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Texas company must pay $400,000 for scamming high school students out of class trip

By Marian Johns | Dec 3, 2018

PHOENIX — The state of Arizona has obtained a more than $400,000 judgment against Texas-based EB Worldwide LLC for taking money from high school students for a Disneyland senior class trip and then canceling the trip without a warning or refund.

New York report: Professional fundraisers collected $372 million in charitable donations

By Marian Johns | Dec 3, 2018

NEW YORK — The New York State Attorney General's Office annual report shows professional fundraisers kept $372 million of charitable donations collected after raising more than $1.18 billion in the state last year.

Massachusetts reaches settlement with adult day health provider accused of false Medicaid billing

By Marian Johns | Dec 3, 2018

BOSTON — The State of Massachusetts has reached a half million dollar settlement with three adult day health facilities accused of not complying with the state's Medicaid program (MassHealth) regulations through false billing.

After narrow win, heads turn towards new Wisconsin AG's approach on ACA, opioids, redistricting and more

By John Breslin | Dec 3, 2018

MADISON, WISC. (Legal Newsline) - Following an $8.5 million race and a slim victory for the seat of the state's chief law enforcer, legal observers are focused on how new Attorney General Josh Kaul will approach some thorny issues and ongoing litigation when he takes up his position in January.

Brnovich maintains consumer privacy is priority while defending outside counsel as 'necessity'

By Glenn Minnis | Nov 30, 2018

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) - Republican Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich wants Arizona residents to know he has a one-track mind when it comes to protecting their internet privacy rights.

Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., attorneys general seek to block Whitaker appointment

By Marian Johns | Nov 30, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As part of a 15-state coalition challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting U.S. attorney general, an amicus brief has been filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland by the attorneys general of Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.

Ninth Circuit upholds several of Alaska's campaign finance laws

By Marian Johns | Nov 30, 2018

ANCHORAGE — Three Alaska campaign finance laws relating to donation limits have been upheld by the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

California teacher alleges constitutional rights have been violated by union, school district

By Bree Gonzales | Nov 27, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A special education teacher in California alleges his constitutional rights have been violated because a union refused to allow him to withdraw his membership.

Virginia court orders loan company to pay more than $50 miliion for alleged illegal loans

By Marian Johns | Nov 23, 2018

HAMPTON, Va. — A Hampton Circuit Court has ordered a loan company and its owner to pay more than $50 million in debt relief and civil penalties for advancing illegal, high-interest loans to more than 1,000 veterans and seniors in the state, according to the Virginia Attorney General's Office.

New Jersey accuses Johnson & Johnson subsidiary of deceptively marketing opioids

By Marian Johns | Nov 23, 2018

TRENTON — The state of New Jersey is suing Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, following an investigation by the state's Attorney General's Office alleging deceptive marketing practices of known highly addictive opioid drugs.

Illinois pharmaceutical manufacturing company settles charges of releasing wastewater into Long Lake

By Marian Johns | Nov 23, 2018

CHICAGO — An Illinois pharmaceutical manufacturing company will pay a $75,000 penality and help fund wetland restoration in the state for allegedly discharging wastewater into the Long Lake tributary.

Arkansas attorney general proposes nearly $6 million budget cuts for 2020-21 fiscal year

By Marian Johns | Nov 21, 2018

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has proposed more than $5.8 million in cuts for her office's fiscal years 2020 and 2021 budgets in what the attorney general says is an effort to utilize taxpayer funds more effectively.

Comcast reaches settlement with Massachusetts over alleged false advertising

By Marian Johns | Nov 20, 2018

BOSTON — Allegations of false advertising for its long-term cable contracts by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has led Comcast to reach a settlement in which it will pay more than $500,000 in refunds to customers.

Florida: Walgreens, CVS contributed to opioid crisis by not reporting 'suspicious' prescriptions

By Marian Johns | Nov 20, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — The state of Florida has filed an amendment complaint to its May lawsuit against several U.S. opioid manufacturers and distributors, including naming two national drugstores as defendants for their "gross negligence" in opioid distribution.

Lord & Taylor to review theft prevention procedures after racial profiling allegations

By Marian Johns | Nov 20, 2018

BOSTON — Lord & Taylor has agreed to a settlement with the state of Massachusetts to resolve charges by the state's Attorney General's Office that the company's theft prevention actions led to the racial profiling of black and Hispanic customers.

California jury awards $8.8 million in case against veteran's charity scam operators

By Marian Johns | Nov 20, 2018

SAN DIEGO — A California jury handed the state a legal victory by rendering an $8.8 million award in the state's lawsuit against operators of a veteran's charity scam who used donated funds for personal expenses.

Off-shore art purchaser agrees to $10.5 million settlement in tax fraud case

By Marian Johns | Nov 19, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. — An off-shore art purchaser has agreed to a $10.75 million settlement to resolve charges by the New York State Attorney's Office that it engaged in tax fraud relating to the purchase of millions of dollars in artwork bought from New York art establishments.

Abbott Labs to pay $50,000 for alleged deceptive survey marketing of new parents

By Marian Johns | Nov 19, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. — Illinois-based Abbott Laboratories has reached a $50,000 settlement with the state of New York to resolve allegations the company falsely led survey participants to believe their information would be used for scientific research but was used for company marketing.

New York: Auction company settles charges of not giving customers funds from sale of items

By Marian Johns | Nov 19, 2018

ALBANY — A New York state auction company, which allegedly failed to give its customers the money gained from the auction sales of their items, has reached a settlement of more than $230,000 with the state, according to the New York Attorney General's Office.

New Jersey to pay $2.4 million, officially recognize Nanticoke-Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation

By Marian Johns | Nov 19, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. — The state of New Jersey will pay the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation $2.4 million according to a settlement regarding the state's official acceptance of the 3,000-member American Indian Tribe, said the state's Attorney General's Office.

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