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California attorney general opposes HUD suspension of fair housing rule

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced March 7 that he has issued a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in which he opposed HUD’s suspension of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule.

Arizona secures up to $6.28 million in consumer restitution from General Motors

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced March 7 that General Motors LLC will pay up to $6.28 in restitution to Arizona consumers after a settlement involving ignition switches in its vehicles.

California issues statement regarding immigration enforcement case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced March 6 that he had issued a statement following a decision by the U.S., District Court for the Northern District of California to deny the federal government’s motion to dismiss and the state’s motion for preliminary injunction in a case involving federal funding for state law enforcement.

Court denies dismissal request by A.V.M. Enterprises in TCPA fax case; No business relationship existed, judge rules

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut denied a dismissal request submitted on Feb. 2 by Tennessee corporation A.V.M. Enterprises Inc. in a lawsuit brought by Gorss Motels Inc., a Connecticut company, over allegations A.V.M. sent unsolicited advertisements to the motel business between June 2015 and May 2016.

Home Depot settles hazardous waste allegations in California for $27.84 million

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced March 8 that Home Depot U.S.A. (Home Depot) will pay $27.84 million for allegedly allowing the disposal of hazardous waste at many of its stores and facilities in California.

Consumer board seeks comments on how it conducts rulemaking process

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced March 7 that it has issued a request for information (RFI) about the way it conducts its rulemaking process, and it is seeking comments from businesses and the general public.

Long Island pediatrics practice to pay $750,000 for alleged False Claims violations

HOLBROOK, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced March 7 that Freed, Kleinberg, Nussbaum, Festa & Kronberg M.D LLP, a pediatrics practice on Long Island, will pay $750,000 in a joint settlement with New York and the United States after allegations of submitting false claims to Medicaid.

Consumer board seeks public comments analyzing method for reporting complaints

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced March 1 that it has issued a request for information (RFI) to secure public comments about how the bureau conducts its public reporting of consumer complaints.

New York: Royal Bank of Scotland to pay $500 million to resolve role in financial crisis

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced March 6 that Royal Bank of Scotland will pay $500 million after allegations of deceptive practices and misleading conduct in in the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) in the lead-up to the financial crisis.

Southwest Mississippi Electric Power, facing lawsuit over profit surplus, moves to compel arbitration

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – In a move to stay a lawsuit in Mississippi federal court, Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association submitted a motion to compel arbitration and stay litigation on March 2.

New York secures $575,000 settlement from EmblemHealth after consumer security mishap

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced March 6 that EmblemHealth and wholly owned subsidiary Group Health Incorporated (“EmblemHealth”) will pay $575,000 and implement a corrective action plan after allegations that 81,122 Social Security numbers were accidentally disclosed on a mailing due to a mailing error.

Los Angeles Waterkeeper, waste management company agree to settlement in stormwater pollution case

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A Santa Monica-based environmental water quality nonprofit settled a lawsuit with a waste management corporation after the company agreed to upgrade its water treatment systems for storm runoff.

EPA secures settlement over manganese emissions along Pennsylvania-Ohio border

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 7 that S.H. Bell Co. must monitor and take measures to reduce manganese emissions from its 92-acre raw products storage and handling facility along border of Pennsylvania and Ohio in Ohioville, Pennsylvania. and East Liverpool, Ohio.

Study on consumer lawsuit loans finds high rates, confusing terms

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - The broadest study yet of consumer litigation finance – money forwarded to lawsuit plaintiffs in anticipation of a victory in court or a legal settlement – found a “very complicated and circuitous” system in which some borrowers appear to subsidize others and the median interest rate exceeds 40%.

Washington state accuses Texas firm of operating 'trust mill'

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed suit against CLA Estate Services Inc and CLA USA Inc. alleging they operated a "trust mill" that led to persuading seniors into purchasing high-commission insurance products.

EEOC: IT staffing firm failed to hire employee because 'he was born in 1945'

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced March 8 that Diverse Lynx LLC, an IT staffing firm based in Princeton and Noisa, India, will pay $50,000 after allegations of age discrimination.

N.Y. opioid litigation won't be stayed; Lawyers seeking 1,000 more county-plaintiffs

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - A New York judge has refused to stay lawsuits by a number of New York counties against opioid manufacturers and distributors, rejecting arguments that the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t yet determined whether narcotic painkillers are unnecessarily dangerous - a central question in any litigation.

Proposed settlement in Cuisinart class action: $300K for attorneys, replacement blades and warranties for customers

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A class action lawsuit over blades for Cuisinart food processors has reached a settlement, with consumers receiving $15 and plaintiffs attorneys seeking $300,000 in fees.

California organization challenges decision not to list walrus as threatened or endangered

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline) – An environmental organization based in California is challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision not to list the Pacific walrus as a threatened or endangered species.

G4S Secure Solutions alleged to have failed to pay out paid time off to terminated employees

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) – A former employee of a security personnel company in Ohio alleges he and class members were not awarded their paid time off upon their termination as outlined in the company's manual.