LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Bipartisan legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives in December with an eye toward undoing the unintended consequences of the Obama-era Operation Choke Point program may not quickly come up in the Senate, says a financial services attorney who still believes it stands a "decent" chance to become law.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Jan. 12 that Mission Hospital Inc., an Asheville, North Carolina, corporation and the main hospital of Mission Health System, will pay $89,000 after allegations of religious discrimination.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 18 that its staff has submitted written comments on proposed legislation in Nebraska that would initiate a comprehensive review of the state’s licensing regulations and laws.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission announced Jan. 16 that it will mail 7,583 checks worth a total of about $2.2 million to consumers who were victimized by an alleged business coaching scam.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission announced Jan. 12 that, following a public comment period, the agency has issued a final order in the Victory Media case that resolves allegations that Victory Media deceptively promoted post-secondary schools to military consumers.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Jan. 18 that HSBC Holdings plc (HSBC), a global financial services company with headquarters in the United Kingdom, will pay $63.1 million in penalties and $38.4 million in disgorgement and restitution to resolve allegations of defrauding bank clients.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Jan. 18 that it supports the parents in a Montana Supreme Court case involving alleged religious discrimination by the state of Montana.
CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is criticizing a recent vote by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) in which they declined to act on issues related to Peoples' Gas Accelerated Main Replacement Program (AMRP) after a two-year investigation by the commission.
CHICAGO — The Cook County Circuit Court recently approved the distribution of more than $190 million to Illinois residents, as part of settlements reached over the past several years between Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and manufacturers of liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors.
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says he will seek permission to file an amicus brief in the state's superior court to challenge the water supply plan for the proposed Invenergy power plant in Burrillville.
A group of nine Republicans currently serving in the Illinois General Assembly, including two rookie state lawmakers, have signed their names to a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to uphold the state’s ability to allow unions to extract fees from government employees who don’t wish to join a union, arguing the country’s founding federalist principles should allow the 50 states to decide such policy questions for themselves.
DENVER (Legal Newsline) - Lawsuit lenders Oasis Legal Finance and LawCash (Plaintiff Funding Holding, Inc.) have been ordered to pay in excess of $2 million to settle claims they charged Colorado consumers excessive interest rates.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – On Jan. 10, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city recently filed suit against the five largest investor-owned fossil fuel companies, namely BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell. The money from the lawsuit will be earmarked to protect the city from the effects of global warming.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice has withdrawn proposed rules for accessible websites of public accommodations and state and local governments, in addition to non-fixed equipment and furnishings used in public places.
ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Two workplace sexual harassment bills introduced into the New York State Senate earlier this month could be headed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk sooner rather than later, two Albany legislative and regulatory attorneys say.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Jan. 21 that Basset Mirror Company, a home furnishings business based in Virginia, will pay $10.5 million after allegations of making false statements on customs duties declarations in violation of the False Claims Act.