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Illinois home improvement reaches $1 million settlement over allegations of deceiving customers

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

CHICAGO — An Illinois home improvement business has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, alleging the company tricked customers into paying for repair work they did not know they were ordering.

N.J. court: Trustee for Ponzi scheme company right to initiate arbitration

By Carrie Salls | Jan 11, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The receiver for Osiris Fund LP’s decision to file for arbitration to resolve claims filed against Osiris securities trading platform Interactive Brokers LLC and Interactive Brokers employee Kevin Michael Fisher was upheld on appeal by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division in a Dec. 31 opinion.

Florida Attorney General's Office alleges US Moving Services, others hire workers that damage, steal property

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 9, 2019

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – The Florida Attorney General's Office of Florida alleges professional movers based in Miami have harmed "hundreds" of consumers by hiring laborers who damage or steal property.

Pulte reaches multimillion dollar settlement with Florida over alleged building code violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — PulteGroup Inc. and its subsidiary, Pulte Home Company LLC, have reached a multimillion dollar settlement with the state of Florida to resolve allegations the home builder denied warranty coverages and failed to disclose that some of its homes under construction did not meet building codes.

Career Education settlement with 48 states includes more than $400 million in student debt relief

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

PHOENIX — A company that operated for-profit schools across the United States has reached a settlement with 48 states and the District of Columbia that will provide more than $400 million in student debt relief for students who were allegedly deceived by the company's false claims.

15-state coalition argues against payday lenders using tribal affiliations to avoid violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

BALTIMORE — Maryland's Attorney General Brian Frosh is the latest to join a coalition of 15 attorneys general that filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to argue against payday lenders using fake affiliations with Native American tribes as a way to escape state law violations when practicing predatory lending.

Georgia alleges more than 20 opioid manufacturers, distributors played role in crisis

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

ATLANTA — The state of Georgia has filed a civil lawsuit against more than 20 opioid manufacturers and distributors for allegedly using false and deceptive tactics in a effort to increase their profits from opioid drug sales, which has contributed to the state's opioid crisis.

Spokane Democratic Central Committee reaches settlement over campaign finance law violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

OLYMPIA — The state of Washington has reached a settlement with the Spokane County Democratic Central Committee's (SCDCC) former chairman and executive director and its former treasurer over state campaign finance law violations, according to the Washington State Attorney General's Office.

Rhode Island joins states reaching $575 million nationwide settlement with Wells Fargo

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

PROVIDENCE — The state of Rhode Island is part of a $575 million nationwide settlement https://www.ri.gov/press/view/34934 over the alleged fraudulent opening of millions of accounts and other illegal practices by Wells Fargo, according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

Connecticut auto lender to pay more than $700,000 for alleged deceptive sales practices

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

BOSTON — A Connecticut auto lender will pay more than $700,000 to settle charges by the state of Massachusetts over alleged deceptive sales practices including the financing of faulty cars.

Attorneys general coalition files reply brief in effort to defend Affordable Care Act

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO — A 17-state coalition of attorneys general has joined efforts to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through a reply brief filed regarding a lower court's decision that declared the ACA unconstitutional in Texas v. U.S.

Illinois attorney general: Diabetic supply resale company owes customers more than $1 million

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

CHICAGO — An Illinois diabetic supplies resale company faces a lawsuit from the state for allegedly owing more than $1 million to customers who sent in their unused testing supplies.

In opioid blame game, roles of Ohio doctors and so-called 'pill mills' sought

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 4, 2019

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The state of Ohio is sitting on a database that could prove the Rosetta Stone for opioid plaintiffs and defendants alike, but so far only the defendants are demanding access to it.

Alabama Supreme Court upholds dismissal of state's case against Volkswagen AG over tampering claims

By Charmaine Little | Dec 27, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Alabama determined one of the state of Alabama’s claims against Volkswagen AG was blocked by the Clean Air Act and affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of the complaint on Dec. 14.

Sprint reaches $330 million settlement with New York over failure to pay taxes for wireless plans

By Marian Johns | Dec 26, 2018

ALBANY — Sprint Communications, accused of failing to collect and turn in more than $100 million in state and local sales taxes for its wireless plans in New York state, has agreed to a $330 million settlement, according to the state Attorney General's Office.

FedEx reaches $2 million settlement with New York over allegedly underpaying drivers

By Marian Johns | Dec 24, 2018

ALBANY — A lawsuit filed by the state of New York against FedEx Ground Package System Inc., (FedEx) alleging the company violated New York labor law has been resolved with a $2 million settlement, according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

Shellpoint mortgage agrees to pay $4 million for 'mishandled' loans

By Marian Johns | Dec 24, 2018

BOSTON — Allegations that a national mortgage servicing company violated Massachusetts state law by not taking any measures to help customers avoid foreclosure have been resolved with a $4 million settlement, according to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

Attorneys general coalition seeks to block seismic testing for oil, gas

By Marian Johns | Dec 24, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. — A coalition of attorneys general has intervened in a case before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, which is attempting to block the federal government from permitting seismic testing.

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