WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – In a decision that outlines the boundaries between federal and state energy jurisdictions, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that states may not attempt to get around certain federal regulations while providing energy to their residents.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A federal court, at the request of the Federal Trade Commission, has found BlueHippo Funding LLC, BlueHippo Capital LLC and Joseph Rensin in contempt for allegedly operating a computer financing scheme that deceived consumers in violation of a 2008 agreement.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a proposed $5.2 million settlement agreement with Billing Services Group (BSG) that resolves allegations the company placed crammed charges on consumers’ phone bills.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with Very Incognito Technologies Inc., which does business as Vipvape, after allegations of deceiving consumers about participation in the East-Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBRP) system.
The named plaintiffs in the instant lawsuit, filed in a Texas federal court last week, contend the law firm and a former partner helped Robert Allen Stanford conceal the scheme from government regulators. A similar lawsuit was dismissed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in March.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a modified final order that settles anti-competitive allegations for Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLCS’s $2 billion acquisition of Roxane Laboratories Inc. and Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Inc.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that so far this year as compared to last year, his office has received a 40 percent increase in data breach notifications.
LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that his office filed a cease and desist against professional fundraiser Corporations for Character for allegedly violating the Public Safety Solicitation Act.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Aby J. Rosen, a contemporary art collector, has agreed to pay $7 million to resolve allegations he failed to pay millions in sales and use taxes on art acquisitions, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced.
NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Trolice Consulting Services LLC and president James R. Trolice have been mandated by the New Jersey Bureau of Securities to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty for allegations of selling unregistered securities to investors.
ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a civil lawsuit against 5 Star Paving, Christopher Haynes, Charles Haynes, Nancy Haynes and Randy Williams over allegations of violating state consumer laws by taking money for asphalt jobs and then failing to complete promised work.
BEAUMONT, Texas (Legal Newsline) – The Justice Department announced a settlement with the city of Beaumont, Texas, for $475,000 over allegations the city discriminated against persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities trying to live in small group homes in residential districts. The city has also agreed to make changes to its zoning and land use practices.
PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Discount Auto Sales LLC and owner Eivan Shahara will pay $125,000 in restitution and attorney fees after allegations of selling consumers cars that had been previously wrecked and declared total losses, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has announced.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has announced Florida will participate in a multistate and federal settlement with Olympus America Inc. that resolves allegations the company committed anti-kickback violations.
DENVER (Legal Newsline) — Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has commented on a recent state Supreme Court decision to invalidate two voter-approved hydraulic fracturing bans enacted by Longmont and Fort Collins.