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Astra Zeneca to pay Texas $100 million for alleged Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act violations

By Marian Johns | Aug 15, 2018

AUSTIN — Astra Zeneca has agreed to pay the state of Texas $100 million to settle lawsuits which allege the pharmaceutical company violated the state's Medicaid Fraud and Prevention Act by falsely marketing some of its drugs.

New Jersey trucking company settles charges it fired employee for sleep apnea

By Marian Johns | Aug 15, 2018

TRENTON — A New Jersey trucking company, P. Judge & Sons, Inc., accused of firing an employee diagnosed with sleep apnea despite having medical clearance to continue his job duties, has been ordered to pay a $30,000 settlement.

Arizona accuses travel company of scamming students out of senior class trip

By Marian Johns | Aug 13, 2018

PHOENIX – The state of Arizona has filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against a Texas travel company, alleging it charged high school students for a senior class trip and then left the students and chaperones stranded.

New Mexico attorney general joins coalition urging transparency regarding shell companies

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is the latest to join a coalition of 24 attorneys general trying to persuade Congress to pass legislation to help stop criminals from using anonymous shell corporations to launder money.

Massachusetts alleges construction company violated state's minimum wage laws

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

BOSTON — A Massachusetts construction company has agreed to pay more than $121,000 in wages and penalties stemming from citations over violating the state's minimum wage laws.

Tire business to pay $81K to settle Massachusetts allegations of illegally removing asbestos

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

BOSTON — The state of Massachusetts has settled with Town Fair Tires for $81,000 over allegations the company illegally removed and disposed of asbestos material during the expansion of its Springfield tire store.

Iowa attorney general backs new polices to reduce adult smoking rate

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has submitted a policy paper to the federal government and public health experts recommending new polices on e-cigarettes and a public information campaign that he says will drive the adult smoking rate below 10 percent over the next three years.

Chicago, Illinois attorney general battle U.S. over EPA designations for several counties

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

CHICAGO — The city of Chicago and the Illinois attorney general have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over a new rule that they say does not reduce dangerous smog in and around Illinois.

New Jersey mortgage company settles allegations it charged unauthorized fees

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

ATLANTA — The state of Georgia has settled with a New Jersey mortgage serving and originating business over allegations the company charged unauthorized fees to consumers throughout Georgia.

Colorado attorney general: Commercial sports betting not subject to state constitutional limits

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has released a formal opinion on whether current state law authorizes commercial sports betting after the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalized sports betting, saying it is up to the state's legislature.

Arizona attorney general 'true advocate' of state's job creators, industry leader says

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 10, 2018

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich's efforts to defend small businesses against scammers has shown him to be an advocate on behalf of job creators in the state, a business leader in the state says.

Teen fashion website resolves allegations of improperly collecting minors' personal information

By Marian Johns | Aug 8, 2018

NEWARK — A California company will shut down its fashioned-theme teen website to resolve allegations by New Jersey officials that the company improperly collected personal information from more than 2,500 children in the state, which was then compromised in a data breach.

Texas joins 26-state coalition urging Kavanaugh's confirmation to Supreme Court

By Marian Johns | Aug 7, 2018

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is part of a 26-state coalition of attorneys general who are encouraging members of the U.S. Senate to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, saying he will protect the role of individual states.

Boulder got things rolling, but momentum for suing Big Oil lacking in the rest of Colorado

By John O'Brien | Aug 7, 2018

The rest of Colorado seems to have little interest in following the lead of three communities in the state that have sued Big Oil over the alleged effects of global warming.

Just sue it: Fla. AG candidate wants to use office to avoid red tape, file lawsuits

By Daniel Beauregard | Aug 6, 2018

A Florida Democrat running for attorney general recently expressed an eye-opening take on what it means to be a state attorney general, showing his desire to file lawsuits with impunity.

14-state coalition challenges Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's constitutionality

By Marian Johns | Aug 6, 2018

AUSTIN — Texas is leading a 14-state coalition that recently filed a "friend-of-the-court" brief challenging the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Tennessee credit union to discharge loan debt for students College Network allegedly scammed

By Marian Johns | Aug 6, 2018

BOSTON — As part of an assurance of discontinuance filed in Suffolk Superior Court by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, a Tennessee credit union will discharge close to $650,000 in loan debt to students who were allegedly scammed by a company selling false educational materials.

New Jersey joins multistate coalition brief seeking reversal of HFC decision

By Marian Johns | Aug 6, 2018

TRENTON — The state of New Jersey has become the latest to join a multistate coalition urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision by D.C. Circuit Court on banning hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

15 state attorneys general file brief with U.S. Supreme Court in interstate truckers case

By Marian Johns | Aug 6, 2018

BOSTON — A coalition of 15 state attorneys general lead by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing against forced arbitration for interstate truck drivers fighting against compensation agreement violations.

Attorneys general from 21 states urge Congress to ramp up cyber security before '18 midterms

By Marian Johns | Aug 6, 2018

CHICAGO — Twenty-one attorneys general have joined in urging Congress to ramp up U.S. cyber security ahead of the 2018 midterm elections to protect against further cyberattacks and more infiltration by Russian hackers, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

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