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Software developer settles charges it exposed personal information data

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

NEWARK — The state of New Jersey has reached a settlement agreement with a data management software developer to resolve charges that the company allowed unauthorized public Internet access to a database of more than 100 auto dealerships customers' and employees' personal information.

Massachusetts negotiates deal with Columbia Gas to reduce $11 million in proposed rates

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

BOSTON — The state of Massachusetts has negotiated an agreement with Bay State Gas Company, doing business as Columbia Gas, to reduce more than $11 million in proposed rates for customers and prevents the company from further rate increases during the next three years.

Maryland Consumer Protection Division accuses pharmaceutical manufacturer of inducing prescribers

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division has filed charges against a pharmaceutical manufacturer for allegedly distributing opioids to "off label" patients and inducing prescribers with monetary incentives.

Illinois attorney general urges public utilities to make costs of enrolling clearer to customers

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging the state's public utilities to include information on customer's bills regarding the costs of enrolling with alternative retail electric suppliers (ARES), which she says often engaged in bait and switch marketing tactics to entice customers.

Outside counsel to aid Georgia's litigation, investigation of state opioid sales, distribution

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

ATLANTA — Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has chosen a legal team of outside counsel to assist the state's investigation and litigation relating to prescription opioid manufacturing, marketing, sale and distribution in Georgia.

Want to know what opioid lawyers are up to in Texas? It costs thousands to find out

By Daniel Fisher | Sep 14, 2018

Some Texas counties are demanding tens of thousands of dollars to comply with open-records requests for documents detailing the time and expenses private attorneys have racked up so far representing them in opioid litigation.

Billionaire mega-donor Steyer picks favorite AG hopefuls; More global warming cases possible

By John O'Brien | Sep 13, 2018

Democrat challengers aspiring to become the top lawyers in their states have received financial boosts from Tom Steyer, a billionaire investor and environmental activist who some feel is a driving force behind the recent string of climate change lawsuits struggling to persuade judges to punish the energy industry.

Idaho attorney general reaches settlement with magazine company to refund advertisers

By Marian Johns | Sep 7, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) – The owners of an Idaho Falls, Idaho-based company that published lifestyle magazines has reached a settlement agreement with the state's attorney general over claims the magazine took funds for advertising space from businesses and never published.

Ohio federal court returns Montana attorney general's lawsuit against Purdue Pharma back to state court

By Marian Johns | Sep 7, 2018

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) – On Aug. 23, an Ohio federal judge remanded a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox over allegations deceptive promotion of OxyContin and returned the litigation to the state court.

New York nonprofit alleged to have exposed clients' personal information online to pay $200,000

By Marian Johns | Sep 7, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – The New York attorney general has reached a settlement with a Buffalo nonprofit, The Arc of Erie County, to resolve allegations the charity exposed the personal information of clients online for several years.

Illinois well drilling company alleged to have taken thousands from customers without providing services

By Marian Johns | Sep 7, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – The Illinois attorney general filed a lawsuit Aug. 29 against a residential well drilling company who allegedly took thousands of dollars from Illinois residents for well drilling services that were never completed.

District of Columbia attorney general alleges auto businesses failed to prevent oil spills

By Marian Johns | Sep 7, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine has filed a lawsuit against five automotive companies alleging they violated the District's environmental laws through a decade of toxic oil spills.

Louisiana company who charged Iowa truckers for updating their USDOT information to issue refunds

By Marian Johns | Sep 7, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – Owners of Iowa trucking companies will receive funds from a Louisiana company who charged truckers $99 to update their bi-annual information with the U.S. Department of Transportation, which can be done for free on a federal government website.

Florida attorney general files suit against Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group over toll fees

By Marian Johns | Sep 7, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The Florida State Attorney's Office filed legal action in the 4th Judicial Circuit Court of Duval County on Aug. 29 against a rental automotive group who allegedly charged customers highly inflated fees for tolls and misrepresented the state's cashless toll system.

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