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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.

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.

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