News from April 2016

Sierra Club's legal theory in frackquake case draws 'Star Trek' comparison

By W.J. Kennedy | Apr 1, 2016

The Sierra Club and Public Justice are taking a novel approach in citing the Resource Conservation and Recovering Act in a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma, according to several industry and environmental attorneys

Multiple technology companies OK settlement after price-fixing allegations

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 1, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced preliminary settlements that resolve allegations that LG, Hitachi, Panasonic, Toshiba and Samsung fixed prices on Cathode Ray Tubes in televisions and TV monitors from 1995 to 2007 in order to raise prices worldwide.

VHU Express cited $80,000 for allegedly failing to pay employees in Amazon dealings

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 1, 2016

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced VHU Express Inc. and its owner Lisa Bythewood have been cited more than $80,000 in restitution and penalties for allegedly violating the state’s wage and hour laws.

Shareholders oppose FirstMerit, Huntington Bancshares proposed merger

By Robbie Hargett | Apr 1, 2016

AKRON, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Shareholders are suing board members of an Ohio bank holding company for trying to sell the company by means of an allegedly unfair process and for an allegedly unfair price.

Berkshire Power Plant agrees to charges in alleged emissions fraud scheme

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 1, 2016

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced that Berkshire Power Plant and its owner and management company agreed to settle after allegations they tampered with emissions equipment and submitted false information to environmental regulators.

Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services to be dissolved

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 1, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Cancer Fund of America Inc. (CFA), Cancer Support Services Inc. (CSS) and their leader, James Reynolds Sr., agreed to settle charges CFA and CSS alleged to help cancer patients yet actually used donation funds on their families and friends.

New York attorney general joins other states to combat climate change

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 1, 2016

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced he will join attorneys general from across the country to create a coalition of top law enforcement officials who will continue to combat climate change and build on the recent progress the United States has made on the issue.

South Dakota high court upholds attorney general's ballot explanation

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 1, 2016

PIERRE, South Dakota (Legal Newsline) — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has announced that the state’s Supreme Court upheld his ballot explanation for Initiated Measure 21, which limited the amount of interest certain money lenders can charge on loans at 36 percent.

Terminix charged over allegations of federal violations in the U.S. Virgin Islands

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 1, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced that Terminix International Company LP (TERMINIX LP) and its U.S. Virgin Islands operation Terminix International USVI LLC (TERMINIX, USVI) have been charged with violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

AutoZone to revise business practices after alleged pricing controversies

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 1, 2016

NEWARK, New Jersey (Legal Newsline) — AutoZone Inc. will pay $47,500 and revise its business practices after allegedly failing to plainly mark total selling prices on certain merchandise at many of its New Jersey stores, the office of New Jersey acting Attorney General Robert Lougy has announced.

Rhode Island House committee examines e-cigarette legislation

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 1, 2016

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Legal Newsline) — The Rhode Island House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare recently examined legislation filed on behalf of Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin that would require child-resistant packaging for e-cigarettes and similar products.

New Jersey rules $158,000 in penalties against 20 local health clubs

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 1, 2016

NEWARK, New Jersey (Legal Newsline) — The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has announced administrative actions against 20 health clubs for allegedly breaking consumer protection laws.

FTC takes action against Volkswagen for alleged deceptive advertising

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 1, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken action against Volkswagen Group of America Inc., charging it with allegedly deceiving consumers through its advertising campaigns.

Fan files class-action suit against St. Louis Rams over season-ticket licenses

By Robbie Hargett | Apr 1, 2016

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – A Missouri man is suing a National Football League team over claims his season-ticket buying license will be unusable after the team relocates.

Hotel staffing agency sued over alleged wage laws violations

By Robbie Hargett | Apr 1, 2016

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – A Colorado woman is suing a staffing agency over claims it and its clients violated federal and state wage and overtime laws.

Juris Publishing, Jurisnet settles after allegations of negative option marketing

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 1, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Juris Publishing Inc. and Jurisnet LLC (Juris) agreed to settle after allegations of negative option marketing in their advertising, selling and distributing of print, electronic and CD publications, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced.

NLRB, Fifth Circuit again disagree about class and collective action waivers

By Alan Goforth | Apr 4, 2016

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans continue to be at odds over employment arbitration provisions that contain class and collective waivers.

Window maker wants class action dismissed nearly two years after it was remanded

By Jessica Karmasek | Apr 4, 2016

Pella Corporation filed a motion to dismiss in February. The action was sent back to Illinois federal court in 2014 after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overturned approval of an estimated $90 million class action settlement involving the company and removed Chicago attorney Paul M. Weiss as class counsel. Weiss was disbarred in November by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Customers allege Hyundai, Kia sold defective vehicles

By Robbie Hargett | Apr 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - Seven customers are suing Hyundai and Kia, alleging their vehicles are defective.

Two women accuse 21st Century Oncology of failing to protect data

By Robbie Hargett | Apr 4, 2016

FORT MYERS, Florida (Legal Newsline) - Two women are suing a cancer care centers company, alleging a data breach exposed patients' information.

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