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CLARK HILL: Clark Hill Attorney Dr. Althea Lynn Simpson Honored as Role Model at 2019 Alternatives for Girls 30th Annual Dinner

By Clark Hill PLC | Apr 3, 2019

Dr. Althea Lynn Simpson, Project Attorney in the Firm's Litigation group, was recently honored as a 2019 Role Model at the Alternatives for Girls 30th Annual Role Model Dinner.

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS: W. Wayne Drinkwater and Anne Marie Seibel Named 2019 BTI Client Service All-Stars

By Bradley Arant Boult Cummings | Apr 2, 2019

Bradley is pleased to announce that the firm’s partners W. Wayne Drinkwater and Anne Marie Seibel have been named 2019 BTI Client Service All-Stars for providing superior client service.

BRADLEY ARANT BOULT CUMMINGS: Nine Bradley Attorneys Named to Who's Who Legal: Product Liability Defence 2019

By Bradley Arant Boult Cummings | Apr 2, 2019

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings issued the following announcement on March 28.Bradley is pleased to announce that nine of the firm’s partners have been named by Who’s Who Legal as among the world’s leading product liability defense practitioners.

HOLLAND & KNIGHT: Holland & Knight Adds Private Wealth Services Attorney Monika Jain in New York

By Holland & Knight | Apr 2, 2019

Private wealth services attorney Monika Jain has joined Holland & Knight as a senior counsel in the firm's New York office. She previously practiced at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel in New York.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: HELP USA to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Harassment Suit

By U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission | Apr 1, 2019

HELP USA, Inc., a nationwide provider of housing and support services, will pay $150,000 and furnish other relief to settle a lawsuit for sexual harassment filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: Department of Labor Investigation Results in Ohio Company Paying 84 Employees $37,658 in Back Wages and Damages

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

A Lebanon, Ohio, company that provides services to individuals with development disabilities has agreed to pay 84 employees a total of $37,658 – representing $18,829 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages – after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Fire Protection Company Paying $315,846 in Back Wages and Damages to 14 Employees

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

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Alliance Fire Protection Inc. – based in Albuquerque, New Mexico – has paid $157,923 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 14 employees for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime and recordkeeping requirements.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Green Bay, Wisconsin Restaurant Paying $106,856 in Back Wages and $6,591 in Penalties

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

Following a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, a Green Bay, Wisconsin, restaurant and its owner have paid $106,856 in back wages to 109 current and former employees, and an additional $6,591 in civil money penalties for child labor violations and willful overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: Merrill Lynch to Pay Over $8 Million for Improper Handling of ADRs

By U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission | Mar 25, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated will pay over $8 million to settle charges of improper handling of “pre-released” American Depositary Receipts (ADRs).

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.

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