U.S. Department of Justice News

U.S. Connecticut allege psychologist fraudulently billed Medicaid

By Marian Johns | Jul 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Connecticut psychologist has agreed to a $126,000 settlement with the federal and Connecticut state governments for allegedly billing Medicaid for services that were not provided.

Allegations of MFA's Clean Air Act violations produces $850,000 settlement

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — MFA Incorporated of Columbia, Missouri, and its subsidiary, MFA Enterprises Incorporated, have settled with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for $850,000 relating to allegations of chemical accident prevention violations.

Hong Kong bank to pay $47 million for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violation

By Marian Johns | Jul 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Hong Kong investment bank will pay a $47 million criminal penalty to resolve allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that the bank violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when it awarded jobs to friends and family of Chinese officials.

Justice Department reaches $8.5 million settlement with Caris Healthcare

By Marian Johns | Jul 5, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a $8.5 million settlement with Caris Healthcare LP, along with its subsidiary Caris Healthcare LLC, after a whistleblower alleged the company submitted false claims and retained payments for patients ineligible for Medicare hospice benefits.

Justice Department alleges competitive harm in Disney's Fox acquisition

By Marian Johns | Jul 4, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed an antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in an effort to block Walt Disney Company's $71.3 billion acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., and also proposed a settlement for the divestiture of 22 regional sports networks (RSNs) by Disney.

J.C. Penney reaches settlement over immigration discrimination allegations

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — J.C. Penney Corporation has reached a settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding allegations the company was facing for immigration-related discrimination.

U.S. settles discrimination claims against North Carolina landscaping company

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has settled claims against a North Carolina landscaping company that allegedly discriminated against qualified, available U.S. workers by showing hiring preference to temporary workers holding H-2B visas.

U.S. reaches settlement with California test prep company for Title III ADA violation

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a settlement with a California test prep company over allegations the company did not make its online courses and tutoring sessions accessible for the deaf or hard of hearing.

Consumers scammed by Tucker payday lending scam to receive $500 million

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the Department of Justice's (DOJ) plan to remit more than $500 million to the FTC for consumers scammed by a payday lending scheme.

Justice Department reaches $22.51 million settlement with Florida company for false Medicare claims

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a $22.51 million settlement with a Florida company that manages nearly 700 hospital-based wound care centers through the country, for alleging billing Medicare for medically unnecessary hyperbaric oxygen.

Justice Department: Major investment firm agrees to pay $64.2 million in Libyan bribery scheme

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 11, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) —The U.S. Department of Justice announced June 4 that Legg Mason Inc., an investment management firm with headquarters in Maryland, will pay $64.2 million after allegedly participating in a bribery scheme in Libya in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Legg Mason also agreed to enter into a non-prosecution agreement.

DOJ: Société General to pay close to $1 billion after massive bribery scandal involving Libya

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 8, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice announced June 4 that Societe Generale S.A., a global financial services institution, will pay more than $860 million after allegations of attempting to bribe Libyan government officials over a multi-year period.

Whistleblower advocate: Large awards can undermine public's confidence in process

By John Breslin | May 31, 2018

WASHINGTON – A leading advocate for whistleblowers has warned that the large bounty rewards involved following settlements has the potential to erode public solidarity for the practice.

DOJ: Pfizer will pay $23.85 million to resolve massive kickback scheme allegations

By Mark Iandolo | May 30, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 24 that Pfizer Inc., a major pharmaceutical company in New York, will pay $23.85 million after allegations of a massive kickback scheme.

MarkWest to pay $610,000 for alleged Clean Air Act violations

By Mark Iandolo | May 24, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced April 24 that MarkWest Liberty Midstream Resources LLC and Ohio Gathering Company LLC (MarkWest) will pay $610,000 and perform three supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) after allegations of violating the Clean Air Act and the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act.

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

By Mark Iandolo | May 14, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | May 14, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | May 7, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | May 3, 2018

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

By Mark Iandolo | May 3, 2018

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).

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