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California attorney general backs Oakland's fight against coal storage, handling terminal

By Marian Johns | Dec 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO — A legal battle between the city of Oakland and the developer of a coal storage and handling terminal, currently in an appeals court, has received support from the California attorney general who filed an amicus brief in support of the city's right to prohibit the terminal.

Florida reaches $5 million settlement with former hospital chain over alleged Medicaid fraud

By Marian Johns | Dec 24, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — A settlement of more than $5 million has been reached between the state of Florida and a former hospital chain accused of Florida Medicaid fraud, according to the state Attorney General's Office.

EPA faces legal battle from 13-state coalition over proposed methane emissions standards rollbacks

By Marian Johns | Dec 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is facing a battle from a 13-state coalition over the agency's proposed cutbacks of methane emissions standards which would do away with requiring companies' repair and prevention of pollution leaks.

Bipartisan state attorneys general coalition works to combat illegal robocalls

By Marian Johns | Dec 24, 2018

LITTLE ROCK — A coalition of nearly 40 state attorneys general is working with some of the nation's major telecom companies as part of efforts to stop illegal robocalls, according to Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge who is leading the bipartisan coalition.

Major construction company settles Illinois allegations of minority-owned business fraud

By Marian Johns | Dec 24, 2018

CHICAGO — The state of Illinois has reached a $2 million settlement with a multiregional construction company over claims of minority-owned business fraud, according to the Illinois Attorney General's Office.

2 New York Internet providers OK $174.2 million settlement to resolve claims of defrauding customers

By Marian Johns | Dec 21, 2018

NEW YORK — Two Internet providers accused of defrauding their subscribers have agreed to a $174.2 million settlement with the state of New York.

5 companies reach settlement with New York over security of app user information

By Marian Johns | Dec 21, 2018

ALBANY — Five companies facing allegations by the New York state attorney general that their apps did not keep user information such as passwords, Social Security numbers, credit cards and bank accounts secure and left users vulnerable to being compromised have reached a settlement.

Pennsylvania court rules state's suit against student loan provider can move forward

By Marian Johns | Dec 21, 2018

HARRISBURG — The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has ruled the state's lawsuit against a student loan servicer, which alleges improper lending practices, will move forward after a motion to dismiss was turned down.

Google, Facebook reach settlement over Washington state campaign finance violations

By Marian Johns | Dec 21, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Google and Facebook have settled lawsuits filed by Washington state alleging the companies did not keep political advertising information according to state campaign finance law.

Arkansas refrigeration company must pay $1.63 million for allegedly defrauding customers

By Marian Johns | Dec 19, 2018

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas refrigeration company has received a $1.63 million judgment from Pulaski County Circuit Court after a consumer protection lawsuit was filed against the company, alleging the defrauding of customers.

Arkansas attorney general asks court to intervene in energy company, Sierra Club settlement

By Marian Johns | Dec 19, 2018

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is disputing a pending settlement between Entergy Arkansas LLC and the National Parks Conservation Association, which calls for a quick closure of several power plants, and is asking the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas to intervene in the case.

Telecommunications company reaches settlement for allegedly failing to pay subcontractors

By Marian Johns | Dec 18, 2018

BOSTON — A Nebraska telecommunications infrastructure company has reached a settlement with the state of Massachusetts to resolve allegations the company failed to pay subcontractors under a contracted project for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).

Coalition opposes Labor Department's proposed change of patient-lift operation rules

By Marian Johns | Dec 18, 2018

CHICAGO — An 11-state attorneys general coalition is opposing the U.S. Department of Labor's recent proposed change that would allow 16- and 17-year-old workers to operate power-drive patient lifts without training or supervision.

Alabama attorney general lauds EPA's new 'Waters of the United States' rule

By Marian Johns | Dec 18, 2018

MONTGOMERY — A recently enacted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) water rule by the Trump administration is receiving praise from Alabama's Attorney General Steve Marshall who says the rule will "define" the Clean Water Act.

Airport ground handling company to pay $12.3 million for alleged kickbacks for JFK contracts

By Marian Johns | Dec 18, 2018

NEW YORK — An airport ground handling company has reached a $12.3 million settlement with the state of New York to resolve charges the company made "kickback payments" in order to leverage contracts for JFK International Airport and other airports across the U.S.

Colorado food truck fabricators allegedly delivered inoperable trucks

By Marian Johns | Dec 18, 2018

DENVER — Two Colorado food truck fabricators have received an injunction from the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado after allegations by the state's Attorney General's Office that the company made false promises regarding delivering finished food trucks to purchasers, causing financial harm.

New York alleges Target, Walmart sold toys with toxic lead levels

By Marian Johns | Dec 18, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. — The state of New York has filed a lawsuit against the Target and Walmart, as well as LaRose Industries, alleging the sale of lead-contaminated toys with nearly 10 times more than legal level of lead allowed by federal standards.

Aetna agrees to behavioral health care coverage changes after alleged violations in Massachusetts

By Marian Johns | Dec 17, 2018

BOSTON — An investigation by the state of Massachusetts into Aetna Health Insurance Company's coverage of behavioral health care for its members has led to a settlement between the insurer and the state's attorney general's office, which includes changes to mental health care access.

Washington state residential care facility owes $2.79 million for alleged false Medicaid claims

By Marian Johns | Dec 17, 2018

SEATTLE — A former Washington state residential care facility has been ordered to pay $2.79 million after a lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general alleges the company submitted close to $1 million in false Medicaid claims.

Maryland doctor to pay more than $3 million for alleged fraudulent Medicare, Medicaid claims

By Marian Johns | Dec 17, 2018

BALTIMORE — A Maryland doctor with practices in two states, has reached a $3.07 million settlement with Maryland over allegations of submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid.

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