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D.C. attorney general: Home health care company failed to pay 27 employees in 2015

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced a lawsuit Dec. 20 against J.D. Nursing & Management Services, a home health care service provider, and its CEO, James N. Ibe, for allegations of violating wage laws in the district.

D.C. accuses company of defrauding Kickstarter consumers for personal gain

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced a lawsuit Dec. 19 against Sivil Inc. over allegations it used the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to raise money for personal use.

D.C. attorney general: Rent-controlled apartments operators misrepresent rates to consumers

&&& WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced a lawsuit Dec. 13 against the owners and managers of 3003 Van Ness Apartments, a rent-controlled property, alleging misrepresenting rental rates to consumers.

District of Columbia secures nearly $200,000 for consumers victimized by alleged student aid scam

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Dec. 4 that Student Aid Center Inc. will pay $425,000 in restitution and civil penalties after allegations of deceiving student borrowers into paying fees for services that could be obtained for free.

D.C. obtains restraining order against funeral home that allegedly defrauded families

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Nov. 22 that his office has obtained a temporary restraining order against Austin Royster Funeral Home after allegations the company operated without a license and charged grieving families for services it never provided.

District of Columbia alleges former board president of non-profit real estate company embezzled

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Nov 28 that his office has obtained a judgment against Rowena Scott, former board president of the non-profit Park Southern Neighborhood Corporation (PSNC), after allegations Scott used non-profit funds for personal use.

District of Columbia targets abusive employers who fail to pay minimum wage

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Oct. 24 that his office is launching a comprehensive plan to hold abusive employers accountable for the wages they owe employees.

District of Columbia attorney general hopes to halt fees on credit freeze requests

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine has introduced legislation that could temporarily prevent fees from credit bureaus when consumers wish to put a freeze on personal credit, according to a statement on the attorney general's website.

D.C. secures $210,000 for residents, settles with companies allegedly engaged in illegal rental scheme

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Sept. 27 that Daro Management Services LLC and Daro Realty LLC will pay $210,000 to long-term residents of two rent-controlled apartment buildings.

District of Columbia obtains judgment against debt relief company that allegedly duped consumers

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Aug. 24 that his office has obtained a judgment against Student Aid Center Inc. and the company’s owners, Ramiro Fernandez-Moris and Damien Alvarez, for allegations of unlawfully marketing student debt relief services to district consumers.

District of Columbia secures settlement with Florida debt relief company, owner

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Aug. 8 that the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) Office of Consumer Protection has reached a settlement agreement with YF Solution LLC, a Florida debt relief company, and its owner, Grace de Paz.

D.C. to receive $5.5 million in 33-state settlement with Nationwide after data breach

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Aug. 9 that his office has secured $5.5 million from Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and a subsidiary as part of a 33-state settlement in a data breach case.

D.C. joins coalition suing drug manufacturers for alleged price fixing

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced July 18 he has joined four other states in a lawsuit against a group of generic drug manufacturers over allegations of conspiring to fix drug prices, thwart competition and engage in illegal and anti-competitive trade practices.

District of Columbia joins attorneys general coalition seeking to ban pesticide Chlorpyrifos

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced July 6 that, as part of a coalition of six state attorneys general, he has intervened in a lawsuit to force the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to effectively ban Chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide.

District of Columbia settles with in-home cleaning company

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced June 28 that his office has obtained restitution for consumers after a settlement with Handy Technologies.

D.C. joins 35-state coalition opposing cable industry group petition to stop Internet laws enforcement

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced June 20 that he has joined a bipartisan coalition of 35 state attorneys general opposing a petition by cable and telecom industry groups to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

District of Columbia, 14 state attorneys general intervene in Clean Air Council v. Pruitt case

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced June 22 that he has joined a coalition of 14 state attorneys general and the city of Chicago in intervening in Clean Air Council v. Pruitt.

D.C. attorney general supports fiscal year 2018 budget

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced June 14 that the district council has unanimously passed a fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget for the district that that includes more funds for the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

District of Columbia joins 42 states in $33 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced May 24 that the district and 42 states will receive $33 million after a settlement with Johnson & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. related to the sale of allegedly adulterated versions of common over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

District of Columbia settles with financial group that allegedly duped cash-strapped consumers

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced May 23 that his Office of Consumer Protection has settled with Burlington Financial Group LLC (Burlington) and its owner and manager, Sang Yi, for allegations of falsely promising to reduce consumer debt.