The United States (US) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made available a letter (November 2013) reminding online retailers to review their websites "to ensure that they provide complete and accurate information about product warranties before consumers make their online purchases, as required by the FTC's Pre-Sale Availability Rule".
The United States (US) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced its approval of a final order settling charges that Honeywell International Inc's (Honeywell) "acquisition of rival scan engine manufacturer [Intermec Inc (Intermec)] was anticompetitive".
The United States (US) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made available an Order (4 December 2013) instituting cease-and-desist proceedings against Fifth Third Bancorp (Fifth Third) and former Fifth Third chief financial officer (CFO) Daniel Poston, as well as public administrative proceedings against Mr Poston. According to the SEC, the order follows Fifth Third and Mr Poston's offers to pay US$6.5 million and US$100,000 respectively in settling SEC charges of "improper accounting of commercial real estate loans in the midst of the financial crisis".
United States (US)-based Bank of America Corporation (BoA) has agreed to pay US$20 million to settle a class action which alleges that BoA manipulated municipal securities markets in breach of antitrust law, resulting in uncompetitive interest rates for the plaintiffs.
The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that La Rana Hawaii LLC (La Rana), trading as Mexican-themed restaurant and bar Señor Frog's, will pay US$350,000 to settle allegations that 13 female employees of the company were sexually harrassed or retaliated against between 2007 and 2012.
The United States (US) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that General Electric Company (GE) and SI Group Incorporated (SI Group) have entered agreements to conduct studies of the contamination at the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund site in New York.
The United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that Toyo Tire & Rubber Co Ltd (Toyo) has agreed to plead guilty and pay a US$120 million criminal fine for participating in two separate conspiracies to engage in price-fixing. According to the DoJ, the charges related to the sale of components installed in cars sold in various places including the US, in breach of the Sherman Act.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that under a settlement with EPA, embalming chemicals supplier Dodge Company (Dodge) has taken actions to increase public safety at its former Massachusetts facility, in addition to its distribution warehouses in California, Illinois and Texas.
The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that agricultural food processing company Mountaire Farms Incorporated, trading as Mountaire Farms of North Caroline Corporation (Mountaire Farms), will pay a settlement of US$48,000, revise its existing anti-discrimination policy, and "furnish other relief to resolve a lawsuit for retaliation filed by the [EEOC]".
The United States (US) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that the marketing firm Green Foot Global (GFG) has agreed to pay a penalty of US$800,000 for consumer redress, and to settle the complaint that it made "false, misleading, or unsubstantiated claims that [fuel additive] EnviroTabs, when added to any type of fuel, will increase fuel efficiency, reduce emissions, and save consumers money".
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