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Massachusetts attorney general urges Congress to fund Legal Services Corporation

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced May 14 that she and Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman are leading led a bipartisan coalition of 39 state attorneys general in urging Congress to fund the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in the fiscal year 2019 commerce, justice, science and related agencies appropriations bill. “

Liberty Mutual to pay $50,000 to resolve allegations of illegally canceling homeowners insurance

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced April 27 that Liberty Mutual Insurance Group Inc. will pay $50,000 after allegations of improperly canceling the insurance policies of about 200 homeowners in the state.

Massachusetts leads coalition supporting NLRB in case about misclassifying employees

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced April 30 that she is leading a coalition of 12 attorneys general in supporting the National Labor Relations Board’s decision that misclassifying employees as independent contractors is an unfair labor practice.

Massachusetts joins coalition opposing EPA over greenhouse gas emission limits for cars, trucks

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced May 1 she joined a coalition of 17 states and the District of Columbia in suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over allegations the EPA illegally rolled back greenhouse gas emission limits for cars and light-duty trucks.

Massachusetts secures $748,000 in loan discharges for We Florida purchasers

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced April 12 that We Florida Financial (We Florida), a credit union based in Florida, will pay $898,000 to resolve allegations it delivered loans for ineffective online study materials to more than 200 Massachusetts consumers.

Massachusetts settles with wastewater management company after alleged improper management

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced April 10 that Veolia Water North-America-Northeast LLC (Veolia) will pay $1.6 million after allegations of failing to properly maintain and operate the wastewater treatment plant and collection system for the town of Plymouth.

Massachusetts joins 16-state coalition defending ACA against Texas challenge

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced April 9 that she has joined 16 other attorneys general to intervene in a lawsuit that attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Massachusetts attorney general seeks to end state's competitive electric supply market

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced March 29 that she has issued a report urging an end to the competitive electricity supply market for individual residential customers in the state.

New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

Massachusetts targets home health care company owner who allegedly defrauded state's Medicaid program

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced March 30 that Elena Kurbatzky, owner of Harmony Home Health Care LLC and operator of an alleged $2.7 million Medicaid fraud scheme has been indicted on new accounts.

Massachusetts: Subprime auto lender owes $765,000 after allegedly facilitating defective car sales

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced March 27 that Source One Financial Corporation, a finance company providing subprime automobile loans, will pay $765,000 after allegations of routinely facilitating the sales of defective and inoperable cars.

Massachusetts secures $5 million from electricity provider that allegedly duped consumers

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced March 28 that Viridian Energy LLC, a supplier of energy to Massachusetts residents, will pay $5 million after allegations the company deceptively marketed and sold electricity services.

Massachusetts urges Trump administration to withdraw proposed rule affecting women, LGBT community

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced March 28 that she has joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general in urging the Trump administration to withdraw a proposed rule regarding health care providers denying medically necessary care for moral or religious reasons.

Walgreens pays $55 million to resolve overcharging allegations in Massachusetts

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced March 20 that Walgreens Co. will pay $55 million after allegations it overcharged consumers covered by the state worker’s compensation insurance system for prescription drugs.

Massachusetts attorney general considers legal action to fight offshore drilling plans

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is opposing the Trump administration's and the Department of Interior's proposal of offshore oil and gas drilling along the coast of the state and is threatening legal actions in an effort to fight the proposed drilling.

National Grid to pay $7 million in Massachusetts after allegedly charging improper fees

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced March 7 that National Grid will pay $7 million to resolve allegations of improperly charging $50 service fees to 53,000 customers.

Massachusetts secures $95,000 settlement with staffing agency that allegedly failed to pay workers

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Feb. 23 that Southern Mass Staffing Inc. (SMS) and owner Mesa Som will pay $95,000 after allegedly failing to pay minimum wage, overtime and earned sick time pay to hundreds of workers.

Care.com to pay $480,000 after allegedly misleading families about background checks

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Feb. 27 that Care.com will pay more than $480,000 after allegations of misleading families in the state about the in-depth qualities of its background check products.

Massachusetts attorney general's office provides guidance on updated Equal Pay Act

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced March 1 that the updated Massachusetts Equal Pay Act will go into effect this summer, and that her office has issued new guidance to help employers navigate the new rules.

NYU Law sending free help to 10 Dem AGs for environmental causes; Marcellus Shale group 'alarmed' at message

From
Pennsylvania Record

NEW YORK – Democratic state attorneys general, like Pennsylvania's Josh Shapiro, are getting free help from New York University School of Law to bolster their environmental causes, though a Commonwealth business advocacy group worries this results in important work being outsourced to an out-of-state entity.