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News from March 2019

J&J's decision to stick with talc instead of switching to corn starch discussed at N.J. meso trial

By John Sammon | Mar 1, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A salesman for Johnson & Johnson proposed in the early 2000s abandoning talc powder in favor of corn starch but also warned it would hit the company financially, according to evidence presented in a case against the consumer products company in the fourth day of a trial.

Class action lawyer sweet on white chocolate; Starbucks, Clif Bars ask courts to toss cases

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 4, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Several well-known companies are facing lawsuits over allegations that they misrepresented that their products contain white chocolate, with one company claiming these cases follow in the tradition of lawyers who sued over the lack of fruit in Froot Loops.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Colorado Company Paying $77,238 in Back Wages to Resolve Flsa Violations

By Press release submission | Mar 4, 2019

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Burnco Colorado LLC - doing business as Bestway Concrete and Aggregates - has paid $77,238 in back wages to 406 employees to resolve violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime requirements at the company's facilities in Milliken, Colorado, and Irvin, Texas.

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: SEC Celebrates African American History Month with Presentation by Award-Winning Filmmaker

By Press release submission | Mar 4, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission celebrated African American History Month with events in its Regional Offices and a presentation by scholar and award-winning filmmaker Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to discuss his latest documentary series, “Reconstruction: America After the Civil War,” at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: SEC Names Gabriel Benincasa As Its First Chief Risk Officer

By Press release submission | Mar 4, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Gabriel Benincasa has been named the Commission’s first Chief Risk Officer.

GEORGIA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Chris Carr Celebrates National Consumer Protection Week

By Press release submission | Mar 4, 2019

In preparation for National Consumer Protection Week, which is March 3-9, Attorney General Chris Carr encourages all Georgia consumers to take some time to stay up to date on the latest scams and learn about resources that can be used to educate themselves.

INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: AG Curtis Hill announces start of Wells Fargo consumer redress review program

By Press release submission | Mar 4, 2019

On Dec. 28, 2018, Attorney General Curtis Hill announced that Wells Fargo Bank N.A. will pay $575 million to resolve claims that the bank violated state consumer protection laws.

Nursing home chain to pay more than $18 million to settle billing controversy

By Marian Johns | Mar 4, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A Tennessee nursing home chain will pay more than $18 million to resolve allegations of billing Medicare and Medicaid for substandard services and marking Tennessee's largest "worthless services" resolution in the state's history, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Feb. 27.

USA Parking Services settles EEOC allegations it refused to hire deaf applicant

By Marian Johns | Mar 4, 2019

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) — A national valet and parking services company has agreed to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging the company refused to hire a deaf valet applicant due to her disability.

L.A. charter school settles allegations of paying female math tutor less than male counterpart

By Marian Johns | Mar 4, 2019

LOS ANGELES — The federal government has reached a settlement with a Los Angeles charter school it says paid a female employee less than a male co-worker in the same job, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Coalition of states supports transgender high school student told to only use gender-neutral restroom

By Marian Johns | Mar 4, 2019

ALBANY — New York state's attorney general, along with a coalition of 20 other attorneys general, has filed an amicus brief in support of a Florida transgender high school student who was denied use of the boys' restroom.

California urology practice to pay $1.85 million over alleged false Medicare claims

By Marian Johns | Mar 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A California urology practice has reached a $1.85 million settlement with the federal government over allegations of submitting false Medicare claims for evaluation and management services.

FTC reaches settlement in first case regarding dietary supplement 'fake paid reviews'

By Marian Johns | Mar 5, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline). — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement in its first-ever case regarding a dietary supplement manufacturer's alleged use of "fake paid reviews" to market a weight-loss supplement.

J&J corporate witness and plaintiff attorney spar over asbestos powder samples at N.J. trial

By John Sammon | Mar 5, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Johnson & Johnson’s top corporate spokesman John Hopkins told a jury on Monday the company had spiked samples of baby powder with asbestos to see which asbestos detection testing method would work best.

Fiat Chrysler, Bosch vehicle emission fraud settlement worth more than $171 million

By Marian Johns | Mar 5, 2019

MONTGOMERY — A nationwide settlement agreement involving Fiat Chrysler's and Robert Bosch Company's alleged vehicle emissions fraud will result in the state of Alabama receiving approximately $2.7 million in civil penalties and fees from the companies and more than $171 million going to 52 jurisdictions nationwide, according to state Attorney General Steve Marshall's Office.

Purdue Pharma calls Massachusetts opioid suit 'oversimplified scapegoating,' seeks dismissal

By Dan Fisher | Mar 5, 2019

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Purdue Pharma is asking a Massachusetts court to dismiss the state’s lawsuit against it, calling sensational allegations of wrongdoing by company executives and members of the founding Sackler family “oversimplified scapegoating based on a distorted account of the facts.”

Nebraska alleges Bellevue University misled students about program accreditation

By Marian Johns | Mar 5, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. — The state of Nebraska has filed a lawsuit against Bellevue University, alleging the school made false and misleading statements regarding its bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and registered nurse (RN) programs.

Massachusetts alleges online electronic cigarette retailer did not verify ages

By Marian Johns | Mar 5, 2019

BOSTON — A California online electronic cigarette devices retailer has been issued a cease and desist order by the state of Massachusetts for alleged violation of the state's tobacco sales and advertisement regulatory laws.

Proposed California law expands attorney general's role in consumer privacy

By Marian Johns | Mar 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — New California legislation that will add to the state's current data privacy law and expand the role of the state attorney general guidance on consumer privacy has been introduced in the state legislature.

From Pennsylvania Record

Pennsylvania opioid lawsuits are homeless while trial lawyers take shots at each other

By John O'Brien | Mar 6, 2019

Seven appeals and plenty of in-fighting have Pennsylvania counties behind schedule in their quest to hold dozens of companies liable for the nation's painkiller crisis

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