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FedEx reaches $35 million settlement to resolve charges of shipping untaxed cigarettes to New Yorkers

By Marian Johns | Jan 24, 2019

FedEX Ground Package System Inc. has reached a $35 million settlement with New York State and New York City to resolve three lawsuits claiming the company shipped hundreds of thousands of untaxed cigarettes.

Orthodontist to pay $9 million for allowing uncertified staff to do procedures

By Marian Johns | Jan 24, 2019

A New York state orthodontist will pay a $9 million settlement after allowing uncertified employees to perform procedures on patients at a chain of dental offices and then billing Medicaid for the procedures, according to the New York State Attorney General's Office.

NY AG, Governor sue federal government over commercial fishery quotas

By Marian Johns | Jan 24, 2019

The federal government is facing a lawsuit by New York State's Attorney General and Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the "federal fluke" quota allocations pertaining to the state's commercial fluke (summer flounder) fishery.

Parent company of Kay, Jared agree to $11 million settlement for signing up customers for store credit cards

By Marian Johns | Jan 24, 2019

Sterling Jewelers Inc. (doing business as Kay Jewelers, Jared The Galleria of Jewelry, and several other brands) has agreed to an $11 million settlement with the State of New York to resolve charges of signing customers up for store credit cards and credit insurance products without their consent.

Nation's largest debt buyer reaches $6 million settlement with 42 states

By Marian Johns | Jan 24, 2019

One of the largest debt buyers in the United States has reached a $6 million settlement with 42 states to resolve charges relating to its litigation and collection procedures.

Maryland AG joins coalition opposing National Labor Relations Act proposed changes

By Marian Johns | Jan 23, 2019

Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh is the latest to join a coalition that is fighting the federal government's proposal to alter the "joint employer standard" in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) arguing the move would hinder workers' rights in fighting labor violations.

Iowa Attorney General's Office reports nearly 20 percent increase in consumer complaints for 2018

By Marian Johns | Jan 23, 2019

The State of Iowa has reported a nearly 20 percent increase in consumer complaints in 2018, especially those relating to cars, home improvement and "imposter scams," according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

Delaware AG: Apartment owners falsely advertised amenities not included in units

By Marian Johns | Jan 23, 2019

The Delaware Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Unit has reached a settlement with two apartment complex owners and a property management company who are accused of advertising amenities and services not included in their apartments.

Colorado AG forms new chief innovation officer position within state's Department of Law

By Marian Johns | Jan 23, 2019

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser has announced the formation of a new leadership position within the Colorado Department of Law and has named former global communications infrastructure executive Lisa Neal-Graves to the new post.

Oklahoma attorney general's motions regarding federal tax cut savings receives approval

By Marian Johns | Jan 15, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma's Corporate Commission has voted to approve the motions filed by the state's attorney general that request Oklahoma Natural Gas (ONG) return money saved from the 2017 federal tax cuts to utility customers.

Jackson Hewitt reaches settlement with Massachusetts over alleged deceptive advertising

By Marian Johns | Jan 15, 2019

BOSTON — Jackson Hewitt Tax Service has reached a settlement with the state of Massachusetts to resolve allegations the company posted deceiving advertisements regarding discounts on tax preparation services.

Florida attorney general to serve on NAAG executive committee

By Marian Johns | Jan 15, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, recently sworn in as the state's 38th attorney general, has announced she will serve on the National Association of Attorneys General's (NAAG) executive committee along with nine other attorneys general from across the nation.

Arizona accuses Mercedes-Benz of emissions fraud for diesel cars

By Marian Johns | Jan 15, 2019

PHOENIX — The state of Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Mercedes-Benz USA LLC and its parent company Daimler, alleging the companies defrauded customers by installing "defeat devices" on its diesel cars to show lower emission levels than were actually emitted by the vehicles.

Florida sports club allegedly violated D.C. consumer protection laws

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Florida sports club faces a lawsuit by the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia for alleged violations of consumer protection laws and also alleged violations of a 2016 legal settlement regarding the club's membership cancelation policies.

South Carolina seeks to join action against U.S. government's offshore drilling, seismic testing plans

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The state of South Carolina has filed a motion in federal court to join a lawsuit filed by 16 of the state's cities, towns and the Small Business Chamber of Commerce in an effort to block offshore drilling and seismic testing off the South Carolina coast.

Federal student loan servicer reaches $9 million settlement with New York

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. — A federal student loan servicer has reached a $9 million settlement with New York state to resolve charges the company deceived borrowers regarding repayment plans and on the availability of loan forgiveness for those working in public service.

Mutual of Omaha settles discrimination claims involving HIV prevention medication

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

BOSTON — Mutual of Omaha has settled with the state of Massachusetts allegations that the company practiced discrimination by denying life and long-term care insurance to members using an HIV prevention medication.

Neiman Marcus reaches $1.5 million settlement with more than 40 states over 2013 data breach

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

PHOENIX — Neiman Marcus Group LLC has agreed to a $1.5 million settlement with more than 40 states and the District of Columbia over charges the company failed to protect customers' card information that was compromised in a 2013 data breach.

Conn. judge rejects opioid claims, says allowing them would lead to 'junk justice'

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 14, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - A Connecticut judge has dismissed lawsuits by four cities against the opioid industry, saying there is no logical way for the plaintiffs to calculate damages or distribute any money they might win in the litigation.

Puerto Rico alleges manufacturing companies conspired to price-fix polyurethane foam products

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 11, 2019

San Juan, Puerto Rico (Legal Newsline) – The government of Puerto Rico has filed a suit against several companies over allegations of price-fixing.

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