Feds Sue To Block Arizona Illegal Immigrant Law

PHOENIX - (AP) The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's new law targeting illegal immigrants, setting the stage for a clash between the federal government and the state over the nation's toughest immigration crackdown. The lawsuit filed...

Arizona Sheriff Defends Immigration Law

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - (AP) An Arizona sheriff known for his tough stance on illegal immigration defended his state's new immigration-enforcement law Tuesday as he stumped for the Kansas secretary of state candidate who helped write it. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told the nearly 2,000 Kansas...

Bill Would Shield Cities, States Over Immigration Laws

OMAHA Neb. - (AP) U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns introduced a bill Thursday that would require the federal government to pay attorney and court costs if it loses a lawsuit filed against states or local governments over locally passed immigration laws. The Nebraska Republican's bill comes nine days after...

Judge Grills Feds On Pulling Utah Drilling Leases

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) A federal judge on Wednesday questioned Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's justification for canceling 77 drilling leases sold by the Bush administration around national parks in Utah. A U.S. Justice Department lawyer maintained Salazar had good reason to cancel the leases and...

Cases Lining Up To Challenge Arizona Immigration Law

PHOENIX - (AP) A federal judge is holding hearings on a parade of legal challenges to Arizona's immigration enforcement law, but resolving the seven cases filed so far could keep the court busy for years. Two of the cases were set to go before U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Thursday. Full version...

Feds Oppose Merger Of Immigration Law Challenges

PHOENIX - (AP) Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department oppose a request to merge their challenge to the new Arizona immigration law with a lawsuit by a police officer who also is seeking to overturn the law. The federal lawyers oppose Phoenix police Officer David Salgado's request to consolidate...

Judge Blocks Parts Of Arizona Immigration Law

PHOENIX - (AP) A federal judge stepped into the fight over Arizona's immigration law at the last minute Wednesday, blocking the heart of the measure and defusing a confrontation between police and thousands of activists that had been building for months. Coming just hours before the law was to take...

JPMDL Asked To Consolidate Oil Spill Lawsuits

BOISE, Idaho — (AP) A federal judicial panel wrestled Thursday with perceptions of bias and conflict among both judges and geography in figuring out where to consolidate more than 300 lawsuits filed against BP PLC and other companies in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Some of the 23 attorneys...

Arizona Governor Files Brief In Immigration Battle

PHOENIX - (AP) Gov. Jan Brewer's lawyers on Thursday filed the first brief in their appeal of a ruling that put the most controversial elements of Arizona's new immigration law on hold. Brewer asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to reverse the ruling U.S. District Judge...

11 Countries Seek Voice In Arizona Immigration Appeal

PHOENIX - (AP) Mexico and 10 other Latin American countries want a federal appeals court to consider their viewpoints in Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's appeal of a ruling that put parts of her state's new immigration law on hold. The countries are asking. . . . Full version available to lexis.com...

Abbott, B. Braun, Boehringer Ingelheim Settle Drug-Pricing Cases For $421M

BOSTON -- (Mealey's) Drug and medical supply makers Abbott Laboratories Inc., B. Braun Medical Inc. and Roxane Laboratories (now known as Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Inc.) have agreed to pay a total of $421 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that they published inflated prices and caused...

GlaxoSmithKline To Settle 3 Federal Investigations For $3 Billion

LONDON - (Mealey's) GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) has reached an agreement in principal to settle three United States federal criminal and civil investigations for $3 billion, the company said Nov. 3 in a press release on its Web site. GSK said the agreement in principle will settle "the Company's...

Medical Device Maker Pays $22.2 Million To Settle Criminal, SEC Claims Of Foreign Bribery

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Medical device maker Smith & Nephew PLC and its American subsidiary will pay $22.2 million to settle federal criminal and civil complaints that it bribed Greek government doctors to use the company's products, the parties announced Feb. 6 in press releases (...

Johnson & Johnson, 2 Units Plead Guilty, Pay $2.2 Billion In Criminal, Civil Penalties

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Two Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries have pleaded guilty, and the parent company and two subsidiaries will pay $2.2 billion in criminal fines, civil penalties and forfeitures in one criminal and several civil cases for off-label marketing of three drugs, for...