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Illinois bed and breakfast accused of discriminating against gay couple

By Marian Johns | Oct 31, 2018

CHICAGO — An Illinois bed-and-breakfast faces a lawsuit by the state's attorney general after it failed to pay damages to a gay couple who were turned away for their civil union ceremony.

Kansas' litigation over Gitmo detainee transfer dismissed

By Marian Johns | Oct 31, 2018

TOPEKA — Litigation filed by the state of Kansas against the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) relating to the potential relocation of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the state's Fort Leavenworth prison has been dismissed, according to the Kansas Attorney General's Office.

Illinois residential mortgage company to pay $1.2 million for alleged fraud

By Marian Johns | Oct 31, 2018

CHICAGO — A $1.2 million settlement between an Illinois residential mortgage company and state Attorney General Lisa Madigan has been reached to settle charges of alleged mortgage fraud.

California attorney general seeks to intervene in challenge to EPA 'compliance holiday' rule

By Marian Johns | Oct 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California's attorney general has filed a motion to intervene in a case that challenges the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rule allowing cement plant operators to have a six-month "compliance holiday" period involving air compliance requirements.

Coalition condemns consumer protection board's non-oversight of Military Lending Act

By Marian Johns | Oct 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California's attorney general is the latest to join a bipartisan, multistate coalition condemning the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) decision to eliminate oversight of lender compliance of the Military Lending Act (MLA).

New Jersey attorney general blasts IRS' elimination of longtime donor reporting rule

By Marian Johns | Oct 30, 2018

TRENTON — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is calling on the Trump administration to explain its recent elimination of a 47-year donor reporting rule requiring social welfare organizations to identify their donors and any so called "dark money" spent on political activity to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

New York sues Exxon over climate change disclosures; Move called 'waste of taxpayer dollars' by legal reform group

By John O'Brien | Oct 24, 2018

​​​​​NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Years in the making, the New York Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday sued ExxonMobil, alleging the company misled investors regarding climate change.

Massachusetts alleges Starion Energy overcharged residents by $30 million

By Marian Johns | Oct 24, 2018

BOSTON — The state of Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court against Starion Energy, alleging the company overcharged residents by $30 million through deceptive sales tactics.

Maryland seeks judicial review of EPA's denial to impose stricter controls of nitrogen oxides

By Marian Johns | Oct 24, 2018

BALTIMORE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent denial of Maryland's petition asking the agency to impose additional controls on upwind emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) has resulted in the state seeking judicial review.

Illinois attorney general lauds federal court ruling on 'Borrower Defense Rule'

By Marian Johns | Oct 24, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has responded to a recent ruling by a federal court judge in California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) v. Betsy DeVos, which challenged the "Borrower Defense Rule."

Florida joins settlement requiring Aetna to divest individual prescription drug plan business

By Marian Johns | Oct 24, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — The state of Florida has joined four other states and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in a settlement requiring Aetna to divest its individual prescription drug plan business to Florida-based WellCare due to anti-competitive concerns regarding the $69 million Aetna/CVS merger.

Florida alleges designer eyewear sales company violated Deceptive, Unfair Trade Practices Act

By Marian Johns | Oct 24, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division has filed a lawsuit against an online designer eyewear sales company for allegedly violated the state's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Arizona alleges dental supply company used deceptive practices to force out competitor

By Marian Johns | Oct 24, 2018

PHOENIX — The state of Arizona has filed a lawsuit against a dental supply company for allegedly participating in an anti-competitive conspiracy designed to force out a new, lower-priced competitor.

Washington state accuses Jersey Mike's of 'no-poach' clause in franchise contracts

By Marian Johns | Oct 23, 2018

SEATTLE — Washington state has filed a lawsuit against Jersey Mike's restaurant chain for the company's alleged refusal to remove a "no-poach" clause from its franchise contracts that prohibits employees from moving among restaurants in the same corporate chain.

Washington state civil rights resolution of $525,000 reached in case against agricultural company

By Marian Johns | Oct 23, 2018

SPOKANE — A Washington state agricultural company is to pay $525,000 to resolve sexual harassment allegations by its workers and is one of the largest civil rights resolutions in the state's history, according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

Pennsylvania court grants request for records of nation's largest student loan company

By Marian Johns | Oct 23, 2018

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania's Attorney General Josh Shaprio received a legal victory in his office's lawsuit against the nation's largest student loan company, Navient, as a court granted a request for the company to turn over loan records.

New York state settlement leads to reform of manufactured home park rent-to-own practices

By Marian Johns | Oct 23, 2018

NEW YORK — A New York Attorney General's Office industry-wide investigation into the manufactured home park's rent-to-own practices has led to a settlement and reform including from some of the largest manufactured home park owners in the United States.

Arizona settles claims against school district regarding procurement code

By Marian Johns | Oct 18, 2018

PHOENIX — The state of Arizona's civil claims against the governing board of the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) pertaining to the selection of construction managers for projects at two local schools have been settled, according to state Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

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