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Texas asks U.S. district court to dismiss federal lawsuit challenging Electoral College

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019

AUSTIN — The Texas attorney general is asking the U.S. district court in San Antonio to dismiss a federal lawsuit that is challenging the Electoral College System and the state's "winner-take all" practice for awarding electors.

Florida debt buyer accused of scamming students agrees to forgive debt

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

BOSTON — A Florida debt buyer that purchased student loans from an online study guide and education provider has agreed to forgive the debt as part of a settlement with the state of Massachusetts that resolves allegations the education provider offered ineffective and expensive study materials to students.

21-state coalition asks consumer board to abandon recent rule changes for regulatory, licensing

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

ALBANY — A 21-state coalition of attorneys general is asking the federal government to abandon recent proposals that the coalition argues would give financial services companies immunity from certain regulatory and licensing requirements.

Coalition urges FDIC to protect small-dollar loan lenders from abusive lending

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — Illinois Attorney Kwame Raoul has joined a 13-state coalition urging the federal government to ensure small loan borrowers are protected from high interest and abusive lending and that lenders comply with state laws regarding small-dollar loans.

LPL Financial could face about $26 million in civil penalties

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — LPL Financial LLC has reached a settlement agreement with the state of Maryland that could result in more than $26 million in civil penalties and will resolve allegations the company's policies and actions resulted in unregistered, non-exempt securities sales.

Mississippi recovers $26.6 million against government contractors alleging bribes, kickbacks

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) — Eleven lawsuits filed by the state of Mississippi against several government contractors that allege bribery and kickbacks of a former Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) commissioner have resulted in $26.6 million in recoveries.

State reaches settlement with New York City co-ops accused of avoiding rent stabilization laws

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — The state of New York has reached a settlement with two previous New York City cooperative corporations over charges they avoided the state's rent stabilization laws by operating their buildings as "for-profit rental buildings."

Californian who operated $4 million mortgage fraud scheme sentenced to 8 years in prison

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A California man who operated a $4 million mortgage fraud scheme throughout the southern part of the state has been sentenced to nearly eight years in prison and must pay more than $200,000 in restitution, according to the California Attorney General's Office.

Pennsylvania alleges Verizon did not deliver promised customer incentives

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

PHILADELPHIA —The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has announced its filing of a lawsuit against Verizon Communications Inc. over allegations the company did not provide promised incentives to customers.

New Jersey settles with online brokerage firm accused of using three-time convicted felon

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

TRENTON — An online brokerage firm accused of being a part of defrauding investors in a scam that lost about $4.5 million in trading within a two-month period has agreed to a settlement with New Jersey's Division of Consumer Affairs and the Bureau of Securities.

New Mexico seeks legislation to increase government transparency

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, along with the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (NMFOG), has proposed new state legislation that would require organizations that have been formed specifically to give money or property to government agencies to abide by the Inspection of Public Records Act and Open Meetings Act.

New York state accuses Brooklyn co-op managing agent of defrauding elderly shareholders

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

NEW YORK — The state of New York is suing a managing agent of a Brooklyn cooperatively owned apartment building for allegedly defrauding elderly co-op shareholders through the "below market sale" of apartments and hiding a $100,000 commission.

California asks insurance execs to stop prior authorization requirements for opioid treatment

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California's attorney general is asking 17 health insurance companies to do away with requirements for prior authorization for opioid abuse disorder patient's medication assisted treatment (MAT), arguing the requirements place a burden on those trying to get treatment.

Illinois files lawsuit after 200,000-gallon oil leak affects Granite City

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

CHICAGO — The state of Illinois has filed a lawsuit against a Delaware company following a 200,000-gallon oil leak from the company's storage tank in Downstate Granite City, according to the Illinois Attorney General's Office.

Washington attorney general: 50 corporate chains agree to eliminate 'no-poach' clauses

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

OLYMPIA — Fifty corporate chains with more than 100,000 locations throughout the country have agreed to do away with "no-poach" clauses in their franchise agreements which prevent employees from moving to other stores within the chain, according to the Washington state Attorney General's Office.

Washington state could join legal fight against U.S. Navy over Puget Sound Shipyard pollution

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

OLYMPIA —Washington state is threatening to join a legal battle involving the U.S. Navy's pollution of Washington State's Puget Sound due to the scrapping of the hull on a decommissioned aircraft carrier, according to the state's attorney general.

D.C. restaurant settles allegation of blocking transgender customer from using restroom

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Cuban-themed restaurant and bar in the District of Columbia's Chinatown area has settled allegations of blocking a transgender customer from using the restroom corresponding with her gender identity.

Iowa attorney general: Telemarketer lied about being blind, sale proceeds helping the disabled

By Marian Johns | Feb 13, 2019

DES MOINES — A telemarketer and the Alabama-based telemarketing firm he works for have agreed to settle allegations by the Iowa Attorney General's Office that the solicitor lied about being blind and about sales of products helping those who are disabled.

Dollar Thrifty car rental companies settle charges of misleading Florida customers

By Marian Johns | Feb 13, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Dollar Thrifty car rental companies have reached an agreement with the state of Florida over allegations of not disclosing additional fees added to rental charges for the state's "cashless tolls" and misleading customers regarding other fees and charges.

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