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U.S. Steel to take steps to reduce pollution at facilities in three states after settlement with DOJ

HAMMOND, Ind. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 22 that, along with the states of Indiana and Illinois and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, it has reached a settlement with U.S. Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel).

Modified ADA regulations require closed captioning for digital movies at theater

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 22 that it has modified a regulation under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Secret sugar industry documents could fuel wave of lawsuits

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Sugar industry documents secretly obtained by researchers could fuel a wave of litigation similar to those experienced by the tobacco industry.

Democrats' legal action targets vote by mail signatures

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — The Democratic Party is suing the Florida secretary of state, alleging violation of federal law.

Rising slack fill lawsuits test function of packaging

CLAYTON, Mo. (Legal Newsline) -- Is at a matter of "more is less" or "what you see is what you get?"

After NLRB gives job back to man fired for racism, appeal follows

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is preparing to hear the appeal of a company being forced to rehire a striking employee who was fired for yelling racist comments at replacement workers.

Wells Fargo wants plaintiffs in class action over sales practices to submit claims to arbitration

The bank filed its motion to compel and a 16-page memorandum in support in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division, Nov. 23.

EPA announces 10 chemicals it will examine for risk to humans

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Nov. 29 the first 10 chemicals it plans to evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform.

FTC grants Gilbarco exemption for size of ethanol disclosures at retail sites

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 29 that it has granted Gilbarco Inc. and other ethanol flex fuel retailers a partial exemption to its Fuel Rating Rule labeling requirements.

Consumer bureau targets Access Funding for alleged lead-paint poisoning scam

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Nov. 21 the filing of a complaint in federal district court against Access Funding LLC, alleging the company conducted an illegal scheme to scam victims of lead-paint poisoning.

Boston Insulation allegedly violates state wage laws, must pay $111,000 in restitution

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Nov. 22 that Boston Insulation Corporation and its president, Antonio J. Souza Jr., must pay $111,177 after allegations of failing to pay employees the proper prevailing wage, failing to submit accurate certified payroll records and failing to keep accurate general payroll records.

Justice Department targets Chicago suburb, alleging Fair Housing Act violations

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced a lawsuit Nov. 23 against the village of Tinley Park, Illinois, over allegations the Chicago suburb violated the Fair Housing Act by not approving a low-income housing development after race-based opposition.

Bechtel, AECOM, URS Energy must pay $125 million to settle allegations of false claims

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 23 that Bechtel National Inc., Bechtel Corp., URS Corp. (predecessor in interest to AECOM Global II LLC) and URS Energy and Construction Inc. (now known as AECOM Energy and Construction Inc.) will pay $125 million after False Claims Act violation allegations.

Adapt Pharma to freeze public interest price of overdose drug

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Adapt Pharma will freeze the public interest price for its naxalone nasal spray in Ohio over the next year, state Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Nov. 25.

Consumer bureau warns financial companies of mismanaged employee incentive programs

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a bulletin Nov. 28 warning supervised financial companies that creating incentives for employees and service providers to meet sales and other business goals can lead to consumer harm if not properly managed.

FTC, Justice Department warn FERC of evolving electricity markets

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced Nov. 28 the submission of a comment to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding market power in wholesale electricity markets.

ACS Education Services to pay $2.4 million after allegations of deceptions with student loans

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Nov. 22 that ACS Education Services (ACS) will pay $2.4 million after allegations it failed to properly process struggling Massachusetts students’ applications for federal repayment plans intended to lower monthly payments.

EPA and DoJ announce a $9 million settlement over Asheville Superfund Site

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 22 that CTS Corp., Mills Gap Road Associates and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. will spend roughly $9 million on an interim cleanup at the CTS of Asheville Inc. Superfund Site in Asheville, North Carolina.

New York's highest court affirms licensing requirement for Indian Point nuclear power facility

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released a statement Nov. 21 regarding the New York Court of Appeals’ decision to affirm a licensing requirement for the Indian Point nuclear power facility.

FCC implements new act to protect consumers from 'robotexts'

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Telephone Consumer Protection Act now covers text message senders. The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau is clarifying the limitations on auto-dialed text messages, more commonly known as “robotexts.”