Massachusetts Attorney General's Office News

Former national cleaning service workers allege they were not paid for travel time

By Marian Johns | Oct 17, 2018

BOSTON — Several former employees of a national cleaning service have alleged they were not compensated for travel time, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.

Massachusetts Realtors, property owners allegedly discriminated against voucher program participants

By Marian Johns | Oct 17, 2018

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has settled three separate cases involving housing providers, Realtors and rental agents over allegations of income-based discrimination.

Essex Superior Court grants permanent injunction to stop illegal development on Massachusetts wetlands

By Marian Johns | Oct 10, 2018

BOSTON -- A civil complaint filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey against a developer allegedly doing illegal work on wetlands and tidelands property in the state, has resulted in the Essex Superior Court granting a permanent injunction.

Boston salon chain to pay more than $45,000 to settle sick time law allegations

By Marian Johns | Oct 10, 2018

BOSTON — A Boston beauty salon chain has agreed to pay about $45,740 to settle charges by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office of not paying earned sick time to employees.

Two Massachusetts companies allegedly involved in illegal asbestos work

By Marian Johns | Oct 3, 2018

BOSTON — A consent judgment entered into a Suffolk Superior Court settles Worcester's allegations against two Massachusetts companies charged with allowing illegal asbestos work during renovation of two multifamily homes.

Massachusetts attorney general seeks Columbia Gas' restoration plans following explosion

By Marian Johns | Oct 3, 2018

BOSTON — The fires and explosions that took place in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley last month have prompted state Attorney General Maura Healey to request Columbia Gas' plans for the safe restoration of gas and compensation for the residents affected.

Massachusetts home care company reaches settlement for allegedly failing to pay for overtime, travel

By Marian Johns | Sep 24, 2018

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has reached a settlement with a home care company, which her office charges failed to pay 175 employees for overtime and travel time for three years.

Massachusetts reaches settlement with health care systems accused of exposing personal information

By Marian Johns | Sep 24, 2018

BOSTON — A consent judgment has been filed in Massachusetts' Suffolk Superior Court to settle claims by the state Attorney General Maura Healey that two health care systems' data breaches resulted in exposing 15,000 Massachusetts residents personal and health information.

Massachusetts negotiates deal with Columbia Gas to reduce $11 million in proposed rates

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

BOSTON — The state of Massachusetts has negotiated an agreement with Bay State Gas Company, doing business as Columbia Gas, to reduce more than $11 million in proposed rates for customers and prevents the company from further rate increases during the next three years.

MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: Insurance Company Refunding More Than $2.4 Million to Massachusetts Homeowners Over Improper Charges

By Press release submission | Sep 13, 2018

Attorney General Maura Healey announced that QBE Insurance (QBE) will pay more than $2.4 million in refunds to more than 2,100 Massachusetts homeowners who were improperly charged for property insurance.

MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: Partners, Massachusetts Eye and Ear to Pay $175,000 to Settle Allegations of Deceptive Billing Practices

By Press release submission | Sep 13, 2018

Partners HealthCare System Inc. and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary will pay $175,000 to settle allegations that they violated Massachusetts’ consumer protection law by failing to adequately disclose to patients billing information for certain health care services, Attorney General Maura Healey announced.

MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: Herb Chambers Resolves Claims of Employee Wage Violations

By Press release submission | Sep 13, 2018

The auto dealer Herb Chambers Companies will pay $116,758 in restitution and penalties for violating Massachusetts wage laws by taking improper deductions from employees’ paychecks to launder staff uniforms, Attorney General Maura Healey announced.

Massachusetts pharmacy to pay $340,000 for allegedly receiving illegal Medicaid payments

By Marian Johns | Aug 31, 2018

BOSTON — A Massachusetts pharmacy has agreed to pay $340,000 to settle claims over an unauthorized automatic refill program that it billed and received payments for from the state's Medicaid program (MassHealth).

MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: Three Indicted for Alleged Scheme to Defraud MassHealth

By Press release submission | Aug 28, 2018

Three people were indicted in connection with a scheme to fraudulently bill the state’s Medicaid Program (MassHealth) for personal care attendant (PCA) services that were not provided, Attorney General Maura Healey announced.

Greyhound Friends reaches agreement with Massachusetts over alleged financial mismanagement

By Marian Johns | Aug 24, 2018

BOSTON — Massachusetts-based Greyhound Friends Inc. (GHF) has reached an agreement https://www.mass.gov/news/greyhound-friends-in-hopkinton-to-institute-governance-reforms-additional-monitoring-to with state Attorney General Maura Healey to resolve allegations of financial mismanagement.

Attorneys general coalition to fight proposed HHS rule stopping third party payroll deductions

By Marian Johns | Aug 23, 2018

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is the latest to join a four-state coalition urging the federal government to withdraw a proposed rule that would stop third-party intermediaries from handling payroll deductions for union dues, health insurance and other benefits.

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.

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