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News from February 2019

Suit filed against Planet Fitness over text message for free water

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Feb 1, 2019

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – A Florida resident alleges a gym operator unlawfully sent him a text message with an offer for free water.

Nutrisystem stockholer alleges registration statement for merger fails to disclose financial information

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 1, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A stockholder is seeking to enjoin a proposed transaction regarding a merger between two companies.

Ahead of talc test, NYC judge gives good news to asbestos defendants

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 1, 2019

The January 31 decision could have especially strong implications for lawsuits over talcum powder

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Maryland Insurance Administration to Pay $36,802 to Settle EEOC Equal Pay Act Suit

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

The Maryland Insurance Administration, Maryland's agency charged with regulating the insurance industry, will pay $36,802 in monetary relief and furnish important equitable relief to settle a federal pay discrimination lawsuiT.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Flash Market to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

Flash Market, Inc., owner and operator of convenience store gas stations in the Mid-South under the Citgo, Phillips, Conoco and Shell brands, has agreed to pay $100,000.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: R Wings R Wild / Buffalo Wild Wings Settles Sex Discrimination Suit With EEOC for $30,000

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

R Wings R Wild, LLC, doing business as Buffalo Wild Wings, will pay $30,000 to three claimants who were denied jobs in Little Rock, Ark. and Del City, Okla..

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Atlantic Capes Fisheries & BJ’s Service Co. to Pay $675,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

Atlantic Capes Fisheries, Inc. (ACF), a New Jersey-based shellfish harvester and processor, and BJ's Service Co., Inc., a staffing agency located in New Bedford, Mass., will pay $675,000.

MISSISSIPPI ATTORNEY GENERAL: Ag’s Office Receives Award for Supporting Employee Military Service

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

The Mississippi Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), an agency within the Department of Defense, recently awarded Attorney General Jim Hood and others at the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office with its Service Member Patriot Award for promoting a work culture that values the military service of employees.

SOUTH DAKOTA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Gregg Gass Recommended by Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg to Board of Pardons and Paroles

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today the recommendation of Gregg Gass of De Smet, S.D. to the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Gass will fill the vacancy left by Anne Hajek, effective February 1, 2019.

WILSON ELSER: Sun Ah (Michelle) Park Named Chair of the Executive Committee for Cardozo BALLSA Alumni Group

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

Sun Ah (Michelle) Park(Associate-White Plains) has been named chair for the Executive Committee for Cardozo School’s Executive Committee for Black, Asian, Latino Alumni Group (BALLSA) for a term ending in 2020.

FISH & RICHARDSON: Kerrijane John Named One Of KIND New York's Attorneys of the Year

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

Kerrijane John was named one of KIND New York’s Attorneys of the Year in December 2018.

FISH & RICHARDSON: Fish & Richardson Hires John Hinrichs as New Chief Information Officer

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

Fish & Richardson announced that John Hinrichs has joined the firm as Chief Information Officer.

PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN LLP: Partner Mona Dajani Re-Elected to ACORE Board of Directors

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

The American Council on Renewable Energy, or ACORE, has announced that Pillsbury’s Mona Dajani has been elected to a new three-year term on the organization’s board of directors.

PECKAR & ABRAMSON: Chairman Steven M. Charney Speaks at Cityage: New York

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

Peckar & Abramson, P.C. is pleased to announce that Firm Chairman, Steven M. Charney, spoke at CityAge: New York, where he discussed the development, launch and plans for the Syracuse University Infrastructure Institute. Mr. Charney serves as the Institute’s Founding Advisor, working closely with its Executive Director, Dr. Laura Steinberg.

BUTLER SNOW: Jim Letten Appointed to Jefferson Parish Quality Assurance Committee of the Inspector General’s Office

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

Butler Snow is pleased to announce Jim Letten of the firm’s White Collar, Compliance and Government Investigations subgroup has been appointed to the Quality Assurance Review Committee of the Jefferson Parish Inspector General’s Office.

HUSCH BLACKWELL LLP: John Cruciani Named Fellow by the American College of Bankruptcy

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

The American College of Bankruptcy (ACB) has selected Husch Blackwell partner John Cruciani as a Fellow in its 30th class, which will be inducted into the ACB in March 2019.

Massachusetts insurance agency that overcharged customers to pay $5.2 million in restitution

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

BOSTON — A Massachusetts insurance agency will pay nearly $5.2 million in restitution after overcharging small business customers with hidden fees averaging more than $5,000 and some fees reaching 462 percent of the insurance premium, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.

4 state attorneys general seek to intervene in legal battle over Texas court ruling on ACA

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

LANSING, Mich. — The attorneys general of Michigan, Colorado, Nevada and Iowa have filed a motion seeking to intervene in the legal battle opposing the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas' ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional.

Coalition challenges EPA over interstate smog pollution

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

NEW YORK — A coalition of six states and the city of New York has filed a lawsuit against the federal government alleging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is violating The Clean Air Act by not regulating interstate smog pollution.

New York state launches investigation into Apple's FaceTime privacy issues

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

ALBANY — New York state's attorney general and governor have launched an investigation into the recent complaints regarding Apple's FaceTime privacy issues and say they are concerned about what they consider the company's slow response time in fixing the FaceTime bug and failure to warn consumers.

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