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Court checks CFPB's authority to investigate for-profit college accreditation

For the first time, a court has ruled the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau attempted to exceed the power given to it by Congress -- but the ruling may not prevent it from continuing an investigation into the accreditation of for-profit colleges.

Attorney: Arbitration proposal fight likely not over after comments period

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed a set of rules prohibiting arbitration clauses that prevent class action lawsuits on behalf of consumers -- a contentious proposal that has parties on both sides speaking out.

California woman alleges Century 21 made unsolicited calls

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - A California woman is suing Century 21, alleging it made unsolicited phone calls.

2 California consumers allege Safeway's Parmesan cheese contains cellulose

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Two California women are suing Safeway, alleging it misrepresents its Parmesan cheese product.

California consumer alleges Turbine renewal terms are deficient

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - A California man is suing a computer game developer, alleging the company made unlawful automatic renewal offers.

BHP accused of misleading investors

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - An investor is suing a  global resources company and certain of its current and former officers, alleging they misled investors about the company's commitment to safety.

Two note holders allege Cliffs Natural Resources exchange offer is illegal

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Two customers are suing a publicly traded mining and natural resources company, alleging it breached its contract with note holders when it consummated a certain exchange offer.

Final OSHA reporting rules require public reporting

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently finalized a set of new rules that require large companies to annually report workplace injuries and illnesses.

Supreme Court ruling a win for defendants in Title VII cases

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court voted unanimously, 8-0, to allow employers to recover attorneys' fees as defendants in Title VII cases.

Vermont attorney general comments on Google's advertising decision

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) — Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell recently commented on Google’s decision to ban advertising for high-interest personal loans, which are sometimes called “payday loans.”

Haskins Gas to pay $45,600 after allegedly violating Vermont consumer protection laws

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) — Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell has announced Haskins Gas Service Inc., a Vermont company, will pay $45,600 to 96 consumers in the state and $15,000 in civil penalties after allegations of violating state consumer protection laws.

Washington targets Student Aid Center for Consumer Protection Act violations

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced his office has brought a lawsuit against Student Aid Center Inc. and its owners, Ramiro Fernandez-Moris and Damien Alvarez, accusing them of charging students illegal fees for debt adjustment services and consolidating student loans.

Consumer alleges Harbor Freight offers sham sales

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - A California man is suing a discount tool and equipment retailer, alleging it deceives consumers with a fake sale scheme.

Pennsylvania targets Dauphin County man for alleged deceptive auto sale practices

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has announced her office filed a civil lawsuit against Theodore J. Sopko of Dauphin County for allegedly advertising the sale of more than 30 vehicles throughout the past year without having the proper licenses.

Louisiana man alleges McDonald's discriminates against the blind

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - A Louisiana man is suing McDonald's, alleging it denies blind individuals equal access rights to its goods and services during late-night hours.

Billing Tree Inc. to refund Vermont consumers

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) — Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell has announced Billing Tree Inc., an Arizona company that processes electronic payments, has agreed to pay $178,000 to settle allegations of violating state consumer protection laws.

Massachusetts bans pest control service from operating in state

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced that Patrick F. McNeil, operating under the names Community Pest Control and Countryside Wildlife, will pay $50,000 to resolve allegations he operated without a license and misled consumers about the safety and effectiveness of his services.

Illinois attorney general targets DTM Conrete & Stamping for alleged deceptive practices

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced her office has filed a lawsuit against David Malmberg and DTM Concrete & Stamping for allegations of violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and Home Repair and Remodeling Act.

NHT to refund $6.5 million to New England consumers

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced New Hampshire Transmission (NHT) has agreed to a $6.8 million settlement after allegations of improperly including millions of dollars of development costs in its transmission rates.

Kentucky attorney general takes action against cemetery owner

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced his office has filed a lawsuit against Dale Shackelford and Crestlawn Cemetery LLC for allegations of deceitful business practices.