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LUGENBUHL WHEATON PECK RANKIN HUBBARD: Benjamin Kadden to Speak at 66th Mineral Law Institute

By Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard | Mar 18, 2019

Lugenbuhl shareholder Benjamin Kadden will serve as a speaker at the upcoming 66th Mineral Law Institute.

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: Wedbush Settles Failure to Supervise Charge

By U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission | Mar 18, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Wedbush Securities Inc. will pay a $250,000 penalty and has agreed to be censured to settle its failure to supervise charge in a pending administrative proceeding.

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: SEC Charges Registered Investment Adviser and Former Chief Operating Officer With Defrauding Client

By U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission | Mar 18, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Talimco LLC, a registered investment adviser, and Grant Gardner Rogers, the former chief operating officer of the firm, with manipulating the auction of a commercial real estate asset on behalf of one client for the benefit of another.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Asurion to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Mar 18, 2019

Asurion, LLC, an international customer service support provider for electronic devices based in Nashville, Tenn., has agreed to pay $50,000 and furnish significant relief to settle a federal lawsuit charging disability discrimination brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Sys-con, LLC to Pay $70,000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Mar 18, 2019

Sys-Con, LLC, a Sys-Con, LLC, a Montgomery, Ala.-based general contractor, will pay two former female employees a total of $70,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: Rutledge Announces Over $300,000 Restitution for Social Security Fraud

By Arkansas Attorney General | Mar 18, 2019

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced a Conway County man has been sentenced to probation and to pay more than $300,000 in restitution for social security fraud.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.s. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Battery Manufacturer for Lead and Other Safety Hazards; Proposes $115,594 in Penalties

By U.S.Department of Labor | Mar 11, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited U.S. Battery Manufacturing Co. for exposing employees to lead, unguarded machinery, and other safety hazards at its facility in Augusta, Georgia. The company faces penalties of $115,594.

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: BB&T to Return More Than $5 Million to Retail Investors and Pay Penalty Relating to Directed Brokerage Arrangements

By U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission | Mar 11, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that BB&T Securities has agreed to return more than $5 million to retail investors and pay a $500,000 penalty to settle charges that a firm it acquired misled its advisory clients into believing they were receiving full service brokerage services in-house at a discount while significantly less expensive options were available externally.

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: Operators of Sweepstakes Scam Will Forfeit $30 Million to Settle FTC Charges

By U.S. Federal Trade Commission | Mar 11, 2019

The operators of a sweepstakes scam that appeared to target seniors have agreed to forfeit a record $30 million in cash and assets and will be permanently banned from the prize promotion business under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Stanley Black & Decker Will Pay $140,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Mar 11, 2019

Stanley Black & Decker Inc., a global diversified industrial company, will pay $140,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

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

By Indiana Attorney General's Office | 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.

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

By Georgia Office of the Attorney General | 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.

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

By U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission | Mar 4, 2019

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

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

By U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission | 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.

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

By US Department Labor | 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.

INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: AG Curtis Hill attends White House celebration of National African American History Month

By Indiana Attorney General's Office | Feb 27, 2019

Attorney General Curtis Hill joined President Donald Trump and other leaders on Thursday at a White House reception celebrating National African American History Month.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.S. department of labor investigation results in federal court ordering owner of maryland hotels to pay $163,590 in back wages and liquidated damages to 34 current and former employees

By U.S. Department of Labor | Feb 25, 2019

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland has entered a consent judgment ordering hotel owner and manager Akhilbhai Patel to pay $78,575 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 34 current and former employees at two Edgewood, Maryland locations.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Hawaii Trucking Company Paying $59,888 to 12 Employees for Wage Violations

By U.S. Department of Labor | Feb 25, 2019

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Edwin De Luz Trucking & Gravel LLC – a trucking company based in Waimea, Hawaii – has paid $59,888 in back wages and liquidated damages to 12 employees for violating overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.s. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Tennessee Construction Contractor Paying $195,193 for Wage and Benefit Violations

By U.S. Department of Labor | Feb 25, 2019

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Frizzell Construction Co. Inc. – based in Bristol, Tennessee – will pay $195,193 in back wages, and fringe benefits to 27 employees for violating requirements of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA), the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: East Coast Labor Solutions and Related Staffing Firms to Pay $475,000 to Settle EEOC National Origin and Disability Discrimination Suit

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Feb 25, 2019

East Coast Labor Solutions, East Coast Labor Solutions of West Virginia, Labor Solutions, and Labor Solutions of Alabama ("East Coast Labor"), four related staffing agencies under common ownership, have agreed to pay $475,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to settle a federal lawsuit alleging national origin discrimination and failure to accommodate disabilities brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced.

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