Massachusetts Attorney General's Office News

Massachusetts behavioral health center agrees to settle alleged excessive fees for opioid treatment

By Marian Johns | Aug 17, 2018

BOSTON — A Massachusetts behavioral health care center will pay $612,000 for allegedly charging patients excessive cash fees for opioid addiction treatments that already were covered by the state's Medicaid program (MassHealth).

Massachusetts reaches $26.8 million settlement with HSBC over alleged unfair loans

By Marian Johns | Aug 15, 2018

BOSTON — The state of Massachusetts and HSBC Securities (HSBC) have reached a $26.8 million settlement regarding allegations the company secured unfair residential mortgage loans, according to the state attorney general.

Online for-profit university to pay $270,000 for allegedly misleading veterans

By Marian Johns | Aug 15, 2018

BOSTON — American Military University has agreed to a $270,000 settlement regarding allegations by the state of Massachusetts that the school violated state law by misleading veterans.

Massachusetts alleges construction company violated state's minimum wage laws

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

BOSTON — A Massachusetts construction company has agreed to pay more than $121,000 in wages and penalties stemming from citations over violating the state's minimum wage laws.

Tire business to pay $81K to settle Massachusetts allegations of illegally removing asbestos

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

BOSTON — The state of Massachusetts has settled with Town Fair Tires for $81,000 over allegations the company illegally removed and disposed of asbestos material during the expansion of its Springfield tire store.

Tennessee credit union to discharge loan debt for students College Network allegedly scammed

By Marian Johns | Aug 6, 2018

BOSTON — As part of an assurance of discontinuance filed in Suffolk Superior Court by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, a Tennessee credit union will discharge close to $650,000 in loan debt to students who were allegedly scammed by a company selling false educational materials.

15 state attorneys general file brief with U.S. Supreme Court in interstate truckers case

By Marian Johns | Aug 6, 2018

BOSTON — A coalition of 15 state attorneys general lead by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing against forced arbitration for interstate truck drivers fighting against compensation agreement violations.

Massachusetts alleges store owner denied African-American, Middle Easterner entry

By Marian Johns | Jul 31, 2018

BOSTON — The state of Massachusetts is accusing an upscale shoe and clothing store owner of denying service to an African-American and Middle Easterner who were shopping in his Back Bay store.

Massachusetts electrical, lighting supplier to pay $2.3 million for alleged overbilling

By Marian Johns | Jul 30, 2018

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's allegations that a Quincy-based electrical and lighting product supplier overbilled hundreds of state entities, have been resolved with a $2.3 million settlement.

Massachusetts alleges Berkshire County hotel took illegal paycheck deductions

By Marian Johns | Jul 26, 2018

BOSTON — A Berkshire County hotel will pay $62,000 in restitution and penalties for alleged illegal paycheck deductions.

Transamerica Premier Life to pay Massachusetts nearly $20,000 for policies sold by unlicensed agent

By Marian Johns | Jul 4, 2018

BOSTON — Transamerica Premier Life Insurance Company has agreed to refund consumer premiums and to pay Massachusetts nearly $20,000 for allegations that one of its agents sold polices in the state without holding a license.

Consent judgments issued over Massachusetts complaint alleging land owner dumped solid waste

By Marian Johns | Jun 28, 2018

BOSTON — Consent judgments recently were entered in the Suffolk Superior Court for the settlement of a complaint by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey against Russell land owners and three companies who allegedly dumped solid waste and altered wetlands.

California company settles Massachusetts allegations over unlawful fees, misleading consumers

By Marian Johns | Jun 27, 2018

BOSTON — A California loan debt relief company which faced allegations by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey of charging unlawful upfront fees and misleading consumers, has agreed to pay $44,593 and to stop doing business in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts targets Purdue Pharma for alleged role in opioid crisis

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 21, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced June 12 that she is filing a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma LP and Purdue Pharma Inc. (Purdue) over allegations of misleading consumers and prescribers about opioid addiction and health risks.

Massachusetts attorney general announces Employers Against Sex Trafficking initiative

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 11, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced May 29 that she convened with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and state institutional leaders to create zero-tolerance policies for sex buying in Massachusetts workplaces. The initiative is called Employers Against Sex Trafficking (EAST). “

Search Fund Accelerator settles Massachusetts wage dispute for nearly $550,000

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 1, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced May 24 that Search Fund Accelerator (SFA) and its President Timothy Bovard and Treasurer Jeremy Silverman will pay $550,187 to settle allegations of violating the state’s wage and hour laws.

Massachusetts attorney general alleges three construction companies failed to pay proper wage to workers

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 1, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced May 18 that her office cited three construction companies in the commonwealth more than $155,000 over allegations they all failed to pay the proper prevailing wage rate for work done on public works projects.

Mass. attorney general secures $244,000 from Delaware Life Insurance after concerns over annuity payments

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 1, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced May 24 that Delaware Life Insurance Co. will pay $244,000 over allegations it failed to provide payments and forms in a timely and accurate manner for certain annuity contracts.

Massachusetts attorney general urges Congress to fund Legal Services Corporation

By Mark Iandolo | May 25, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | May 8, 2018

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.