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Boston salon chain to pay more than $45,000 to settle sick time law allegations

By Marian Johns | Oct 10, 2018

BOSTON — A Boston beauty salon chain has agreed to pay about $45,740 to settle charges by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office of not paying earned sick time to employees.

California joins bipartisan multistate amicus brief for U.S. Supreme Court's Apple case

By Marian Johns | Oct 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the latest to join a bipartisan multistate amicus brief in support of consumers in the Apple v. Pepper case that is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

N.D. county turns down meeting with opioid lawyers, favors state AG taking lead

By John Breslin | Oct 10, 2018

A North Dakota county recently declined to pursue a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, turning down a request for a meeting from five heavyweight law firms based from Texas to Washington D.C.

Facing complaints of excessive fees, Texas counties release billing records of their opioid lawyers for free

By Daniel Fisher | Oct 10, 2018

Texas counties that demanded tens of thousands of dollars to provide billing records from outside attorneys representing them in opioid lawsuits have mostly agreed to hand them over for free

Opioid lawsuits should proceed, magistrate tells MDL judge

By Daniel Fisher | Oct 9, 2018

A magistrate judge recommended that a bellwether trial against the opioid industry proceed, rejecting nearly all the arguments presented by manufacturers, distributors and retailers in their motions to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits accusing them of causing a national crisis.

Oklahoma Military Planning Commission, wind farm developer reach agreement

By Marian Johns | Oct 9, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY — Construction of an Oklahoma wind farm has been put on hold stemming from a claim by the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission (OSMPC) that the construction violates an amendment to the Wind Energy Development Act, which took affect earlier this year.

Arizona HVAC installation company to pay $150,000 in civil fines for illegal telemarketing calls

By Marian Johns | Oct 5, 2018

PHOENIX - An Arizona HVAC installation and maintenance company has admitted to making thousands of illegal telemarketing calls, according to state Attorney General Mark Brnovich and has agreed to pay $150,000 in civil fines.

Massachusetts attorney general seeks Columbia Gas' restoration plans following explosion

By Marian Johns | Oct 3, 2018

BOSTON — The fires and explosions that took place in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley last month have prompted state Attorney General Maura Healey to request Columbia Gas' plans for the safe restoration of gas and compensation for the residents affected.

Louisiana attorney general seeks to stop governor's appointment to Red River Waterway Commission

By Marian Johns | Oct 3, 2018

NATCHITOCHES, La. — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed a lawsuit against the Red River Waterway Commission, alleging the state's governor unlawfully filled a vacancy on the commission.

Illinois attorney general, Chicago mayor seek to implement consent decree for city police reform

By Marian Johns | Oct 3, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the city of Chicago have announced their proposed plan for selecting an independent monitor to implement a consent decree which will reform Chicago's police department as a federal court schedules a fairness hearing to obtain feedback from the public on the proposed decree.

50 attorneys general, D.C. reach $148 million settlement with Uber over data breach

By Marian Johns | Oct 3, 2018

ANCHORAGE — Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth is one of 49 other attorneys generals and the District of Columbia who have reached a $148 million settlement with Uber over allegations of delayed reporting of its data breach.

New York reaches settlement with online directory to reform attorney rating system

By Marian Johns | Oct 2, 2018

NEW YORK — New York state Attorney General Barbara Underwood has reached an agreement with an online legal directory to reform its attorney rating system and improve its disclosures to consumers.

New York state alleges basketball recruiting business mislead customers

By Marian Johns | Oct 2, 2018

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The state of New York has filed a lawsuit against a high school and post-graduate basketball recruiting business and its principals, alleging they mislead customers with false claims regarding their program and services.

Coalition opposes U.S. government's efforts to limit state's role in oversight of student loan abuse

By Marian Johns | Oct 2, 2018

NEW YORK — A coalition of 16 attorneys general has filed an amicus brief relating to Student Loan Servicing Alliance v. Stephen C. Taylor, et al., in which the attorneys general oppose the federal government's efforts to govern abuses by student loan servicers and limit states' roles in protecting students who are victims of servicer misconduct.

New York investment manager reaches $30 million settlement for tax evasion allegations

By Marian Johns | Oct 2, 2018

NEW YORK - New York-based investment manager Harbinger Capital Partners Offshore Manager LCC (Offshore Manager) has reached a $30 million settlement with the state of New York to resolve allegations the corporation avoided state and New York City taxes.

Missouri attorney general fights to keep duck boat suit from dismissal, transfer to federal court

By Marian Johns | Oct 2, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is arguing through court filings that a lawsuit pertaining to a July duck boat accident that killed 17 people, should not be dismissed and should remain in the state's Taney County Circuit Court.

Back to state court goes Tennessee's Gallatin Plant lawsuit against TVA, despite emergency motion

By Mary Ann Magnell | Sep 27, 2018

An “emergency motion” filed by defendant Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) with a federal court in the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division that requested to stay execution of a remand order was denied on June 22.

'This is wrong': Fourth Circuit judge rips gag order in multimillion-dollar hog farm cases

By Dan Fisher | Sep 27, 2018

A federal judge’s gag order prohibiting anyone connected to nuisance litigation against hog farms in North Carolina was probably an unconstitutional prior restraint of speech and never should have been issued, an influential judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals said in oral arguments this week.

N.C. court reinstates lawsuit against AG over Smithfield Foods agreement

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 25, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A lawsuit filed against North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein will go forward after a trial court ruling granting summary judgment to the defendants was reversed.

Report details how Bloomberg, NYU influence environmental policy at state level

By John Breslin | Sep 25, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - A program placing environmental advocates in state offices - while paying their salaries - has drawn criticism, though the New York law center running it defends it as legal and transparent.

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