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U.S. OKs $34,000 settlement with Missouri health care providers

Mark Iandolo May 23, 2017, 8:50am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 18 that two southwest Missouri health care providers will pay $34,000 after allegations of violating the False Claims Act through the creation of improper financial relationships with referring physicians.

Montana federal jury returns $37,000 verdict against landlord who allegedly charged illegal fee

Mark Iandolo May 22, 2017, 1:06pm

BUTTE, Mont. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 17 that a federal jury in Butte, Montana, has returned a $37,343 verdict against a Bozeman, Montana, landlord for charging a $1,000 fee to a tenant with physical and psychiatric disabilities for having a service animal.

U.S. settles with Washington food processing facility after discrimination allegations

Mark Iandolo May 22, 2017, 12:59pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 21 that Washington Potato Company and Pasco Processing LLC has agreed to pay $225,750 and change its business practices to settle allegations of discriminating against lawful permanent residents in their hiring practices.

Justice Department files second complaint against UnitedHealth Group alleging Medicare fraud

Mark Iandolo May 22, 2017, 12:56pm

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 16 that has it filed a second complaint against UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UHG) for allegations of knowingly obtaining inflated risk adjustment payments based on untruthful and inaccurate information about its UHG’s Medicare Advantage plan beneficiaries and their health statuses.

U.S. settles with merchandising company that allegedly evaded anti-dumping duties on China imports

Mark Iandolo May 10, 2017, 11:31am

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 1 that Importer Merchandising Concepts LP (IMC) and two individuals, Glen Michaels and Alan Lewis, will pay $275,000 to resolve allegations the company improperly evaded customs duties on imports of wooden bedroom furniture from the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

U.S. district court enters consent decree of permanent injunction against Syfrett Feed

Mark Iandolo May 10, 2017, 11:30am

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 4 that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Syfrett Feed Company Inc. of Okeechobee, Florida, its owner and President Charles B. Syfrett I, its Vice President Melissa S. Montes De Oca and its Operations Manager Charles B. Syfrett II.

Justice Department files complaint in UnitedHealth Group lawsuit

Mark Iandolo May 10, 2017, 11:30am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 2 that it has intervened and filed a complaint in a lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UHG).

U.S. settles with contractor for $4.6 million after alleged False Claims Act violations

Mark Iandolo May 4, 2017, 8:47am

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 24 that Energy & Process Corporation (E&P) of Tucker, Georgia, will pay $4.6 million after allegations of violating the False Claims Act.

U.S. settles with Pacific Pulmonary for $11.4 million over alleged False Claims Act violations

Mark Iandolo May 1, 2017, 3:14pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 24 that Braden Partners L.P., doing business as Pacific Pulmonary Services, will pay $11.4 million to settle allegations that it and its general partner, Teijin Pharma USA LLC, violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims for reimbursement to Medicare.

IU Health, HealthNet pay $18 million to resolve kickback scheme allegations

Mark Iandolo May 1, 2017, 3:13pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 27 that Indiana University Health Inc. (IU Health) and HealthNet Inc. will pay a total of $18 million after allegations of federal and state false claims. The defendant purportedly engaged in an illegal kickback scheme.

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.