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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.

ABRAHAM WATKINS NICHOLS SORRELS: $123 Million Verdict Against Ride the Ducks Manufacturer

By Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels & Friend | Feb 21, 2019

A Seattle, Washington jury awarded $123 million to victims and their families of a 2015 Ride the Ducks crash which resulted in the death of five people and injured more than 60 people.

ATTORNEY'S OFFICE OF OKLAHOMA: U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects Over $10,000,000 in Fiscal Year 2018

By U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Oklahoma | Feb 20, 2019

The Western District of Oklahoma collected $10,624,311 in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2018, announced Robert J. Troester of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

OHIO OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Yost Joins $269.2 Million Settlement with Walgreens over Alleged Fraud and Overbilling

By Ohio Office of the Attorney General | Feb 20, 2019

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced that Ohio has joined the United States, the District of Columbia and other states in settling two qui tam (whistleblower) lawsuits against Walgreens Boots Alliance (Walgreens).

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.s. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Two Indiana Restaurants Paying $162,254 in Back Wages and Damages to 12 Employees

By U.S. Department of Labor | Feb 20, 2019

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Ji Enterprises will pay $81,127 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 12 current and former employees at two of its Bloomington, Indiana, restaurants – Restaurant Ami and Toto's Uncle.

UTAH OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Celebrating Susan B. Anthony

By Utah Office of the Attorney General | Feb 19, 2019

We celebrate Susan B. Anthony and her legacy of social reform and her role within the women’s suffrage movement.

NORTH CAROLINA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Josh Stein Announces Medicaid Fraudster Sentencing

By North Carolina Office of the Attorney General | Feb 19, 2019

Attorney General Josh Stein announced that Tamara McCaffity of Durham was sentenced to 46 months in prison and three years of supervised release following a conviction for Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

CLARK HILL: Clark Hill Announces New Leadership for Washington, D.C. Office

By Clark Hill PLC | Feb 18, 2019

Clark Hill LLP announced the appointment of Thomas K. Ragland as Member-In-Charge of the Washington D.C. office. Ragland joined Clark Hill in 2016 as a Member, and assumes leadership from Charles Spies who led the office for eight years of continued growth.

HUSCH BLACKWELL LLP: Erin Olshever Joins Husch Blackwell's Chattanooga Office

By Husch Blackwell LLP | Feb 18, 2019

Olshever comes to Husch Blackwell from New York City, where she practiced corporate real estate law and gained broad experience handling a diverse client portfolio.

PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN LLP: Noted Litigator Ari Berman Joins Pillsbury in New York

By Pillsbury Winthrop Shaww Pittman LLP | Feb 18, 2019

Ari Berman, a seasoned commercial litigator with a significant focus on the financial services and life sciences industries, has joined Pillsbury’s rapidly growing New York office as partner.

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