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Backpage.com asks court to dismiss latest complaint related to alleged sex trafficking

Carrie Salls Nov. 14, 2017, 10:00am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Backpage.com LLC, Carl Ferrer, Michael Lacy and James Larkin are asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to dismiss a lawsuit filed June 12 against them by three Jane Doe plaintiffs who allege that the defendants’ website was used to force them to participate in sex trafficking.

Pfizer sues Johnson & Johnson over alleged anti-competitive practices

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 30, 2017, 3:55pm

Pfizer’s lawsuit, filed in a Pennsylvania federal court in September, alleges Johnson & Johnson’s exclusionary contracts and other anti-competitive practices have denied U.S. patients access to therapeutic options and undermined the benefits of “robust” price competition in the “innovative and growing” biologics marketplace for patients.

Rhode Island sues companies involved in 2003 oil spill

Jenie Mallari-Torres Oct. 27, 2017, 8:46am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The state of Rhode Island and its Department of Environmental Management are suing a vessel owner and its operators over environmental damage stemming from an oil spill.

Calif. judge reverses $417 million award in talc powder case

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 26, 2017, 11:49am

In her Oct. 20 ruling, Judge Maren Nelson for the Los Angeles Superior Court pointed to insufficient evidence on both sides, various errors and some jury misconduct during the trial.

Massachusetts accuses used car dealership of predatory practices

Mark Iandolo Oct. 10, 2017, 10:03am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced a lawsuit Sept. 26 against used car dealership JD Byrider, alleging predatory practices.

Massachusetts helps draft legislation to better protect consumers from data breaches

Mark Iandolo Oct. 3, 2017, 3:04pm

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Sept. 25 that her office has updated legislation to better protect consumers from data breaches like the recent one at Equifax.

Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc., Sexy Hair Concepts files second motion to dismiss shampoo suit

Kacie Whaley Sep. 15, 2017, 9:40am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc. and Sexy Hair Concepts have filed a second motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the companies made false claims about the contents in Healthy Sexy Sulfate-Free Soy Moisturizing shampoo.

Dell subsidiary to pay $110,000 after alleged discrimination toward transgender employee

Mark Iandolo Sep. 13, 2017, 9:18am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Sept. 1 that EMC Corporation, a subsidiary of Dell Technologies (collectively, Dell EMC), will pay $110,000 after allegations of discriminating based on sex and gender identity.

DraftKings, FanDuel to each pay $1.3 million to Massachusetts after unfair practices allegations

Mark Iandolo Sep. 11, 2017, 3:43pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Sept. 7 that DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. will pay roughly $2.6 million after allegations of unfair and deceptive practices.

Massachusetts secures $210,000 for Uber drivers allegedly victimized by vehicle leasing agency

Mark Iandolo Sep. 8, 2017, 9:02am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Aug. 30 that Xchange Leasing LLC, a subsidiary of Uber, has reimbursed drivers more than $210,000 after allegations of overcharging the drivers for tolls and other fees.

Massachusetts dentist to return $500,000 to state Medicaid program after alleged false billing

Mark Iandolo Aug. 30, 2017, 7:34am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Aug. 21 that Dr. Annie Watson and her dental practice, Gentle Smiles LLC, will return $500,000 to the state’s Medicaid program (MassHealth) after allegations of improperly billing the program for some of its services.

AGs say electric grid study shows need for clean energy

Mark Iandolo Aug. 28, 2017, 3:30pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Aug. 25 that she has joined a coalition of attorneys general in issuing a statement in response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) electric grid study.

Johnson & Johnson already planning appeal of $417 million California talc powder verdict

Jessica Karmasek Aug. 24, 2017, 2:53pm

After a four-week trial, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury returned a verdict of $417 million against Johnson & Johnson Monday. The total includes $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 in punitive damages.

Medical marijuana use opens up a potential quandary for employers

John Sammon Aug. 24, 2017, 12:41pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A recent Massachusetts case in which a woman sued her employer after being terminated for the use of marijuana for which she was legally prescribed represents the opening of a Pandora’s Box for employers.

Opioid company sued by former employee under False Claims Act

Wadi Reformado Aug. 16, 2017, 9:15am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts woman alleges she was wrongfully terminated from her job with an opioid pain medication pharmaceutical company.

Massachusetts contractor to pay $100,000 for alleged wage law violations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2017, 8:47am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Aug. 8 that Wilmington Wiring Corporation (WWC) and owner John Garrett will pay more than $100,000 after allegations of intentionally failing to properly pay employees working on a public project for the city of Worcester to repair streetlights.

Massachusetts attorney general secures $6.3 million in refunds for 4,500 homeowners

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2017, 8:46am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Aug. 11 that American Security Insurance Company will pay $6.3 million in refunds to more than 4,500 homeowners after allegations of improper charges.

Massachusetts health care company owes $750,000 after allegedly forcing consumers to pay bills

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2017, 8:44am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Aug. 9 that Apria Healthcare LLC (Apria) will pay more than $750,000 to resolve allegations of directly billing people for services covered by the state’s Medicaid program (MassHealth).

Massachusetts secures $5.6 million settlement with parking management company

Mark Iandolo Aug. 8, 2017, 8:04am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced July 31 that LAZ Parking Limited LLC will pay $5.6 million after allegations of failing to detect and deter millions of dollars in theft from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

Massachusetts AG joins coalition opposing cuts to low-income energy assistance programs

Mark Iandolo Aug. 8, 2017, 8:01am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced July 31 that she has joined a coalition of 35 attorneys general and state consumer advocate agencies in drafting a letter to Congress about low-income energy assistance programs.