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SEC charges former Alliance Fiber Optic CEO with insider trading

Mark Iandolo Oct. 2, 2017, 3:18pm

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Sept. 20 that it has charged Peter C. Cheng, the former CEO of Alliance Fiber Optic Products, with allegations of insider trading in company stock.

Connecticut targets dentist who allegedly defrauded Medicaid out of $900,000

Mark Iandolo Oct. 2, 2017, 2:51pm

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby announced a lawsuit Sept. 21 against a Fairfield dentist over allegations of defrauding the state's Medicaid program.

Washington state alleges nation's second-largest for-profit prison management company underpays workers

Mark Iandolo Oct. 2, 2017, 2:48pm

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Sept. 20 that his office has sued the GEO Group Inc. (GEO) for failing to pay proper minimum wage to its workers.

EEOC sues CBS satellite station in Texas for alleged age discrimination

Mark Iandolo Oct. 2, 2017, 2:33pm

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a lawsuit Sept. 26 against CBS Stations Group of Texas for allegedly refusing to hire Tammy Campbell for a traffic reporter position because of her age.

SEC secures $965 million from telecommunications company charged with bribing Uzbek official

Mark Iandolo Oct. 2, 2017, 2:29pm

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Sept. 21 that Telia Company AB, a telecommunications company with operations in the United States and headquarters in Sweden, will pay $965 million after settling allegations of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to win business in Uzbekistan.

Solar energy company to pay $29.5 million penalty after allegedly violating False Claims Act

Mark Iandolo Oct. 2, 2017, 12:45pm

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Sept. 22 that SolarCity Corporation will pay $29.5 million after allegations of violating the False Claims Act.

Justice Department fines Young Living, alleging illegal trafficking of rosewood, spikenard oils

Mark Iandolo Oct. 2, 2017, 12:43pm

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Sept. 18 that Young Living Essential Oils L.C. was fined $500,000, plus $135,000 in restitution and $125,000 for a community service payment, after allegedly illegally trafficking rosewood oil and spikenard oil.

Justice Department secures $2.5 million from Alaska's Health and Social Services

Mark Iandolo Oct. 2, 2017, 12:35pm

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Sept. 18 that the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (ADHSS) will pay a $2.49 million penalty after allegations of violating the federal False Claims Act while administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Aegerion resolves SEC allegations of misleading investors with $4.1 million penalty

Mark Iandolo Oct. 2, 2017, 12:32pm

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Sept. 22 that Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, now a subsidiary of Novelion Therapeutics, will pay a $4.1 million penalty after allegations of misleading investors in 2013.

Coca-Cola files motion of reconsideration after ruling in orange juice flavoring case

Shanice Harris Oct. 2, 2017, 9:03am

The Coca-Cola Co. has filed a motion of reconsideration after the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri court granted a motion of class certification in a lawsuit over allegedly added flavors in orange juice.

Calif. appeals court affirms $3.75 million judgment against cigarette manufacturer

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 29, 2017, 3:01pm

Plaintiff Tajie Major sued several cigarette manufacturers her husband, William, had smoked, as well as manufacturers of asbestos to which he had been exposed, alleging both his smoking and asbestos exposure caused his lung cancer and death.

Seventh Circuit shoots down cosmetology student's attempt to be considered an employee

Russell Boniface Sep. 29, 2017, 10:13am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has affirmed a decision that a cosmetology student who worked at a beauty school salon was not an employee of the school.

New Kentucky ruling could cause more class actions over wage disputes

John Sammon Sep. 29, 2017, 10:09am

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – A landmark ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court on Aug. 24 allowing class action lawsuits at the state level in cases involving wage and hour disputes could cause a spike in the number of such lawsuits.

Former postal service employee on Workers' Comp seen zip-lining, tossing logs on Facebook, prosecutors say

Mark Iandolo Sep. 29, 2017, 8:59am

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) announced Sept. 18 that a former employee of the U.S. Postal Service in Cape May County has been charged with stealing more than $75,000 in compensation benefits.

California files concurrent complaint, settlement against Gatorade for alleged misleading marketing

Mark Iandolo Sep. 29, 2017, 8:57am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Sept. 21 a concurrent complaint and settlement against The Gatorade Company. Gatorade will pay $300,000, of which $120,000 will be used to fund education and research on water consumption.

Walgreens resolves New York anti-competitive concerns, agrees to acquire fewer Rite Aid stores

Mark Iandolo Sep. 29, 2017, 8:57am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Sept. 19 that Walgreens has agreed to restructure its acquisition deal with Rite Aid to address concerns the acquisition could harm competition in the New York City area.

Consumer claims Direct Home Energy Solutions called without consent

Noddy A. Fernandez Sep. 29, 2017, 8:56am

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – A California individual alleges a home energy company unlawfully called him for marketing purposes.

Oorah Inc. seeks damages over lawsuit against Covista Communications

Jenie Mallari-Torres Sep. 29, 2017, 8:55am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey organization has filed suit over allegations that the defendant parties conspired to delay a lawsuit.

Herbalife is corrupt, Circle of Success events are useless, lawsuit claims

Noddy A. Fernandez Sep. 29, 2017, 8:54am

MIAMI (Legal Newline) – Calling Herbalife a "corrupt organization of individuals," several plaintiffs have filed a class action lawsuit over allegations that the multi-level marketing company's Circle of Success events are "valueless."

Calif. appeals court issues ruling on chemical company’s excess insurance policies

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 28, 2017, 5:13pm

At issue before the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division 3, is the sequence in which Montrose Chemical Corporation of California may access its excess comprehensive general liability, or CGL, policies to cover its liability for the environmental injuries caused by the chemical dichlorodiphenyltrichlorethane, also known as DDT.