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Allegations that Clinton campaign funded Trump-Russia research still pending at now-closed FEC

By John Breslin | Jan 16, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A complaint that Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee violated campaign finance law by steering money for opposition research through a legal firm is still pending with the Federal Election Commission.

U.S. investigation leads to more than $1 million in back wages, damages for restaurant workers

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

TAMPA — U.S. Labor Department Investigations into Tampa area restaurants' payroll and employee wage practices has resulted in more than $1 million in back wages and damages for workers, according to the federal agency.

OSHA cites 2 contractors in fatal Wisconsin gas line explosion

By Marian Johns | Jan 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The death of a volunteer firefighter who responded to an explosion and fire of a gas line at a Wisconsin work site has led the federal government to cite a Kansas and a Michigan contractor.

Feds seek to enjoin merger between Gray Television, Raycom Media

By Bree Gonzales | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The federal government alleges that a proposed merger between two independent local television station owners would cause harm to competition.

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.

Oklahoma City waste disposal company settles charges of child labor, overtime violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City oil service waste disposal company has settled charges by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of violating overtime, child labor and record-keeping federal laws.

Arkansas medical center reaches settlement on failure to pay onsite, overnight workers overtime

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas-based Ouachita County Medical Center has reached a more than $90,000 settlement with the federal government to resolve claims of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations, including failing to pay overtime to onsite, overnight employees.

U.S. Department of Labor report: 2018 mining fatalities 2nd lowest on record

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mining fatalities in the U.S. reached the second lowest on record in 2018, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

OSHA cites U.S. Postal Service after heat-related death of Southern California postal worker

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif — The heat-related death of a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) worker has led to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citing of the Woodland Hills, California, post office including more than $140,000 in penalties.

Pennsylvania excavation company faces OSHA charges over worksite trenching hazards

By Marian Johns | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Pennsylvania excavation company faces charges and a $106,057 penalty from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over worksite trenching hazards.

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.

FTC reaches settlement on $1.1 billion joint venture between three PET manufacturers

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A $1.1 billion joint venture between three polyethylene terephthalate resin (PET) manufacturers, which the federal government charged would violate antitrust laws, has been restructured as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Administrative judge upholds FTC allegations on merger of 2 chloride titanium dioxide suppliers

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) allegations that a $1.67 merger between two chloride process titanium dioxide suppliers would affect competition in that market was recently upheld by an administrative law judge.

FTC reaches agreement with industrial gas suppliers involved in $80 billion merger

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Charges by the federal government that an $80 billion merger of industrial gas suppliers Praxair Inc. and Linde AG would violate antitrust laws have been settled with an agreement by the companies to divest assets as a public comment period begins on the divesture.

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.

National bank to pay $15.5 million to settle alleged Transfer Act violations

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — USAA Federal Savings Bank will pay approximately $12 million in restitution and a $3.5 million fine to settle charges by the federal government that the bank violated the Electronic Fund Transfer Act.

Labor Department alleges 4 New Hampshire catering, cafe businesses paid 'off the books' overtime

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Four New Hampshire catering and cafe businesses will pay back wages to resolve charges by the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of overtime, minimum wage and Fair Labor Standards record keeping violations, according to the federal agency.

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.

JPMorgan Chase reaches settlement with SEC for alleged mishandling of American Depositary Receipts

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — JPMorgan Chase Bank NA has reached a settlement of more than $135 million with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over charges the bank issued "pre-released" American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) relating to foreign company shares.

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