Legal Roundup

U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Two IHOP Restaurants to Pay Nearly $1 Million to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Jul 29, 2018

Two southern Illinois International House of Pancakes (IHOP) franchises will pay $975,000 and furnish other relief to settle a systemic sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Cudd Energy Services to Pay $39,900 To Settle EEOC Racial Harassment And Retaliation Lawsuit

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Jul 29, 2018

A Texas-based oilfield service company operating in Williston, N.D., will pay $39,900 to settle a racial harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: EPA Settlements Resolve Alleged Violations of Toxic Chemical Reporting Requirements by Four New England Companies

By U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Jul 21, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced settlements with four New England companies that resolve alleged violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), which requires companies and organizations to report their use and release of toxic chemicals.

U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC Testifies before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee about Agency’s Work to Protect Consumers, Promote Competition, and Maximize Resources

By U.S. Federal Trade Commission | Jul 21, 2018

In testimony before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, the Federal Trade Commission described its work to protect consumers and promote competition, and stressed the agency’s commitment to maximizing its resources, enhancing its effectiveness, and anticipating and responding to changes in the marketplace.

U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Estée Lauder Companies to Pay $1.1 Million to Settle EEOC Class Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Jul 21, 2018

Estée Lauder, one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products, will pay $1,100,000 and provide other relief to resolve a lawsuit charging sex discrimination against male employees, which was filed by the U.S. Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

ALABAMA ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Steve Marshall announces court of Criminal Appeals upholds Etowah County Murder Conviction

By Alabama Attorney General | Jul 21, 2018

Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the convictions of William Dangelo McKinney for murder and for domestic violence by strangulation.

U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Golden Corral Franchisee to Pay $85,000 to Settle EEOC Disability and Sex Harassment Lawsuit

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Jul 18, 2018

Jax, LLC, which operates a Golden Corral restaurant in Matthews, N.C., has agreed to pay $85,000 and provide other relief to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

FLORIDA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Bondi Takes Legal Action Against Group Travel Sales Scammers

By Florida Office of the Attorney General | Jul 18, 2018

Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a court action against Harmony International Tours, LLC and its owners, Bradley R. Matheson and Margaret L. Matheson.

STATE OF ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF LAW OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: State Can Continue Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturer

By Alaska Attorney General | Jul 18, 2018

State of Alaska Department of Law Office of the Attorney General issued the following announcement on July 12.Alaska’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, LLC for its role in the opioid crisis passed its first legal hurdle today.

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU: Bureau Settles With National Credit Adjusters, LLC and Bradley Hochstein

By Consumer Financial Protection Bureau | Jul 18, 2018

Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) announced a settlement with National Credit Adjusters, LLC (NCA), a privately-held company headquartered in Hutchinson, Kansas, and its former CEO and part-owner, Bradley Hochstein.

U.S. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: EEOC Sues Lafayette Schools’ Federal Credit Union for Retaliation

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Jul 18, 2018

Lafayette Schools' Federal Credit Union unlawfully fired its only African-American branch manager because she opposed - and assisted another black employee in opposing - its use of a racially offensive video during a training session, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed.

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: Former CEO and CFO of ITT Barred and Ordered to Pay Penalties

By U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission | Jul 15, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settlements with two former senior executives of ITT Educational Services Inc., which the SEC charged hid its true financial condition from investors.

UNITED STATES FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC Wins $5.2 Million Judgment against Defendants Who Tricked Consumers with Ads for Non-existent Rental Properties and 'Free' Credit Reports

By U.S. Federal Trade Commission | Jul 15, 2018

A federal judge has ordered Credit Bureau Center, LLC and its owner, Michael Brown, to pay more than $5.2 million to return to consumers, to resolve FTC charges that they deceived people with fake rental property ads and deceptive promises of “free” credit reports, and then tricked them into enrolling into a costly monthly credit monitoring service.

HAWAII ATTORNEY GENERAL: State's case against Ciber, Inc. insurers will proceed in Hawaii

By Hawaii Attorney General | Jul 15, 2018

HDOT has already received $11 million on its claim against Ciber, Inc., and seeks additional compensation from Ciber’s insurers.

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: SEC Charges Credit Suisse With FCPA Violations

By U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission | Jul 15, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Credit Suisse Group AG will pay approximately $30 million to resolve SEC charges that it obtained investment banking business in the Asia-Pacific region by corruptly influencing foreign officials in violation of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

UNITED STATES EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: TrueCore Behavioral Solutions to Pay $38,000 To Settle EEOC Equal Pay and Title VII Lawsuit

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Jul 15, 2018

TrueCore Behavioral Solutions, a manager of programs and services at a juvenile correction facility in Alexander, Ark., will pay $38,000 as part of the settlement of a sex pay discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

UNITED STATES EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Car Wash Headquarters to Pay $225,000 to Settle EEOC Class Race Discrimination Lawsuit

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Jul 15, 2018

Car Wash Headquarters, doing business as Mister Car Wash and Mister Hotshine has agreed to pay $225,000 in lost wages and damages to settle a race discrimination suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

UNITED STATES FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: Operator and Corporate Associate of Business Coaching Scheme Settle with FTC

By U.S. Federal Trade Commission | Jul 15, 2018

An officer of the Digital Altitude scheme that falsely claimed it would enable people to earn substantial income online, and a company it used to process consumers’ credit card payments, are banned from selling business coaching programs and investment opportunities under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission.

GEORGIA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Carr: Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Participates in National Healthcare Fraud Takedown

By Georgia Office of the Attorney General | Jul 7, 2018

The United States Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services just announced the largest ever healthcare fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving 601 charged defendants and more than $2 billion.

TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT: New rates for counsel representing indigent defendants and families

By Tennessee Supreme Court | Jul 7, 2018

For the first time in over 20 years, the Tennessee Supreme Court has ordered an increase in the amount paid to lawyers representing indigent parties in criminal and child welfare cases.

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