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Feds, Louisiana agency file suit over oil spills against Sunoco Pipeline, Mid-Valley Pipeline

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 12, 2019

SHREVEPORT, La. (Legal Newsline) – The federal government and a Louisiana agency are seeking penalties from the owners and operators of pipelines over three oil spills in three states.

Federal courts back Justice Department's position in 2 religious liberty cases

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal courts have upheld the U.S. Justice Department's (DOJ) positions on two separate cases involving religious liberty issues, according to the department.

Court OKs U.S.'s temporary restraining order against pharmacies' dispensing controlled substances

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee has granted the federal government's request for a temporary restraining order to stop two Tennessee pharmacies and their owners as well as three pharmacists from alleged illegal dispensing of controlled substances which the government claims caused at least two deaths and several overdoses.

PHH settles allegations of foreclosing on active duty military members' homes without court order

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — PHH Mortgage, one of the nation's largest loan servicers, will pay more than $700,000 as part of a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) over allegations of illegally foreclosing on the homes of servicemembers.

Florida electronic health records software developer to pay $57.25 million to resolve violations

By Marian Johns | Feb 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government has reached a $57.25 million settlement with a Florida electronic health records (EHR) software developer who is accused of violating the False Claims Act, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Trump DOJ punishes hedge fund manager who sued drug companies and shorted their stocks

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 7, 2019

The Trump Justice Department, following a tougher policy toward dubious False Claims Act lawsuits by private citizens, has moved to dismiss a pair of lawsuits by a former hedge-fund manager who shorted stock in pharmaceutical companies he accused of a wide-ranging price-fixing conspiracy.

Texas pathology lab to pay $63.5 million to settle charges of illegal kickbacks

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Texas pathology lab company has reached a $63.5 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over alleged illegal kickbacks offered to referring physicians.

Sunoco Pipeline to pay more than $5.4 million over crude oil spills in three states

By Marian Johns | Feb 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sunoco Pipeline LP has agreed to pay more than $5.4 million to settle three lawsuits pertaining to crude oil spills in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma that allege violations of the Clean Water Act as well as state environmental laws.

Federal government files suit against New Mexico Environment Department over permit issued to Air Force base

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 25, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Legal Newsline) – The federal government is challenging a permit issued by New Mexico to an Air Force base in the state.

Fiat Chrysler to pay more than $500 million for alleged emissions test cheating

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fiat Chrysler will pay more than $500 million in settlements, product recalls and civil penalties with the federal government and the state of California to resolve allegations of cheating on emissions tests, and violating the Clean Air Act as well as state law.

Trump DOJ acts on threat to trial lawyers who sue on behalf of the government

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice's recent effort to toss lawsuits it says it wasted hundreds of hours investigating is emblematic of a strategy under President Donald Trump to rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars.

Justice Department recovered more than $2.8 billion in False Claim Act settlements for fiscal year

By Marian Johns | Jan 7, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced it had recovered more than $2.8 billion in False Claim Act settlements and judgments in fiscal year 2018, which includes $2.5 billion involving the health care industry.

U.S. joins lawsuit against West Virginia hospital accused of kickback laws violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has joined a lawsuit against a West Virginia hospital, which allegedly violated the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statue by compensating employed and contracted physicians for referrals.

Federal agencies sign memorandum to combat state, local government employee harassment

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have taken steps to further tackle state and local government employee harassment, the federal agencies announced.

Feds allege Washington workers' comp law violations constitution

By Bree Gonzales | Dec 24, 2018

YAKIMA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The federal government is seeking to enjoin the implementation and declare invalid a Washington state workers' compensation law regarding the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the state.

DOJ: A company created to file lawsuits has wasted 1,500 hours of the government's time

By David Yates | Dec 20, 2018

TEXARKANA – The U.S. Department of Justice is asking federal judges around the country to dismiss lawsuits it says are brought by shell companies that misrepresent their true purposes - filing meritless litigation against health care companies.

Nexstar reaches settlement over alleged price-setting interference

By Marian Johns | Dec 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nexstar Media Group Inc., has reached a settlement with the federal government over charges the company illegally exchanged "revenue pacing information" in order to predict competitors' advertising prices that affected competitive price setting, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

U.S. intervenes in whistleblower case alleging false submissions to Medicare Advantage

By Marian Johns | Dec 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government is intervening in a whistleblower lawsuit against Sutter Health LLC and its affiliate Palo Alto Medical Foundation, alleging the health care providers intentionally submitted false patient information to the Medicare Advantage program in order to receive higher payments.

Medical device manufacturer, parent company to pay more than $30 million for federal violations

By Marian Johns | Dec 7, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A medical device manufacturer along with its parent company have agreed to pay more than $30 million for violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and False Claims Act relating to their medical devices.

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