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Long Island pediatrics practice to pay $750,000 for alleged False Claims violations

HOLBROOK, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced March 7 that Freed, Kleinberg, Nussbaum, Festa & Kronberg M.D LLP, a pediatrics practice on Long Island, will pay $750,000 in a joint settlement with New York and the United States after allegations of submitting false claims to Medicaid.

New York: Royal Bank of Scotland to pay $500 million to resolve role in financial crisis

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced March 6 that Royal Bank of Scotland will pay $500 million after allegations of deceptive practices and misleading conduct in in the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) in the lead-up to the financial crisis.

New York secures $575,000 settlement from EmblemHealth after consumer security mishap

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced March 6 that EmblemHealth and wholly owned subsidiary Group Health Incorporated (“EmblemHealth”) will pay $575,000 and implement a corrective action plan after allegations that 81,122 Social Security numbers were accidentally disclosed on a mailing due to a mailing error.

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%.

Former Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center vice president alleges she was terminated in retaliation

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A former employee of a domestic not-for-profit pediatric, rehabilitative and palliative care center alleges she was terminated for reporting unlawful practices.

Ice ages, the atmosphere and what Trump thinks: Climate change judge questions it all

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge has big questions regarding global warming for the private lawyers pushing lawsuits on behalf of California cities and counties – and about how President Donald Trump feels about blaming the energy industry for climate change.

Investors claim Banro Corp. made false representations regarding operations

WHITE PLAINS. N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Investors have filed a class-action lawsuit against a Canadian mining company doing business in Africa over allegations that it misled investors.

Forster & Garbus, Midland Funding alleged to have misrepresented status of debt in letter

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A New York man alleges a collection letter he received failed to disclose that the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit to collect the alleged debt had expired.

Town Sports International members allege Passport membership did not provide access to all gyms

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Members of a gym who purchased a special membership allege they do not have "all access" to locations as advertised.

Tensor Law adds defendants in lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein over alleged spying on Paz de la Huerta

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A Santa Monica law firm suing disgraced and embattled movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and a former New York assistant district attorney over claims the two convinced an actress to drop her sexual misconduct complaint now has filed an amended complaint in federal court.

Consumer claims fish oil sold at Costco does not contain the amount of fatty acids advertised

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A consumer claims Kirkland Wild Alaskan Fish Oil does not contain the amount of Omega fatty acids as advertised.

New York leads coalition opposing EPA's potential replacement for Clean Power Plan

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb. 27 that he is leading a coalition of 25 states, counties and cities in opposing the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its creation of an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (advanced notice) on a “potential” replacement for the Clean Power Plan.

NYU Law sending free help to 10 Dem AGs for environmental causes; Marcellus Shale group 'alarmed' at message

Pennsylvania Record

NEW YORK – Democratic state attorneys general, like Pennsylvania's Josh Shapiro, are getting free help from New York University School of Law to bolster their environmental causes, though a Commonwealth business advocacy group worries this results in important work being outsourced to an out-of-state entity.

Deloitte settles False Claims Act allegations, will pay $149.5 million

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Feb. 28 that Deloitte & Touche LLP will pay $149.5 million after allegations of possibly violating the False Claims Act when auditing Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. (TBW).

Citizens United loses challenge of N.Y. law requiring disclosure of donors

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that dismissed claims filed by Citizens United that challenged a New York law that requires nonprofit organizations to reveal the names of donors.

Coalition of 23 attorneys general seeks to block rollback of net neutrality

NEW YORK — A coalition of 23 attorneys general led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in an attempt to block the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recent rollback of net neutrality.

With judge's approval, insurers are looking for double-dipping in case they're forced to pay for asbestos claims

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Insurers looking for evidence of double-dipping in the asbestos recovery system won a legal battle earlier this month when a federal bankruptcy judge refused to strike the subpoenas they issued to the body that processes asbestos personal injury claims.

Paris may join U.S. governments suing energy producers over global climate change

PARIS (Legal Newsline) – City officials in Paris appear poised to enter the trend of government officials using lawsuits to fight global climate change by suing energy companies.

'Cross examination is going to be brutal': NYU law prof says climate change litigation is a loser

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – California officials who made dire climate change predictions about their localities' future in litigation against energy companies, but not in bond offerings, probably know by now their litigation is doomed, a New York University law professor said during a recent interview.

Woman alleges Drunk Elephant LLC eye serum doesn't work as advertised

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A New York woman alleges she paid $73 for an eye serum that did not work as advertised.