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Water Cure: Florida Company Sued over False Marketing Claims Relating to Health Benefits of Hydrogen-Enriched Water

Florida AG Ashley Moody sued drinking-water system marketer Wellness Program Services, LLC d/b/a Trusii and related entities and individuals (collectively “Trusii”) over allegations that it used false and misleading health benefits claims and finance offers to market its systems in violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and the Consumer Review Fairness…

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Florida AG Prevails Against CDC Over COVID-19-Related Framework for Resumption of Cruise Industry

Florida AG Ashley Moody obtained a preliminary injunction from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), which prevents the CDC from enforcing its October 30, 2020 “Framework for Conditional Sailing and Initial Phase COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Protection of Crew” (“Framework”)—part of a phased resumption of cruise ship passenger operations in U.S. waters—against a cruise ship arriving in, within, or departing from a port in Florida.

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Medical Device Company Settles with Seven States Over Alleged Kickbacks and False Claims

Medical device company Medicrea USA, Inc. and its corporate parent Medicrea International (collectively, “Medicrea”) settled with California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, and Texas, and the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), over allegations that it paid kickbacks to physicians in violation of the federal Open Payment Program, Anti-Kickback Statute, and state false claims…

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Florida Sues CDC over COVID-19-Related Framework for Resumption of Cruises

Florida AG Ashley Moody sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) over allegations that the CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing and Initial Phase COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Protection of Crew (“Framework”) is unconstitutional and violates the Administrative Procedures Act.

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What a Waste! Merging Waste Disposal Companies Must Divest Assets to Avoid Antitrust Concerns

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the AGs of Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin sued to block the merger of waste disposal companies Waste Management, Inc. (“WMI”) and Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. (“ADS”) over allegations that the $4.6 billion merger between the two companies would substantially harm competition for waste collection and disposal services in more than 50 local markets. DOJ and the AGs simultaneously filed a proposed final judgment that would require WMI to divest certain assets to mitigate the alleged anticompetitive harms of the merger.

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