MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – There are still more questions than answers in the Mt. Zion Baptist bus crash. This is an emotional situation, with a family mourning the loss of a daughter, and many other families praying that their loved ones will heal at the hospital. Investigators also have a job to do –…

Volkswagen is on the verge of pleading guilty to criminal charges and paying $4.3 billion in fines, in a deal that would resolve a federal criminal investigation into its cheating on vehicle emissions tests, the automaker said on Tuesday. Read the article One notable aspect of the proposed deal to settle the Volkswagen diesel emissions…

Police departments nationwide are warning about the dangers of playing “Pokémon Go.” From New York, where the first confirmed game-related serious car crash occurred http://www.businessinsider.com/first-car-crash-caused-by-pokemon-go-2016-7, to ambushes in Philly https://twitter.com/PPD35Dist/status/752302490666827776, law enforcement officials are reminding people who gotta catch ‘em all to use common sense. Their advice: Do not use the application when you are…

Story By Challen Stephens | cstephens@al.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter The lawsuit filed on behalf of affected Volkswagen owners in Alabama now adds Bosch to the list of defendants, claiming the software supplier knew what Volkswagen was doing to cheat emissions standards and assisted in duping the American public for eight years. “Instead…

Less than four days after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) had designed some of its diesel models to cheat emissions tests, lawyers have brought at least 25 class actions on behalf of scores of car owners in all 50 U.S. states. Tony Mastando of Alabama’s Mastando & Artrip sued on behalf…

The U.S. Department of Justice announced a record $5.69 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in fiscal year 2014. Of this total, the government paid out $435 million to the whistle blowers who exposed fraud and false claims by filing a qui tam complaint —…

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is circulating newly-minted draft rules for regulation of the Internet.   He proposes to use some old-school utility regulation to keep the large infrastructure companies (read:  cable and phone companies, like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T) from slowing down content on the Internet for their own competitive and monetary advantage. What this means…

  Gas prices at the pump have dropped by half.  A year ago gasoline hovered around $4 per gallon in North Alabama — now it’s crashed below the $2 mark.  Filling the tank has gotten a lot less painful, and I find myself driving more because of it.  Since the average US household uses around…

In Tony Mastando’s presentation you’ll learn the technical aspects you need to know about the False Claims Act. We’ve also included this simplified and helpful PSA video from TAF Education Fund to give you all the information you need about whistle blowing and your protections under the False Claims Act. Symposium Presentation On False Claims…

Anyone with a fax machine or fax account has received them – ads for vacations in Orlando, Las Vegas or Cancun; the latest mortgage rates and refinancing options — fabulous offers all!  Like autumn leaves, they fall from paper fax machines or clog the gutters of online fax accounts.  Some ads are legit.  Others, not…

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