SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Dec. 22 the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), a financial conglomerate with holdings throughout the world, will pay $125 million after allegations of misrepresentations about residential mortgage-backed securities sold to CalPERS and CalSTRS, the state’s public employee and teacher pension funds.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 26 that StarKist Co. and its subsidiary, Starkist Samoa Co., have agreed to pay $6.5 million after allegations of violating stormwater rules of the Clean Water Act at a tuna processing plant in American Samoa.
ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Jan. 9 that Johnson Controls will pay $341,000 to resolve allegations of submitting falsified training certifications when bidding for state contracts in the Albany area.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Jan. 5 that Allure Group will pay roughly $2 million in penalties after allegations of improperly handling facility closures.
ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Jan. 12 that the Whitney M. Young Health Center will pay $1.25 million to resolve allegations of improper billing by its Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Jan. 8 that the state has settled a decade-long civil action brought forth by Children’s Rights Inc. over the quality of care at the Rhode Island Island Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF).
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Legal Newsline) — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Jan. 10 that his office has secured $150,000 in restitution for more than 60 consumers who were allegedly defrauded by Sea-Thru Windows Inc., a window seller and installer, and its president and sole owner, Jeffery C. Pesich.
INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Jan. 8 that Indi’s Fast Food Restaurant Inc., a restaurant chain in Louisville, will pay $340,000 to 15 former female employees after allegations of sexual harassment.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Jan. 10 that Benevis LLC, a dental management company, and more than 130 of its affiliated Kool Smiles dental clinics will pay $23.9 million after allegations of submitting false claims to state Medicaid programs for child dental services that were not medically needed.
SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A California appellate court has reversed a lower court's decision denying class status to janitorial workers at ABM Industries who retained a wage and hour expert, noting “it appears that plaintiffs have identified a number of common questions suitable for classwide resolution.”
BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – Los Angeles-based Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought against it by the state of Maryland that claimed CSC deliberately misrepresented its capabilities in creating a new Medicaid computer system.
RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – As a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit prepares to consider the appeal in a case pitting a Loudoun County, Va., official and a frequent critic, the ACLU is stepping in.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan 2 that it had reached a settlement with Jamie L. White of Utah over allegations of assisting telemarketers in bilking money from consumers.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan 2 that it has finalized a settlement with Lenovo Inc., resolving allegations the company’s laptops with pre-loaded software that harmed consumers.
CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case could have bearing on Illinois' one-of-a-kind biometric privacy law after an appeals court ruled last month the plaintiff alleged no actual harm, an attorney who defends businesses against such cases said during a recent interview.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (Legal Newsline) – A U.S. district court judge has overturned a bankruptcy court ruling that level $375,000 in punitive sanctions against PHH Mortgage Corp. in three Chapter 13 cases pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Vermont.
TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The last of a Polish immigrant's 31 Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits, which paid out more than $800,000, has settled, but the need to reform telemarketing regulation continues, a privacy and securities class actions defense lawyer says.