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News from January 2019

Illinois attorney general: Diabetic supply resale company owes customers more than $1 million

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

CHICAGO — An Illinois diabetic supplies resale company faces a lawsuit from the state for allegedly owing more than $1 million to customers who sent in their unused testing supplies.

Attorneys general coalition files reply brief in effort to defend Affordable Care Act

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A 17-state coalition of attorneys general has joined efforts to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through a reply brief filed regarding a lower court's decision that declared the ACA unconstitutional in Texas v. U.S.

U.S. joins lawsuit against West Virginia hospital accused of kickback laws violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has joined a lawsuit against a West Virginia hospital, which allegedly violated the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statue by compensating employed and contracted physicians for referrals.

FTC reaches agreement with industrial gas suppliers involved in $80 billion merger

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Charges by the federal government that an $80 billion merger of industrial gas suppliers Praxair Inc. and Linde AG would violate antitrust laws have been settled with an agreement by the companies to divest assets as a public comment period begins on the divesture.

Administrative judge upholds FTC allegations on merger of 2 chloride titanium dioxide suppliers

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) allegations that a $1.67 merger between two chloride process titanium dioxide suppliers would affect competition in that market was recently upheld by an administrative law judge.

FTC reaches settlement on $1.1 billion joint venture between three PET manufacturers

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A $1.1 billion joint venture between three polyethylene terephthalate resin (PET) manufacturers, which the federal government charged would violate antitrust laws, has been restructured as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

California Quora user files suit over 2018 security breach

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 4, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A Piedmont, California individual alleges he believes his personally identifiable information was compromised in a breach on a question-and-answer website.

Dentsply Sirona stockholders allege they purchased stocks at inflated rates

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 4, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Stockholders of a dental products manufacturer allege they purchased stock at artificially inflated prices.

Texas insurance agents allege Transamerica Life Insurance owes more than $2.1 million in commissions

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 4, 2019

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – A Texas individual and limited liability company allege they are owed millions for commissions by an insurance company.

Consumer alleges fish sold by Stew Leonard's were not red snapper, sockeye salmon

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 4, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A New York consumer has filed a class-action lawsuit against a supermarket chain over allegations it deceptively represents types of fish.

Users allege Samsung falsely inflated screen pixel count of Galaxy devices

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 7, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Consumers have filed a class-action lawsuit against Samsung Electronics America Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. LTD over allegations they falsely inflate the screen pixel count and resolution on several of their devices.

New Jersey Supreme Court reverses dismissal of discrimination suit filed by owner of group home

By Charmaine Little | Jan 7, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – In a case where a group of people allegedly attempted to interfere with the purchase of a group home for autistic individuals, the Superior Court of New Jersey reversed an order that dismissed the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) case on Dec. 10.

Supreme Court of Ohio reverses $800,000 judgment in defamation case, rules caps on damages apply

By Charmaine Little | Jan 7, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – On Dec. 7, the Supreme Court of Ohio reversed an $800,000 judgment in compensatory damages in a defamation case.

Connecticut auto lender to pay more than $700,000 for alleged deceptive sales practices

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

BOSTON — A Connecticut auto lender will pay more than $700,000 to settle charges by the state of Massachusetts over alleged deceptive sales practices including the financing of faulty cars.

Rhode Island joins states reaching $575 million nationwide settlement with Wells Fargo

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

PROVIDENCE — The state of Rhode Island is part of a $575 million nationwide settlement https://www.ri.gov/press/view/34934 over the alleged fraudulent opening of millions of accounts and other illegal practices by Wells Fargo, according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

Spokane Democratic Central Committee reaches settlement over campaign finance law violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

OLYMPIA — The state of Washington has reached a settlement with the Spokane County Democratic Central Committee's (SCDCC) former chairman and executive director and its former treasurer over state campaign finance law violations, according to the Washington State Attorney General's Office.

Justice Department recovered more than $2.8 billion in False Claim Act settlements for fiscal year

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced it had recovered more than $2.8 billion in False Claim Act settlements and judgments in fiscal year 2018, which includes $2.5 billion involving the health care industry.

Georgia alleges more than 20 opioid manufacturers, distributors played role in crisis

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

ATLANTA — The state of Georgia has filed a civil lawsuit against more than 20 opioid manufacturers and distributors for allegedly using false and deceptive tactics in a effort to increase their profits from opioid drug sales, which has contributed to the state's opioid crisis.

15-state coalition argues against payday lenders using tribal affiliations to avoid violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

BALTIMORE — Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh is the latest to join a coalition of 15 attorneys general that filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to argue against payday lenders using fake affiliations with Native American tribes as a way to escape state law violations when practicing predatory lending.

Career Education settlement with 48 states includes more than $400 million in student debt relief

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

PHOENIX — A company that operated for-profit schools across the United States has reached a settlement with 48 states and the District of Columbia that will provide more than $400 million in student debt relief for students who were allegedly deceived by the company's false claims.

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