News from October 2015

Additional perjury charge filed against Pa. AG

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 1, 2015

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said the new charge stems from a “secrecy oath” signed by Kathleen Kane that was found during a search of the attorney general’s offices last month.

University of Michigan law professor appointed to state SC

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 1, 2015

Gov. Rick Snyder has chosen Joan Larsen to fill the vacancy left by former Justice Mary Beth Kelly.

Defendants say Kazakh brothers using U.S. courts to file dubious claims

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 1, 2015

A Kazakh businessman, who has played a part in filing nearly half-a-dozen racketeering and defamation lawsuits in U.S. federal courts in recent years, is at it again -- this time accusing the owner and operators of various websites of defamation.

Long-time Vermont AG says he won’t seek re-election

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 2, 2015

Bill Sorrell, who was appointed to the office in 1997, has run for and won re-election a record nine times.

Garlock seeking info from asbestos firms to boost racketeering claims

By John O'Brien | Oct 2, 2015

Some asbestos law firms are being dragged into racketeering lawsuits against their colleagues. Now that a federal judge has affirmed its right to do so, Garlock Sealing Technologies recently issued subpoenas to 29 law firms, including Baron & Budd, Brayton Purcell and Williams Kherker Hart Boundas.

Google, Microsoft agree to end patent litigation

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 2, 2015

Under the agreement announced this week, the two companies will dismiss all pending patent infringement litigation between them.

CFPB announces new rules to increase access to credit in underserved markets

By Legal News Line | Oct 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Legal News Line) – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Tuesday changes to mortgage regulations to ensure responsible lending by small creditors.

Investor sues Chrysler, alleging vehicle flaws means lower stock returns

By Molly English-Bowers | Oct 2, 2015

An investor is suing Chrysler, alleging public misrepresentations or omissions of the company's value by the defendant.

Massachusetts seeks accurate, fair use of personal data

By Emily Moore | Oct 2, 2015

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for fair use of public data shared by businesses that can potentially harm consumers when reported inaccurately.

Texas attorney general seeks injunction against new EPA water rule

By Emily Moore | Oct 2, 2015

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked a federal judge to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new water rule that expands the federal governments jurisdiction over navigable waters under the Clean Water Act.

Federal lawmakers to participate in online discussion of patent reform bills

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 2, 2015

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie will take questions on the PATENT Act and Innovation Act as part of a Google Hangout next week.

Global Virus Network: Measles infection growing in U.S.

By Keri Carbaugh | Oct 4, 2015

Measles has not been an epidemic in the United States since the beginning of the twenty-first century, but the Global Virus Network (GVN) warned of a startling rise in cases detected in the first eight months of 2013.

D.C. AG holds initial Labor Advisory Committee meeting

By Emily Moore | Oct 5, 2015

The committee was formed to keep the Attorney General's Office abreast of important labor issues in the District.

Daymar College to pay more than $12 million to settle Ky. AG's consumer protection lawsuit

By Emily Moore | Oct 5, 2015

The Attorney General's Office will receive $1.2 million from the deal.

Insurer reaches deal with Mass. AG over allegations of selling unauthorized health insurance

By Emily Moore | Oct 5, 2015

The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania will pay $430,000 to consumers and the state of Massachusetts.

Schneiderman: Alleged participants in Long Island mortgage rescue scam agree to pay up

By Emily Moore | Oct 5, 2015

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said a $400,000 settlement has been reached with the alleged participants. The scam allegedly involved mortgage leasebacks.

False Claims lawsuit filed against Miss. hospital, management company and owner

By Emily Moore | Oct 5, 2015

The federal government has intervened in a lawsuit filed against Stone County Hospital for allegedly abusing Medicare regulations set for rural critical care institutions.

N.Y. AG urges FDA to protect children from e-cigarette dangers

By Emily Moore | Oct 6, 2015

Eric Schneiderman wants the federal agency to require child-resistant packaging and health warnings on e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine.

Va. AG settles with company for alleged false advertising

By Emily Moore | Oct 6, 2015

Florida-based Annual Business Services allegedly violated state law by sending advertisements that appear to come from a government source.

Pa. AG has filed more than 100 consumer protection actions so far this year

By Emily Moore | Oct 6, 2015

According to Attorney General Kathleen Kane, the office's Bureau of Consumer Protection receives more than 30,000 complaints a year.

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