SPOKANE, Wash. (Legal Newsline) - On Sept. 23, 2016, a group of protesters blocked a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train carrying coal in Spokane, Wash., to prevent the earth from warming up. From a scientific standpoint, the action was absurd: Stopping a single trainload of coal could hardly have any more impact on global climate change than the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings in Tanzania.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 4 that members of its staff have submitted written comments regarding the competitive impact of a legislative proposal that would modify nurse practitioner supervision requirements in Pennsylvania.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 22 that Kmart Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holding Corporation (SHC), will pay $32.3 million after allegations that pharmacies within Kmart stores failed to report discounted prescription drug prices.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Dec. 27 that Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. and Agrium Inc., fertilizer and chemical companies with headquarters in Canada, will divest two U.S. production facilities in order to complete their proposed merger.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 22 that Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (KOM), a shipyard operator with headquarters in Singapore, and its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Keppel Offshore & Marine USA Inc. (KOM USA), will pay a total of $422 million after allegations of bribing Brazilian government officials.
BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Dec. 22 that Dependable Health Services Inc., a health care staffing company, agreed to a $38,000 settlement that resolves allegations the company committed disability discrimination by firing a pregnant employee who sought reasonable accommodation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Jan. 3 that his office has joined 48 other states and the District of Columbia to secure $45 million in settlement funds from PHH Mortgage Corporation.
SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a lawsuit Jan. 3 against Motel 6, a national hotel chain, for allegations of voluntarily delivering guest lists to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for the past two years.
PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia federal judge says agreements in which RD Legal Funding advanced money to plaintiffs in the pending NFL concussion litigation are void, but the attorney representing RD Legal has asked a judge in New York to ignore that finding.
SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Dec. 26 that his office has filed a lawsuit against Roy Bronsin Haueter, his wife, and his children and their spouses for using non-profit donations for personal gain.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Dec. 27 that a significant ruling has been made in regards to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJR), which is part of the state’s tobacco settlement agreement.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 22 that, along with the state of Louisiana, it reached a Clean Air Act settlement with Orion Engineered Carbons LLC worth more than $101.3 million.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Jan 3 that consumers who rented a car from Avis, Budget or Payless between Jan. 1, 2010, and July 10, 2017, and were charged for e-Toll services, were eligible for a refund after a settlement between the state of Florida and Avis Budget Car Rental System LLC, which owns the three rental car companies.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Jan. 3 that Sonoran Outfitters Adventures LLC and owner Todd Basil Rice will pay $30,000 after allegations of failing to deliver on the goods and services they sold to consumers.