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Ohio attorney general targets auto dealer that sold cars without titles

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 1:17pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Nov. 2 his office has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Koco Jovanovski for allegations of failing to deliver vehicle titles to consumers when operating his Remak Auto Sales business.

Ohio accuses Texas pipeline company of polluting state waters

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 1:12pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Nov. 3 that his office filed a lawsuit against Rover Pipeline LLC of Texas, alleging the pollution of Ohio waters while building a natural gas pipeline across the state.

New Jersey secures $80,000 for steakhouse employees victimized by alleged sexual harassment, racism

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 1:07pm

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division on Civil Rights announced Nov. 9 that Alexus Steakhouse & Tavern will pay $80,000 to seven employees and an ex-employee after allegations of sexual harassment and racism.

New York settles with real estate group that allegedly victimized low-income tenants

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 1:00pm

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Nov. 3 a settlement has been reached with a group of real estate defendants that allegedly violated anti-harassment laws at three rent-stabilized buildings in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.

EPA: Boston sand, gravel company to pay $120,000 after alleged Clean Air Act violations

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 12:57pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Nov. 3 that sand and gravel company Kimball Sand will pay $120,000 and reduce hazardous air pollution emissions after a recent settlement.

New York secures $42,000 in restitution for consumers victimized by contractor

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 12:42pm

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Nov. 7 that a Roshester-based contractor named Brian Robinson will pay $42,085 in consumer restitution and $50,000 in penalties and costs after allegations of bilking consumers out of thousands of dollars.

U.S. secures $1.25 million from nursing home operators after False Claims Act violations

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 12:39pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 16 it had settled for $1.25 million with a group of Mississippi companies after allegations of violating the False Claims Act by providing grossly substandard care to nursing home residents at the Oxford Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Lumberton, Mississippi, from 2005 to 2012.

FTC approves Abbot's acquisition of Alere after significant divestitures

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 12:28pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 14 that it had approved a final order that will remedy the anti-competitive effects that could have came about had Abbot’s $8.3 billion acquisition of Alere gone unchecked.

FTC reaches settlement with operators of massive online dietary supplement scam

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 12:25pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 15 it had reached a settlement with a large network of online marketers and the three people behind them after allegations they deceived consumers in the sale of more than 40 weight-loss, muscle-building, and wrinkle-reduction products.

Housing Authority of Bridgeport allegedly discriminated against people with disabilities

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 12:23pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced a lawsuit Nov. 15 against the Housing Authority of the city of Bridgeport, doing business as Park City Communities, for allegations of discriminating against persons with disabilities.

EEOC: Pizza chain to pay penalties for alleged Equal Pay Act violations

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 12:07pm

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Nov. 19 that Pizza Studio in Kansas violated the Equal Pay Act as per a federal district court judgment.

San Diego pharmacy chain settles sex discrimination allegations with $60,000 EEOC penalty

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 12:06pm

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Nov. 13 that CJMBS Pharmacies Inc., a pharmacy chain in northern San Diego County that does business as Community Pharmacy, agreed to a $60,000 settlement after allegations of sex discrimination and retaliation.

EEOC: Companies cannot make pre-job offer health inquiries to applicants

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 12:06pm

INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Nov. 14 that Strataforce, a staffing firm operating in California, Indiana, North Carolina and South Carolina, will resolve allegations of making pre-offer health inquiries of applicants.

EEOC: Female sales representative of California company receives $105,000 in equal pay case

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 12:05pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Nov. 15 that Spec Formliners in Santa Ana, California, has agreed to a $105,000 settlement after allegations of equal pay violations.

FTC supports Tennessee exemption for animal massage therapy competition benefits

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 12:04pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 16 that agency staff-submitted comments to the Tennessee General Assembly supporting a state law exemption for animal massage therapy.

Illinois federal court asked to dismiss woman’s amended complaint alleging Spokeo search engine ad violated privacy

John Sammon Nov. 21, 2017, 12:02pm

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois is being asked by Spokeo to dismiss an amended complaint made by an Illinois woman alleging that an advertisement produced by the internet search engine listing her name violated her privacy under the Illinois Right of Publicity Act (IRPA).

U.S. secures additional $4.5 million for service members affected by alleged Wells Fargo violations

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 12:02pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 14 that more than 860 service members will be entitled to an additional $5.4 million in relief after allegations of unlawful vehicle repossessions by Wells Fargo Bank NA.

Arizona seeks to protect small businesses from company filing predatory lawsuits

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 12:01pm

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Nov. 9 that Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities (AID) will be banned from filing allegedly frivolous lawsuits against businesses in the state.

Consumer board alleges financial company collected on loans not owed

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 12:00pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a lawsuit Nov. 15 against Think Finance for allegedly deceiving consumers into repaying loans that they never actually owed.

New York targets alleged deceptive Syracuse real estate scheme

Mark Iandolo Nov. 21, 2017, 12:00pm

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a lawsuit Nov. 15 against Joseph Funding Company Inc. and owners Rebecca Ausby and Joseph Holman for allegations of tricking consumers into signing over ownership of their homes.