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New EPA Rules Will Increase Air Pollution As The World Suffers A Respiratory Pandemic

New EPA Rules Will Increase Air Pollution As The World Suffers A Respiratory Pandemic By Barbara Moran | April 2, 2020 In less than a week, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced two policy changes that could have far-reaching consequences for the air above Massachusetts. On March 26, the EPA announced it would temporarily stop enforcing certain environmental monitoring and reporting requirements during the [...]

April 2nd, 2020|

Maura Healey reminds businesses it remains illegal to refuse cash over coronavirus fears

Maura Healey reminds businesses it remains illegal to refuse cash over coronavirus fears By  Nik DeCosta-Klipa | April 1, 2020 Across the country, stores have recently begun refusing — or at least strongly discouraging — the use of cash due to fears that paper money could be a vector of the coronavirus. And while Maura Healey says she understands the need to take “extra precautions” [...]

April 1st, 2020|

AG wants DPU to freeze gas rates during COVID-19 crisis

AG wants DPU to freeze gas rates during COVID-19 crisis By Amy Phillips | April 1, 2020 BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP)– Attorney General Maura Healey is calling on the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to delay any increases in the rates gas customers pay to cover the cost companies incur for pipeline replacement projects for at least three months. Many Massachusetts families are facing financial hardships [...]

April 1st, 2020|

Keller @ Large: AG Says More Coronavirus Protections Needed For Amazon, Whole Foods Employees

Keller @ Large: AG Says More Coronavirus Protections Needed For Amazon, Whole Foods Employees By John Keller | March 29, 2020 BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said she has seen a decrease in price gouging on critical coronavirus complaints in recent weeks. Healey also said some companies need to do more to protect employees from coronavirus exposure. Earlier this month, Healey urged [...]

March 29th, 2020|

Price Gouging Complaints Surge Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Price Gouging Complaints Surge Amid Coronavirus Pandemic By Michael Levenson | March 27, 2020 In Florida, one seller was offering 15 N95 face masks on Amazon — for $3,799. In Massachusetts, a convenience store was selling milk for $10 a gallon. And in Minnesota, a smoke shop was charging $79.99 for 36 rolls of toilet paper. Across the country, state attorneys general said this week [...]

March 27th, 2020|

$250 for Purell? State probes complaints of price gouging

$250 for Purell? State probes complaints of price gouging By Naomi Martin | March 26, 2020 The sight of barren store shelves can be chilling, particularly for those who desperately need the items that should be there: toilet paper, thermometers, hand sanitizer. “It was haunting,” said Philip Berne, 44, of Malden, who visited three stores before finding toilet paper and still hadn’t found Tylenol or [...]

March 26th, 2020|

Healey, lawmakers monitoring college refund plans

Healey, lawmakers monitoring college refund plans By Katie Lannan | March 24, 2020 BOSTON – With many college students now learning remotely off-campus or while back living with their families, refunding the room and board payments for those students while they’re away is going to be a “huge issue,” according to the House chair of the Higher Education Committee. But, Rep. Jeffrey Roy said, it’s [...]

March 24th, 2020|

JD Byrider agrees to pay $1.5 million to resolve lawsuit

JD Byrider agrees to pay $1.5 million to resolve lawsuit March 9, 2020 The used car dealership JD Byrider will cancel debts, pay $1.5 million to reduce car loan payments and provide restitution to thousands of consumers, and significantly change its practices to resolve allegations that it engaged in deceptive sales of defective vehicles and predatory lending, Attorney General Maura Healey announced in a news [...]

March 19th, 2020|

AG Maura Healey: ‘Huge Infusion Of Cash’ Needed From Federal Government

AG Maura Healey: 'Huge Infusion Of Cash' Needed From Federal Government By Hannah Uebele | March 19, 2020 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey spoke with Boston Public Radio on Thursday about how the federal government should be responding to the COVID-19 crisis. "Fundamentally we are going to need a huge infusion of money to bring back all the businesses that are going to fail," she [...]

March 19th, 2020|

Sutton contractor penalitzed $120K for Shrewsbury explosion

Sutton contractor penalized $120K for Shrewsbury explosion By Sam Bonacci | March 18, 2020 A Sutton construction contractor has agreed to pay $120,000 to reimburse the state for the cost of responding to a 2017 explosion and fire of a backyard shed at a Shrewsbury residential property, which released hazardous chemicals and fumes, causing workers and a neighbor to develop respiratory problems. Attorney General Maura [...]

March 18th, 2020|

LATEST NEWS

New EPA Rules Will Increase Air Pollution As The World Suffers A Respiratory Pandemic

New EPA Rules Will Increase Air Pollution As The World Suffers A Respiratory Pandemic By Barbara Moran | April 2, 2020 In less than a week, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced two policy changes that could have far-reaching consequences for the air above Massachusetts. On March 26, the EPA announced it would temporarily stop enforcing certain environmental monitoring and reporting requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, retroactive to March 13. On Tuesday, the agency issued a final rule weakening Obama-era fuel economy and emission standards. Scientists, public health experts and environmental advocates swiftly condemned both policy shifts, saying they would increase greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, as well as short- and long-term air pollution. Many critics zeroed in [...]

April 2nd, 2020|

Maura Healey reminds businesses it remains illegal to refuse cash over coronavirus fears

Maura Healey reminds businesses it remains illegal to refuse cash over coronavirus fears By  Nik DeCosta-Klipa | April 1, 2020 Across the country, stores have recently begun refusing — or at least strongly discouraging — the use of cash due to fears that paper money could be a vector of the coronavirus. And while Maura Healey says she understands the need to take “extra precautions” in the midst of the pandemic, the Massachusetts attorney general issued a reminder Wednesday to local businesses. “It’s illegal to refuse cash in Massachusetts,” Healey tweeted. “Businesses should take thoughtful measures to keep their employees and consumers safe, but let’s keep our economy open to everyone.” Even in an increasingly cashless world, requiring the use of credit [...]

April 1st, 2020|

AG wants DPU to freeze gas rates during COVID-19 crisis

AG wants DPU to freeze gas rates during COVID-19 crisis By Amy Phillips | April 1, 2020 BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP)– Attorney General Maura Healey is calling on the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to delay any increases in the rates gas customers pay to cover the cost companies incur for pipeline replacement projects for at least three months. Many Massachusetts families are facing financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. In a filing made with the DPU, the AG’s Office contends that the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the state’s response to the public health crisis and the unprecedented economic impacts caused by the pandemic require the DPU to impose a delay of customer surcharges to ensure reasonable access to gas service [...]

April 1st, 2020|

Keller @ Large: AG Says More Coronavirus Protections Needed For Amazon, Whole Foods Employees

Keller @ Large: AG Says More Coronavirus Protections Needed For Amazon, Whole Foods Employees By John Keller | March 29, 2020 BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said she has seen a decrease in price gouging on critical coronavirus complaints in recent weeks. Healey also said some companies need to do more to protect employees from coronavirus exposure. Earlier this month, Healey urged residents to report price gouging on items such as hand sanitizer and masks. She told WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller she believes the message got through. “I think it’s had an effect. Earlier last week we started to see these crazy prices for things people need,” Healey said. “They were scarce. Hand sanitizers, masks. I heard from [...]

March 29th, 2020|

Price Gouging Complaints Surge Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Price Gouging Complaints Surge Amid Coronavirus Pandemic By Michael Levenson | March 27, 2020 In Florida, one seller was offering 15 N95 face masks on Amazon — for $3,799. In Massachusetts, a convenience store was selling milk for $10 a gallon. And in Minnesota, a smoke shop was charging $79.99 for 36 rolls of toilet paper. Across the country, state attorneys general said this week that they had been flooded with complaints of price gouging and profiteering on items like hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and masks that have been in high demand and hard to find on store shelves. Many have also reported a surge in exorbitant price increases on everyday grocery items like chicken, rice and milk. “This is something, I [...]

March 27th, 2020|

$250 for Purell? State probes complaints of price gouging

$250 for Purell? State probes complaints of price gouging By Naomi Martin | March 26, 2020 The sight of barren store shelves can be chilling, particularly for those who desperately need the items that should be there: toilet paper, thermometers, hand sanitizer. “It was haunting,” said Philip Berne, 44, of Malden, who visited three stores before finding toilet paper and still hadn’t found Tylenol or rubbing alcohol. “It shouldn’t be happening in a place that’s so developed . . . Now we’re out of the basic essentials to fight illness.” As people clamor for vital items amid the coronavirus pandemic, law enforcement officials warn that some sellers are taking advantage, and they urge people to report disproportionately high prices. So far, Massachusetts [...]

March 26th, 2020|

Healey, lawmakers monitoring college refund plans

Healey, lawmakers monitoring college refund plans By Katie Lannan | March 24, 2020 BOSTON – With many college students now learning remotely off-campus or while back living with their families, refunding the room and board payments for those students while they’re away is going to be a “huge issue,” according to the House chair of the Higher Education Committee. But, Rep. Jeffrey Roy said, it’s not one where there’s necessarily an across-the-board solution. The new online learning surge is one of the cascading effects flowing from the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s being driven by the fact that thousand of students were abruptly sent packing from campuses mid-semester. Massachusetts is home to more than 100 colleges and universities, including the state’s 15 community [...]

March 24th, 2020|

JD Byrider agrees to pay $1.5 million to resolve lawsuit

JD Byrider agrees to pay $1.5 million to resolve lawsuit March 9, 2020 The used car dealership JD Byrider will cancel debts, pay $1.5 million to reduce car loan payments and provide restitution to thousands of consumers, and significantly change its practices to resolve allegations that it engaged in deceptive sales of defective vehicles and predatory lending, Attorney General Maura Healey announced in a news release. In a consent judgment entered last week in Suffolk Superior Court, JD Byrider agreed to provide significant monetary and injunctive relief to resolve a lawsuit filed by the AG’s Office in September 2017 that alleged the dealership took advantage of consumers and violated the Massachusetts consumer protection law. According to the AG’s complaint, JD Byrider routinely [...]

March 19th, 2020|

AG Maura Healey: ‘Huge Infusion Of Cash’ Needed From Federal Government

AG Maura Healey: 'Huge Infusion Of Cash' Needed From Federal Government By Hannah Uebele | March 19, 2020 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey spoke with Boston Public Radio on Thursday about how the federal government should be responding to the COVID-19 crisis. "Fundamentally we are going to need a huge infusion of money to bring back all the businesses that are going to fail," she said. "We need a social safety net right now to protect people, since the average American doesn't have 400 extra dollars in their pocket to pay a bill." We need to see efforts to slow down things like debt collection and mortgage payments, Healey said. "The bottom line is we need a huge infusion of cash from [...]

March 19th, 2020|

Sutton contractor penalitzed $120K for Shrewsbury explosion

Sutton contractor penalized $120K for Shrewsbury explosion By Sam Bonacci | March 18, 2020 A Sutton construction contractor has agreed to pay $120,000 to reimburse the state for the cost of responding to a 2017 explosion and fire of a backyard shed at a Shrewsbury residential property, which released hazardous chemicals and fumes, causing workers and a neighbor to develop respiratory problems. Attorney General Maura Healey sued P&M Asphalt Services Inc. and the property’s owners, Edgar Muntz, Jr. and 393 Oak Street Realty Trust, a realty trust Muntz owns and manages. The lawsuit alleged the defendants violated the state’s hazardous materials laws by demolishing a backyard shed at the property, which was filled with hundreds of containers of dangerous chemicals, including dynamite, [...]

March 18th, 2020|

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