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Court OKs U.S.'s temporary restraining order against pharmacies' dispensing controlled substances

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee has granted the federal government's request for a temporary restraining order to stop two Tennessee pharmacies and their owners as well as three pharmacists from alleged illegal dispensing of controlled substances which the government claims caused at least two deaths and several overdoses.

EEOC renews commitment to fight discrimination against Ecuadoran nationals working in U.S.

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has renewed its national memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ecuador as part of the its agreement to stop discrimination of Ecuadoran nationals working in the U.S.

PHH settles allegations of foreclosing on active duty military members' homes without court order

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — PHH Mortgage, one of the nation's largest loan servicers, will pay more than $700,000 as part of a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) over allegations of illegally foreclosing on the homes of servicemembers.

Florida electronic health records software developer to pay $57.25 million to resolve violations

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government has reached a $57.25 million settlement with a Florida electronic health records (EHR) software developer who is accused of violating the False Claims Act, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Nonprofits allege EPA has failed to revise, review regulations for drinking water

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 11, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Three nonprofit organizations allege that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is behind on the regulatory process of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Trump DOJ punishes hedge fund manager who sued drug companies and shorted their stocks

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 7, 2019

The Trump Justice Department, following a tougher policy toward dubious False Claims Act lawsuits by private citizens, has moved to dismiss a pair of lawsuits by a former hedge-fund manager who shorted stock in pharmaceutical companies he accused of a wide-ranging price-fixing conspiracy.

OSHA alleges South Florida cafeteria subjected employees to chemical, burn hazards

By Marian Johns | Feb 6, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Florida cafeteria is being cited with more than $130,000 in penalties by the federal government for allegedly subjecting its employees to chemical and burn hazards.

Texas pathology lab to pay $63.5 million to settle charges of illegal kickbacks

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Texas pathology lab company has reached a $63.5 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over alleged illegal kickbacks offered to referring physicians.

Sunoco Pipeline to pay more than $5.4 million over crude oil spills in three states

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sunoco Pipeline LP has agreed to pay more than $5.4 million to settle three lawsuits pertaining to crude oil spills in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma that allege violations of the Clean Water Act as well as state environmental laws.

Maryland Insurance Administration settles EEOC charge of paying female employees lower wages

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Insurance Administration has settled allegations by the federal of government of paying female employees less wages than their male counterparts for equal work.

Gas station owner settles EEOC allegations of sexually harassing female cashier

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

MEMPHIS — A Memphis gas station owner, operator has settled a lawsuit filed by the federal government that alleges the company subjected a cashier to sexual harassment and then fired her for complaining about the harassment.

U.S. accuses military contractor of forcing pregnant employee to take unpaid leave

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

MIAMI — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against a U.S. government military contractor who allegedly forced a pregnant female employee to take an unpaid leave of absence and eventually fired her due to her pregnancy.

Arkansas Buffalo Wild Wings settles discrimination charge of not hiring male bartenders

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas Buffalo Wild Wings faces a lawsuit by the federal government over claims of not hiring males for bartender positions, has settled the charges, according to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC).

New Jersey fishery, Massachusetts staffing agency settle claims of 'egregious' sexual harassment

By Marian Johns | Feb 4, 2019

BOSTON — A New Jersey-based fishery and a Massachusetts staffing agency have agreed to settle claims by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that the companies subjected female workers to "egregious" sexual harassment by male managers, supervisors and co-workers.

New York State to receive more than $1.8 million for opioid disaster relief employment

By Marian Johns | Jan 30, 2019

New York State's Department of Labor will receive an initial payment of more than $1.8 million as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor designed to assist those affected by the state's opioid crisis.

Georgia senior care center to pay back overtime

By Marian Johns | Jan 30, 2019

A Georgia senior care center has agreed to pay over $15,000 in back wages to resolve claims by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) that the center violated employee overtime and record-keeping laws.

Consumer Fraud Protection Bureau wants to oversee lenders to the military

By Marian Johns | Jan 30, 2019

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is seeking Congressional approval to oversee lenders who serve military members and their families to insure Military Lending Act (MLA) compliance.

Natural Resources Defense Council alleges federal agencies failed to designate habitat for endangered bumble bee

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 30, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit organization focused on protecting endangered species alleges two federal agencies have failed to designate habitat for a species of bumble bee listed as endangered in 2017.

Federal government files suit against New Mexico Environment Department over permit issued to Air Force base

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 25, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Legal Newsline) – The federal government is challenging a permit issued by New Mexico to an Air Force base in the state.

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