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News from August 2018

Nonprofits allege San Diego facilities are unlawfully discharging polluted storm water

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 10, 2018

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – Two nonprofit corporations allege facilities in a California city are unlawfully discharging contaminated storm water.

Massachusetts alleges construction company violated state's minimum wage laws

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

BOSTON — A Massachusetts construction company has agreed to pay more than $121,000 in wages and penalties stemming from citations over violating the state's minimum wage laws.

New Mexico attorney general joins coalition urging transparency regarding shell companies

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is the latest to join a coalition of 24 attorneys general trying to persuade Congress to pass legislation to help stop criminals from using anonymous shell corporations to launder money.

Consumer claims Rachael Ray Nutrish pet food contains glyphosate

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 10, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A consumer alleges a brand of pet food associated with a celebrity chef is not natural as advertised.

Yale University alleged to have failed to timely disclose 2008 data breach

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 10, 2018

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – An Ivy League school is alleged to have failed to timely disclose information about a data breach that occurred a decade ago.

Consumer alleges Nestle USA uses deceptive practices with 'No GMO' seals

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 10, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California consumer alleges Nestle USA's No GMO Ingredients seal is misleading as it leads consumers to believe products have been evaluated by a third party.

Alexia Sweet Potato Fries packaging has more than 50 percent slack-fill, consumer alleges

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 10, 2018

San Francisco resident accuses defendant description of violated consumer protection and labeling lawsOAKLAND — A consumeer has filed a class-action lawsuit against Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. and Does 1 to 10, defendant description, citing alleged violation of California Consumer Legal Remedies Act.Angela Kennard filed a complaint on behalf of all others similarly situated on Aug. 2, in the U.S.

U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Alorica Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit For $3.5 Million

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

The U.S. District Court approved a consent decree between Alorica, Inc. and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for $3.5 million and remedial measures to resolve a sexual harassment lawsuit, the federal agency announced.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.S. Department of Labor investigation results in Miami School Payimg $636.269 to 461 Employees for Wage Violations

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School of Miami, Florida, will pay $635,269 to 461 employees for violations of the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) found in a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation.

U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: EEOC Sues Remedy Intelligent Staffing and Lornamead Inc. For Disability Discrimination

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

Remedy Intelligent Staffing, LLC (Remedy), a California-based staffing firm, and Lornamead, Inc. (Lornamead), a manufacturer headquartered in New York City, violated federal law when they refused to provide reasonable accommodation to a long- term temporary employee that would have enabled him to continue to work after his kidney condition worsened and instead terminated his employment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed.

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: Rutledge announces arrest of Clinton Woman for Stealing Opioids

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of a Van Buren County woman.

U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC Charges Auto Dealerships in Arizona and New Mexico with Falsifying Consumers’ Information on Financing Documents

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission has charged a group of four auto dealers operating in Arizona and New Mexico, near the border of the Navajo Nation, with a range of illegal activities, including falsifying consumers’ income and down payment information on vehicle financing applications and misrepresenting important financial terms in vehicle advertisements.

U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: EEOC Sues The University of Wisconsin System for Age Discrimination

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

The University of Wisconsin System violated federal law when it refused to hire a former longtime employee because of her age, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed.

U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC and State of Minnesota Halt Sellers Playbook’s Get Rich Scheme

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission and the State of Minnesota have charged Minnesota-based Sellers Playbook with running a large business opportunity scheme. A federal court temporarily halted the operation pending resolution of the case.

CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: California’s Attorney General and Air Resources Board, Los Angeles City Attorney, and County of Los Angeles File $119.5 Million Settlement before Court in Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Litigation

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer (City Attorney), and the County of Los Angeles (County) announced a $119.5 million settlement with the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) over the unprecedented natural gas leak from a ruptured well at its Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility in Porter Ranch, California.

STATE OF MICHIGAN OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: West Michigan Man Charged by Schuette's Elder Financial Crimes Unit Bound Over for Trial on 14 Felonies

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that Gary “Duke” Haynes 57, of Comstock Park has been bound over for trial in Muskegon County on 14 felony counts for allegedly stealing over $300,000 from his elderly widowed client.

NEW JERSEY ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: Company Must Pay Ex-Worker with Sleep Apnea for Failing to Reinstate Him Despite Medical Clearance

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division on Civil Rights announced that a New Jersey trucking company must pay an ex-employee with sleep apnea $30,000 to resolve allegations it fired the man despite repeated medical examinations certifying him as fit for duty.

NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Josh Stein sues Opioid Manufacturer Insys over Medicaid Concerns

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

Attorney General Josh Stein filed a suit to hold drug manufacturer Insys Therapeutics, Inc., responsible for its deceptive marketing and sale practices by intervening in two lawsuits accusing Insys of violating the False Claims Act

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Former State Representative John Carnevale Pleads to Perjury

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that John Carnevale (age 56), of Providence, RI, pleaded nolo contendere to one count of perjury before Superior Court Justice Bennett Gallo.

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