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Fugitive lawyer apprehended in Honduras to face Social Security fraud charges

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 6 that Eric Christopher Conn of Pikeville, Kentucky, was apprehended abroad after fleeing Social Security fraud charges.

Justice Department targets Saipan restaurant for alleged discrimination against U.S. job applicants

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 4 that JET Holding Co. Inc. (JET) has paid $40,000 to nine citizens after allegedly violating the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Dallas hospital to pay $7.5 million after alleged physician kickback scandal

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Dec. 1 that Pine Creek Medical Center LLC (Pine Creek), a Dallas/Fort Worth physician-owned hospital, will pay $7.5 million after allegations of violating the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks for surgical referrals.

N.Y. firm claims DOJ illegally changed terms of its Madoff victim fund

Last month, The Barry Fischer Law Firm LLC filed its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The firm said it is concerned its clients will not receive their compensation and, in turn, it will not receive its fees.

Justice Department seeks to block AT&T acquisition of Time Warner

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 20 that it has filed a civil antitrust lawsuit seeking to block the proposed acquisition of Time Warner Inc. by AT&T/DirecTV over anti-competitive allegations.

Cigarette manufacturers release court-mandated statements about effects of tobacco

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 22 that major cigarette manufacturers in the United States have begun to issue court-ordered “corrective statements” on television and in daily newspapers.

Justice Department alleges Springfield, Ill., violated Fair Housing Act

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced a lawsuit Nov. 28 against the city of Springfield, Illinois, alleging violating the Fair Housing Act through discrimination against persons with disabilities.

Justice Department announces ban on Los Angeles telemarketing scheme

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 8 that three Los Angeles area telemarketing companies and two executives have been permanently banned by a federal court from future telemarketing activity.

U.S. secures $1.25 million from nursing home operators after False Claims Act violations

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 16 it had settled for $1.25 million with a group of Mississippi companies after allegations of violating the False Claims Act by providing grossly substandard care to nursing home residents at the Oxford Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Lumberton, Mississippi, from 2005 to 2012.

Housing Authority of Bridgeport allegedly discriminated against people with disabilities

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced a lawsuit Nov. 15 against the Housing Authority of the city of Bridgeport, doing business as Park City Communities, for allegations of discriminating against persons with disabilities.

U.S. secures additional $4.5 million for service members affected by alleged Wells Fargo violations

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Nov. 14 that more than 860 service members will be entitled to an additional $5.4 million in relief after allegations of unlawful vehicle repossessions by Wells Fargo Bank NA.

Justice Department secures largest False Claims Act settlement from hospice company

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Oct. 30 that Chemed Corporation and various subsidiaries will pay $75 million after allegations of submitting false claims for hospice services to Medicare and thereby violating the False Claims Act.

ExxonMobil to spend $300 million to install pollution control systems at Texas, Louisiana facilities

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) announced Oct. 31 that Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to spend roughly $300 million to install air pollution control technology at eight petrochemical facilities in Texas and Louisiana.

Justice Department, EPA secure Clean Air Act settlement with Denver's PDC Energy

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the state of Colorado announced Oct. 31 that PDC Energy Inc. agreed to resolve allegations of violating the Clean Air Act when it failed to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions at its facilities in the Denver area.

Federal court bans medical devices company from distributing certain products

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Oct. 31 that Philips North America LLC and two company executives have been banned by a federal court from distributing certain medical devices.

Justice Department requires Entercom to divest 13 radio stations before acquiring CBS Radio

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced Nov. 1 that Entercom Communications Corp. must divest 13 radio stations before proceeding with a plan to acquire CBS Radio Inc.

New York City Board of Elections to restore 117,000 to voter registration list

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice and the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced Oct. 31 that the Board of Elections in the city of New York (NYCBOE) will settle allegations of removing voters from voter registration rolls in violation of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).

Sessions settles cases with two tax-exempt groups suing IRS

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Oct. 26 that the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with two tax-exempt-status groups that were delayed by the Internal Revenue Service based on inappropriate criteria.

'A Smoking Gun': Internal docs reveal Obama DOJ's slush fund, Judiciary chair says

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would prohibit government officials, most notably the DOJ, from entering into or enforcing a settlement agreement on behalf of the United States that provides for a payment or a loan to any person or entity other than the United States, with some exceptions.

GE to make incentive payments until completing divestiture of GE Water

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Oct. 17 that General Electric (GE) has agreed to make incentive payments until it completes its global divestiture of GE Water, a move originally undertaken to resolve anticompetitive concerns after the company acquired Baker Hughes Inc.