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Texas officials were 'in over their heads' when they struck deals with opioid lawyers

By Dan Fisher | Aug 16, 2018

When it hired outside lawyers to represent it in lawsuits against the opioid industry, Harris County agreed to pay a contingency fee of 35%, more than double the rate in Dallas County and equal to the highest in the state.

Virginia attorney general lauds decision to halt Tribune Media, Sinclair merger

By Marian Johns | Aug 15, 2018

RICHMOND — Virgina Attorney General Mark Herring is applauding the recent Tribune Media Company announcement that it will discontinue pursuing a merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group.

W. Virginia company ordered to pay $817,902 for alleged FLSA violation

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

WHEELING. W. Va. — The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has ordered a Bridgeport company and its owner to pay $817,902 in back wages and damages stemming from an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

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Some attorneys say West Virginia courts are too lenient when it comes to certifying class actions

By Chris Dickerson | Jun 14, 2018

CHARLESTON – A recent state Supreme Court ruling about class action lawsuits has some in the legal community dismayed about the way such cases are certified in West Virginia.

Virginia attorney general accuses major online lender of astronomical interest rates

By Mark Iandolo | May 14, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced a lawsuit May 4 against Net Credit, a major online lender in the state, for allegedly violating the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

Oil and gas company challenges West Virginia's Flat-Rate Statute

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 23, 2018

CLARKSBURG, W. Va. (Legal Newsline) – A company leasing mineral rights to drill for oil and gas claims West Virginia's Flat-Rate Statute is unconstitutional.

As Boulder sues, 15 states - including Colorado - oppose global warming lawsuits

By John O'Brien | Apr 21, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Two days after local officials in the Boulder, Colo., area filed a lawsuit that attempts to hold large energy companies liable for the alleged effects of global warming, the state’s top lawyer showed that she disagrees with their legal argument by voicing her opposition to similar lawsuits in California.

New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

By Karen Kidd | Apr 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

Virginia alleges loan shark company charged consumers 183% interest

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 20, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced a lawsuit March 7 against Future Income Payments LLC; FIP LLC; and their owner, Scott Kohn (collectively, "FIP"), for allegations of charging consumers illegal loans with interest rates as high as 183 percent annually.

Arkansas AG, GOP colleagues criticized litigation strategy on climate, embrace it on opioids

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 20, 2018

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was a vocal critic of the aggressive litigation tactics her Democratic colleagues used against the oil industry over climate change. But she’s taken a different approach toward the opioid crisis.

Virginia secures $250,000 from lenders, debt collectors for alleged unlawful credit plan loans

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 7, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced Feb 23 that eight affiliated online lenders and debt collectors will pay a total of more than $250,000 after allegations of offering unlawful open-ended credit plan loans.

Virginia joins coalition urging FCC to block Sinclair-Tribune merger

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 6, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced Feb 26 that he has joined a coalition of state attorneys general in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to not allow the proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Media Group and Tribune Media Company.

Republican AGs who railed against CFPB anti-arbitration rule, now on board with banning arbitration #MeToo

By Ann Maher | Feb 23, 2018

WASHINGTON - A group of Republican attorneys general who railed against an effort to outlaw arbitration clauses so that consumers could bring class actions against financial services companies now appear to be on board with legislation that would eliminate arbitration from workplace sexual harassment claims.

Virginia says 3,800 consumers to receive refunds after settlement with alleged predatory lender

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 12, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that more than 3,800 consumers will receive refunds and debt forgiveness after a settlement with MoneyLion of Virginia LLC.

Virginia secures $150,000 for consumers victimized by alleged home improvement fraud scheme

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 15, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Jan. 10 that his office has secured $150,000 in restitution for more than 60 consumers who were allegedly defrauded by Sea-Thru Windows Inc., a window seller and installer, and its president and sole owner, Jeffery C. Pesich.

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UPDATE: W.Va. SOS has questions about probe of Davis' 2012 contributions

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 21, 2017

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Secretary of State’s office is questioning how the Kanawha County Prosecutor’s Office handled an investigation into some campaign contributions to Justice Robin Jean Davis’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Class action filed against WPA Intelligence over calls

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 16, 2017

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.

Virginia: Internet lender to pay $264,000 after violating state's Consumer Protection Act

By Mark Iandolo | Oct 31, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced Oct. 25 that Investment Evolution Corporation, doing business as Mr. Amazing Loans (Mr. Amazing Loans), will pay $264,000 in restitution after allegations of violating the Virginia Consumer Protection Act (VCPA).

Virginia alleges Allied Title Lending violated state laws, made illegal loans

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 19, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced a lawsuit Sept. 13 against open-end credit plan lender Allied Title Lending LLC, doing business as Allied Cash Advance, for allegations of making illegal loans.

After CashCall settlement, checks going to more than 9,600 Va. consumers

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 11, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Sept. 6 that his office will deliver checks averaging $982 to consumers victimized by CashCall Inc.’s alleged “rent-a-tribe” predatory lending scheme.

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