On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency, or FACT, Act of 2017 by a vote of 19-11. The committee also passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 by a vote of 19-12.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb. 9 that his office has reached settlements with mobile application developers AB Mobile Apps LLC and Bizness Apps LLC for alleged failures to disclose data collection practices in privacy policies.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a lawsuit Feb. 15 against Club Ventures Investments LLC,doing business as David Barton Gyms (DBG), and related entities that own and operate four David Barton Gyms in New York City.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb. 15 that his office has joined 10 other attorneys general in writing a letter to Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Charles Schumer of New York, asking for them to oppose to the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb.13 that Granite JFK LLC and Crossroads Hospitality Company, which own and operate, respectively, the Courtyard by Marriott New York JFK Airport hotel, have agreed pay $48,000 to settle allegations of illegal price gouging during the Jonas ice storm in January 2016.
SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) — Two San Diego consumers have filed a class action lawsuit against a San Diego hospital, alleging violation of telephone harassment statutes, such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – Georgia’s highest court last month weighed in on whether a plaintiff can be awarded punitive damages as compensation for losses under the Georgia Computer Systems Protection Act.
In Florida, state law limits recovery against the State or its agencies or subdivisions to $100,000 per person or $200,000 per incident in damages, with a 25 percent cap on attorneys’ fees. To get more, lawmakers must pass a claims bill, or a relief act.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Feb. 14 that Morgan Stanley Smith Barney will pay $8 million and admit wrongdoing after allegations related to single inverse ETF investments it recommended to advisory clients.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb. 22 that The International Women’s Leadership Association (IWLA) agreed to settle allegations that it has misrepresented the methods it used to select recipients for a business networking program.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Feb. 10 that it obtained an emergency court order freezing brokerage accounts amassed by Shaohua (Michael) Yin in the wake of Comcast Corp.’s acquisition of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. after allegations of insider trading.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Feb. 14 that it charged Terminus Energy, a California-based penny stock company, and four corporate officers with allegations of misleading investors.
Richard Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general, remains the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, considered a thorn in the side of many Republicans. Some experts say they are surprised President Donald Trump hasn’t yet given Cordray the boot.
BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Feb. 17 that dental provider Dr. Alec H. Jaret, doing business as HealthDrive Dental Group, and its billing agent, HealthDrive Corp., will pay $1.5 million after allegations of overbilling MassHealth for nursing home visits.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb. 22 that he joined with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and a coalition of other attorneys general in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Education Secretary and leaders in Congress.