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  • First Indiana Bank NA Property Value Loan Discrimination Settlement
    Indianapolis, IN: (Jun-05-07) The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against First Indiana Bank NA, claiming that the Indiana bank discriminated against minorities by refusing to make loans on row houses in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. NCRC alleged that First Indiana Bank refused to make lo...
  • TXU Corporation Automatic Contract Renewal Fine
    Dallas, TX: (Jun-05-07) Federal regulators brought charges against the electric retail unit of TXU Corporation, alleging that the Dallas-based company broke the law by signing up several thousand business customers to one-year contracts, without their consent. Beginning in 2005, regulators said TXU sent notices saying the service would be renewed for 12 mo...
  • Quail Ridge Country Club LLC Golf Course Water Withdrawal Settlement
    Boston, MA: (Jun-05-07) Attorney General Martha Coakley and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) filed charges against Quail Ridge Country Club LLC, the corporate owner of a 160 acre golf course and country club located in Acton. The lawsuit alleged Quail Ridge violated the Massachusetts Water Management Act (MWMA) and a 2003...
  • OxyContin Canada: Hillbilly Heroin in the Great White North
    Jun-6-07 Toronto, ON: The arrest of actress Lindsay Lohan and the various reports of her addiction to OxyContin have thrust the prescription painkiller back into the news. It has been suggested that OxyContin is quickly becoming the most coveted drug on the street. And Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) pulls no punches when it comes to OxyCon...
  • Thomas Richardson Greeting Card Business Advertising Fraud Settlement
    Florence, AL: (Jun-04-07) The Federal Trade Commission filed charges against Thomas Richardson, the man behind Mid-South Distributors, alleging that he advertised his greeting card display rack business opportunities in classified ads in local newspapers, claiming falsely that purchasers could earn as much as $65,000 a year. The FTC filed the case as part...
  • Enchanted Parks, Inc. Water Park Chemical Storage Penalty
    Washington, DC: (Jun-04-07) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought a lawsuit against Enchanted Parks, Inc., alleging that the company failed to properly report on chemicals stored and handled at the company's popular Enchanted Village water park. The suit claimed that investigations revealed that from 2001 to 2004 Enchanted Parks failed to fi...
  • Aldis Manufacturing Ltd. FIFRA Herbicide Violations Penalty
    Wilsonville, OR: (Jun-04-07) The US Environmental Protection Agency filed an environmental pollution lawsuit against Aldis Manufacturing Ltd., located in Wilsonville, Oregon, claiming that the company violated the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). According to EPA, on February 5, 2007, Aldis submitted a Notice of Arrival of pesti...
  • Michael Snyder Red Robin Business Expenses Civil Penalty
    Los Angeles, CA: (Jun-05-07) The US Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges against former Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. Chief Executive Michael Snyder, alleging that the he misrepresented personal travel costs as business expenses. The suit claimed that Snyder's misrepresentations caused the restaurant chain to fail to report material amounts of...
  • Justin Scott and Omid Kamshad Putnam Investments Trading Fraud Settlement
    Washington, DC: (Jun-04-07) The Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges against two former Putnam Investments portfolio managers, Justin Scott, 49, and Omid Kamshad, 44, alleging that they made inappropriate trades in Putnam mutual funds that they held in their own accounts. The Securities and Exchange Commission had first charged Scott and Kamsha...
  • Solano County, CA Anheuser Busch Property Tax Settlement
    Fairfield, CA: (Jun-04-07) Anheuser Busch, an international brewery, filed suit against Solano County, claiming that the county wrongly charged millions of dollars as taxes. The long-running tax dispute alleged that since 2000, Anheuser Busch has been overcharged taxes on its property in Fairfield to a tune of $2,889,910. While the county claimed the brewe...
  • Cleveland, OH Construction Workers Payment Settlement
    Cleveland, OH: (Jun-04-07) In a bid to target contractors who do not pay union-scale prevailing wages required at many publicly financed construction projects, Ohio's Attorney General Marc Dann announced an enforcement program. The AG, a Democrat elected with strong union backing, focused his attention on issues important to organized labor. In the settlem...
  • Michael Polsky Divorce Settlement
    Chicago, IL: (Jun-04-07) Maya Polsky, wife of energy magnate Michael Polsky for 31 years, received a divorce settlement in which a Cook County judge awarded her $176 million in cash and assets. The settlement amount represented half of the couple's estate. On June 3, 2007, the judge amended the figure to nearly $184 million because previously omitted ass...
  • San Geronimo Golf Course Golf Cart Personal Injury Settlement
    San Anselmo, CA: (Jun-04-07) Penina Meisels, a jewelry designer and widely published photographer, filed a personal injury lawsuit against the San Geronimo Golf Course over a 2003 golf cart crash that left her debilitated and unable to work. The crash occurred on Aug. 22, 2003, when Meisels, playing a round with friends, was driving a 4-foot-wide golf ca...
  • Overtime after 12 Hours Spells Double Time
    Jun-5-07 Oakland, CA Not long after Vince H. started working for a cement-mixing company, he was "asked" to sign a letter waiving lunch. "We get paid regular time for working through our first lunch and that's fine with me, but they should pay double time for second lunch—after 12 hours," he says. That's a lot of money owed to more than 500 cement truck drive...
  • Credit Suisse Enron Bankruptcy Settlement
    Houston, TX: (Jun-01-07) Enron Creditors Recovery Corp., formerly known as Enron Corp., had filed lawsuits against Credit Suisse, UBS AG, Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., and several other banking institutions over the bankruptcy of the former energy trading giant. Enron, once the nation's seventh-largest company, entered bankruptcy proceedings in December 2001 a...
  • Freightliner LLC Lemon Law Settlement
    Black River Falls, WI: (Jun-04-07) Ken's Septic Cleaning of Holcombe filed suit against Oregon-based Freightliner LLC in March 2006 under the lemon law, after more than a dozen attempts to repair a 2005 freightliner, purchased for $80,000, failed to make it run properly. The suit claimed that the Freightliner truck continued to experience problems, even af...
  • MidAmerican Energy and Le Mars, IA Coal and Tar Waste Settlement
    Des Moines, IA: (Jun-02-07) The US Environmental Protection Agency filed a lawsuit against MidAmerican Energy and the city of Le Mars, alleging that there were unchecked environmental violations at a gas plant. The EPA accused the energy company and city of not ensuring that coal tar and other wastes from the Le Mars Coal Gas Superfund Site were properly d...
  • Winter Park, FL Carlisle Project Dispute Settlement
    Winter Park, FL: (Jun-01-07) Central Park Station Partners LLC, at the request of the city and US Postal officials, proposed building a mixed-use condo on the property. The project was to include a new post office and ground floor retail and came to be known as the Carlisle Project. The Carlisle Project has drawn intense opposition from Winter Park residen...
  • Suzanne LaBombard Town Clerk Embezzlement Settlement
    Isle La Motte, VT: (Jun-02-07) The Isle La Motte select board filed charges against Suzanne LaBombard, a former town clerk who admitted misappropriating $100,000. A criminal investigation is still under way into LaBombard, who resigned on March 10, 2007 and reportedly confessed to taking the money. In a settlement reached, the town agreed to LaBombar...
  • AutoZone Inc. Motor Oil Waste Settlement
    Monterey County, CA: (Jun-02-07) A civil environmental and consumer protection enforcement action was filed against AutoZone Inc., based in Memphis, TN, by the California Attorney General and district attorneys in Monterey, San Bernardino, San Diego and San Joaquin counties. The suit alleged that the company was guilty of violating state laws that requir...
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