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U.S. OKs agreement with Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence over alleged improper billings

Mark Iandolo Jul. 6, 2016, 12:26pm

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.

EPA releases proposed cleanup plan for Raymark Superfund site

Mark Iandolo Jul. 6, 2016, 12:18pm

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.

Texas attorney general secures final judgment, permanent injunction against ex-immigration lawyer

Mark Iandolo Jul. 6, 2016, 12:10pm

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.

EEOC takes action against Desco Industries in retaliation-based discrimination case

Mark Iandolo Jul. 5, 2016, 6:18pm

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.

FTC and Florida settle charges with Vast Tech Support and OMG Tech Help

Mark Iandolo Jul. 1, 2016, 9:34pm

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.

Medford Multicare Center for Living to pay $28 million after alleged fraud

Mark Iandolo Jul. 1, 2016, 9:26pm

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Medford Multicare Center for Living Inc. will pay $28 million after allegations its owners looted the corporation and committed fraud and illegality in operating a business, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced.

B-G Mechanical Contractors to pay $220,000 after allegedly violating M/WBE rules

Mark Iandolo Jul. 1, 2016, 9:24pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that B-G Mechanical Contractors Inc. (B-G) will pay $220,000 to resolve allegations of falsely certifying compliance with equal opportunity requirements on two public contracts.

FTC files complaint to bar merger of Superior Plus Corp. and Canexus Corp.

Mark Iandolo Jul. 1, 2016, 9:21pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the filing of an administrative complaint against Superior Plus Corp. and Canexus Corp., alleging that their proposed $982 million merger would violate antitrust laws.

EEOC announces landmark sexual orientation discrimination settlement

Mark Iandolo Jun. 30, 2016, 2:51pm

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) — Pallet Companies, doing business as IFCO Systems, will pay $202,200 after allegations of sexual orientation discrimination, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced.

Austin's Park N Pizza to pay $20,000 after allegations of disability discrimination

Mark Iandolo Jun. 30, 2016, 2:38pm

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.

Supreme Court denies review of Washington state case challenging pharmacy rules

Mark Iandolo Jun. 30, 2016, 2:33pm

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 state judge grants subpoena request against Tim Eyman, political committees

Mark Iandolo Jun. 30, 2016, 2:27pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that a Snohomish County judge has granted his request to enforce subpoenas for Tim Eyman, his political committees and his for-profit company.

DHD Ventures Management Company to pay $40,000 for alleged racial harassment

Mark Iandolo Jun. 30, 2016, 2:23pm

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced DHD Ventures Management Company Inc. will pay a total of $40,000 to settle allegations of racial harassment and retaliation.

Ball Corporation to divest 8 plants to complete acquisition of Rexam PLC

Mark Iandolo Jun. 30, 2016, 1:22pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced Ball Corporation will sell eight U.S. aluminum can plants and associated assets to Ardagh Group S.A. to settle allegations that its proposed $8.4 billion acquisition of Rexam PLC would be anti-competitive.

FTC approves final inflation amendments for maximum civil penalty dollar amounts

Mark Iandolo Jun. 30, 2016, 1:15pm

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.

FTC finalizes settlement against Vipvape for allegations of deceiving consumers

Mark Iandolo Jun. 30, 2016, 1:02pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced, after a public comment period, it has approved a final order resolving its complaint against Very Incognito Technologies Inc., which does business as Vipvape.

Kansas' Schmidt elected president of National Association of Attorneys General

Mark Iandolo Jun. 29, 2016, 1:29pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The Office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has announced that Schmidt was recently elected president-elect of the National Association of Attorneys General.

Palmco will pay $5.28 million to resolve deceptive marketing practices allegations

Mark Iandolo Jun. 29, 2016, 12:12pm

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey acting attorney general Christopher S. Porrino has announced Palmco Power NJ LLC and Palmco Energy NJ LLC will pay $5.28 million and revise business practices after allegations of deceptive marketing and failing to provide promised energy rates.

Arkansas attorney general settles on alleged illegal payday loan scheme

Mark Iandolo Jun. 29, 2016, 12:07pm

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.

Iowa City to make improvements to its landfill after deal with EPA

Mark Iandolo Jun. 28, 2016, 9:41pm

IOWA CITY, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Iowa City, Iowa, after allegations the city violated the Clean Air Act at its sanitary landfill.