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Arizona attorney general reaches settlement with Tempe over alleged improper tax breaks

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

PHOENIX — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has reached a settlement with the city of Tempe to settle a lawsuit alleging the city used improper tax breaks for private developments.

Alaska joins 13 other states to defend EPA decision

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

ANCHORAGE — Alaska, along with 13 other states, has partnered to defend the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent decision for no additional bonding requirements for hazardous gas release under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

'Operation Main Street' proves successful in Florida

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — An operation aimed at stopping scams which target small businesses led by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and other state and federal agencies has resulted in 24 actions.

Illinois, Iowa attorneys general encourage FCC to fight Tribune, Sinclair merger

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in an effort to stop the proposed merger of the Tribune Media Company and Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc., which she alleges will limit consumer choice and diversity.

42 state attorneys general reach $100 million settlement with Citibank

By Marian Johns | Jun 28, 2018

PHOENIX — A group of 42 state attorneys general has reached a $100 million settlement with Citibank over allegations of fraudulently manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) which impacts trillions of dollars in financial instruments' worth as well as the global market.

Consent judgments issued over Massachusetts complaint alleging land owner dumped solid waste

By Marian Johns | Jun 28, 2018

BOSTON — Consent judgments recently were entered in the Suffolk Superior Court for the settlement of a complaint by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey against Russell land owners and three companies who allegedly dumped solid waste and altered wetlands.

Oklahoma attorney general announces $64 million rate reduction settlement with energy supplier

By Marian Johns | Jun 27, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E) Energy Corp., has agreed to a $64 million rate reduction settlement which Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is touting as an historic event that will result in lower utility bills for OG&E customers starting this summer.

Oklahoma to fight Purdue Pharma's attempt to transfer opioid lawsuit to Ohio federal court

By Marian Johns | Jun 27, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is vowing to fight Purdue Pharma's recent attempt to transfer Oklahoma's lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company to an Ohio federal court and calling it an abuse of the legal system.

California company settles Massachusetts allegations over unlawful fees, misleading consumers

By Marian Johns | Jun 27, 2018

BOSTON — A California loan debt relief company which faced allegations by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey of charging unlawful upfront fees and misleading consumers, has agreed to pay $44,593 and to stop doing business in Massachusetts.

Judge boots global warming cases of San Francisco, Oakland against oil industry

By John O'Brien | Jun 26, 2018

A California federal judge has rejected the efforts of municipal officials who teamed with private lawyers to seek to hold the energy industry liable for the alleged future effects of climate change.

Connecticut reaches $200,000 settlement with Waterbury social worker for alleged Medicaid fraud

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

HARTFORD — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has reached a $200,000 settlement with a Waterbury licensed clinical social worker and two of his behavioral health practices to resolve a lawsuit alleging long-term Medicaid fraud.

Pennsylvania attorney general reaches $357 million tobacco settlement

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

HARRISBURG — A settlement reached by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro with various tobacco companies has resolved 20 years of disputed payments from the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement and will bring the state nearly $357 million in settlement funds in addition to its annual $350 million received from tobacco companies.

Connecticut accuses Norwich professional counselor of Medicaid billing fraud, destruction of records

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

HARTFORD — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has filed a lawsuit against a Norwich licensed professional counselor, alleging the provider billed the state's Medicaid program for services not rendered and for not maintaining or destroying records.

Rhode Island attorney general lauds legislature's passage of bad contractors bill

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has applauded the state legislature's recent passage of a bill that increases penalties for licensed contractors who are convicted of failing to comply with Contractors' Registration and License Board (CRLB) orders.

New York attorney general, governor accuse 3M of environmental contamination

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 22, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a lawsuit June 20 against 3M and five other companies after allegations of environmental contamination stemming from toxic chemicals in the companies’ products.

Aldo Group to stop asking about criminal records during initial employment application process

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 22, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood announced June 19 that Aldo Group Inc., a global shoe and accessories retailer, will stop inquiring about criminal history on initial employment applications.

New York attorney general lauds court's rejection of Charter-Spectrum's motion

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 22, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood announced June 21 that the she had released a statement commenting on the Appellate Division, First Department's decision to reject Charter-Spectrum’s motion to dismiss her lawsuit.

New York attorney general targets Trump family, Trump Foundation

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 21, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood announced June 14 that she has filed a lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation, and its directors, Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump.

N.Y. attorney general secures 42-state settlement with Citibank over alleged LIBOR manipulations

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 21, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood announced June 15 that Citibank will pay $100 million in a 42-state settlement after allegedly manipulating interest rate benchmarks. Specifically, Citibank purportedly engaged in fraudulent conduct involving U.S. Dollar LIBOR.

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