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Fishing company to pay $414,000 after alleged illegal oil dumping in Massachusetts harbor

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 7 that Challenge Fisheries LLC, Quinn Fisheries Inc., Charles Quinn II, and Charles Quinn III will pay $414,000 after allegations of oil discharges into New Bedford harbor in Massachusetts.

KleinBank allegedly engaged in 'redlining' in Twin Cities

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 8 that KleinBank will settle allegations of “redlining,” a practice of discrimination in which lenders intentionally avoid providing services to members of certain communities because of the race or national origin of those residents.

Justice Department: Cigarette manufacturers must post 'corrective statements' to their websites

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 1 that cigarette companies in the U.S. will need to start posting “corrective statements” on their websites June 18 that address the effects of cigarette smoking.

Justice Department: Biotheranostics violated U.S. law when it billed Medicare for unnecessary tests

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 9 that Biotheranostics Inc. will pay $2 million after allegedly submitting false claims to Medicare for Breast Cancer Index (BCI) tests that were not necessary.

Lance Armstrong to pay $5 million to resolve PED allegations, USPS sponsorship

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 19 that former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong will pay $5 million after allegations he violated the False Claims Act when he used performance-enhancing drugs and methods (PEDs) while being sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

U.S. bans drug manufacturer Cantrell from distributing adulterated products

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 19 that Cantrell Drug Company (Cantrell) and co-owner and Chief Executive Officer James L. McCarley Jr., have been banned from distributing adulterated drugs in violation of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. “

Justice Department settles with consulting firm over alleged INA violations

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 20 that Themesoft Inc. (Themesoft), a consulting and staffing company in the technology industry with headquarters in Texas, will pay civil penalties to resolve allegations it violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Google shareholders waited too long to sue company

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The 6th Appellate District Court of California has affirmed summary judgment awarded by the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in favor of officers and directors of Google LLC in a suit filed by shareholders.

U.S.: Banner Health violated False Claims Act, to pay $18 million in penalties

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 12 that Banner Health will pay more than $18 million after allegations that 12 of its hospitals in Arizona and Colorado admitted patients who could have used outpatient facilities instead—a violation of the False Claims Act.

Justice Department secures $9.68 million from medical equipment supplier

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 12 that Rotech Healthcare Inc., a supplier of respiratory equipment with headquarters in Florida, will pay $9.68 million after allegations it knowingly submitted false claims for portable oxygen containers to Medicare.

Justice Department reaches discrimination settlement with Washington state property

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 13 that it has reached a disability discrimination settlement with the owners, builder, and designer of the Ashlynn Estates, a three-building dormitory-style property near Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.

Justice Department: Cheese company banned from making adulterated products after L. mono scare

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 2 that Vulto Creamery LLC has been permanently enjoined by a federal court from manufacturing and distributing allegedly adulterated food.

Federal court enjoins distributors of adulterated dietary supplements

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 29 that Riddhi USA Inc. and owner Mohd M. Alam have been enjoined by a federal court from distributing dietary supplements that are allegedly adulterated and misbranded.

Justice Department seeks injunction against California Senate Bill 50

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 2 that it has levied allegations of violating the U.S. Constitution against the state of California, Gov. Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr., and the California State Lands Commission.

U.S. Steel to pay $600,000, reimburse EPA after alleged Lake Michigan wastewater spill

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 2 that U.S. Steel Corporation will settle allegations of contaminating waterways that flow into Lake Michigan in violation of the Clean Water Act.

2 major rail equipment companies agree to end alleged no-poach agreement

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 3 that Knorr-Bremse AG and Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (Wabtec), two major rail equipment suppliers, have agreed to resolve allegations of collusion stemming from a purported agreement not to compete for each other’s employees.

Barclays to pay $2 billion for alleged role in causing financial crisis

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 29 that Barclays Capital Inc. and several affiliates will pay $2 billion to resolve allegations of fraud stemming from the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) that helped cause the financial crisis.

Texas health care company owes $11.5 million after kickback allegations

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 29 that SightLine Health LLC, which operates radiation therapy centers throughout the country and has its headquarters in Texas, will pay up to $11.5 million after allegedly violating the False Claims Act’s Anti-Kickback Statute.

Former employee of Wyoming Military Department to receive $220,000 after sexual harassment case

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 23 that the Wyoming Military Department (WMD) was found by a federal district court to have discriminated against former employee Amanda Dykes.

Justice Department, EPA settle with energy company that allegedly violated Clean Air Act at reservation

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 26 that XTO Energy Inc., a company based in Houston, will settle allegations of violating the Clean Air Act at the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.