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EEOC accuses Buffalo staffing company of not hiring black applicants

BUFFALO, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit May 17 against Staffing Solutions of WNY Inc., staffing company in Buffalo, for allegations of hiring discrimination based on race. "

EEOC: South Carolina child development center fired employee over drug prescription

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced May 15 that Foothills Child Development Center Inc. will provide monetary relief to a former employee after allegations of disability discrimination.

EEOC case against Scion Dental can continue to trial

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced May 11 that Scion Dental Inc. has been ordered to face trial for alleged race discrimination brought forth by an EEOC lawsuit.

EEOC settles $850,000 harassment case with Californian company

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced May 10 that Goodwill Industries and affiliate company Calidad Industries Inc. will pay $850,000 after allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation.

Massachusetts attorney general urges Congress to fund Legal Services Corporation

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced May 14 that she and Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman are leading led a bipartisan coalition of 39 state attorneys general in urging Congress to fund the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in the fiscal year 2019 commerce, justice, science and related agencies appropriations bill. “

FTC alleges telemarketing scheme duped consumers out of thousands of dollars

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 16 that it charged two individuals in Utah, as well as their telemarketing operation, for allegations of deceiving consumers about bogus work-at-home programs.

New York accuses pet store chain of rampant abuse while selling puppies

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York acting attorney general Barbara D. Underwood announced a lawsuit May 16 against Bell Pet Company LLC and owners Theodore and Sheila Bell for allegedly selling puppies without having had the dogs examined by a veterinarian, which is mandated under state law.

FTC settles with operator of invention patent services scam

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 10 that Scott Cooper and his companies, World Patent Marketing Inc. and Desa Industries Inc., will settle allegations of customer deception and accept a ban on participating in the invention promotion industry.

Texas targets Purdue Pharma for alleged role in opioid epidemic

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced May 15 that his office has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for allegedly fueling Texas' and the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Montana attorney general supports proposed coal port expansion in Washington state

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced May 9 that he has joined a coalition of states supporting a proposed coal port expansion in Washington state.

Florida targets pharmaceutical companies for alleged role in opioid epidemic

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced May 15 that her office is suing a group of major pharmaceutical companies for their alleged role in the national opioid epidemic.

EPA settles with 2 plastic manufacturers after alleged violation of Clean Water Act

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced May 16 that Modern Concepts Inc. and Double R. Trading Inc., two plastic manufacturers in Southern California, will pay a total of $35,000 for allegations of violating the Clean Water Act.

California attorney general opposes Texas' efforts to repeal Affordable Care Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced May 16 that he joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general to intervene in a lawsuit brought forth against the United States by Texas over the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Arizona secures $340,000 from HVAC company for allegedly illegally calling 25,000 consumers

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich recently announced that Desert Valley Aire Inc. will pay $340,000 for allegations of consistently calling consumers registered on the “Do Not Call” list.

California urges appeals court to reconsider decision to strike down fiduciary rule

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced May 17 that he has joined the attorneys general of New York and Oregon in urging the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision to deny the states’ motion to intervene in a case regarding Obama-era regulations for financial advisers.

Nevada targets Purdue Pharma for alleged role in opioid epidemic

CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline) — Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced May 15 that his office filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma LP – a pharmaceutical company – and its affiliates for allegations of deceptive marketing and contributing to the opioid epidemic.

Marketers of 'insect repellent' candles, perfume sprays settle deception allegations

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 3 that Mikey & Momo Inc. and its principals, Michael Fensterstock and Melissa Matarese Fensterstock, will settle allegations of using deceptive advertising to sell purportedly mosquito-repelling perfume sprays and scented candles.

FTC, FDA warn 13 e-cigarettes companies about packaging that resembles kid-friendly items

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 1 that, in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it has issued a warning letter to 13 companies in the e-cigarette business.

FTC settlers with timeshare sales scammers for $3.4 million

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 4 that the operators of Pro Timeshare Resales LLC will surrender $3.4 million worth of assets and be permanently banned from timeshare resale services and telemarketing after a settlement.

FTC settles with mobile phone manufacturer after consumer data privacy concerns

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced April 30 that BLU Products Inc., a mobile phone manufacturer, and co-owner and President Samuel Ohev-Zion, will settle allegations the company allowed a third-party service provider in China to collect detailed personal information about consumers.