Baron & Budd Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Price Fixing Involving Marine Products

LOS ANGELES — Baron & Budd P.C. attorneys, working with attorneys from Los Angeles-based Glancy Bingow & Goldberg LLC, New York securities law firm Labaton Sucharow LLP, Mobile, Ala.-based Vickers, Riis, Murray and Curran L.L.C. and Galveston attorney A. Craig Eiland, have filed suit in...

DOJ Reviews Massachusetts Ruling On Federal Gay Marriage Ban

BOSTON - (AP) A judge's rulings in Massachusetts that the federal law banning gay marriage is unconstitutional could have implications far beyond the state if they're upheld by a higher court after an appeal by the Obama administration, legal experts say. U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro said...

DOJ Sues Rug Maker, Alleging Non-Citizen Authorized Workers Employment Discrimination

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Justice on July 7 filed a lawsuit against Garland Sales Inc., a rug manufacturer and seller located in Dalton, Ga., alleging it engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination by imposing unnecessary and discriminatory hurdles to employment for work authorized individuals...

HP Reaches Settlement With DOJ In Kickbacks Case

PALO ALTO, Calif. - (AP) Hewlett-Packard Co. said Monday that it has agreed in principle to settle a lawsuit by the Department of Justice, which alleged that HP and other technology companies paid kickbacks to Accenture PLC in exchange for recommendations for government work. HP denied "engaging...

Feds Object To 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Injunction

SAN DIEGO - (AP) Attorneys for the Obama administration objected Thursday to a proposed worldwide injunction being considered by a California federal judge that would halt the military's ban on openly gay troops. Calling the possible move "untenable," Department of Justice attorneys filed...

EPA Fines BP $15 Million For Texas City Violations

HOUSTON - (AP) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice have slapped a $15 million fine on BP for Clean Air Act violations at the oil company's Texas City refinery. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

Feds Appeal Mass. Rulings Against U.S. Marriage Law

BOSTON - (AP) The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday defended the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman by appealing two rulings in Massachusetts by a judge who called the law unconstitutional for denying federal benefits to gay married couples. In two separate cases. . . . Full...

Judge: Stop 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Immediately

SAN DIEGO - (AP) A federal judge ordered the military Tuesday to immediately stop enforcing its ban on openly gay troops, bringing the 17-year "don't ask, don't tell" policy closer than it has ever been to being abolished. Justice Department attorneys have 60 days to appeal the injunction...

Feds File Legal Brief In Support Of Tennessee Mosque

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - (AP) Federal attorneys on Monday jumped into a court battle over the construction of a Tennessee mosque by offering legal proof that Islam is a recognized religion entitled to constitutional protection. U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin of Nashville said his office would not sit by while...

9th Circuit Extends Life Of Gay Military Policy

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A federal appeals court on Monday indefinitely extended its freeze on a judge's order halting enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, heightening pressure on the Obama administration to persuade the U.S. Senate to repeal the law before...

Feds Sue Pennsylvania Coal Plant Operators Over Pollution

HOMER CITY, Pa. - (AP) The federal government on Thursday sued several companies over a coal-burning electricity generating plant, calling it "one of the largest air pollution sources in the nation" and asking the court to keep it from operating unless it meets Clean Air Act standards. The...

U.S. Sues Boston Scientific Over Guidant Heart Devices

MINNEAPOLIS - (AP) The U.S. government sued Boston Scientific Corp. on Thursday, alleging its Guidant unit knew some of its implantable heart devices were defective but continued to sell them anyway, putting patients' lives at risk. In a complaint filed in federal court in Minnesota, the government...

Oracle To Pay $46 Million To Settle Kickbacks Charges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Oracle Corp. has agreed to pay $46 million to settle a lawsuit over alleged kickbacks to win government work. The Department of Justice charged that Sun Microsystems Inc., which Oracle bought last year, and other technology companies paid kickbacks to Accenture PLC for Accenture...

Financier Stanford's Lawsuit Seeks $7.2 Billion

HOUSTON - (AP) Jailed Texas financier R. Allen Stanford has filed a lawsuit accusing prosecutors and federal agents of depriving him of his constitutional rights by using abusive law-enforcement tactics. He is asking for $7.2 billion in damages. The lawsuit filed Wednesday comes after Stanford was declared...

DOJ Argues For Rehearing In Secret Service Lawsuit

DENVER - (AP) The U.S. Department of Justice has sided with attorneys for two Secret Service agents who were sued after arresting a man who confronted former Vice President Dick Cheney. The department argues that the law protects agents when they're making split-second decisions while protecting...

Judge Awards $1.9 Million To Family Of Boy Killed By Bear

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) A Utah federal judge on Tuesday awarded nearly $2 million to the family of an 11-year-old boy killed by a bear at a campsite in 2007. The family of Samuel Ives sued the U.S. Forest Service for failing to close the American Fork Canyon campsite. . . . Full version available to lexis...

Raided Pot Providers Sue Feds

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) Two medical marijuana providers have accused the U.S. government of civil rights violations in what may be the first lawsuit of its kind in response to a federal crackdown on pot operations across the nation. The owners of Montana Caregivers Association and MCM Caregivers claim federal...

Mining Company To Pay $263 Million To Settle Superfund Lawsuit

SPOKANE, Wash. - (AP) The largest mining company in Idaho's Silver Valley will pay $263.4 million plus interest to settle one of the nation's largest Superfund lawsuits one of the top 10 such settlements in history, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday. The U.S. Department of...

Oil Company Sued Over Chronic California Spills

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Government regulators sued an oil company Friday over 21 spills of crude oil and other harmful pollutants in Santa Barbara County waterways over five years. The complaint claims Greka Oil & Gas Co., now known as HVI Cat Canyon Inc., failed to adopt adequate plans for spill prevention...

Whistleblower Lawsuit Accuses Home Depot Of Violating Buy American Act

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The photograph on Home Depot's website shows a line of smiling soldiers unloading a truck stacked with power tools and other company wares. The company says this shows "federal dollars go farther at The Home Depot." San Francisco Attorney Paul Scott says the photo also...

9th Circuit Orders Government To State Position On 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

SAN DIEGO - (AP) A federal appeals court that has called for the immediate halt of the military's ban on openly gay troops issued an order Monday requiring the U.S. government to state whether it will continue to defend the constitutionality of the policy in court. Monday's order comes less than...

Court: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Stay In Place

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is back in place for the time being, with one major caveat: the government is not allowed to investigate, penalize or discharge anyone who is openly gay. A San Francisco federal appeals court ordered the military to...

7th Circuit Allows Another Torture Lawsuit Against Donald Rumsfeld

CHICAGO - (AP) A lawsuit accusing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of personal responsibility for U.S. forces allegedly torturing two American whistleblowers who worked for an Iraqi contracting firm will be allowed to move forward, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The ruling from the 7th...

FTC Rules Get E-Discovery Makeover This Month

When really broad neckties went out of style, one solution might have been to take a pair of scissors to them and snip them to a modern-day width. Smarter guys might simply have taken them to a tailor. Others might have made them into kites. But most guys simply purchased new ties, kept wearing the fat...

The Week In Securities Litigation: DOJ Files Significant Market Crisis Case Against Rating Agency

The Department of Justice filed one of the most significant market crisis cases this week against a major rating agency as a defendant. The case centers on years of false statements about ratings given to RMBS and CDOs, according to the complaint, as the market crisis evolved and the market for those...