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21-state coalition backs proposed EPA plan to allow states more authority over regulations

By Marian Johns | Nov 14, 2018

LTTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is the latest to join a 21-state coalition that submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in favor of the Trump administration's proposal to end the Clean Power Plan.

Whole Foods reaches $65,000 settlement over alleged firing of employee due to kidney impairment

By Marian Johns | Nov 13, 2018

CHARLOTTE — Whole Foods Market has reached a $65,000 settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to resolve a lawsuit alleging the company fired an employee for missing work due to kidney impairment.

EEOC: North Carolina restaurant allowed employee to be subjected to racial slurs, harassment

By Marian Johns | Nov 13, 2018

CHARLOTTE — A North Carolina barbecue restaurant is facing a lawsuit from the federal government, alleging it did not attempt to stop a black employee from being subjected to racial slurs and harassment by another employee.

Miss. restaurant settles claims it violated woman's religious beliefs by making her wear blue jeans instead of blue jean skirt

By Marian Johns | Nov 13, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A Mississippi restaurant has settled a lawsuit filed by a federal agency, alleging the company discriminated against a female worker who could not follow the dress code due to her religious beliefs.

EEOC reports increase in potential workplace discrimination claims

By Marian Johns | Nov 13, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is reporting a spike in its outreach and enforcement work in fiscal year 2018, which included responding to 200,000-plus likely discrimination claims and securing $505 million and other relief for nearly 70,000 victims of workplace discrimination.

California appeals court sends long-running wage and hour litigation against Ralphs Grocery back to Superior Court

By Karen Kidd | Nov 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – After about a decade of litigation against a southern California grocery store chain, a wage and hour lawsuit is headed back to Los Angeles Superior Court after a state appeals court found that at least some new claims in the case should be heard.

SEC alleges SeeThruEquity defrauded investors over false claims of 'unbiased' research reports

By Marian Johns | Nov 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A stock research firm is being accused of defrauding investors by issuing reports that featured research that the firm said was "unbiased," after allegedly receiving money to issue the research, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

MoneyGram International reaches $125 million settlement over alleged consumer fraud

By Marian Johns | Nov 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — MoneyGram International Inc., has reached a $125 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve the breach of a 2012 deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) involving consumer fraud scams, according to the federal government.

U.S. accuses Swiss company of residential mortgage-backed securities fraud

By Marian Johns | Nov 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government is suing a Swiss investment bank and financial services company https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UBS for alleged residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.

Justice Department memo to states attorneys discusses 'principles' of civil suit resolutions

By Marian Johns | Nov 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a recently released memo to U.S. states attorneys and other civil litigation segments, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has set guidelines for what it is calling "principles" for state and local government civil suit resolutions.

U.S. district court denies UPS Freight's request to vacate injunction relating to ADA

By Marian Johns | Nov 12, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- An effort by UPS Freight, asking a federal court to vacate an injunction which prohibits the company from violating the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), was recently struck down in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

FTC: Maryland federal district court halts $100 million real estate investment scam

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a Maryland federal district court's order to halt a large "real estate investment scam" that resulted in taking more than $100 million from investors who purchased lots.

Labor Department alleges Pennsylvania restaurant failed to pay full minimum wage, overtime

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Pennsylvania restaurant in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for allegedly failing to pay servers a full federal minimum wage as well as overtime pay.

New Jersey supermarket owes more than $175,000 for alleged minimum wage violations

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A New Jersey supermarket has agreed to pay more $175,000 in employee lost wages and damages after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation found violations of federal minimum wage and record-keeping laws.

Texas distribution company pays $244,000 in back wages for employees' 'pre-shift' work

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Texas distribution company did not pay its hourly employees for "pre-shift" work and failed to keep proper record keeping in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the U.S. Department of Labor alleges.

Citibank reaches $38.7 million settlement with SEC over receipts

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Citibank has reached a $38.7 million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to resolve charges that the bank inappropriately gave American depository receipts (ADRs) to brokers prior to thousands of transactions without the required corresponding foreign shares in a depository bank.

U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Whole Foods Market to Pay $65,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Suit

By Press release submission | Nov 9, 2018

Whole Foods Market Group, Inc., doing business as Whole Foods Market, headquartered in Austin, Texas, will pay $65,000 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

U.S. announces guilty plea of former Venezuelan petroleum executive in money laundering operation

By Marian Johns | Nov 8, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the guilty plea of a former Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) executive to participating in what the department is calling a "billion-dollar international money laundering scheme" involving the Venezuelan state-owned oil company.

Man lived in Kansas, so kick his asbestos claims out of NYC court, defendants say

By John O'Brien | Nov 8, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Companies facing lawsuits in New York City’s controversial asbestos court are using U.S. Supreme Court decisions from recent years that prevented plaintiffs lawyers from suing in whatever court they felt like.

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