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Jacksonville to pay $4.9 million for alleged discriminatory fire department union practices

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

JACKSONVILLE — The city of Jacksonville will pay $4.9 million as part of a settlement against the Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters, Local 122, IAFF, alleging it practiced a promotion process that was discriminatory against African-Americans.

Orlando restaurant settles allegations of subjecting bartender to sexual harassment

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

MIAMI — An Orlando restaurant has reached a settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations of subjecting a bartender to sexual harassment and then firing her due to her complaints about the harassment.

FTC settles with operators of alleged work-from-home scam

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 14 that it has reached a settlement with two men who allegedly made several million dollars from customers by conducting a "work-from home business opportunity" scam.

Payday lender accused of making harassing calls to borrowers' references settles with government

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A payday retail lender operating in several states has settled charges by the federal government of failing to prevent overcharges, making harassing collection calls to borrowers' references and falsely advertising services that the company did not really offer.

FTC seeks public comment regarding modifications to franchising rule

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering changes and modifications to its Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising (Franchising Rule) and seeks public comment on the rule.

Consumers to receive $3.5 million as part of FTC settlement with company promoting weight loss

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Maine Attorney General's Office have reached settlements with two companies who both falsely marketed weight loss supplements that will result in nearly $3.5 million in refunds going to consumers affected by the alleged scam.

Florida compounding pharmacy accused of paying kickbacks for referrals settles with U.S.

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Florida compounding pharmacy accused of paying kickbacks to a third-party marketing company in order to obtain referrals for compound drug prescribers has reached a settlement with the federal government.

EEOC settles with Pennsylvania country club accused of age discrimination

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania country club has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the federal government alleging the establishment subjected a groundskeeper to seasonal layoffs and then fired him because of his age.

FTC, FDA warn sellers of dietary supplements about using false claims

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set its sites on three companies that sell dietary supplements and other health-related products, alleging the companies may be using false claims not supported by scientific evidence.

Consumers to receive $1.7 million in settlement stemming from illegal robocall scheme

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Consumers affected by what the federal government calls a "robocall scheme" will soon see some of the $1.7 million in settlement monies ordered by a Florida district court against several companies involved in the illegal calls.

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.

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