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FTC seeks public comment regarding modifications to franchising rule

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering changes and modifications to its Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising (Franchising Rule) and seeks public comment on the rule.

Consumers to receive $3.5 million as part of FTC settlement with company promoting weight loss

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Maine Attorney General's Office have reached settlements with two companies who both falsely marketed weight loss supplements that will result in nearly $3.5 million in refunds going to consumers affected by the alleged scam.

Florida compounding pharmacy accused of paying kickbacks for referrals settles with U.S.

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Florida compounding pharmacy accused of paying kickbacks to a third-party marketing company in order to obtain referrals for compound drug prescribers has reached a settlement with the federal government.

EEOC settles with Pennsylvania country club accused of age discrimination

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania country club has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the federal government alleging the establishment subjected a groundskeeper to seasonal layoffs and then fired him because of his age.

Vanda Pharmaceutical files suit over FDA order regarding studies for tradipitant

By Bree Gonzales | Feb 20, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A pharmaceutical company has filed a suit against the Food and Drug Administration to challenge the agency's imposition of a hold prohibiting it from continuing a human study of a drug to treat a gastrointestinal disease.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.s. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Two Indiana Restaurants Paying $162,254 in Back Wages and Damages to 12 Employees

By Press release submission | Feb 20, 2019

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Ji Enterprises will pay $81,127 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 12 current and former employees at two of its Bloomington, Indiana, restaurants – Restaurant Ami and Toto's Uncle.

FTC, FDA warn sellers of dietary supplements about using false claims

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set its sites on three companies that sell dietary supplements and other health-related products, alleging the companies may be using false claims not supported by scientific evidence.

Consumers to receive $1.7 million in settlement stemming from illegal robocall scheme

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Consumers affected by what the federal government calls a "robocall scheme" will soon see some of the $1.7 million in settlement monies ordered by a Florida district court against several companies involved in the illegal calls.

North Greenville University to pay $2.5 million for alleged Higher Education Act violations

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Greenville University (NGU) has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle allegations by the federal government that the South Carolina college submitted false claims to the U.S. Department of Education.

Company contracted with National Nuclear Security Administration charged with kickback violations

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A company contracted by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and its subcontractor are facing a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over allegations of violating the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act.

Maryland private school coach settles allegations he was fired for being male

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

BALTIMORE — A Maryland private school softball coach's claim that he was fired because he was a male, has resulted in a $41,000 settlement, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Federal contractor settles allegations of discriminating against more than 100 black applicants

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C — A tree pruning, removal and vegetation management company working as a federal contractor has settled charges by the U.S. Department of Labor of discriminating against more than 100 African-American job applicants.

Florida contractor faces more than $90,000 in penalties for worker fall hazards

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Florida roofing contractor faces more than $90,000 in penalties after receiving citations by the federal government at some of its worksites for not protecting workers from serious falls.

SEC charges Ukrainian hacker, others with breaching EDGAR system for illegal trading

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is charging a Ukrainian hacker, six traders and others with hacking into Electronic, Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) system to obtain information used for illegal trading.

N.Y. international law firm linked to Manafort reaches $4.6 million settlement with U.S.

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has reached a $4.6 million settlement with the federal government to resolve charges the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by not registering as an agent of the government of Ukraine.

Ohio bakery settles U.S. charges of paying workers for 'straight time' instead of overtime

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An Ohio bakery and grocery store has agreed to pay more than $80,000 in back wages after the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the business paid some employees for "straight time" and in cash, rather than paying for overtime hours.

D.C. restaurant settles allegation of blocking transgender customer from using restroom

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Cuban-themed restaurant and bar in the District of Columbia's Chinatown area has settled allegations of blocking a transgender customer from using the restroom corresponding with her gender identity.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.s. Department of Labor Investigations Find Federal Contractors Owe $255,474 to Employees Working on Indiana Housing Project

By Press release submission | Feb 18, 2019

After a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigation, four contractors working on the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Village of Hope housing project in Gary, Indiana, will pay 53 current and former employees a total of $255,474 for violating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.s. Department of Labor Investigation Results in U.s. District Court Ordering Utah Drywall Company to Pay $100,000 in Back Wages and Damages for Labor Law Violations

By Press release submission | Feb 18, 2019

After an investigation by the U.S. Department Of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah has ordered Metal Rock Construction Inc. to pay $50,000 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 86 employees for violating the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.S. Department of Labor investigation results in judge ordering Minnesota tech company to pay engineer $43,366 in back wages for h-1b visa program violations

By Press release submission | Feb 18, 2019

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Administrative Law Judge Theresa Timlin has issued an order requiring TLC Precision Wafer Technologies Inc. – based in Minneapolis, Minnesota – to pay a former employee $43,366 in back wages for violating the labor provisions of the H-1B visa program.

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