Around Maryland, Business

Maryland AG sues to block Kroger-Albertsons merger [VIDEO]

BALTIMORE, MD—The Kroger Company and Albertsons Companies are facing a lawsuit from the Maryland Attorney General’s office over their proposed merger. The lawsuit claims that the merger violates the Clayton Act, which prohibits the merger of businesses that would substantially reduce competition or create a monopoly. The merging of the two companies would create the largest national supermarket chain in …


Around Maryland, Business, Health

Maryland Attorney General joins fight for fairer drug prices

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown has joined 39 of his fellow attorney generals in calling for reform of the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) industry. The coalition of attorneys general released a letter (PDF) to Congress urging them to engage in meaningful debate on reform. The letter highlights three bills as critical pieces of legislation: the DRUG Act, the …


AGs call on FDA to act on lead found in baby food

BALTIMORE, MD—A coalition of attorneys general, including Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown, are calling on the the Food & Drug Administration to take action on toxic metals found in baby food. A letter (PDF) sent to the FDA by the coalition brings attention to recent childhood lead poisoning linked to recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches made by WanaBana, Schnucks, and …

Attorney General Brown takes steps to protect workers from occupational heat exposure

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown has joined a coalition of 11 Attorneys General to protect farmworkers and construction workers from the dangers of exposure to extreme heat in the workplace. The coalition petitioned (PDF) the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to implement a nationwide emergency extreme heat standard to take effect this summer to protect these workers …

Attorney General Brown announces $7.2 million in revenue to Maryland Opioid Restitution Fund from settlement with Publicis

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown has announced that he and other state Attorneys General, working together with tribal governments, have reached a $350 million fifty-state settlement agreement with Publicis Health, LLC (“Publicis”), a division of the Paris-based global marketing conglomerate Publicis Groupe, S.A. Maryland will receive $7.2 million from the settlement (PDF) for Maryland to use in its …

Former Maryland claims adjuster sentenced for felony theft scheme

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown this week announced that Laurelle Monet Manley-Williams, 34, of Glen Burnie, has been sentenced on one count of theft scheme, at least $25,000 but less than $100,000. The Honorable Charles Carey Deeley, Jr., a visiting judge in the Howard County Circuit Court, sentenced Manley-Williams to three years of incarceration, with all but 60 …

Maryland joins in $10 million settlement with Robinhood for failing investors

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown’s Securities Division has announced that it has joined a multistate settlement with Robinhood Financial LLC, which will pay up to $10.2 million in penalties for operational and technical failures that harmed Main Street investors. The settlement stems from an investigation regarding Robinhood’s failures concerning the retail market. The investigation was spearheaded by state …

Maryland Attorney General’s Office offers tips on avoiding door-to-door sales scams

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Attorney General’s Office is offering tips to help residents avoid common door-to-door sales scams. Door-to-door scams have been around for years. Scammers may disguise themselves as legitimate salespeople, but they have one goal – to trick consumers. They want to pressure people into providing personal information or purchasing goods or services that they do not want or …