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Debt Collector to Return $477,000 to Washington Consumers in AG Settlement

Washington AG Bob Ferguson reached a settlement with Denver-based collection agency Machol & Johannes, LLC and its present and former owners (collectively “M&J”) to resolve allegations that the company engaged in unlawful debt collection practices in violation of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act and Collection Agency Act. The complaint alleged that M&J illegally operated a debt…

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State Contractor Criminally Charged for Alleged Underpayment of Fringe Benefits to Prevailing Wage Workers

Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro charged state contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. (“Hawbaker”) with four counts of theft relating to Hawbaker’s alleged underpayment of more than $20 million to its employees in violation of the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Act and the federal Davis-Bacon Act. The complaint alleges, among other things, that Hawbaker routinely miscalculated and wrongly…

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Janitorial Service Company Accused of Duping Immigrants into Unconscionable Franchise Agreements

Washington AG Bob Ferguson sued janitorial services company National Maintenance Contractors , LLC and related entities (collectively “NMC”) over allegations that it used deceptive and misleading tactics to market its franchises in violation of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act, and Franchise Investment Protection Act.

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Subcontractor Nabbed Submitting Invoices with Inflated Work Hours, Pays $1.875 Million to Settle with Three States

New York AG Letitia James, Massachusetts AG Maura Healey, and New Jersey AG Gurbir Grewal reached a settlement with public works contractor V.J. Associates Inc. and its affiliates (collectively “VJA”) to resolve allegations that it submitted inflated time-and-expense reports on state projects.

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FTC: If Someone Promises to Make You Rich Online, Make Sure It Is Not a Scam

The FTC reached a settlement with an international online business coaching company MOBE Ltd. and its founder Matthew Lloyd McPhee (collectively “MOBE”) to resolve allegations that the company used deceptive marketing practices to sell coaching packages about online entrepreneurship in violation of the FTC Act.

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