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CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU: Bureau Of Consumer Financial Protection Settles With Defendants In Hydra Group Payday Lending Case

By Press release submission | Aug 16, 2018

A federal district court in the Western District of Missouri entered an Order effectuating a settlement between the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) and Richard Moseley, Sr., Richard Moseley, Jr., and 20 interrelated corporate entities controlled by Moseley, Sr. and Moseley, Jr., in the Bureau’s lawsuit regarding the unlawful origination and servicing of short-term, small-dollar online loans to consumers nationwide.

U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Southeast Food Services / Wendy’s Settles EEOC Retaliation Charge For $20,000

By Press release submission | Aug 16, 2018

Southeast Food Services, a large franchisee formerly operating over 30 restaurants as Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers, will pay $20,000 to settle a retaliation charge filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU: Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Updates Regulation P To Implement Legislation Amending Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

By Press release submission | Aug 16, 2018

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) finalized amendments to implement legislation that allows financial institutions that meet certain requirements to be exempt from sending annual privacy notices to their customers.

GEORGIA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Carr Reaches Settlement with Title Pawn Company to Resolve Allegations of Unlawful Practices

By Press release submission | Aug 16, 2018

Attorney General Chris Carr announced that Complete Cash Holdings LLC and its owner Kent Popham (together, “Complete Cash”) have entered into a settlement with the State of Georgia in response to allegations that it engaged in unlawful practices that violated the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act and the Georgia Pawn Shop Act.

Hawaii Supreme Court rules backs state in Thirty Meter Telescope sublease case

By Marian Johns | Aug 16, 2018

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the state's Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR), saying it was not required to hold a contested case hearing prior to subleasing by the University of Hawaii (UH) to TMT International Observatory for the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea.

Colorado heating, cooling company to pay $1.7 million for allegedly installing unpermitted units

By Marian Johns | Aug 16, 2018

DENVER — A Colorado court has ordered a heating and cooling company operating in the state to pay $1.7 million for installing thousands of furnaces, hot water heaters and air conditioning units without obtaining building permits, causing potential hazards to consumers.

17-state attorneys general coalition opposes proposed SEC rules on broker-dealer incentives

By Marian Johns | Aug 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the latest to join a 17-state coalition opposing the Securities & Exchange Commission's (SEC) newly proposed rules that allow broker-dealers to collect incentives for steering consumers toward certain investments.

Southern California Gas reaches $119.5 million settlement for leak that released methane

By Marian Johns | Aug 16, 2018

LOS ANGELES — The Southern California Gas Company and the state's attorney general have reached a $119.5 million settlement over a ruptured well that caused a natural gas leak in Porter Ranch for months and released methane into the environment.

Kansas, Colorado agree to settlement over past Republican River water usage

By Marian Johns | Aug 16, 2018

DENVER — The states of Kansas and Colorado have agreed to a settlement regarding Colorado's previous water usage of the Republican River.

Alaska Supreme Court rules 'Stand for Salmon' initiative unconstitutional

By Marian Johns | Aug 16, 2018

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Supreme Court has agreed with the state of Alaska that a ballot measure that would prohibit development of projects damaging waters that support migrating fish, contains some unconstitutional provisions.

Plaintiff not accepting loss of lawsuit over empty space in Purex Crystals packaging

By Sandra Lane | Aug 16, 2018

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – A California woman who alleged she was "surprised and disappointed" that a container of Purex Crystals contained empty space and sued the maker of the in-wash fragrance booster is appealing a court's ruling that dismissed her complaint.

New York city alleges water supply contamination caused by airport, Air National Guard base

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 16, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A New York city alleges that discharges from New York Stewart International Airport and Stewart Air National Guard Base caused contamination of its water supply.

Raytheon seeks declaration regarding liability to remediate contaminated Kansas site

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 16, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – A Massachusetts company alleges it did not cause the contamination of soil and groundwater at a site in Kansas and that it should bear no liability for its remediation.

Samsung Electronics America alleged to have sold TVs with defect that causes overheating

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 16, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New York consumer alleges certain televisions manufactured by Samsung have a defect that causes the device to overheat.

Federal government seeks reimbursement for removal of hazardous substances at Illinois site

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 16, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The government is seeking reimbursement of costs it alleges it incurred to respond to the release or threatened release of hazardous substances at a site in Illinois.

California man alleges makers of Vega products fail to warn of heavy metals

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 16, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A Berkeley, California man alleges the makers of protein products marketed as plant-based failed to disclose the products expose consumers to toxic heavy metals.

Consumer alleges EcoSmart insect repellent does not repel mosquitoes

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 16, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A San Pedro, California consumer alleges a brand of insect repellent is "ineffective and worthless."

Plain Green, Great Plains Lending alleged to have charged interest rates higher than 100 percent

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 16, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – Two Virginia residents allege two lending companies are violating state lending statues and are charging high interest rates.

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.

Federal judge cuts vaginal mesh punitive award; Woman must take lesser amount or go through new trial

By John Sammon | Aug 15, 2018

HAMMOND, Ind. (Legal Newsline) – An Indiana federal judge on Aug. 8 gave a choice to a woman who won a case that alleged the pelvic mesh device made by Johnson & Johnson caused her severe injury. She could submit to a lesser amount of punitive damages or face a new punitive damages trial, the judge ruled.

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