News from April 2018

Ohio joins 48 other state attorneys general supporting Medicaid Fraud Control Unit legislation

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced March 28 that he has joined a bipartisan coalition of 48 other state attorneys general and the National Association of Attorneys General in supporting a bill that would improve states’ ability to go after entities that abuse and neglect Medicaid beneficiaries.

Sessions proposes amending proposed ban on bump stocks

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced March 23 that the Department of Justice has proposed amending the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, to state that bump stocks “machine guns” under federal law.

Arizona jet ski rental company to pay $100,000 after false advertising allegations

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has announced that Malows Jet Ski Rentals LLC and owner Mahriar Akbari will pay $100,000 after allegations of making misleading and false claims while advertising its services to consumers.

Kansas intervenes in civil case to defend constitutionality of state's cap on non-economic damages

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced March 26 that he has filed a brief with the Kansas Supreme Court arguing that the state’s cap on non-economic damages in civil lawsuits is not a violation of the U.S. or Kansas constitutions.

California to sue EPA over alleged failure to enforce landfill methane regulation

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced March 23 that he is leading a coalition of seven attorneys general and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The case revolves around the EPA’s alleged failure to enforce the regulation of methane coming from landfills.

Massachusetts urges Trump administration to withdraw proposed rule affecting women, LGBT community

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced March 28 that she has joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general in urging the Trump administration to withdraw a proposed rule regarding health care providers denying medically necessary care for moral or religious reasons.

EEOC accuses California charter school of pay discrimination

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit March 22 against The Guidance Charter School, a charter school and non-profit in Palmdale, California, for allegations of paying a female math tutor less than a male math tutor.

Plaintiff recounts pain she says came from mesh implant in C.R. Bard trial in New Jersey

By John Sammon | Apr 2, 2018

HACKENSACK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiff Mary McGinnis told a jury March 29 how her life had changed because of the polypropylene mesh implant she had surgically placed in 2009, which instead of propping up a sagging bladder as intended, allegedly caused tissue inflammation and intense burning pain, necessitating removal by surgery.

U.S. secures $2 million from nuclear material transporter for alleged Russian bribe

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice aannounced March 13 that Transport Logistics International Inc. (TLI), a provider of transportation services for nuclear materials, will pay $2 million after allegations of bribing a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation.

Connecticut General Assembly urged to adopt ban on credit agencies charging credit freeze fees

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced March 15 that he has submitted testimony to the General Assembly’s Banks Committee in support of legislation that would ban the three major credit rating agencies in the U.S. from charging fees to place or remove credit security freezes.

Justice Department, EPA secure $20 million from companies involved with Bunker Hill Mine

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 12 that the owner of the Bunker Hill Mine, Placer Mining Company Inc. (Placer Mining), has agreed to settle allegations relating to its cleanup liability in Idaho’s northern panhandle.

SEC secures $950,000 from corporation that allegedly violated Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced March 26 that Kinross Gold Corporation, a company based in Canada, will pay $950,000 to settle allegations of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Lincoln Law School of San Jose files antitrust suit against California Bar, others

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 2, 2018

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A California law school has filed a suit over the proposed new accredited law school rules and guidelines for accredited law school rules to the Committee of Bar Examiners.

Stockholder alleges Dr. Pepper Snapple Group filed incomplete proxy statement over merger

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 2, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A Dr. Pepper Snapple Group stockholder alleges he cannot make an informed vote on a proposed merger until purported omissions from a report are corrected.

Attorney suing NFL doesn't want to hang around sports bars looking for cheerleaders

By Angela Underwood | Apr 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The NFL says a former San Francisco 49ers cheerleader's multimillion-dollar antitrust lawsuit should stay dismissed, while the attorney for the woman says he should be allowed to review each team's payroll instead of trolling bars outside arenas for potential witnesses.

Louisiana correctional facility allegedly violated ADA by segregating detainee with HIV

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 22 that Union Parish Detention Center (UPDC), a Farmerville, Louisiana, correctional facility, will pay $27,500 in in damages and adopt new policies after allegations of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

N.Y. specialty pharmacy company to pay $375,000 after allegedly failing to deliver basic services

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 3, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced March 22 that Accredo Health Group Inc., a specialty pharmacy company, will pay $375,000 to settle allegations it failed to provide basic services to its consumers.

Group of Utah companies banned from using deceptive telemarketing tactics to sell movies

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 26 that a group of companies have been banned from engaging in deceptive telemarketing practices after a federal court order.

Justice Department, EPA settle with energy company that allegedly violated Clean Air Act at reservation

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 26 that XTO Energy Inc., a company based in Houston, will settle allegations of violating the Clean Air Act at the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

Georgia Supreme Court says employer can be liable for accidental shooting; Employee had gun in violation of company policy

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 3, 2018

ATLANTA (Georgia) – The Supreme Court of Georgia has reversed a Court of Appeals decision that protected an employer from being held liable for a gun-related injury caused by an employee.

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