News from August 2018

15 state attorneys general file brief with U.S. Supreme Court in interstate truckers case

By Marian Johns | Aug 6, 2018

BOSTON — A coalition of 15 state attorneys general lead by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing against forced arbitration for interstate truck drivers fighting against compensation agreement violations.

Rotech Health reaches $9.95 million settlement with North Carolina for alleged false claims

By Marian Johns | Aug 6, 2018

RALEIGH — A Florida respiratory equipment provider has reached a nearly $10 million settlement with the state of North Carolina to resolve allegations the company submitted false claims to Medicaid and Medicare.

New Jersey joins multistate coalition brief seeking reversal of HFC decision

By Marian Johns | Aug 6, 2018

TRENTON — The state of New Jersey has become the latest to join a multistate coalition urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision by D.C. Circuit Court on banning hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Tennessee credit union to discharge loan debt for students College Network allegedly scammed

By Marian Johns | Aug 6, 2018

BOSTON — As part of an assurance of discontinuance filed in Suffolk Superior Court by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, a Tennessee credit union will discharge close to $650,000 in loan debt to students who were allegedly scammed by a company selling false educational materials.

14-state coalition challenges Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's constitutionality

By Marian Johns | Aug 6, 2018

AUSTIN — Texas is leading a 14-state coalition that recently filed a "friend-of-the-court" brief challenging the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Just sue it: Fla. AG candidate wants to use office to avoid red tape, file lawsuits

By Daniel Beauregard | Aug 6, 2018

A Florida Democrat running for attorney general recently expressed an eye-opening take on what it means to be a state attorney general, showing his desire to file lawsuits with impunity.

Boulder got things rolling, but momentum for suing Big Oil lacking in the rest of Colorado

By John O'Brien | Aug 7, 2018

The rest of Colorado seems to have little interest in following the lead of three communities in the state that have sued Big Oil over the alleged effects of global warming.

Texas joins 26-state coalition urging Kavanaugh's confirmation to Supreme Court

By Marian Johns | Aug 7, 2018

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is part of a 26-state coalition of attorneys general who are encouraging members of the U.S. Senate to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, saying he will protect the role of individual states.

U.S. district court rules against UPS Ground Freight union's contract policy

By Marian Johns | Aug 7, 2018

ST. LOUIS — The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas has ruled that a UPS Ground Freight union contract policy of paying disabled drivers less than non-disabled drivers violates federal law.

U.S. accuses 2 businesses of denying accommodations to worker with kidney condition

By Marian Johns | Aug 7, 2018

BUFFALO — The federal government has filed a lawsuit against a California staffing agency and New York City manufacturer for allegedly denying accommodations to and firing a worker who had a kidney condition.

Koch Foods to pay $3.75 million to settle class action discrimination lawsuit

By Marian Johns | Aug 7, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — One of the nation's largest poultry suppliers has agreed to settle a class employment discrimination lawsuit filed by the federal government for $3.75 million, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

U.S. settles with Detroit hospital over alleged illegal patient referrals

By Marian Johns | Aug 7, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A regional Detroit-based hospital has reached a settlement with the federal government over allegations the hospital promised free or below fair market value office space and staff to physicians in exchange for referrals.

Ag and state reps say nuisance lawyers trying to put farmers out of business

By John Sammon | Aug 7, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – Representatives of agriculture in North Carolina accuse lawyers and their plaintiffs of attempting to put farmers out of business in the wake of a lawsuit targeting a hog ranch.

Client alleges Nevada law firm entered into agreement to dismiss case without consent

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 8, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A citizen of Las Vegas alleges a Nevada law firm caused her case against a medical company to be dismissed with prejudice without her consent.

Alaska teachers file suit over NEA-Alaska labor union agency fees

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 8, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – Six current and former teachers in Alaska have filed a suit against a labor union over paying agency fees.

Consumers allege Sanyo solar panels have defects that cause loss of power output, fire risk

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Consumers have filed a class-action lawsuit against manufacturing companies over allegations they failed to disclose purported defects in Sanyo solar photovoltaic panels.

Agena Bioscience made false representations regarding its MassARRAY equipment, lab alleges

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 8, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey clinical lab alleges a California company misrepresented the capabilities of equipment it sold and committed fraud.

Teen fashion website resolves allegations of improperly collecting minors' personal information

By Marian Johns | Aug 8, 2018

NEWARK — A California company will shut down its fashioned-theme teen website to resolve allegations by New Jersey officials that the company improperly collected personal information from more than 2,500 children in the state, which was then compromised in a data breach.

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