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Massachusetts alleges Starion Energy overcharged residents by $30 million

By Marian Johns | Oct 24, 2018

BOSTON — The state of Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court against Starion Energy, alleging the company overcharged residents by $30 million through deceptive sales tactics.

Maryland seeks judicial review of EPA's denial to impose stricter controls of nitrogen oxides

By Marian Johns | Oct 24, 2018

BALTIMORE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent denial of Maryland's petition asking the agency to impose additional controls on upwind emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) has resulted in the state seeking judicial review.

Illinois attorney general lauds federal court ruling on 'Borrower Defense Rule'

By Marian Johns | Oct 24, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has responded to a recent ruling by a federal court judge in California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) v. Betsy DeVos, which challenged the "Borrower Defense Rule."

Florida joins settlement requiring Aetna to divest individual prescription drug plan business

By Marian Johns | Oct 24, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — The state of Florida has joined four other states and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in a settlement requiring Aetna to divest its individual prescription drug plan business to Florida-based WellCare due to anti-competitive concerns regarding the $69 million Aetna/CVS merger.

Florida alleges designer eyewear sales company violated Deceptive, Unfair Trade Practices Act

By Marian Johns | Oct 24, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division has filed a lawsuit against an online designer eyewear sales company for allegedly violated the state's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Arizona alleges dental supply company used deceptive practices to force out competitor

By Marian Johns | Oct 24, 2018

PHOENIX — The state of Arizona has filed a lawsuit against a dental supply company for allegedly participating in an anti-competitive conspiracy designed to force out a new, lower-priced competitor.

Washington state accuses Jersey Mike's of 'no-poach' clause in franchise contracts

By Marian Johns | Oct 23, 2018

SEATTLE — Washington state has filed a lawsuit against Jersey Mike's restaurant chain for the company's alleged refusal to remove a "no-poach" clause from its franchise contracts that prohibits employees from moving among restaurants in the same corporate chain.

Washington state civil rights resolution of $525,000 reached in case against agricultural company

By Marian Johns | Oct 23, 2018

SPOKANE — A Washington state agricultural company is to pay $525,000 to resolve sexual harassment allegations by its workers and is one of the largest civil rights resolutions in the state's history, according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

Pennsylvania court grants request for records of nation's largest student loan company

By Marian Johns | Oct 23, 2018

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania's Attorney General Josh Shaprio received a legal victory in his office's lawsuit against the nation's largest student loan company, Navient, as a court granted a request for the company to turn over loan records.

New York state settlement leads to reform of manufactured home park rent-to-own practices

By Marian Johns | Oct 23, 2018

NEW YORK — A New York Attorney General's Office industry-wide investigation into the manufactured home park's rent-to-own practices has led to a settlement and reform including from some of the largest manufactured home park owners in the United States.

Arizona settles claims against school district regarding procurement code

By Marian Johns | Oct 18, 2018

PHOENIX — The state of Arizona's civil claims against the governing board of the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) pertaining to the selection of construction managers for projects at two local schools have been settled, according to state Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

Televised Arizona attorney general debate gives voters some insight into the candidates

By Carrie Bradon | Oct 18, 2018

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) and his opponent, January Contreras (D) faced off in a televised debated on Oct.10, discussing some key topics of their platforms.

New Jersey settles allegations Aetna disclosed protected health information through mailing

By Marian Johns | Oct 17, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. — The state of New Jersey has reached a settlement with Aetna, Inc., over allegations the company disclosed protected health information including HIV/AIDS status and individuals' participation in medical studies.

Pfizer settles allegations its 'Pay No More Than' coupon program deceived consumers

By Marian Johns | Oct 17, 2018

NEW YORK — Pfizer Inc. has agreed to pay more than $2.5 million in penalties to settle charges by the New York State Attorney General's Office of deceptively marketing its co-payment coupon program "Pay No More Than."

Former national cleaning service workers allege they were not paid for travel time

By Marian Johns | Oct 17, 2018

BOSTON — Several former employees of a national cleaning service have alleged they were not compensated for travel time, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.

Massachusetts Realtors, property owners allegedly discriminated against voucher program participants

By Marian Johns | Oct 17, 2018

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has settled three separate cases involving housing providers, Realtors and rental agents over allegations of income-based discrimination.

12-state coalition argues financial protection board proposal weakens consumer safeguards

By Marian Johns | Oct 17, 2018

CHICAGO — A coalition of 12 state attorneys general is arguing for the federal government to either withdraw or modify a proposal that would allow companies to offer financial products without compliance with federal disclosure laws.

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