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Mass. AG's deal with Liberty Utilities saves consumers $3.5 million

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy recently joined the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Low-Income Weatherization and Fuel Assistant Program Network in reaching an agreement with Liberty Utilities Corp., which reduces its rate proposed rate increase by $3.5 million.

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals settles with N.Y., other states in fluoride labeling case

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York recently joined up to 47 states and the federal government in an agreement with Qualitest Pharmaceuticals Inc. over allegations of unlawful labeling practices, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced.

Washington AG, DOE file competing proposals for Hanford Nuclear Reservation cleanup

SEATTLE, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the U.S. Department of Energy recently filed the last of the materials in the state’s lawsuit regarding nuclear waste cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Justice Department reaches agreement for $28 million with 32 hospitals over False Claims Act allegations

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Justice Department has announced that 32 hospitals across 15 states will pay the United States a total of more than $28 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations related to kyphoplasty billing.

Anheuser-Busch InBev plans to 'vigorously defend' antitrust allegations

A class action lawsuit filed by a group of Oregon beer consumers has been filed in an attempt to block a merger between the two largest brewers in the world.

FTC seeks aid of public in developing an auto dealership survey

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has developed a qualitative survey method of learning about consumer experiences in buying and financing automobiles at dealerships and it currently seeks public comment on it.

WC Bradley, Char-Broil sued over allegedly faulty grills

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A Florida man is suing the manufacturers and sellers of certain grills over claims these grills expose consumers to serious physical harm.

Paquin Healthcare Cos. sued over allegedly sending unsolicited faxes

TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – A Florida man is suing a health care company over claims it sent unsolicited facsimiles.

Dollar General sued for allegedly selling obsolete motor oils

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California man is suing a discount retail chain over claims it deceptively markets and sells its own brand of obsolete motor oils.

New York AG wins case against East Side Used Auto Parts for alleged toxic chemicals issue

HUDSON FALLS, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced a court win over East Side Used Auto Parts for ignoring a court-ordered settlement to remedy environmental damages it allegedly caused.

American Handicapped & Disadvantaged Workers Inc. to refund Kansas consumers over alleged deceptive activities

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced an agreement with American Handicapped & Disadvantaged Workers Inc. that will force the company to refund consumers for alleged deceptive activities.

Delaware AG proposes financial crisis settlement funds to be used to build communities

DOVER, Del. (Legal Newsline) – Delaware Attorney General Matt Den, backed by community leaders, has revised his proposal for using funds from the financial crisis settlement on crime prevention, housing, substance abuse treatment, after-school and summer school programs, prisoner re-entry, and education.

Harris supports CFPB's proposed payday lending regulations

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris issued a letter that urges the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to adopt regulations that would help protect consumers from harmful payday and small-dollar lending practices.

Justice Department and Oregon come to agreement over alleged ADA infractions

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) – The state of Oregon has reached an agreement with the Justice Department over its alleged infractions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Arkansas AG receives settlement from Tri-State Pawn, resolving allegations of excessive interest rates

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – Tri-State Pawn of Texarkana Inc. has come to an agreement with Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, resolving allegations it charged consumers excessive interest rates on title loans, a violation of Arkansas law.

Schneiderman reaches settlement with DirectLabs and LabCorp over alleged clinical testing issues

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced agreements with Direct Laboratories LLC (DirectLabs) and Laboratory Corp. of American (LabCorp) that will stop these businesses from giving clinical laboratory testing to New Yorkers without a licensed medical provider’s involvement.

U.S. House to take up combined bill targeting class actions and asbestos litigation abuse this week

The House Committee on Rules is set to take up H.R. 1927 -- now the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2015 -- Wednesday afternoon and then send it to the House floor for a vote.

Suit claims softball bat manufacturers concealed defects

SANTA ANA, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Two California residents are suing manufacturers and sellers of certain softball bats over claims they concealed known defects in the bats.

Macy's, Bloomingdale's sued over alleged price scheming

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A California woman and a Florida woman are suing national retail clothing stores over claims of price scheming.

Water authority accuses alum manufacturers of conspiracy

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – An Alabama water authority is suing several manufacturers of liquid aluminum sulfate (alum) over claims of a conspiracy to fix prices of the chemical.