News from 2017

Company that submitted Medicare claims for the deceased claims it was targeted by CMS

By Karen Kidd | Jan 3, 2017

WALTHAM, Mass. (Legal Newsline) – An appeal by health diagnostics company Alere to get Medicare billing privileges reinstated for a subsidiary diabetes unit, Arriva Medical, claims that the unit was targeted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to clear an administrative backlog, according to an Alere press release.

L.A. Tan settles class action over customers' fingerprints

By Christopher Knoll | Jan 3, 2017

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys are calling a settlement with L.A. Tan Enterprises a-first-of-its-kind regarding the collection and storage of the fingerprints of its customers.

11th Circuit clarifies CAFA jurisdiction in case with Pilot, trucking company

By Mia Sims | Jan 3, 2017

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – In a recent racketeering class action case between an Alabama trucking company and one of its counterparts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit clarified jurisdiction in relation to class claims.

Staffing firm not on hook for employers' possible ADA violations

By Dawn Geske | Jan 3, 2017

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – A case regarding the use of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters for deaf job applicants found the employer, not the staffing firm, responsible for following the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Attorney: Trump U.S. SC pick likely more pro-employer

By Christopher Knoll | Jan 3, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – President-elect Donald Trump’s Nov. 8 victory has brought the opportunity for him to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court that will undoubtedly have a long-lasting effect.

Public-interest firm calls $5.5 million settlement with Google over privacy settings ‘unacceptable’

By Jessica Karmasek | Jan 3, 2017

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Class Action Fairness’ filing last month, class counsel negotiated a settlement that provided zero dollars to class members and $5.5 million to be divided between class counsel and third-party charities.

San Diego consumer alleges Clickspark violated TCPA

By Wadi Reformado | Jan 4, 2017

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) — A San Diego man is suing a New York business, alleging invasion of privacy and violation of telephone harassment statutes.

California not happy with Interior Department's fracking assessment

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 4, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and the California Coastal Commission announced a lawsuit Dec. 19 challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) final environmental assessment concerning fracking off the coast of California.

EPA targets Syngenta Seeds, seeks $4.8 million for alleged worker protection law violations

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 4, 2017

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a complaint Dec. 15 against Syngenta Seeds LLC for allegations of violating federal pesticide regulations.

CFPB blog post details key areas of 2017 focus for agency's fair lending department

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 4, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a blog post Dec. 16 by Patrice Ficklin of the fair lending department that details the key areas her team will focus on in 2017.

Arkansas targets United Networks of America in consumer protection lawsuit

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 4, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced a consumer-protection lawsuit Dec. 20 against Louisiana-based United Networks of America Inc. (UNA).

EPA fines Western Solutions $25,000, alleges violations of cleanup agreement

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 4, 2017

HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 20 that it has assessed Western Solutions Inc. a $25,000 fine for violating a chemical cleanup order issued by the agency in 2010.

Arizona joins 24-state coalition against Clean Power Plan, urges Trump to withdraw measure

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 4, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Dec. 15 that he has joined a 24-state coalition in opposing the Clean Power Plan put forth by President Obama. The coalition asks President-elect Donald Trump and Congressional leaders to withdraw the plan.

Massachusetts fines Olympia General Construction $27,000 for alleged wage issues

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 4, 2017

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Dec. 19 that Olympia General Construction Corp. and its president, Marcelo Cardoso Queiroz, have been cited $27,611 for allegedly failing to pay overtime wages to employees.

California secures additional $66 million from Volkswagen after landmark environmental case

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 4, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced Dec. 20 an additional $66 million settlement with Volkswagen.

CFPB report on college-bank deals: Many schools more focused on bottom line, not students

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 4, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Dec. 14 a report detailing that costly fees and risky features often are attached to college-sponsored accounts.

Mosquito Shield, Massachusetts franchisees to change advertising practices

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 4, 2017

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Dec. 19 that Mosquito Shield LLC has agreed to change its advertising practices and pay penalties after allegations of misrepresenting the potentially harmful effect of its products.

Arkansas attorney general targets multiple automotive retailers for alleged deception

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 4, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced a consumer protection lawsuit Dec. 17 against multiple automotive retailers and their owners and officers for allegations of violating the state’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Shareholder alleges ExxonMobil misstated finances, affected stock price

By Robert Lawson | Jan 4, 2017

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – A shareholder for ExxonMobil is suing the company, alleging its board members communicated misleading financial information about the company.

11th Circuit grants stay in FTC case against LabMD over data breach allegations

By Michelle de Leon | Jan 4, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The legal battle between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and LabMD is heating up following the latter’s opening salvo in its petition for review, pointing out how the agency allegedly "destroyed" a small medical company in its data breach investigation against it.

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