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EPA and DoJ announce a $9 million settlement over Asheville Superfund Site

Mark Iandolo Dec. 2, 2016, 8:55am

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 22 that CTS Corp., Mills Gap Road Associates and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. will spend roughly $9 million on an interim cleanup at the CTS of Asheville Inc. Superfund Site in Asheville, North Carolina.

Bechtel, AECOM, URS Energy must pay $125 million to settle allegations of false claims

Mark Iandolo Dec. 2, 2016, 8:51am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 23 that Bechtel National Inc., Bechtel Corp., URS Corp. (predecessor in interest to AECOM Global II LLC) and URS Energy and Construction Inc. (now known as AECOM Energy and Construction Inc.) will pay $125 million after False Claims Act violation allegations.

Justice Department targets Chicago suburb, alleging Fair Housing Act violations

Mark Iandolo Dec. 2, 2016, 8:51am

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced a lawsuit Nov. 23 against the village of Tinley Park, Illinois, over allegations the Chicago suburb violated the Fair Housing Act by not approving a low-income housing development after race-based opposition.

Modified ADA regulations require closed captioning for digital movies at theater

Mark Iandolo Dec. 1, 2016, 9:30am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 22 that it has modified a regulation under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

U.S. Steel to take steps to reduce pollution at facilities in three states after settlement with DOJ

Mark Iandolo Dec. 1, 2016, 9:28am

HAMMOND, Ind. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 22 that, along with the states of Indiana and Illinois and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, it has reached a settlement with U.S. Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel).

DoJ settles with JPMorgan subsidiary in Hong Kong over corruption allegations

Mark Iandolo Nov. 22, 2016, 11:24pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 17 that JPMorgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited (JPMorgan APAC), a Hong Kong-based subsidiary of multinational bank JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC), will pay $72 million after allegations of gaining advantages for bank deals by awarding important jobs to relatives and friends of Chinese government officials.

Justice Department settles with Omnicare for $28 million, resolving kickback allegations

Mark Iandolo Nov. 22, 2016, 8:27am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Oct. 17 that Omnicare Inc., the nation’s largest nursing home pharmacy, will pay $28.125 million after allegations it solicited and received illegal kickbacks from pharmaceutical manufacturer Abbott Laboratories.

Justice Department alleges immigration violations against two Washington state companies

Mark Iandolo Nov. 18, 2016, 11:32am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Justice Department announced a lawsuit Nov. 14 against two Washington state-based companies, Washington Potato Company and Pasco Processing LLC, alleging violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Pharmaceutical wholesale group says accreditation policy will ‘irreparably damage’ the nation’s prescription drug delivery system

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 17, 2016, 11:47am

The Association of Independent Pharmaceutical Wholesalers Inc. filed its complaint against a pharmacy benefit manager and the federal government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia earlier this month. It contends the Verified-Accredited-Wholesale Distributor policy violates various state and federal laws.

Biocompatibles to pay $36 million penalty for allegedly misbranding LC Bead medical device

Mark Iandolo Nov. 11, 2016, 10:52am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice announced this week that medical device maker Biocompatibles Inc., a subsiadiary of BTG plc, will pay more than $36 million after allegations it misbranded its embolic device LC Bead. LC Bead is used for the treatment of liver cancer and other diseases.

Fayez Sarofim to pay $720,000 after allegations of violating HSR Act

Mark Iandolo Nov. 8, 2016, 7:47am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Department of Justice’s Antitrust division, at the request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), announced Oct. 28 that it filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Fayez Sarofim for allegedly violating premerger notification and waiting period requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act of 1976.

FTC, DOJ seek public comment on revisions to international antitrust guidelines

Mark Iandolo Nov. 8, 2016, 7:43am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Nov. 1 that, along with the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, it will seek public comment on proposed Antitrust Guidelines for International Enforcement and Cooperation, which update guidelines issued by the agencies in 1995.

FTC joins DOJ in amicus brief in a Visa and MasterCard case involving ATM fees

Mark Iandolo Nov. 3, 2016, 9:31am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last week that it has joined the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division in an amicus brief filed by the Solicitor General in the cases of Visa Inc., et al. v. Osborn and Visa Inc., et al v. Stoumbos.

State of California accuses T.RAD of alleged price manipulation of auto parts

Robert Creenan Nov. 1, 2016, 9:29am

DETROIT (Legal Newsline) – California recently filed a lawsuit against a Japanese company over allegations of competition suppression in the auto parts industry.

DraftKings, FanDuel to each pay $6 million after allegedly deceiving New York consumers

Mark Iandolo Nov. 1, 2016, 9:06am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) ­— New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced last week that his office has reached separate settlements with DraftKings and FanDuel for $6 million each after allegations the companies conducted deceptive advertising.

Kentucky city settles with U.S. after allegations of discriminating against pregnant employees

Mark Iandolo Nov. 1, 2016, 9:03am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice announced this week the city of Florence, Kentucky, has agreed to settle allegations of pregnancy and disability discrimination brought by the department under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Justice Department accuses Oregon woman of tax fraud scam

Mark Iandolo Oct. 28, 2016, 3:18pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced the decision to sue an Oregon woman over an alleged tax fraud scheme.

Life Care to pay $145 million in largest False Claims Act case with skilled nursing facility

Mark Iandolo Oct. 28, 2016, 8:51am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S Department of Justice announced this week Life Care Centers of America Inc. (Life Care) and owner Forrest L. Preston will pay $145 million after allegations of False Claims Act violations.

Justice Department intervenes in private discrimination lawsuit against Maryland

Mark Iandolo Oct. 28, 2016, 8:45am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced it would intervene in a private lawsuit alleging race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by Pocomoke City, Maryland, the Worcester County sheriff and the state of Maryland.

Consolidated complaint filed in securities fraud class action against diagnostics company Alere

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 20, 2016, 1:22pm

The plaintiffs in the proposed class action, originally filed in a Massachusetts federal court in April, argue they purchased Alere Inc. common stock and suffered damages as a result of the company’s alleged federal securities law violations and false and/or misleading statements and/or material omissions amid a failed merger with Abbott Laboratories Inc.