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Nevada seeks to stop Energy Department's weapons-grade plutonium shipments

By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2019

CARSON CITY — Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford has filed a motion requesting an injunction to stop the U.S. Department of Energy's continued shipping of weapons-grade plutonium into the state, pending an appeal filed with the Ninth Circuit Court.

Walgreens reaches $2 million settlements to resolve alleged overcharging MassHealth for prescriptions

By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2019

BOSTON — The state of Massachusetts has reached two settlement agreements with Walgreens totaling $2 million to resolve charges the drugstore chain overcharged the state's Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (MassHealth) for prescriptions.

Illinois attorney general: Federal consent decree mandates major reforms for Chicago police

By Marian Johns | Feb 7, 2019

CHICAGO — A recently approved federal consent decree that mandates major reforms for the Chicago Police Department (CPD) is receiving praise from the Illinois Attorney General's Office.

Pennsylvania alleges Delaware County man posed as immigration attorney

By Marian Johns | Feb 6, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania man who allegedly posed as an attorney and provided fake immigration assistance faces a lawsuit by the state's Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Massachusetts attorney general targets human trafficking, wage hour laws

By Marian Johns | Feb 6, 2019

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed several bills with the state legislature that address human trafficking, the competitive electric supply market, wage and hour laws, statewide grand juries and protecting bees and other pollinators from insecticides.

New York joins $60 million federal settlement with Walgreens over false Medicaid billing

By Marian Johns | Feb 6, 2019

ALBANY — The state of the New York has joined a $60 million national federal and state civil settlement with Walgreen Co. (Walgreens) that resolves allegations the drug store chain falsely billed Medicaid relating to the company's Prescription Savings Club (PSC) program.

Former Palm Beach social media company accused of selling millions of 'fake followers' OKs settlement

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — A social media company formerly based in Palm Beach, Florida, and accused of selling millions of "fake followers" or "bots" to celebrities, professional athletes, comedians and actors across the country, has reached a settlement with the state of Florida.

Giving Children Hope charity allegedly inflated 'gift-in-kind' donations data

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A California-based charity that provides international assistance to children has settled allegations by the state of filing false reports that inflated the charity's "Gift-In-Kind" donations in order to mislead the public.

Aetna reaches $935,000 settlement with California over health privacy law violation

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — Aetna Inc. (Aetna) has reached a $935,000 settlement with the state of California to resolve allegations that the insurance giant revealed the HIV status of nearly 2,000 residents, according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

Multistate coalition files amicus brief to support California counties in action against Chevron

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A multistate coalition has filed an amicus brief to support several California counties in their lawsuit against Chevron Corporation, which argues local governments should have the right to hold coal companies accountable for actions that lead to climate change.

L.A. bankruptcy court denies California's request for stay in Verity Health System hospital sale

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A Los Angeles bankruptcy court has denied California Attorney General Xavier Becerra's request for a stay in the sale of Verity Health Systems of California's (Verity) St. Louise and O'Connor hospitals in order to ensure the hospitals will honor a previous legal agreement to keep their essential healthcare services operating in certain communities.

19-state coalition urges Department of Education to abandon proposed Title IX changes

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A coalition of 19 state attorneys general is urging the federal government to end its proposal to alter Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX), arguing that the proposed change would harm the law's protection of students from anti-discrimination, sexual harassment and violence.

California, Massachusetts lead coalition urging EPA to issue new 'asbestos reporting rule'

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney Maura Healey are leading a 15-state coalition urging the federal government to issue a new "asbestos reporting rule" that would take away exemptions relating to asbestos in the Chemical Data Reporting Rule.

Washington attorney general: Business created illegal 'pyramid scheme' bonus structure

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A California-based multi-level marketing business and some of its executives face a lawsuit from the Washington Attorney General's Office over the company's "pyramid scheme" bonuses for consumers who become consultants and false claims of high profits relating to its business model.

Washington state court dismisses Jersey Mike's attempt to halt lawsuit over 'no-poach' clause

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

SEATTLE — Washington state's King County Superior Court has ruled against a motion to dismiss filed by Jersey Mike's in an attempt to stop the state attorney general's legal actions against the sub chain's "no-poach" clauses in its franchise agreements.

New Jersey couple allegedly sold at least $1.9 million in unregistered securities to investors

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

TRENTON — A New Jersey couple faces a lawsuit by the state's attorney general and Division of Consumer Affairs for allegedly selling loans and at least $1.9 million in unregistered securities to investors throughout five states.

New York state launches investigation into Apple's FaceTime privacy issues

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

ALBANY — New York state's attorney general and governor have launched an investigation into the recent complaints regarding Apple's FaceTime privacy issues and say they are concerned about what they consider the company's slow response time in fixing the FaceTime bug and failure to warn consumers.

Coalition challenges EPA over interstate smog pollution

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

NEW YORK — A coalition of six states and the city of New York has filed a lawsuit against the federal government alleging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is violating The Clean Air Act by not regulating interstate smog pollution.

4 state attorneys general seek to intervene in legal battle over Texas court ruling on ACA

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

LANSING, Mich. — The attorneys general of Michigan, Colorado, Nevada and Iowa have filed a motion seeking to intervene in the legal battle opposing the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas' ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional.

Massachusetts insurance agency that overcharged customers to pay $5.2 million in restitution

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

BOSTON — A Massachusetts insurance agency will pay nearly $5.2 million in restitution after overcharging small business customers with hidden fees averaging more than $5,000 and some fees reaching 462 percent of the insurance premium, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.

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