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Ethics Commission withdraws unpopular opinion

The Alabama Ethics Commission Wednesday withdrew an opinion that nonprofits said was hurting their fundraising activities. The opinion, initially released in September, related to efforts by a nonprofit in McCalla to raise money for a sports complex. The opinion – which said the state ethics law’s definition of a principal – an individual or organization that hires a lobbyist – was broad, and included not only a firm that hired the lobbyist but anyone in the organization with authority, including executives, officers and members of boards of directors. – Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama companies call foul on China connection

Two Alabama companies allege that a line of furniture they requested to have made was not manufactured to its specifications. Standard Furniture Manufacturing Co. Inc. and International Furniture Marketing Inc. filed a complaint on Nov. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Santa Ana Division against LF Products PE LTD; Alton Irvine Inc., doing business as True Innovations; True Designs Inc.; and Does 1-10 alleging breach of contract, fraud by concealment and other counts. – Northern California Record

Southern Automotive Quality Summit set for March 9

The annual Southern Automotive Quality Summit has been set for Thursday, March 9, from 7:30 am to 6:30 p.m. at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. The event, sponsored in part by the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association, will have sessions on new industry global quality standards and highlight supplier compliance expectations and timing. – News release

ITT Tech recruiters say scams were common

When he first moved to Miami, Waltter Teruel says working as a recruiter for ITT Technical Institute was a welcome change from his life in New York where he was selling antiques and life insurance. As a recruiter, Teruel says ITT Tech took care of the pitch to potential students for you. – Alabama Public Radio

Judge OKs settlement in guest worker lawsuit

A federal judge has approved a final settlement between the SPLC and R&A Oyster Company, a Gulf Coast seafood company that employed Mexican guest workers who claimed in the suit that they were underpaid. U.S. District Judge William H. Steele incorporated the settlement in a final ruling that resolves the 2014 class action case. The terms of the agreement, which includes monetary and non-monetary elements, are confidential. – SPLCenter.org

OutdoorAlabama.com wins website accolades

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ official website, OutdoorAlabama.com, was recently honored for its sleek, user-friendly design, receiving a 2016 Government Standard of Excellence Award in the government website category by the Web Marketing Association. – News release

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