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Stanley Black & Decker to pay $140,000 after firing employee for absence due to cancer treatment

By Marian Johns | Mar 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Stanley Black & Decker has settled allegations by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that the tool manufacturer fired an employee for poor attendance due to work absence for cancer treatments and medical appointments.

Illinois casino to pay former worker's estate after denying medical leave for cancer treatment

By Marian Johns | Mar 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An Illinois casino will pay the estate of a deceased former employee whom the federal government says was fired for asking for medical leave so he could receive cancer treatment.

Michigan poultry ranch accused of harassing, mocking disabled employee

By Marian Johns | Mar 11, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Michigan egg producer faces a lawsuit from the federal government, alleging a line worker at the poultry ranch with a disability was subjected to a hostile work environment.

SCOTUS to hear oral arguments over power of government agencies to interpret regulations

By John Breslin | Mar 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Oral arguments over how much power government agencies can wield when interpreting their own regulations will be made before the U.S. Supreme Court before the end of the month.

'Easy grandstanding': Congress backs trial lawyers' effort to condemn chemicals, win lawsuits while science debated

By John O'Brien | Mar 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – As Congress vilifies chemicals known as PFAS, some question whether the research upon which lawmakers – and trial lawyers – are relying shows that anyone has actually been harmed by them.

EPA sued as groups seek to initiate rules regarding asbestos reporting

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 8, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Several nonprofit public health and environmental groups have filed an amended complaint for relief in a federal district court in California asking that the EPA require companies to submit reports on potential amounts of asbestos in products.

Associated Press, other news organizations seek records relating to Roger Stone

By Chandra Lye | Mar 8, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A group of news organizations has requested access to warrants from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

House urges EPA to regulate PFAS, but chemist warns 'lawyers are trying to grab onto this'

By Rich Peters | Mar 7, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Alleged risks to water supplies posed by chemicals commonly used by firefighters and the military were discussed at a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday as lawmakers sounded anxious for a regulatory measure.

Purdue Pharma calls Massachusetts opioid suit 'oversimplified scapegoating,' seeks dismissal

By Dan Fisher | Mar 5, 2019

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Purdue Pharma is asking a Massachusetts court to dismiss the state’s lawsuit against it, calling sensational allegations of wrongdoing by company executives and members of the founding Sackler family “oversimplified scapegoating based on a distorted account of the facts.”

FTC reaches settlement in first case regarding dietary supplement 'fake paid reviews'

By Marian Johns | Mar 5, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline). — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement in its first-ever case regarding a dietary supplement manufacturer's alleged use of "fake paid reviews" to market a weight-loss supplement.

California urology practice to pay $1.85 million over alleged false Medicare claims

By Marian Johns | Mar 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A California urology practice has reached a $1.85 million settlement with the federal government over allegations of submitting false Medicare claims for evaluation and management services.

L.A. charter school settles allegations of paying female math tutor less than male counterpart

By Marian Johns | Mar 4, 2019

LOS ANGELES — The federal government has reached a settlement with a Los Angeles charter school it says paid a female employee less than a male co-worker in the same job, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

USA Parking Services settles EEOC allegations it refused to hire deaf applicant

By Marian Johns | Mar 4, 2019

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) — A national valet and parking services company has agreed to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging the company refused to hire a deaf valet applicant due to her disability.

Nursing home chain to pay more than $18 million to settle billing controversy

By Marian Johns | Mar 4, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A Tennessee nursing home chain will pay more than $18 million to resolve allegations of billing Medicare and Medicaid for substandard services and marking Tennessee's largest "worthless services" resolution in the state's history, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Feb. 27.

J&J says talc lawyers are playing the 'race card' in latest try at giant verdict

By John Sammon | Feb 27, 2019

Opening arguments began Monday in the lawsuit launched by a man claiming that asbestos-tainted baby powder made by Johnson & Johnson caused him to develop mesothelioma.

Global consultant firm reaches $15 million settlement over allegedly insufficient bankruptcy disclosures

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Global consultant firm McKinsey & Company Inc. has reached a $15 million settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations claims of insufficient bankruptcy case disclosures, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Broker offering high interest credit to veterans settles consumer board charges for $1

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A broker of pension assignments who allegedly violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act by offering high-interest credit to veterans, has settled with the federal government for $1, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Primo Hoagies franchise owner to pay more than $20,000 in back wages for FLSA violations

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania Primo Hoagies franchise owner has agreed to settle charges by the U.S. Department of Labor that it incorrectly classified some of its employees to avoid paying overtime as well as violating other Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations.

U.S. alleges Florida mail order diabetic testing supply company submitted false Medicare claims

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government has joined a lawsuit against a Florida mail order diabetic testing supply company accused of submitting false claims to Medicare and paying kickbacks to Medicare beneficiaries.

Staffing agencies accused of subjecting Latino workers to racial slurs settles with EEOC

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

BIRMINGHAM — Four related staffing agencies have settled allegations by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that they discriminated against Latino workers who were recruited to work in an Alabama poultry processing plant.

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