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Virginia companies' lawsuit accuses CFPB of regulatory overreach

Michael Carroll Nov. 17, 2017, 2:26pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Two Virginia companies are suing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over its investigatory practices, alleging that the federal agency exceeded its authority and engaged in bullying tactics.

Fighting multiple fronts, Comcast awaits patent decision that could raise prices

Jessica Karmasek and John O'Brien Nov. 17, 2017, 7:10am

Last week, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a notice stating it has extended the “target date” for the completion of its investigation to Nov. 16.

Class action filed against WPA Intelligence over calls

Noddy A. Fernandez Nov. 16, 2017, 1:38pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A Wheeling, West Virginia, woman alleges a business headquartered in Washington, D.C., caused her injuries with "obnoxious" and "annoying" phone calls.

Microsoft, Princeton University challenging DACA decision

Jenie Mallari-Torres Nov. 16, 2017, 1:33pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Microsoft and Princeton University are among those challenging the federal government's rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, arguing that they have invested significant resources in the individuals known as Dreamers.

Cordray plans to step down as CFPB head at month’s end

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 16, 2017, 8:00am

Richard Cordray, who has served as the executive director of the Obama-era watchdog agency since its creation in 2010, made the announcement in an email message to colleagues Wednesday.

Justice Department secures largest False Claims Act settlement from hospice company

Mark Iandolo Nov. 14, 2017, 9:28am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Oct. 30 that Chemed Corporation and various subsidiaries will pay $75 million after allegations of submitting false claims for hospice services to Medicare and thereby violating the False Claims Act.

ExxonMobil to spend $300 million to install pollution control systems at Texas, Louisiana facilities

Mark Iandolo Nov. 14, 2017, 9:28am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) announced Oct. 31 that Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to spend roughly $300 million to install air pollution control technology at eight petrochemical facilities in Texas and Louisiana.

Justice Department, EPA secure Clean Air Act settlement with Denver's PDC Energy

Mark Iandolo Nov. 14, 2017, 9:25am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the state of Colorado announced Oct. 31 that PDC Energy Inc. agreed to resolve allegations of violating the Clean Air Act when it failed to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions at its facilities in the Denver area.

Federal court bans medical devices company from distributing certain products

Mark Iandolo Nov. 14, 2017, 9:25am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Oct. 31 that Philips North America LLC and two company executives have been banned by a federal court from distributing certain medical devices.

Justice Department requires Entercom to divest 13 radio stations before acquiring CBS Radio

Mark Iandolo Nov. 14, 2017, 9:24am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced Nov. 1 that Entercom Communications Corp. must divest 13 radio stations before proceeding with a plan to acquire CBS Radio Inc.

Consumer board accuses Freedom Debt Relief of alleged deception

Mark Iandolo Nov. 14, 2017, 9:21am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Nov. 8 that it has filed a lawsuit against Freedom Debt Relief, the biggest debt settlement company in the United States, for allegations of deceiving consumers. The lawsuit also named co-CEO Andrew Housser as a defendant.

Senate urged to pass legal reform bills; Dems opposed, still mourning arbitration rule

John O'Brien Nov. 10, 2017, 1:53pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A two-hour hearing on frivolous lawsuits before a U.S. Senate committee may have lacked focus on pending legislation but did produce a few noteworthy moments - including Sen. Al Franken’s assertion that there are “bad actors” filing meritless lawsuits, though he is opposed to the reforms presented.

CFPB seeks order for Nexus to comply with civil investigative demand

Jenie Mallari-Torres Nov. 10, 2017, 8:37am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Two Virginia companies are alleged to have failed to comply with a federal bureau's request for information.

EEOC appoints two career federal employees to key legal and data roles

Mark Iandolo Nov. 8, 2017, 8:39am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —The U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC) announced Oct. 30 it has appointed two career federal employees to major managerial positions within the agency.

EEOC secures $45,000 for employee at California company after alleged pregnancy discrimination

Mark Iandolo Nov. 8, 2017, 8:37am

FRESNO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) —The U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC) announced Oct. 31 that Peninsula Packaging, a packaging production company for consumer goods with headquarters in Exeter, California, will pay $45,000 and provide other relief after allegations of pregnancy discrimination.

EEOC accuses major Georgia hospital of disability discrimination

Mark Iandolo Nov. 8, 2017, 8:37am

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) —The U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Nov. 1 against Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for allegations of discriminating against an employee who requested leave due to a medical condition.

EEOC launches online portal to sign, file discrimination charges

Mark Iandolo Nov. 8, 2017, 8:37am

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) —The U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC) announced Nov. 1 that it has launched an EEOC Public Portal that will provide individuals inquiring about discrimination with online access to information.

Minn. judge issues injunction against DOL’s fiduciary rule, also grants stay

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 7, 2017, 4:20pm

Judge Susan Richard Nelson for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, in her order last week, said an “actual, ongoing controversy” exists between plaintiff Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Legal reform group: Allowing class actions in Mississippi a 'solution in search of a problem'

John Breslin Nov. 7, 2017, 11:50am

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – As the Mississippi Supreme Court decides whether to allow class action lawsuits in state courts, a legal reform group has filed its opposition.

EEOC targets Chicago staffing agency after alleged sexual harassment, retaliation

Mark Iandolo Nov. 7, 2017, 8:16am

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) —The U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Nov. 2 against Anchor Staffing, an agency in Chicago, for allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation.