News from June 2012

Ill. AG sues Chicago-area gyms

By Nick Rees | Jun 1, 2012

Madigan CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against several Chicago-area gym franchises for allegedly charging consumers more than $100,000 in membership fees and dues after shutting down.

Nursing school hit with injunction

By Nick Rees | Jun 1, 2012

Bondi TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced a temporary injunction against a nursing school on Thursday that allegedly prohibited certain students from taking their practical nurse license examination.

Texas company ordered to pay $10M, restitution in Colorado

By Nick Rees | Jun 1, 2012

Suthers DENVER (Legal Newsline) - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced a final agency order for civil penalties on Wednesday against a Dallas-based company for alleged unregistered and unlawful debt management practices in the state.

Judgments entered against Canadian in Ponzi scheme

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Jun 1, 2012

CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) - A New Hampshire federal court has entered final default judgments against the New Futures Trading International Corporation and Henry Roche, a Canadian resident who directed the company.

Former NSF director pleads guilty to fraud

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Jun 1, 2012

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A former program director at the National Science Foundation pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Virginia to concealing illicit gifts and fraudulent payments he received, the Department of Justice announced.

Mich. SC to review foreclosure case against JPMorgan Chase

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 1, 2012

Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) - The Michigan Supreme Court, in an order last month, said it will hear an appeal by one of the nation's largest mortgage servicers in a case over a state foreclosure law.

Harvard thwarts union organizing effort

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Jun 1, 2012

Pye BOSTON (Legal Newsline) Rosemary Pye, Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board Region 1, issued a ruling Thursday granting Harvard University's request to reject a labor union's organizing efforts.

EPA reaches agreement over factory cleanup site

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Jun 1, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - Precision National Plating Services reached a settlement Thursday with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on a plan to clean up groundwater and surface water contamination at a site in Clarks Summit, Pa.

N.J. Senate committee rejects second SC nominee

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 1, 2012

Harris TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - A New Jersey Senate committee on Thursday rejected the nomination of Chatham Mayor Bruce Harris to the state Supreme Court.

Mich. AG investigating McCotter petitions for possible fraud

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 1, 2012

Schuette LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says he is investigating allegations of possible fraud relating to nominating petitions submitted by U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter.

Wash. SC upholds voter-approved liquor privatization law

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 1, 2012

Gonzalez OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) - The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a liquor privatization initiative -- a day before the measure went into effect.

Report: Drug maker suing La. AG over outside counsel hiring

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 1, 2012

Caldwell NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell over his hiring of private attorneys in a case against the company.

House subcommittee revisits class action lawsuit reform

By John O'Brien | Jun 1, 2012

Redish WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Some class action lawsuits are only benefitting unharmed parties, a Northwestern University professor said Friday during a House subcommittee hearing on 2005's Class Action Fairness Act.

N.H. AG reaches agreement with Concord Hospital

By Nick Rees | Jun 4, 2012

Delaney CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) - New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney announced a settlement on Wednesday with Concord Hospital resolving allegations of hazardous waste violations.

Jepsen alleges $24M Medicaid fraud

By Nick Rees | Jun 4, 2012

Jepsen HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Conn. Attorney General George Jepsen named 28 individuals, dental practices and corporations in a civil action on Thursday, alleging an elaborate and illegal two-year, $24 million Medicaid fraud scheme.

Labor borad orders Sands casino to bargain with union

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Jun 4, 2012

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday ordered the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa., to bargain with a union.

Robocaller to pay $1M over election calls

By Nick Rees | Jun 4, 2012

Gansler BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) - Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler announced a $1 million judgment against a company for robocalls during the 2010 election.

Ark. court says plaintiffs were forum shopping

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Jun 4, 2012

Seidel TEXARKANA, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas ruled Tuesday that plaintiffs in a class action case were engaged in "what amounts to improper forum shopping."

Jim Crow laws referenced during testy exchange over fracking regulations

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Jun 4, 2012

Connolly WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) ' While testifying before a House subcommittee about fracking, a Pennsylvania official was told by the committee's ranking member that his views about federal and state interaction were similar to a segregationist's arguments about Jim Crow laws.

W.Va. SC sides with city in suit over officer's disability benefits

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 4, 2012

Chief Justice Menis Ketchum CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals last week ruled against a former police officer in a case over his disability benefits.

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