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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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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules that Consumer Protection Law Only Actionable Against Sellers

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a decision constraining the scope of the state’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (“UTPCPL”), resulting in dismissal of UTPCPL claims brought by the Pennsylvania AG’s Office against oil and gas companies. In its 6-1 decision in Commonwealth v. Chesapeake Energy, et. al, No. 81 MAP 2019, the Court…

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The Last Hoorah: Democratic AGs File Suits Against Federal Government in Final Week of Trump Administration 

A group of 15 Democratic AGs petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to review the Trump Administration’s final rule entitled “Test Procedure Interim Waiver Process,” which requires the U.S. Department of Energy to automatically grant interim waiver applications and removes a one-year deadline for making a permanent waiver determination for manufacturers seeking to set their own test procedures for compliance with energy efficiency standards. The AGs request that the Court vacate the final rule as unlawful pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.

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Boston Sports Clubs Sued for Charging Membership Fees During Pandemic Shutdown

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey sued Town Sports International, LLC (“TSI”), the parent company of Boston Sports Clubs, over allegations that it misled consumers about their rights to cancel or freeze their memberships in view of the clubs’ indefinite pandemic-related closure, thus violating the Massachusetts Health Club Statute and the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act.

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2020 AG Election Results

Ten AG elections were held on November 3, 2020. As of this writing, six incumbent AGs won their elections, and Republicans held the open-seats in Indiana and Montana. In the two undecided races, Democratic incumbents in North Carolina and Pennsylvania are narrowly leading Republican challengers.

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