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Illinois attorney general: Trump Tower illegally sends millions of gallons of water into Chicago River

By Marian Johns | Aug 24, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against Trump International Hotel & Tower (Trump Tower) in Chicago, alleging its operations violate environmental laws through its release of millions of gallons of water into the Chicago River.

Georgia reaches deal with title pawn business that allegedly illegally sued customers

By Marian Johns | Aug 24, 2018

ATLANTA — A Georgia title pawn business has reached a settlement with the state resolving allegations that it sued customers for outstanding loan principal, interest and fees in violation of state law.

Appellate panel upholds $1.3 million award for North Dakota, settling long legal battle

By Marian Johns | Aug 23, 2018

BISMARCK — An appellate panel has upheld a $1.3 million award for the state of North Dakota that helps close a seven-year legal battle between the state and Minnesota relating to restrictions on rural electric utilities and energy companies serving the Upper Midwest.

New York officials accuse Purdue Pharma of deceptive marketing of opioids

By Marian Johns | Aug 23, 2018

NEW YORK — New York's attorney general and governor have filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma LP Purdue), alleging the company deceptively marketed opioid products including OxyContin for decades.

Attorneys general coalition to fight proposed HHS rule stopping third party payroll deductions

By Marian Johns | Aug 23, 2018

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is the latest to join a four-state coalition urging the federal government to withdraw a proposed rule that would stop third-party intermediaries from handling payroll deductions for union dues, health insurance and other benefits.

Trump administration files appeal in ongoing case against California over 'sanctuary' laws

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 22, 2018

SACRAMENTO (Legal Newsline) – The United States of America has filed an appeal in federal court in an ongoing case in which it claims that the state of California overstepped its authority in its “sanctuary” state laws and violated the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Whistleblowers get more thanks to Virginia Supreme Court ruling

By Randy Tucker | Aug 21, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – The Virginia Supreme Court affirmed a lower court decision that ruled that in a Medicaid qui tam case, the relator is eligible for 28 percent of the gross proceeds of the settlement.

Mississippi Supreme Court rules state's Medicaid suit against pharmacies to stay at circuit court

By Dani Hemmat | Aug 20, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) ‒ The state of Mississippi’s lawsuit against three pharmacies will stay at the circuit court level, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Aug. 9.

Attorneys general coalition to challenge revision of offshore drilling regulations

By Marian Johns | Aug 17, 2018

BALTIMORE — The federal Bureau of Safety Sulfur Operations' (BSEE) plans to revise offshore drilling regulations is being challenged by a 10-state coalition of attorneys general.

Colorado heating, cooling company to pay $1.7 million for allegedly installing unpermitted units

By Marian Johns | Aug 16, 2018

DENVER — A Colorado court has ordered a heating and cooling company operating in the state to pay $1.7 million for installing thousands of furnaces, hot water heaters and air conditioning units without obtaining building permits, causing potential hazards to consumers.

17-state attorneys general coalition opposes proposed SEC rules on broker-dealer incentives

By Marian Johns | Aug 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the latest to join a 17-state coalition opposing the Securities & Exchange Commission's (SEC) newly proposed rules that allow broker-dealers to collect incentives for steering consumers toward certain investments.

Southern California Gas reaches $119.5 million settlement for leak that released methane

By Marian Johns | Aug 16, 2018

LOS ANGELES — The Southern California Gas Company and the state's attorney general have reached a $119.5 million settlement over a ruptured well that caused a natural gas leak in Porter Ranch for months and released methane into the environment.

Kansas, Colorado agree to settlement over past Republican River water usage

By Marian Johns | Aug 16, 2018

DENVER — The states of Kansas and Colorado have agreed to a settlement regarding Colorado's previous water usage of the Republican River.

Texas officials were 'in over their heads' when they struck deals with opioid lawyers

By Dan Fisher | Aug 16, 2018

When it hired outside lawyers to represent it in lawsuits against the opioid industry, Harris County agreed to pay a contingency fee of 35%, more than double the rate in Dallas County and equal to the highest in the state.

Massachusetts reaches $26.8 million settlement with HSBC over alleged unfair loans

By Marian Johns | Aug 15, 2018

BOSTON — The state of Massachusetts and HSBC Securities (HSBC) have reached a $26.8 million settlement regarding allegations the company secured unfair residential mortgage loans, according to the state attorney general.

Online for-profit university to pay $270,000 for allegedly misleading veterans

By Marian Johns | Aug 15, 2018

BOSTON — American Military University has agreed to a $270,000 settlement regarding allegations by the state of Massachusetts that the school violated state law by misleading veterans.

Virginia attorney general lauds decision to halt Tribune Media, Sinclair merger

By Marian Johns | Aug 15, 2018

RICHMOND — Virgina Attorney General Mark Herring is applauding the recent Tribune Media Company announcement that it will discontinue pursuing a merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group.

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