Government of the District of Columbia News

D.C. officials release statements after $3.5 million settlement with Terrance Sterling's family

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 6, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Feb. 21 that the district has reached a settlement with the family of the late Terrance Sterling for $3.5 million, resolving a lawsuit the family failed after Sterling was fatally shot by a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer in 2016.

District of Columbia targets landlords who allegedly neglected properties

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 26, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced two new actions Feb. 16 against a group of landlords for allegedly neglecting their properties and collecting rent from tenants living in unsafe and unsanitary apartments.

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

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 29, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 28, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 19, 2017

&&& 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

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 13, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 8, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 8, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Oct 31, 2017

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

By Kathy Adams | Oct 25, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Oct 10, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 30, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 16, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 15, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 26, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 12, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 5, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 29, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 29, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 19, 2017

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).

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