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THE LATEST: DOJ Antitrust Chief Casts Doubt on Using “Behavioral Remedies” to Fix Problematic “Vertical” Mergers

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED: ..On Thursday, November 16, 2017, newly confirmed Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim, speaking at the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law’s Fall Forum, explained where...more

EPA Administrator Moves to End “Sue and Settle”

by K&L Gates LLP on

On October 16, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a Directive to address “sue and settle” concerns with new procedures allowing public participation prior to settling lawsuits challenging EPA actions. For states,...more

Electric Power Supply/Service Agreements: Federal Court Addresses Procedural Motion in Regards to Electric Cooperatives Challenge...

Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative, Inc. and other non-profit electric cooperative corporations (collectively “Co-ops”) filed a breach of contract action (“Complaint”) on June 28th against Louisiana Generating,...more

The FTC’s Challenge of Red Ventures–Bankrate: Antitrust Risks in Deals Backed by Private Equity Minority Shareholders

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint challenging Red Ventures’ proposed acquisition of Bankrate. The FTC alleged that the deal likely would have lessened competition in the market for...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator E. Scott Pruitt Addresses Consent Decrees/Settlement Agreements: October 16th...

United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator E. Scott Pruitt issued two documents dated October 16th addressing procedures involved in the resolution of litigation through consent decrees and settlement...more

Allsup’s Settles EEOC Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination Lawsuit For $950,000

Convenience Stores Systematically Discriminated Against Pregnant Workers and Refused to Accommodate Their Pregnancy-Related Disabilities, Federal Agency Charged - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Allsup's Convenience Stores, Inc.,...more

Hazardous Waste Enforcement: Alabama Department of Environmental Management and Jefferson County, Alabama Custom Paint...

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (“ADEM”) and Titan Coatings, Inc. (“TCI”) entered into a September 5th Consent Order (“CO”) addressing alleged violations of certain hazardous waste regulations. See Consent...more

Aegerion Settles Criminal and Civil Probe of Promotional Practices, REMS and HIPAA Compliance, and Patient Assistance Programs

On September 22, 2017, Aegerion Pharmaceuticals resolved a wide-ranging probe by the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the company’s U.S. commercial activities relating to Juxtapid, a lipid-lowering agent for the...more

Ninth Circuit Rules Settling a Non-CERCLA Environmental Claim Can Trigger the Time-Period to Bring a CERCLA Contribution Claim

by Lane Powell PC on

Under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) a responsible party that settles with the government via a consent decree to cleanup or pay for remediation has three years to...more

JL Schwieters Construction to Pay $125,000 To Settle EEOC Race Harassment Lawsuit

Company Subjected Black Employees to Noose, Threats and Racial Slurs, Federal Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS - A Hugo, Minn., construction company will pay $125,000 to settle a racial harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S....more

Cooperative Federalism Requires Cooperation From Both Sides

In 2011, the National Parks Conservation Association sued EPA for failure to enforce the regional haze requirements of the Clean Air Act. EPA and the NPCA settled in 2012, establishing a schedule by when SIPs or FIPs had to...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms EPA/Sierra Club Consent Decree Extending CAA Deadline

On August 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided the case of Sierra Club, et al., v. State of North Dakota, et al., a Clean Air Act (CAA) Citizen lawsuit. The Ninth Circuit affirmed, in a 2-1 ruling, the...more

What’s a Court to Do When EPA Misses a Statutory Deadline?

Earlier this week, a divided 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed entry of a consent decree between the Sierra Club and EPA, resolving litigation over EPA’s failure to promulgate attainment designations for the sulfur...more

KB Staffing Settles Disability Discrimination Suit

Company Agreed to Change its Practices and Compensate Victims of Policy Requiring Unlawful Pre-Offer Health Questionnaire - TAMPA, Fla. - KB Staffing LLC, a staffing firm servicing central Florida, will create a class...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

Reports of the Death of the SEP Have Not Been Greatly Exaggerated

Last month, Attorney General Sessions barred DOJ from entering into settlements that provide for payments to non-governmental persons not a party to the dispute. At the time, I peered into my crystal ball and proclaimed that...more

Rosebud Restaurants to Pay $1.9 Million to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Suit

Federal Agency Alleged Italian Restaurant Group Refused to Hire African-American Applicants - CHICAGO -- Rosebud Restaurants, Inc. will pay $1.9 million and furnish other relief to settle a class race discrimination...more

Music Performing Rights Organizations and the “Full-Work” vs. “Fractional” Licensing Dispute: Government Seeks to Overturn...

by Brooks Pierce on

On Thursday, the United States filed its brief (link is external)in its appeal of a decision by the district court for the Southern District of New York (link is external), which rejected the US Department of Justice’s...more

Federal Reserve Finds First Bank in Violation of the Volcker Rule

On April 20, 2017, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”) issued a Consent Order to Deutsche Bank AG after finding deficiencies in the bank’s Volcker Rule compliance program, imposing a...more

El Chaparro to Pay $20,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Owner Abused Four Servers at Greensboro Tex-Mex Restaurant, Federal Agency Charges - ATLANTA - El Chaparro, Inc., a Tex-Mex restaurant in Covington, Ga., will pay $20,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by...more

Brown & Brown Insurance Brokerage Firm Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit for $100,000

Job Offer Rescinded After Company Learned of Applicant's Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charged - ORLANDO, Fla. - Daytona Beach-based insurance brokerage firm Brown & Brown will pay $100,000 and furnish significant relief to...more

Recruiting for youthful workforce leads to age discrimination lawsuits

by McAfee & Taft on

Some companies may believe that projecting a youthful and energetic image is important to their brand. Two recent court cases, however, show that employers who focus their hiring policies and practices too much on young...more

Hiatt & Mason Enterprises to Pay $35,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment Lawsuit

Black Employee Subjected to Racial Epithets Almost Daily, Federal Agency Charged - MOUNT AIRY, N.C. - Hiatt & Mason Enterprises, Inc., a structural steel erection services company, has agreed to pay $35,000 and provide...more

It’s Wise to Make Certain that Contracts Properly Allocate Future Environmental Compliance Costs

Last week, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that AEP, which entered into a consent decree requiring it to install certain pollution controls at its Rockport 1 and 2 power plants, could not force the owner of those...more

EPA Wastewater Settlement Highlights Industry Focused Enforcement Initiative

by Williams Mullen on

EPA and the Department of Justice recently settled a Clean Water Act enforcement action with EMD Millipore Corp. of Jaffrey, NH, by lodging a Consent Decree in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. The...more

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