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EEOC alleges Hawaii health insurance provider discriminated against disabled employees

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

HONOLULU — The federal government is suing a major health insurance provider over allegations the provider denied intermittent leave to a class of disabled employees by abruptly changing a company policy.

EEOC alleges Texas painting company fired employee who was in opioid recovery treatment

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

HOUSTON — A Beaumont, Texas, painting company is being sued by the federal government for alleged discrimination against an employee who was fired because he was in opioid dependency recovery treatment.

Citibank, consumer board reach $335 million agreement to settle credit card claim

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Citibank has reached a $335 million agreement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to settle claims the company violated the Truth in Lending Act for not re-evaluating and reducing annual percentage rates for 1.75 million of its consumer credit card accounts.

FTC obtains court order to stop 2 California companies from alleged deceptive marketing

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government has obtained a court order that halts the alleged deceptive marketing and billing of two California companies that sell skincare products, resolving resolves charges against dating back to June 2015.

California online training services company settles FTC charges of false privacy shields

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement with a California online training services company that allegedly posted false claims relating to its Privacy Shield participation.

Federal court grants FTC request to halt Internet marketing companies' alleged deceptive advertising

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been granted an order from a federal district court which terminates several San Diego Internet marketing companies from continuing what the FTC alleges is deceptive "free trial" advertising and offers.

Allegations of MFA's Clean Air Act violations produces $850,000 settlement

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — MFA Incorporated of Columbia, Missouri, and its subsidiary, MFA Enterprises Incorporated, have settled with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for $850,000 relating to allegations of chemical accident prevention violations.

Hong Kong bank to pay $47 million for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violation

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Hong Kong investment bank will pay a $47 million criminal penalty to resolve allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that the bank violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when it awarded jobs to friends and family of Chinese officials.

EEOC alleges Halliburton subjected 2 Muslim employees to harassment, discrimination

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

DALLAS — The federal government has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas Dallas Division against Halliburton Energy Services Inc. for allegedly subjecting two Muslim employees to national origin and religious discrimination.

Federal defense contractor reaches $100,000 settlement with EEOC

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal defense contractor has reached a $100,000 settlement to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC), alleging the company denied an employee's transfer related to his son's medical issues then replaced the employee with a younger worker.

L.A. restaurant, nightclub settles EEOC charges of discrimination against pregnant servers

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has reached a $82,500 settlement with a Los Angeles restaurant and jazz nightclub for allegations it denied working hours to pregnant employees.

Georgia corporations alleged to have submitted fraudulent Medicaid claims

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 10, 2018

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (Legal Newsline) – Three Georgia corporations are alleged to have submitted false Medicaid claims.

GEORGIA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Carr: Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Participates in National Healthcare Fraud Takedown

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

The United States Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services just announced the largest ever healthcare fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving 601 charged defendants and more than $2 billion.

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: SEC Charges Morgan Stanley in Connection With Failure to Detect or Prevent Misappropriation of Client Funds

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (MSSB) has agreed to pay a $3.6 million penalty and to accept certain undertakings for its failure to protect against its personnel misusing or misappropriating funds from client accounts.

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Justice Department, EPA Reach Settlement with MFA Incorporated and MFA Enterprises Incorporated to Address Alleged Chemical Accident Prevention Violations

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have entered into a consent decree with MFA Incorporated, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, and its wholly owned subsidiary MFA Enterprises, Incorporated (collectively, “MFA”), to address alleged chemical accident prevention and preparedness violations under the Risk Management Program of the Clean Air Act.

UNITED STATES FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: California Company Settles FTC Charges Related to Privacy Shield Participation

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

A California company has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that it falsely claimed it was in the process of being certified as complying with the EU-U.S.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: Michigan Ski Resort to Pay $60,500 in back wages and penalties for violations of foreign visa program and child labor laws

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor has found Michigan ski resort Ski Brule Inc. in violation of the labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program and the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) after an investigation by the Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.S. Department of Labor investigation results in San Diego Restaurant paying penalties for Child Labor Violations

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

A San Diego Chuck E. Cheese restaurant will pay $3,928 in penalties after investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the restaurant employed minors in violation of the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

UNITED STATES FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: FTC, Nevada Obtain Order Permanently Shutting down Revenge Porn Site MyEx

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the state of Nevada, a federal court has ordered that a revenge porn site be permanently shut down, and that the operators pay more than $2 million after finding they violated federal and state law by posting intimate images of people and their personal information without their consent and charging takedown fees.

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