TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice has announced Dr. Asad Qamar and his practice, the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence (ICE), will pay $2 million and release any claim to $5.3 million in suspended Medicare funds after allegations of improperly billing Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE for medically unnecessary products.
BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its officials drafted and released a proposed cleanup plan for a portion of the Raymark Industries Inc. Superfund Site (Raymark), which will go before a 30-day public comment period. The EPA is scheduled to hold a public meeting and public hearing on the issue as well.
AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced his office has secured an agreed final judgment and permanent injunction against Paul A. Esquivel, Juan Carlos Penaflor and Olvia Martinez. Esquivel was a former immigration attorney, while Penaflor was his associate and Martinez his office manager.
RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit against Desco Industries, charging the California-based manufacturer with violating federal law by firing an employee for complaining about race discrimination at its Sanford, North Carolina facility.
MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission announced that, along with the State of Florida, it has settled charged with Vast Tech Support LLC and OMG Tech Help LLC over allegations the company scammed thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars through the sale of bogus tech support services.
AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced Austin’s FEC LLC and Austin Entertainment Center LP, doing business as Austin’s Park N Pizza in Pflugerfille, will pay $20,000 and improve workplace practices after allegations of disability discrimination.
SEATTLE, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a case challenging state rules adopted to ensure patients receive timely access to medication such as emergency contraceptives. Ferguson had filed a brief with the high court urging the Supreme Court to deny the review.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced it has approved final amendments to Commission Rule 1.98, adjusting the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for violations of 16 provisions laws that the FTC enforces. These amendments have been created because of inflation, as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced her office has settled a consumer-protection lawsuit against Western Sky Financial, CashCall Inc., WS Funding, Martin A. Webb and J. Paul Reddam that had alleged the entities conspired to offer illegal payday loans.