News from January 2013

W.Va. judge loses discrimination argument

By Nathan Bass | Jan 2, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. - An administrative law judge who alleged his suspension for making false entries on time sheets was because of his race and age has failed on his appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Wisconsin AG files action against debt company owner

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 2, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed a complex civil forfeiture lawsuit Wednesday against the former owner of an unlicensed debt adjustment service company.

Mass. AG issues statement on utilities' storm appeals

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 2, 2013

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley issued a statement Monday regarding the decision by several utility companies to appeal fines levied against them for their failed responses to two weather-related events.

General Biodisel to pay $63K EPA fine

By Stephanie Ostrowski | Jan 2, 2013

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - General Biodiesel will pay a $63,000 penalty for failing to report their hazardous chemicals to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Hedge fund wins, loses in Celera case

By Nathan Bass | Jan 3, 2013

DOVER, Del. (Legal Newsline) - A hedge fund that owned stock in health care company Celera has lost in its effort to have the New Orleans Employees' Retirement System decertified as class representative in a class action suit against the company but prevailed in its attempt to opt out of the settlement agreement.

Calif. AG sues ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66 for environmental violations

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 3, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a civil lawsuit Thursday against ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 for allegedly failing to properly inspect and maintain underground tanks used for gasoline storage.

N.Y. AG publishes info on Hurricane Sandy charitable activities

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 3, 2013

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday the posting of information online that details charitable donations raised for Hurricane Sandy relief.

Indiana AG files lawsuits against contractors, home services company

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 3, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed lawsuits Wednesday against two home improvement contractors that allegedly failed to meet contract requirements and a home services company that allegedly misrepresented the urgency of repairs.

Two companies to pay Clean Air Act fine

By Stephanie Ostrowski | Jan 4, 2013

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Two companies have been ordered to pay a $970,000 penalty for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act while operating as a chemical plant in Springfield, Mass.

N.J. AG sues contractor

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 4, 2013

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced a lawsuit Thursday against a Bergen County-based home improvement contractor and two related companies for allegedly violating the Consumer Fraud Act.

Texas AG announces settlements with Pfizer, Endo

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 4, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced two civil settlements Friday with Pfizer Inc. and Endo Pharmaceuticals to resolve allegations of Medicaid fraud.

Virginia AG announces legal victory against EPA

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 4, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) - Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced a legal victory on Thursday against a federal environmental agency after a judge agreed that attempting to regulate water itself as a pollutant exceeded the agency's authority.

Missouri company to pay $580K EPA fine

By Stephanie Ostrowski | Jan 7, 2013

LENEXA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) - A Missouri explosive manufacturing facility has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $580,135 to settle allegations of violating the Clean Air Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

N.J. AG announces $100,000 civil penalty against South Jersey resident

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 7, 2013

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced a $100,000 civil penalty Monday against a Haddon Township resident who allegedly defrauded investors who bought promissory notes from him.

Indiana AG files lawsuit against sports memorabilia store

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 7, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a lawsuit Friday against the Carmel-based Ultimate Sports Collection for allegedly collecting online payments from customers and failing to deliver.

Two brokers face more charges from SEC

By Stephanie Ostrowski | Jan 7, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Two brokers who traded nonpublic information before IBM Corporation's acquisition of SPSS Inc. are facing additional charges.

Debt company will refund up to $100,000

By Stephanie Ostrowski | Jan 8, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A nationwide debt-relief services company must refund up to $100,000 to consumers who were unlawfully charged advance fees for debt-settlement services.

Michigan SC Justice resigns amid allegations

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 8, 2013

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) --Michigan state Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway is stepping down amid accusations of ethics violations.

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