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North Greenville University to pay $2.5 million for alleged Higher Education Act violations

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Greenville University (NGU) has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle allegations by the federal government that the South Carolina college submitted false claims to the U.S. Department of Education.

Company contracted with National Nuclear Security Administration charged with kickback violations

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A company contracted by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and its subcontractor are facing a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over allegations of violating the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act.

Maryland private school coach settles allegations he was fired for being male

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

BALTIMORE — A Maryland private school softball coach's claim that he was fired because he was a male, has resulted in a $41,000 settlement, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Federal contractor settles allegations of discriminating against more than 100 black applicants

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C — A tree pruning, removal and vegetation management company working as a federal contractor has settled charges by the U.S. Department of Labor of discriminating against more than 100 African-American job applicants.

Florida contractor faces more than $90,000 in penalties for worker fall hazards

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Florida roofing contractor faces more than $90,000 in penalties after receiving citations by the federal government at some of its worksites for not protecting workers from serious falls.

SEC charges Ukrainian hacker, others with breaching EDGAR system for illegal trading

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is charging a Ukrainian hacker, six traders and others with hacking into Electronic, Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) system to obtain information used for illegal trading.

N.Y. international law firm linked to Manafort reaches $4.6 million settlement with U.S.

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has reached a $4.6 million settlement with the federal government to resolve charges the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by not registering as an agent of the government of Ukraine.

Ohio bakery settles U.S. charges of paying workers for 'straight time' instead of overtime

By Marian Johns | Feb 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An Ohio bakery and grocery store has agreed to pay more than $80,000 in back wages after the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the business paid some employees for "straight time" and in cash, rather than paying for overtime hours.

Environmental organizations file suit against EPA regarding priority ranking for western Lake Erie

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 14, 2019

TOLEDO, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – Two environmental organizations are seeking a court order to declare the U.S. Environment Protection Agency's 2019 Integrated Report Approval was not in accordance with the Clean Water Act regarding western Lake Erie.

Feds, Louisiana agency file suit over oil spills against Sunoco Pipeline, Mid-Valley Pipeline

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 12, 2019

SHREVEPORT, La. (Legal Newsline) – The federal government and a Louisiana agency are seeking penalties from the owners and operators of pipelines over three oil spills in three states.

EEOC: 2 California restaurants ignored employees' complaints of sexual harassment, groping

By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — Two California restaurants face a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after allegedly dismissing complaints from male and female workers about being sexually harassed by a kitchen manager.

South Carolina pest control company faces lawsuit for alleged illegal firing of employee

By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2019

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The federal government has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina against a South Carolina pest control and landscaping company that allegedly fired an office manager after denying her request for leave as an accommodation for her disability.

Consumer protection bureau to revise requirements for payday, single-payment vehicle title loans

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced a proposal to take away sections of its "Payday, Vehicle Title and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans" rule that pertains to underwriting requirements for payday, single-payment vehicle title and long-term balloon payment loans in an effort to increase access to credit for consumers.

Labor Department updates Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A final rule updating regulations for the administration of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA) has recently been put in place by the U.S. Department of Labor 's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP).

California company that allegedly used fake news articles settles claims for $6.4 million

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A California company accused by the federal government of using a network of online marketers to deceptively sell a variety of health-related products has agreed to pay $6.4 million to resolve the claims.

U.S. bankruptcy court rules computer financing scam operator must pay $13.4 million judgment

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Florida West Palm Beach Division has ruled in favor of the federal government's request to require a computer financing scheme operator to pay a $13.4 million judgment despite filing for bankruptcy.

FTC adds defendants to case against California student debt relief company

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government has added two additional defendants in its case against Impetus Enterprise Inc, a California-based student debt relief company accused of defrauding consumers out of millions of dollars through its deceptive loan practices.

Marathon Petroleum agrees to divest retail fuel outlets to Sunoco

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement relating to the nation's second largest gasoline and a convenience store chain's acquisition proposal that would affect retail gasoline and retail diesel in five local markets.

FTC settles with 2 companies accused of misrepresenting paid endorsements by athletes

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two companies accused of misrepresenting paid endorsements by athletes in its marketing campaigns has reached a settlement with the federal government.

Federal courts back Justice Department's position in 2 religious liberty cases

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal courts have upheld the U.S. Justice Department's (DOJ) positions on two separate cases involving religious liberty issues, according to the department.

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