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Retailer Settles Allegations of Ozone Depletion

11 Sep 2014
Written by World Watch

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice (DoJ) have jointly announced that retailer Costco Wholesale Corporation (Costco) has agreed to undertake measures that will cost an estimated US$2 million over the next three years to ensure its compliance with the Clean Air Act (the CAA) (further information).

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that Famous Chicken of Shreveport has agreed to pay US$25,000 and provide other relief to settle charges that the Popeye's Chicken franchisee "unlawfully den[ied] employment to an HIV-positive applicant because of his disability at a Longview, Texas [Popeye's Chicken] location".

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that Holly Manor Center Nursing Home (Holly Manor) is to pay US$75,000 and provide other relief to settle charges that it "unlawfully rescind[ed] a job offer to an applicant because he is deaf".

Retail Pharmacy Pulls Tobacco from Shelves

11 Sep 2014
Written by World Watch

CVS Health has announced that it ceased the sale of tobacco from its retail pharmacy business on 3 September 2014 in support of "the health and well-being of its patients and customers".

United States-based telecommunications company Verizon has announced that it will make a further investment this year of almost US$40 million on solar power. According to Verizon, the investment will approximately triple the business's current solar energy production of 5.4 megawatts per year.

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it has approved final orders settling charges that the barcode resellers 680 Digital, together with its principal Philip Peretz (further information), and Jacob Alifraghis's business InstantUPCCodes.com (further information) "invited competitors to join in a collusive scheme to raise the prices they charged for the barcodes".

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Company Settles Allegations of Toxic Releases

04 Sep 2014
Written by World Watch

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have jointly announced that EI du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) has agreed to pay US$1.275 million and take corrective action to settle allegations that the company breached:

Company and Doctor Settle Kickback Allegations

04 Sep 2014
Written by World Watch

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that spinal surgery device manufacturer Omni Surgical (Spine 360) and surgeon Jamie Gottlieb have agreed to pay US$2.6 million to settle allegations that "Spine 360 paid illegal kickbacks to [Dr] Gottlieb to induce him to use the company's products".

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it has awarded (29 August 2014) US$300,000 to a company employee who "reported wrongdoing to the SEC after the company failed to take action when the employee reported it internally". The SEC has highlighted that the award is the first for "a whistleblower with an audit or compliance function at a company".

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that the following pesticide companies that share a common owner have agreed to pay a total of US$74,513 in penalties to "settle allegations related to the production and distribution of unregistered and misbranded pesticides":

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