CFA), Cancer Support Services Inc. (CSS) and their leader, James Reynolds Sr., agreed to settle charges CFA and CSS alleged to help cancer patients yet actually used donation funds on their families and friends.

Berkshire Power Plant agrees to charges in alleged emissions fraud scheme

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced that Berkshire Power Plant and its owner and management company agreed to settle after allegations they tampered with emissions equipment and submitted false information to environmental regulators.

VHU Express cited $80,000 for allegedly failing to pay employees in Amazon dealings

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced VHU Express Inc. and its owner Lisa Bythewood have been cited more than $80,000 in restitution and penalties for allegedly violating the state’s wage and hour laws.

Multiple technology companies OK settlement after price-fixing allegations

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced preliminary settlements that resolve allegations that LG, Hitachi, Panasonic, Toshiba and Samsung fixed prices on Cathode Ray Tubes in televisions and TV monitors from 1995 to 2007 in order to raise prices worldwide.

FTC and Illinois Attorney General take action against alleged illegal debt collection scheme

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A federal court, at the request of the Federal Trade Commission and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, temporarily halted an alleged scheme to threaten and intimidate consumers to collect phantom loan “debts” not actually owed.

Style Management Corp. to pay $750,000 in restitution to taxi drivers

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — Style Management Corp. (Style) and its owner Andrew Rosenberg will pay $750,000 in restitution to drivers allegedly illegally charged by the company, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced in conjunction with Limousine Commission (TLC) Commissioner Meera Joshi.

Justice Department announces $8 million deal with Kilgore, ESM

BUFFALO, New York (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice has announced that Kilgore Flares Company and one of its subcontractors, ESM Group Inc., will pay $8 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act.

CFPB institutes interim rule for small creditors in rural areas

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced an interim final rule broadening the provisions for small creditors that operate in rural and under-served areas.

Washington state Senate advances e-cigarette, vapor legislation

OLYMPIA, Washington (Legal Newsline) — The Office of Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced the state’s Senate advanced a bill that reduces youth access to vapor products by a 37-6 vote.

EPA settles with two companies that allegedly violated PCB laws

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached agreements with G&S and Connecticut Oil Recycling Services after allegations each that company violated federal laws regarding toxic substances in the handling of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Future Income Payments agrees to settle alleged debt relief fraud case

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Future Income Payments LLC (FIP), a company that purchased income streams from veterans, agreed to provide debt relief of $2 million after allegations of illegal loans, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced.