Legal Roundup

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: SEC Charges Morgan Stanley in Connection With Failure to Detect or Prevent Misappropriation of Client Funds

By U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission | Jul 7, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (MSSB) has agreed to pay a $3.6 million penalty and to accept certain undertakings for its failure to protect against its personnel misusing or misappropriating funds from client accounts.

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Justice Department, EPA Reach Settlement with MFA Incorporated and MFA Enterprises Incorporated to Address Alleged Chemical Accident Prevention Violations

By U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Jul 7, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have entered into a consent decree with MFA Incorporated, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, and its wholly owned subsidiary MFA Enterprises, Incorporated (collectively, “MFA”), to address alleged chemical accident prevention and preparedness violations under the Risk Management Program of the Clean Air Act.

UNITED STATES FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: California Company Settles FTC Charges Related to Privacy Shield Participation

By U.S. Federal Trade Commission | Jul 7, 2018

A California company has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that it falsely claimed it was in the process of being certified as complying with the EU-U.S.

UNITED STATES EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: LA Louisanne Restaurant Settles EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit For $82,500

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Jul 7, 2018

LA Louisanne, Inc., a Los Angeles restaurant and jazz night club, will pay $82,500 and furnish other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: Michigan Ski Resort to Pay $60,500 in back wages and penalties for violations of foreign visa program and child labor laws

By U.S. Department of Labor | Jul 7, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor has found Michigan ski resort Ski Brule Inc. in violation of the labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program and the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) after an investigation by the Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.S. Department of Labor investigation results in San Diego Restaurant paying penalties for Child Labor Violations

By U.S. Department of Labor | Jul 7, 2018

A San Diego Chuck E. Cheese restaurant will pay $3,928 in penalties after investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the restaurant employed minors in violation of the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: Wells Fargo Advisors Settles SEC Charges for Improper Sales of Complex Financial Products

By U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission | Jul 7, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Wells Fargo Advisors LLC agreed to settle charges of misconduct in the sale of financial products known as market-linked investments, or MLIs, to retail investors.

UNITED STATES FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC, Nevada Obtain Order Permanently Shutting down Revenge Porn Site MyEx

By U.S. Federal Trade Commission | Jul 7, 2018

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the state of Nevada, a federal court has ordered that a revenge porn site be permanently shut down, and that the operators pay more than $2 million after finding they violated federal and state law by posting intimate images of people and their personal information without their consent and charging takedown fees.

UNITED STATES EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISION: Anchor Staffing to Pay $30,000 To Settle EEOC Sex Harassment and Retaliation Suit

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Jul 7, 2018

Anchor Staffing, Inc., a Chicago-based staffing agency, will pay $30,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: U.S. EPA Reaches Agreement with Herzog Wine Cellars to Prevent Unlawful Wastewater Discharges

By U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | Jun 25, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced an agreement with Herzog Wine Cellars over violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

UNITED STATES FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: Decrypting Cryptocurrency Scams to be held on June 25.

By U.S. Federal Trade Commission | Jun 25, 2018

As consumer interest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin has grown, scammers have reportedly become more active in this area.

STATE OF NEBRASKA JUDICIAL BRANCH: Nominations Open for Distinguished Judge Awards 2018

By Nebraska Supreme Court | Jun 23, 2018

The “Distinguished Judge for Improvement of the Judicial System” and “Distinguished Judge for Service to the Community” awards were established to publicly recognize members of the judiciary for meritorious projects and exemplary accomplishments that enhance the vision of justice within our communities.

ARIZONA ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Brnovich Announces $100M Settlement with Citibank for Manipulating LIBOR

By Arizona Attorney General | Jun 23, 2018

Arizona Attorney General issued the following announcement on June 15.Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a $100 million settlement with Citibank which resolves allegations that Citibank fraudulently and collusively manipulated LIBOR.

NEBRASKA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: District Judge Donald Rowlands to Retire July 31

By Nebraska Supreme Court | Jun 23, 2018

Nebraska’s longest serving sitting district court judge Donald E. Rowlands is retiring July 31, 2018. Rowlands has served the citizens of the State of Nebraska in the 11th Judicial District since taking the bench on April 25, 1986.

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS: Notice of Openings on the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services

By Commonwealth of Massachusetts | Jun 23, 2018

The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court invite applications for appointment to the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.

OKLAHOMA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: Attorney General Hunter Announces Settlement with Volkswagen over Diesel Scandal

By Oklahoma Attorney General's Office | Jun 23, 2018

Attorney General Mike Hunter announced an $8.5 million settlement has been reached with Volkswagen (VW) and related auto manufacturers from the state’s lawsuit against the automakers for false and deceptive advertising.

NEW JERSEY ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: Third-Party Energy Supplier IDT Energy, Inc. Enters into $1.36 Million Settlement with the State to Resolve Allegations It Preyed on Consumers During the Harsh Winter of 2014

By New Jersey Attorney General's Office | Jun 23, 2018

Third-party energy supplier IDT Energy, Inc. (“IDT Energy”) has agreed to pay $1.36 million, including $1.2 million in restitution to consumers, and has agreed to significantly revise its business practices in order to resolve the State’s allegations that it engaged in unfair and deceptive business practices that saddled consumers with sky-high energy bills during the harsh winter of 2014.

MAINE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Janet Mills receives Innovation in Financial Capability Award

By Maine Office of the Attorney General | Jun 23, 2018

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills was honored at Region Two School of Applied Technology in Houlton with the 2018 Financial Capability Innovation Award, presented by the nation’s leading technology innovator, EVERFI, Inc. The award recognized the Attorney General’s significant efforts to improve the financial literacy of Maine students through unique digital learning initiatives.

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