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FTC OKs final order for's divestiture to allow Red Ventures' acquisition of Bankrate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently approved its final order for senior living referral service to be divested in order for the completion of Red Ventures' acquisition of Bankrate, an order that settles charges that the acquisition could disrupt market competition.

Settlement reached over allegations oral surgery practice fired employee days after she turned 65

DETROIT — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has reached a settlement with Michigan-based Professional Endodontics in an age discrimination suit that alleged the oral surgery practice fired an employee four days after she turned 65.

FTC reaches settlement with defendants in Money Now Funding scheme

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement agreement with Michael Abdelmesseh and KMA Merchant Services LLC, charged by the FTC for laundering credit card charges as part of a business scheme for Money Now Funding (MNF).

California attorney general comments on decision to allow state to intervene in chlorpyrifos case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced March 6 that he has issued a statement following a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to allow California to intervene in a federal lawsuit involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Asbestos report shows St. Clair County taking spot on list of 'top 10' jurisdictions; 96 percent are lung cancer cases

Madison County Record

While the number of new asbestos cases in hotspot jurisdictions across the country is declining overall - and in all types of diseases - the docket in St. Clair County is surging almost exclusively with lung cancer cases.

Controversial class action settlement changed after intervention from AGs, DOJ and CCAF

CAMDEN, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Representatives for the Department of Justice and a group of state attorneys general showed up to a New Jersey courtroom March 19 to voice concerns with a controversial class action settlement that initially paid plaintiffs attorneys $1.7 million while providing $2 per bottle-sold coupons to class members.

SCOTUS decision changes everything in Missouri mass tort cases; Once-$72M verdict will stay vacated

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – The Missouri Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to not review a talcum powder case against Johnson & Johnson, leaving vacated a once-$72 million verdict signals that the "Show-Me State is now a less tort-friendly place," a mass tort litigator says.

Consumer board seeks comments on how it conducts rulemaking process

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced March 7 that it has issued a request for information (RFI) about the way it conducts its rulemaking process, and it is seeking comments from businesses and the general public.

Consumer board seeks public comments analyzing method for reporting complaints

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced March 1 that it has issued a request for information (RFI) to secure public comments about how the bureau conducts its public reporting of consumer complaints.

EPA secures settlement over manganese emissions along Pennsylvania-Ohio border

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 7 that S.H. Bell Co. must monitor and take measures to reduce manganese emissions from its 92-acre raw products storage and handling facility along border of Pennsylvania and Ohio in Ohioville, Pennsylvania. and East Liverpool, Ohio.

Study on consumer lawsuit loans finds high rates, confusing terms

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - The broadest study yet of consumer litigation finance – money forwarded to lawsuit plaintiffs in anticipation of a victory in court or a legal settlement – found a “very complicated and circuitous” system in which some borrowers appear to subsidize others and the median interest rate exceeds 40%.

EEOC accuses nursing home of discriminating against employees due to pregnancies

CHARLOTTE, N.C (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit March 7 against Century Care of Laurinburg Inc., which does business as Scottish Pines Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, alleging pregnancy-related discrimination against two employees.

EEOC accuses Compass Group USA of sex discrimination

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit March 1 against Morrison Management Specialists Inc., a division of Compass Group USA Inc., for allegations of denying a female shift supervisor a promotion to sous chef because of her gender.

EEOC: Aviation cleaning service terminated employee because of leukemia

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit March 6 against ABM Aviation Inc., formerly Air Serv Corporation, for allegations of discriminating against an employee due to her disabilities, cardiomyopathy and acute myeloid leukemia.

FTC rules on air ambulance service providers in Hawaii

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced March 7 that Air Medical Group and AMR Holdco, two providers of ambulance services, will divest inter-facility air ambulance transport services before completing their proposed merger.

Arizona water district seeks to enjoin Army Corps water release from Alamo Dam

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – An Arizona municipal corporation is seeking to enjoin a United States Army Corps of Engineers water release over allegations it would harm its customers.

Manufacturers group continues transparency initiative with records request to Richmond, the latest climate change plaintiff

RICHMOND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – In an effort to defend energy manufacturers against climate liability lawsuits, the Manufacturers Accountability Project has filed a California Public Records Act with many of the cities and counties regarding their contact with private attorneys working on contingency fees.

Ultra Electronic Holdings, Sparton Corp. abandon merger plans

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 5 that Ultra Electronic Holdings plc and Sparton Corporation have decided against the merger they had previously proposed, which was valued at $234 million.

Justice Department: Meat processing company violated INA's anti-discrimination clause

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 5 that West Liberty Foods LLC, a meat processing company with headquarters in Iowa and a plant in Bolingbrook, Illinois, has agreed to settle allegations of discriminating against work-authorized immigrants in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Pennsylvania hospital, regional cardiology practice to pay $20 million after alleged kickback scheme

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 7 that UPMC Hamot (Hamot), an Erie, Pennsylvania, hospital that is affiliated with the with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), and Medicor Associates Inc. (Medicor), a regional physician cardiology practice, will pay $20.75 million after allegations of kickbacks and improper financial relationships.