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Wisconsin Health Services to pay nearly $7 million after allegedly violating False Claims Act

Mark Iandolo Apr. 20, 2017, 3:32pm

The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 12 that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS) will pay the United States $6,991,905 following allegations of violating the False Claims Act while administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Virginia Social Services allegedly violated False Claims Act, to pay U.S. $7 million

Mark Iandolo Apr. 20, 2017, 1:20pm

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will pay the United States $7,150,436 after allegations of violating the False Claims Act while administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Arkansas school district to revise polices related to HIV

Mark Iandolo Apr. 14, 2017, 9:46am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Justice Department announced March 21 that it has reached an agreement with the Pea Ridge School District (PRSD) of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, that settles allegations the district violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Sanofi-Pasteur to pay nearly $20 million after allegedly overcharging VA for drugs

Mark Iandolo Apr. 13, 2017, 9:53am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 3 that Sanofi-Pasteur will pay $19,868,194 after allegations of incorrectly calculating drug prices and overcharging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) between 2002 and 2011 for two drug contracts.

Justice Department orders Danone to divest Stonyfield Farms before completing WhiteWave deal

Mark Iandolo Apr. 12, 2017, 9:24am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 3 that Danone S.A. must divest its Stonyfield Farms business in order to complete a $12.5 billion acquisition of the WhiteWave Foods Company Inc.

Miami pizza chain settles federal immigrant-hiring complaint

Mark Iandolo Apr. 11, 2017, 10:09am

Pizzerias LLC, a pizza restaurant franchisee with 31 locations in Miami, has agreed to settle allegations related to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and pay a $140,000 civil penalty, the U.S. Justice Department announced.

Lab research firm fined $1.8 million for overcharges

Mark Iandolo Apr. 10, 2017, 12:39pm

Charles River Laboratories International Inc. agreed to pay $1.8 million over False Claims Act violation allegations related to improper charges on National Institutes of Health (NIH) contracts, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

ZTE allegedly violates International Emergency Economic Powers Act, will pay $430 million

Mark Iandolo Mar. 15, 2017, 10:05am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 7 that ZTE Corporation has agreed to pay a $430,388,798 penalty to the United States for allegedly conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and send U.S.-origin items to Iran.

Auto parts manufacturer Kiekert to pay $6.1 million after conspiracy allegations

Mark Iandolo Mar. 13, 2017, 12:09pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 7 that Kiekert AG, an automotive parts manufacturer with headquarters in Heiligenhaus, Germany, will pay $6.1 million for allegedly conspiring to rig bids of side-door latches and latch mini-modules installed in cars sold in the United States.

Takata to pay $1 billion after allegations of selling defective airbags

Mark Iandolo Mar. 7, 2017, 1:50pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Feb. 27 that Takata Corporation, a leading supplier of automotive safety equipment based in Tokyo, will pay $1 billion for allegations of selling defective airbags.

Wood Group to pay $9.5 million for alleged negligence at offshore sites in Gulf of Mexico

Mark Iandolo Mar. 7, 2017, 8:29am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Feb. 23 that Wood Group PSN Inc., a Nevada corporation based in Houston, will pay $9.5 million in two separate cases involving allegations related to conduct in the Gulf of Mexico.

Cili Minerals enjoined from distributing allegedly misbranded products

Mark Iandolo Feb. 28, 2017, 8:59am

LAFEYETTE, La. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Feb. 16 that Pick and Pay Inc./Cili Minerals LLC (Cili Minerals) and its owner and CEO, Anton S. Botha, have been permanently enjoined from distributing allegedly misbranded and unapproved drugs.

Appeals piling up against DOL over its fiduciary rule

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 27, 2017, 2:50pm

A group of associations have filed an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and a Kansas-based company has filed an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit over the controversial new rule. The rule mandates financial professionals who service individual retirement accounts, including IRAs and 401(k) plans, to serve the “best interest” of the savers and disclose conflicts of interest.

IPC Healthcare's successor to pay $60 million for allegedly violating False Claims Act

Mark Iandolo Feb. 21, 2017, 8:02am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Feb. 6 that TeamHealth Holdings, a successor in interest to IPC Healthcare Inc., will pay $60 million to resolve allegations of violating the False Claims Act.

Abbott's attempt to exit Alere merger could set precedent

Tabitha Fleming Feb. 16, 2017, 9:28am

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – Pending litigation in Delaware between Abbott Laboratories and Alere may set new precedents in the state if the court agrees to let Abbott back out of the proposed merger.

City of Philadelphia resolves DOJ allegations of discriminating against disabled employee

Mark Iandolo Feb. 15, 2017, 9:17am

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) —  The city of Philadelphia agreed Feb. 6 to resolve allegations it discriminated against an employee with a disability, the U.S. Department of Justice said.  

Texas federal judge upholds DOL’s fiduciary rule, denies motion to stay case

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 10, 2017, 4:17pm

Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn, in a detailed 81-page order released Wednesday, shot down each of the plaintiffs’ major arguments, most notably deciding that the rule does not exceed the U.S. Department of Labor’s authority.

U.S. announces $6.96 million penalty for Las Vegas Sands after alleged FCPA violations

Mark Iandolo Feb. 9, 2017, 1:09pm

LAS VEGAS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Jan. 19 that Las Vegas Sands Corp. (Sands), a Nevada-based gaming and resort company, will pay $6.96 million after allegations of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in connection with business transactions in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Macao.

Syfrett Feed didn't properly label medicated animal feed, claim says

Mark Iandolo Feb. 7, 2017, 8:50am

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) — A complaint has been filed against Syfrett Feed Company Inc. (Syfrett Feed) of Okeechobee, Florida; Charles B. Syfrett I, owner and president; Melissa S. Montes De Oca, vice president; and Charles B. Syfrett II, operations manager, citing adulteration and misbranding of medicated animal feed, violating of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).

Trump order seeks review of DOL’s fiduciary rule

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 3, 2017, 3:41pm

The president’s order, signed Friday, instructs the U.S. Department of Labor to conduct a new study to determine whether the rule is likely to harm investors and the financial industry, and if it does, the rule can be rescinded or revised.