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Ashley Madison Data Breach Results in $11.2 Million Settlement

by Fisher Phillips on

On Friday, July 21, users of the “married dating” website, ashleymadison.com, received preliminary approval of an $11.2 million class action settlement. This settlement seeks to resolve a number of consolidated lawsuits...more

Pennsylvania Office of Public Records Will Pay $60,000 to Resolve EEOC Age Suit

State Agency Refused to Hire Attorney Based on Age, Federal Agency Charged - HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Office of Public Records will pay $60,000 and costs to settle a federal age discrimination...more

Chemtrusion to Pay $145,000 to Settle EEOC Class Disability Discrimination Case

Company Screened Out Job Applicants After Medical Examinations Without Any Individualized Assessments on Fitness for Work, Federal Agency Charged - INDIANAPOLIS - Chemtrusion, Inc., a Houston-based manufacturing services...more

Ashley Madison Settles Data Breach Case for $11.2M

Ashley Madison, which suffered a data breach in 2015 involving the loss of 37 million users’ personal and financial information, has settled the suit for $11.2 million....more

Gift Card Class Action Settles

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

SoulCycle, Inc. (“SoulCycle”) has agreed to pay up to $9.2 million to settle a gift card class action lawsuit in California. What were the allegations of wrongdoing against SoulCycle and what are the terms of settlement?...more

Settlement Creates Uncertainty in Determining EMTALA Obligations

by King & Spalding on

On June 23, 2017, a South Carolina-based hospital system, AnMed Health, agreed to pay $1,295,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). The HHS OIG alleged AnMed held...more

FCA Deeper Dive: Judicial Review of Settlements

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The FCA continues to be the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool for investigating allegations that healthcare providers or government contractors defrauded the federal government. In the coming weeks, we...more

Money for Nothing! Court Allows Employees to Pursue Lawsuit Despite DOL Settlement

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The majority of courts have held that releases of FLSA rights require approval by a court or the US Department of Labor. A recent case in the Southern District of New York highlights a dilemma employers...more

New DOJ Policy Curbs Settlements Funding Third-Parties

by Nossaman LLP on

A recently-issued U.S. Department of Justice policy memorandum (“Policy Memo”) substantially narrows DOJ’s authority to approve settlements that include payments to or for the benefit of third-party non-governmental entities....more

FTC proposes using Internet panel for class action notice study

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As part of its “Class Action Fairness Project,” the FTC is seeking comment on its plans to use an Internet panel to conduct research on class action notices. According to the FTC’s Federal Register notice, the project...more

Settlement 5 Days Before Final Written Decision Deadline Results in Termination Of IPR

by Knobbe Martens on

In an order issued in Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. v. Westerngeco LLC, IPR2016-00407, IPR2016-00499, Paper 29 (P.TA.B. Jul. 5, 2017), the PTAB terminated the proceedings after the parties indicated that they had settled their...more

DOJ Settlement Looks to Set New Benchmarks for Suspicious Order Monitoring

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

This week, the U.S. Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration announced a $35 million settlement with a major pharmaceutical manufacturer to resolve alleged failures to monitor and report suspicious orders for...more

Hobby Lobby Forfeits Thousands of Ancient Iraqi Artifacts, Pays $3M, and Admits Fault to Settle Civil Forfeiture Action

by WilmerHale on

The US government's settlement with Hobby Lobby on July 5, 2017 is part of its broader effort to combat trafficking in looted antiquities from the war-torn Middle East and to reduce market demand for such objects by punishing...more

Class Action and Regulatory Settlements Reflect the Rising Cost of Data Breaches

by Carlton Fields on

As the number of data breaches continues to increase, so too do the costs. After a breach occurs, companies typically expend significant sums conducting investigations, notifying customers and regulators, and engaging in...more

FTC Enters Into $104 Million Settlement With Company for Impermissible Lead Generation

by BakerHostetler on

On July 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a stipulated order to memorialize a settlement with a lead-generation business, Blue Global LLC, and its CEO (Blue Global), in the U.S. District Court for the...more

Only “Open Access” students attending Catholic separate secondary schools in Ontario may opt-out of religion classes: confusion...

by Dentons on

The recent media attention over the Ontario Human Rights Commission settlement involving a student who alleged discrimination when she sought an exemption from religion classes has caused confusion as to whether all...more

Fourth Declination With Disgorgement Announced Under FCPA Pilot Program

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 30, 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had declined to bring charges against and was closing its investigation into CDM Smith Inc. (“CDM”), a Boston-based engineering and construction group, for...more

Eighth Circuit Provides Important Guidance in Class Settlement Approvals

by BakerHostetler on

The Eight Circuit provided some useful guidance for district courts and practitioners in obtaining and reviewing final approval of class settlements in its July 5, 2017, decision in Keil v. Lopez. In that case, the court...more

FCPA Digest - July 2017 - Recent Trends and Patterns in the Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Shearman & Sterling’s bi-annual Trends & Patterns in FCPA Enforcement report provides insightful analysis of recent enforcement trends and patterns in the US, the UK and elsewhere, as well as helpful guidance on emerging best...more

Mortgage Lender Pays $4.157 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Concerning FHA Loans

by Goodwin on

On July 3, 2017, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the HUD Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG), the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, and the U.S. Attorney’s...more

A District Court’s Discretion to Sanction Is Broad, “But For” a Causal Limitation

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified in Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger that even a district court’s exercise of broad discretion to impose a civil sanction for a litigant’s bad faith conduct has to be limited by a...more

Sensient To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Dried Food Producer Violated Federal Law by Denying Accommodations and Discharging Employees with Disabilities, Federal Agency Charged - FRESNO, Calif. - Sensient Natural Ingredients LLC, a division of Sensient...more

New York State Enforces Data Breach Notification Law

Earlier this month, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his state had entered into a settlement with CoPilot Provider Support Services, Inc. (CoPilot)—a settlement resulting from CoPilot’s violation of the...more

Will the Justice Department Continue to Use DPAs and NPAs?

by Michael Volkov on

With a new administration at the Department of Justice, practitioners and commentators are looking for signs of change. Given the current politics of the new administration, the Justice Department will undergo changes in...more

California Taxing Agency Set for Major Overhaul - The State Board of Equalization will cease to administer most existing taxes,...

The Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act of 2017 (AB 102[1]) was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on June 27, 2017, as part of the state budget process. The legislation makes sweeping changes to California tax...more

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