Tuesday - January 31, 2023
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Pierrette McIntire Named as EEOC's New Chief Information Officer
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (TNSper) -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following news release on Jan. 30, 2023:

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced the appointment of Pierrette McIntire to a key Senior Executive Service (SES) position at the agency. McIntire has been named as the new chief information officer (CIO) of the EEOC.

"The EEOC is fortunate to have Pierrette McIntire in this important role," said EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows. "Her experience, expertise, and commitment to our mission make her well equipped to guide the continued growth ... Show Full Article

N.Y. U.S. Attorney Announces $22.8M Settlement of Civil Fraud Lawsuit Against Vitamin Importer for Underpaying Customs Duties Owed on Products Imported Into United States
NEW YORK, Jan. 31 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, issued the following news release on Jan. 30, 2023:

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, AnnMarie R. Highsmith, Executive Assistant Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection's ("CBP") Office of Trade, and Francis Russo, Director of CBP Field Operations New York, announced today that the United States has filed and settled a civil lawsuit against International Vitamins Corporation ("IVC"), a United States-based company that imports and sells vitamins ... Show Full Article

Justice Dept.: 4 Washington State Men Sentenced for Hate Crime and False Statement Charges After Racially-Motivated Assault
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 -- The U.S. Department of Justice issued the following news release on Jan. 30, 2023:

Four men who assaulted a Black man because of the man's actual and perceived race at a bar in Lynnwood, Washington, were sentenced today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Jason DeSimas, 45, Jason Stanley, 46, Randy Smith, 42, and Daniel Dorson, 27, previously each pleaded guilty to one count of committing a hate crime, as well as one count of making false statements to investigators about their role in the assault.

DeSimas was sentenced to 48 months; Stanley ... Show Full Article

FTC Releases Reports on Cigarette and Smokeless Tobacco Sales and Marketing Expenditures for 2021
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 -- The Federal Trade Commission issued the following news release on Jan. 30, 2023:

The number of cigarettes that the largest cigarette companies in the United States sold to wholesalers and retailers nationwide decreased from 203.7 billion in 2020 to 190.2 billion in 2021, according to the Federal Trade Commission's most recent Cigarette Report. The report also states that in 2021, menthol flavored cigarettes comprised 37 percent of the market among major manufacturers, more than double the 16 percent market share they held in 1963.

The amount spent on cigarette advertising ... Show Full Article

D.C. U.S. Attorney: Accountant Ordered to Pay Restitution, Serve Probation for Fraud Scheme Targeting D.C. Property Management Company
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Matthew M. Graves, issued the following news release on Jan. 30, 2023:

Ted Blair Williams, Jr., 30, of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, was ordered to pay more than $46,000 in restitution and was sentenced to five years of probation for falsifying the accounting records of a Washington, D.C. property management company, in order to conceal his fraudulent scheme to steal funds from the company. The sentence was announced today by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Chief Robert J. Contee III, of the Metropolitan Police Department ... Show Full Article

CPSC Proposes Strong New Safety Standard for Button Cell and Coin Batteries
BETHESDA, Maryland, Jan. 31 (TNStalk) -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the following statement on Jan. 30, 2023, by Commissioner Richard Trumka:

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Existing Children's Toy Standard Would Require Upgrade to be as Protective

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CPSC proposed a strong new safety standard to protect kids from the serious ingestion hazard posed by button cell and coin batteries. The proposed rule would require batteries in common household items (such as remotes, light-up apparel, and musical greeting cards) to be inaccessible to children ages six and younger. Combined with the stronger battery ... Show Full Article

BLS - Southwest Region Issues Report Entitled "Union Members in Texas - 2022"
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 31 (TNSrep) -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Southwest Regional Information Office issued the following report on Jan. 30, 2023, entitled "Union Members in Texas - 2022":

In 2022, union members accounted for 4.1 percent of wage and salary workers in Texas, compared with 3.8 percent in 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Michael Hirniak noted that the union membership rate for the state was at its peak in 1993, when it averaged 7.5 percent, and at its low point in 2021 at 3.8 percent. ... Show Full Article