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South Carolina seeks to join action against U.S. government's offshore drilling, seismic testing plans

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The state of South Carolina has filed a motion in federal court to join a lawsuit filed by 16 of the state's cities, towns and the Small Business Chamber of Commerce in an effort to block offshore drilling and seismic testing off the South Carolina coast.

Federal student loan servicer reaches $9 million settlement with New York

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. — A federal student loan servicer has reached a $9 million settlement with New York state to resolve charges the company deceived borrowers regarding repayment plans and on the availability of loan forgiveness for those working in public service.

Mutual of Omaha settles discrimination claims involving HIV prevention medication

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

BOSTON — Mutual of Omaha has settled with the state of Massachusetts allegations that the company practiced discrimination by denying life and long-term care insurance to members using an HIV prevention medication.

Neiman Marcus reaches $1.5 million settlement with more than 40 states over 2013 data breach

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

PHOENIX — Neiman Marcus Group LLC has agreed to a $1.5 million settlement with more than 40 states and the District of Columbia over charges the company failed to protect customers' card information that was compromised in a 2013 data breach.

Conn. judge rejects opioid claims, says allowing them would lead to 'junk justice'

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 14, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - A Connecticut judge has dismissed lawsuits by four cities against the opioid industry, saying there is no logical way for the plaintiffs to calculate damages or distribute any money they might win in the litigation.

Puerto Rico alleges manufacturing companies conspired to price-fix polyurethane foam products

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 11, 2019

San Juan, Puerto Rico (Legal Newsline) – The government of Puerto Rico has filed a suit against several companies over allegations of price-fixing.

Illinois home improvement reaches $1 million settlement over allegations of deceiving customers

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

CHICAGO — An Illinois home improvement business has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, alleging the company tricked customers into paying for repair work they did not know they were ordering.

N.J. court: Trustee for Ponzi scheme company right to initiate arbitration

By Carrie Salls | Jan 11, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The receiver for Osiris Fund LP’s decision to file for arbitration to resolve claims filed against Osiris securities trading platform Interactive Brokers LLC and Interactive Brokers employee Kevin Michael Fisher was upheld on appeal by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division in a Dec. 31 opinion.

Florida Attorney General's Office alleges US Moving Services, others hire workers that damage, steal property

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 9, 2019

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – The Florida Attorney General's Office of Florida alleges professional movers based in Miami have harmed "hundreds" of consumers by hiring laborers who damage or steal property.

Pulte reaches multimillion dollar settlement with Florida over alleged building code violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — PulteGroup Inc. and its subsidiary, Pulte Home Company LLC, have reached a multimillion dollar settlement with the state of Florida to resolve allegations the home builder denied warranty coverages and failed to disclose that some of its homes under construction did not meet building codes.

Career Education settlement with 48 states includes more than $400 million in student debt relief

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

PHOENIX — A company that operated for-profit schools across the United States has reached a settlement with 48 states and the District of Columbia that will provide more than $400 million in student debt relief for students who were allegedly deceived by the company's false claims.

15-state coalition argues against payday lenders using tribal affiliations to avoid violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

BALTIMORE — Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh is the latest to join a coalition of 15 attorneys general that filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to argue against payday lenders using fake affiliations with Native American tribes as a way to escape state law violations when practicing predatory lending.

Georgia alleges more than 20 opioid manufacturers, distributors played role in crisis

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

ATLANTA — The state of Georgia has filed a civil lawsuit against more than 20 opioid manufacturers and distributors for allegedly using false and deceptive tactics in a effort to increase their profits from opioid drug sales, which has contributed to the state's opioid crisis.

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