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Health care industry is primary target of False Claims Act: Recovery exceeds $4 billion in FY 2016

Jireh Gibson Jan. 19, 2017, 10:16am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – At $4.7 billion, fiscal year 2016's haul is the third-highest annual recovery of fraudulent claims in the history of the False Claims Act.

Baxter Healthcare to pay $18M in penalties, forfeiture

Mark Iandolo Jan. 19, 2017, 9:42am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice announced Jan. 12 that Baxter Healthcare Corporation (Baxter) will pay $18.158 million after allegations it failed to follow current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) while manufacturing sterile drug products in North Carolina.

Heritage among those facing lawsuit filed by 20 AGs

Noell Wolfgram Evans Jan. 17, 2017, 1:02pm

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – The attorneys general of 20 states filed a lawsuit against Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc., Auribindo Pharma USA Inc., Citron Pharma LLC, Mayne Pharma (USA) Inc., Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. on Dec. 15, 2016.

U.S. government accuses mental hospital of fraud

Louie Torres Jan. 17, 2017, 11:59am

MILWAUKEE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. government is suing a Milwaukee mental hospital, alleging fraud, unjust enrichment and violation of federal law.

False Claims Act settlement with United Shore can provide guidance, attorney says

Sara McCleary Jan. 17, 2017, 10:14am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that United Shore Financial Services (USFS) will pay $48 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act. The agreement was announced on Dec. 28 and was reached after a nearly two-year long investigation.

EPA reaches agreement with Smith Cove for cleanup of Callahan Mine Superfund Site

Mark Iandolo Jan. 17, 2017, 9:25am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Jan. 6 that a settlement has been reached to facilitate cleanup of the Callahan Mine Superfund Site in Brooksville, Maine.

DOJ charges former VP of Poseidon Concepts Corp. with securities fraud

Mark Iandolo Jan. 17, 2017, 9:17am

BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) – The Department of Justice announced Jan. 6 that Joseph A. Kostelecky has been charged with operating a $100 million securities fraud scheme while acting as the vice president of Poseidon Concepts Corp.

Health care fraud efforts ramped up under Obama

John O'Brien Jan. 6, 2017, 1:14pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A federal program that was implemented in 1997 and designed to target health care fraud took off under President Obama.

U.S. announces deal with Union Savings Bank, Guardian Savings Bank over redlining allegations

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2017, 10:08am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 28 that Union Savings Bank and Guardian Savings Bank had settled allegations of engaging in “redlining,” a practice of discriminating against predominantly African-American neighborhoods in and around Cincinnati.

U.S. agencies settle for $40 million with 100 parties in Petersen/Puritan Superfund site case

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2017, 10:07am

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Protection (RIDEM) announced Dec. 23 they had reached a $40 million settlement with defendants to ensure cleanup of “Operable Unit Two” of the Peterson/Puritan Inc. Superfund site in Cumberland and Lincoln, Rhode Island.

General Cable pays $20 million in settlement, settles allegations of FCPA violations

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2017, 10:06am

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 29 that General Cable Corporation will pay $20 million after allegations it made improper payments to government officials in Angola, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia and Thailand to gain business. Purported conduct of this nature violates the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

U.S. reaches final resolutions with banks in Swiss Bank Program

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2017, 10:05am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 29 that it had reached final resolutions with banks that have met the requirements of the Swiss Bank Program.

U.S. targets Barclays for alleged scam that helped ignite 2008 financial crisis

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2017, 10:04am

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 22 it has filed a civil complaint against Barclays Bank PLC and many of its affiliates. The department alleges Barclays engaged in a fraudulent scheme to sell residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS).

USFS settles with DOJ, will pay $48 million to resolve False Claims Act violation allegations

Mark Iandolo Jan. 6, 2017, 9:57am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 28 that United Shore Financial Services LLC (USFS) agreed to a $48 million settlement after allegations it violated the False Claims Act.

California secures additional $66 million from Volkswagen after landmark environmental case

Mark Iandolo Jan. 4, 2017, 9:04am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced Dec. 20 an additional $66 million settlement with Volkswagen.

U.S. releases findings targeting Louisiana's treatment of the mentally disabled

Mark Iandolo Dec. 28, 2016, 11:18am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Justice Department released its findings Dec. 21 that Louisiana unnecessarily relies on nursing facilities to provide services to people with mental health disabilities. This alleged conduct violates the community integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C.

U.S. examines allegations of Sixth Amendment violations by Orange County DA's Office

Mark Iandolo Dec. 28, 2016, 8:16am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Justice Department announced Dec. 15 that it has opened a civil pattern-or-practice case against the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Odebrecht, Braskem to pay combined $3.5 billion after allegations of international bribery

Mark Iandolo Dec. 28, 2016, 8:10am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Justice Department announced Dec. 21 that Odebrecht S.A. (Odebrecht), a global construction conglomerate based in Brazil, and Braskem S.A. (Braskem), a Brazilian petrochemical company, will pay a total of $3.5 billion after allegations of bribing government officials around the world. The settlement resolves charges with authorities in the United States, Brazil and Switzerland.

Princeton University reaches agreement with DOJ, will strengthen its ADA-related policies

Mark Iandolo Dec. 28, 2016, 8:02am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Justice Department announced Dec. 19 that Princeton University has settled allegations related to its treatment of students with mental health disabilities and its policies and practices for requesting reasonable modifications, withdrawals and leaves of absences.

DOJ to require AMC to divest 15 theaters before completing $1.2 billion acquisition of Carmike Cinemas

Mark Iandolo Dec. 28, 2016, 7:57am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Justice Department announced Dec. 20 that it will require AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. to divest theaters in 15 local markets in order to finalize its $1.2 billion acquisition of Carmike Cinemas Inc.