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Structured settlement company Future Income Payments behind suit against CFPB

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A previously anonymous company that filed suit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) last year has now been identified as Future Income Payments LLC (FIP), a company investigated by numerous states for questionable loan practices.

Chicago law firm the first to file lawsuits over Washington Amtrak derailment

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A Chicago attorney says several factors may have led to the derailment of the Amtrak train near Tacoma, Washington, on Dec. 18. He is representing some of the plaintiffs who are suing Amtrak over the incident.

Colorado hospital to pay $400,000 to settle age discrimination charges

MONTROSE, Colo. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Jan. 4 that Montrose Memorial Hospital will pay $400,000 after allegations of age discrimination.

Aloha Auto Group reaches $30,000 settlement with EEOC over retaliatory discrimination suit

HONOLULU — Aloha Auto Group, Ltd,, has agreed to a $30,000 settlement after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against the company for retaliatory discrimination.

DOJ wants dismissal of lawsuit alleging uncertainty over Mulvaney's CFPB appointment

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to maintain that a New York credit union shouldn’t be able to file a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

NLRB reversal on joint employer issue should please business community

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Well-versed in federal and state labor law matters, award-winning attorney James Nicholas has much to say about two recent National Labor Board Relations (NLRB) verdict reversals.

GEO Group to pay $550,000 for sexual harassment, retaliation suits

PHOENIX — The GEO Group Inc., will pay $550,000 as part of a consent decree to settle two lawsuits for sexual harassment and retaliation filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Arizona Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General's Office (ACRD).

Pioneer Health Services agrees to $85,000 settlement after alleged ADA violation

JACKSON, Mississippi — Pioneer Health Services Inc. of Mississippi, recently agreed to pay a settlement of $85,000 after a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit alleged the company illegally fired an employee after she underwent liver transplant surgery.

FTC reaches $650,000 settlement with VTech for allegedly violating U.S. children's privacy laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a $650,000 settlement with VTech Electronics to settle charges that the electronic toy manufacturer violated U.S. children's privacy laws.

False Claims Act defendant challenges civil penalties as excessive before any amount determined

RICHLAND, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A False Claims Act lawsuit in Washington state could help defendants challenge excessive fine amounts early in the litigation process.

Six Flags case could clarify requirements for biometric claims used in class actions

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case could have bearing on Illinois' one-of-a-kind biometric privacy law after an appeals court ruled last month the plaintiff alleged no actual harm, an attorney who defends businesses against such cases said during a recent interview.

FTC charges 'work from home,' 'get rich quick' scheme operators with FTC Act violations

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Dec. 28 that it has charged a group of defendants with allegations of deceiving consumers about a “work from home” scheme.

FTC finalizes settlement with Lenovo, resolves security infringement case involving U.S. laptops

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan 2 that it has finalized a settlement with Lenovo Inc., resolving allegations the company’s laptops with pre-loaded software that harmed consumers.

FTC settles with Utah woman who allegedly helped telemarketers dupe consumers

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan 2 that it had reached a settlement with Jamie L. White of Utah over allegations of assisting telemarketers in bilking money from consumers.

EPA: StarKist Co. to pay $6.5 million after alleged Clean Water Act violations in Samoa

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 26 that StarKist Co. and its subsidiary, Starkist Samoa Co., have agreed to pay $6.5 million after allegations of violating stormwater rules of the Clean Water Act at a tuna processing plant in American Samoa.

EPA, Louisiana reach Clean Air Act settlement with Orion Engineered Carbons

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 22 that, along with the state of Louisiana, it reached a Clean Air Act settlement with Orion Engineered Carbons LLC worth more than $101.3 million.

EEOC: Health services company to pay $38,000 to resolve pregnancy discrimination case

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Dec. 22 that Dependable Health Services Inc., a health care staffing company, agreed to a $38,000 settlement that resolves allegations the company committed disability discrimination by firing a pregnant employee who sought reasonable accommodation. "

Center for Class Action Fairness contests $8.5 million settlement in Google case, wants SCOTUS to review

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Center for Class Action Fairness (CCAF) is opposing a proposed class action settlement involving Google and hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will hear its arguments.

Justice Department: Keppel Offshore & Marine to pay $422 million after alleged massive bribery scheme

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 22 that Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (KOM), a shipyard operator with headquarters in Singapore, and its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Keppel Offshore & Marine USA Inc. (KOM USA), will pay a total of $422 million after allegations of bribing Brazilian government officials.

FTC: 2 fertilizer, chemical companies to divest production facilities before merger

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Dec. 27 that Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. and Agrium Inc., fertilizer and chemical companies with headquarters in Canada, will divest two U.S. production facilities in order to complete their proposed merger.