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Eight-state coalition urges EPA to reconsider regional haze rules

Mark Iandolo Aug. 19, 2016, 11:40am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is leading a coalition of eight attorneys general in pleading with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider the effects and costs of its proposed changes to regional haze rules.

Plaintiffs drop suit against constitutionality of Kansas' school funding system

Mark Iandolo Aug. 19, 2016, 11:36am

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has announced a 6-year-old federal lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the Kansas school funding system has been dismissed by its plaintiffs.

California attorney general supports EPA's New Source Performance Standards

Mark Iandolo Aug. 18, 2016, 3:13pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has joined eight other states and the city of Chicago in a motion to intervene in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) New Source Performance Standards.

Citrus and Allied to pay $59,472 after allegations of hazardous waste violations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 18, 2016, 11:43am

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced Citrus and Allied Essences Ltd. will pay $59,472 to resolve allegations of hazardous waste regulations at a facility in Belcamp, Maryland.

EPA announces decision in Bayer CropScience facility explosion case

Mark Iandolo Aug. 18, 2016, 11:38am

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced Bayer CropScience LP will pay $5.6 million for penalty and safety improvements after allegations it violated federal chemical accident prevention laws. The alleged violations occurred in 2008 at Bayer’s facility in Institute, W. Va., where an explosion killed two people.

Federal court rejects proposed class action settlement in Similasan case

Mark Iandolo Aug. 17, 2016, 12:11pm

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — The Office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced that a federal court agreed with the state’s brief, rejecting the proposed class action settlement in the Similasan Corporation case.

18 state attorneys general support rule to limit mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses

Mark Iandolo Aug. 17, 2016, 12:08pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced she is leading a coalition of 17 states and the District of Columbia in supporting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed rule to limit the use of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses in contracts for financial products and services.

Luxury Haus of New Jersey settles case involving deceptive practices allegations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 17, 2016, 11:57am

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Chistopher S. Porrino has announced the Division of Consumer Affairs has reached an agreement with the Luxury Haus Inc. over allegations of defrauding customers. Luxury Haus will pay $20,000 and update its business practices.

Justice Department targets United Airlines for alleged USERRA violations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 17, 2016, 11:51am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice has announced it has filed a complaint against United Airlines Inc., charging the company with alleged violations of the United Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

Attorneys general coalition urges congressman to drop inquiry into Exxon probe

Mark Iandolo Aug. 17, 2016, 11:44am

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) — Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, in conjunction with a coalition of state attorneys general, has drafted a letter to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, to drop his inquiry into their cases against ExxonMobil Corporation.

Health Net to pay $340,000 to resolve alleged whistleblower violations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 17, 2016, 11:38am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Health Net Inc. will pay $340,000 to resolve allegations of illegally using severance agreements requiring outgoing employees to waive their ability to obtain monetary awards for whistleblowing, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced.

EEOC reaches $10,000 deal with GACHI over retaliation allegations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 17, 2016, 11:35am

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that the Georgia Council for the Hearing-Impaired Inc. (GACHI) will pay $10,000 after allegations of retaliation against a former employee.

Department of Justice targets New Mexico State over sex discrimination allegations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2016, 3:46pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice has announced a lawsuit against New Mexico State University (NMSU), alleging the college discriminated against a female former assistant track coach on the basis of sex by paying her less than similarly-situated men. 

Lincoln Military Housing will pay $200,000 to resolve allegations of violating SCRA

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2016, 3:40pm

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) — Lincoln Military Housing will pay $200,000 to resolve allegations it unlawfully evicted active-duty servicemembers and their families in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA),the U.S. Department of Justice has announced. 

Connecticut dentist to pay $717,046 for alleged scheme to improperly bill Medicaid

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2016, 3:37pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has announced Dr. Douglas Macko and his dental practice have been ordered by a superior court judge to pay $717,046 in restitution after allegations of violating the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUPTA).

Total Tan settles allegations of making misleading health claims

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2016, 3:34pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — Total Tan Inc. has agreed to settle allegations of making misleading health claims about its products and services, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced.

New York reaches settlements with nine Synergy Fitness Clubs over allegations of violating law

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2016, 3:30pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced settlements with nine Synergy Fitness health clubs in New York City and Nassau County after allegations of failing to comply with the state’s Health Club Services Law.

DOJ revises ADA rules to help protect broader range of persons with disabilities

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2016, 3:27pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Justice Department has announced a final rule revising the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II an Title III regulations to implement the requirements of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). The rule is to be published in the Federal Register, going into full effect on Oct. 11.

Justice Department OKs $40,000 fine for agent who submitted false claims

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2016, 3:23pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice has announced Douglas daCosta of Livermore, California, will pay $40,000 after allegations he submitted false claims to the government for paid sick live during his time with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

FCC partially relieves state, local agencies from federal regulations for inmate calling systems

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2016, 3:15pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has announced the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in response to his lawsuit, has issued an order that will save the state millions of dollars by partially relieving state and local agencies from federal regulations that Pruitt believes are unlawful.