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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.

Connecticut rehabilitation center allegedly violated False Claims Act, to pay nearly $1.4 million

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced April 27 that New Era Rehabilitation Center and its co-founders and owners, Dr. Ebenezer Kolade and Dr. Christina Kolade, will pay $1,378,533 after allegations of false claims.

Appeal to decide future of NYC asbestos court; Companies fed up with their treatment

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The fight over New York City’s controversial asbestos court is not over, as companies worried about their treatment there are likely to appeal an order that kept alive the possibility for even bigger verdicts.

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.

Justice Department cites ‘substantial financial stake’; Wants role in opioid settlement talks

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. government wants a seat at the table as lawyers for hundreds of municipalities and other plaintiffs negotiate a potentially multibillion-dollar settlement of lawsuits over the opioid addiction crisis, citing its “substantial financial stake” in the matter and need to recover its own costs.

Connecticut General Assembly urged to adopt ban on credit agencies charging credit freeze fees

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced March 15 that he has submitted testimony to the General Assembly’s Banks Committee in support of legislation that would ban the three major credit rating agencies in the U.S. from charging fees to place or remove credit security freezes.

Cities vs. states: A looming battle for control of high-stakes opioid litigation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) - A public fight between the Tennessee attorney general and counties that have filed separate lawsuits against the opioid industry could be the first of many similar conflicts as state AGs try to assert control over mushrooming litigation over the addiction crisis.

Court denies dismissal request by A.V.M. Enterprises in TCPA fax case; No business relationship existed, judge rules

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut denied a dismissal request submitted on Feb. 2 by Tennessee corporation A.V.M. Enterprises Inc. in a lawsuit brought by Gorss Motels Inc., a Connecticut company, over allegations A.V.M. sent unsolicited advertisements to the motel business between June 2015 and May 2016.

Legion of Christ files motion to dismiss sexual abuse suit filed by California man

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The Legion of Christ Inc., a Roman Catholic religious order, has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a former student of an apostolic school who alleged he was sexually abused.

Connecticut: Behavioral health center to pay nearly $900,000 after alleged violations

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced Dec. 8 that APT Foundation Inc. (APT), a behavioral health and substance use disorder services provider, and its chief executive officer Lynn Madden, will pay $883,859 after allegations of submitting improper claims for payment to the state’s Medicaid Program.

Lawyer, accused of recording off-the-record statements during wrongful death suit, facing $60K in sanctions

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The Connecticut Appellate Court denied a lawyer’s attempt to have financial sanctions imposed against her dropped under theories of res judicata and collateral estoppel.

Connecticut appellate court sides with law firm in battle over legal fees

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The Connecticut Appellate Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling in favor of Monroe-based law firm Beck & Beck LLC that had filed a lawsuit against James T. Costello to recover unpaid legal fees.

Florida man alleges Hydro Mousse lawn seeder did not grow grass

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – A Florida consumer alleges that a brand of liquid lawn seeder does not perform as advertised.

Conn. SC: Firefighter’s rule does not extend to cases alleging ordinary negligence

According to the state Supreme Court, the common-law firefighter’s rule provides, in general terms, that a firefighter or police officer who enters private property in the exercise of his or her duties generally cannot bring a civil action against the property owner for injuries sustained as the result of a defect in the premises.

Bottled water company, citing letter from state drinking water program, seeks to dismiss proposed class action

Defendant Nestle Waters North America Inc., based in Stamford, Conn., filed its motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut Oct. 6.

Connecticut targets behavioral health specialist for alleged massive Medicaid fraud scam

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced a False Claims Act lawsuit Oct. 11 against Waterbury behavioral health provider Elijah Caldwell.

New rules regarding contraception coverage are unconstitutional, Medical Students for Choice claims

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A group and individuals are challenging the federal government's new rules regarding contraception coverage on the grounds the rules are constitutional.

Connecticut targets dentist who allegedly defrauded Medicaid out of $900,000

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced a lawsuit Sept. 21 against a Fairfield dentist over allegations of defrauding the state's Medicaid program.

Conn. SC barring fluctuating workweek method for retail workers won't 'change much'

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – Although the Connecticut Supreme Court has stated in a recent opinion that the fluctuating workweek method cannot be used for retail employees, one attorney says the outcome of the case may not be as significant as some may think.

Newspaper, Snapchat sued for allegedly taking, using photos without consent

Filed in a Connecticut federal court last week, the lawsuit alleges the photos, taken while the plaintiff was on Miami Beach for spring break, suggest she used drugs and engaged in sexual acts. The plaintiff, a Connecticut college student, contends she never consented to the pictures, which were used in a series of articles about spring break on the defendants’ websites.