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DOJ: Judge Accepts Transocean's Guilty Plea; Company To Pay $400M
Posted on 15 Feb 2013 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice announced that on Feb. 14 a federal judge in Louisiana accepted Transocean Ltd.'s guilty plea for violating the Clean Water Act (CWA) over its conduct leading to the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater... Read More

Former BP Engineer Arrested For Obstructing Justice In Oil Spill Investigation
Posted on 25 Apr 2012 by Mealeys

NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Department of Justice on April 24 announced that a former engineer for BP PLC was arrested for two counts of obstructing justice in the criminal investigation of the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in... Read More

Motorcycle Experts OK To Testify Against Alleged Kentucky Bike Thieves
Posted on 4 Dec 2012 by Mealeys

LONDON, Ky. - Three experts in detecting stolen motorcycles applied a reliable methodology and are qualified to testify in a criminal case against an alleged bike-theft ring, a federal judge in Kentucky held Dec. 3 ( United States of America v. Robert... Read More

Reference To Nazi Gets Judge Booted From Florida Tobacco Trial
Posted on 5 Sep 2012 by Mealeys

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida judge who compared a former tobacco company chief executive officer to a Nazi war criminal was disqualified by the state's First District Court of Appeal on Sept. 5 from presiding over a tobacco case (Philip Morris USA... Read More

Nazi Reference Gets Judge Booted from Florida Tobacco Trial
Posted on 5 Sep 2012 by Mealeys

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida judge who compared a former tobacco company chief executive officer to a Nazi war criminal was disqualified by the state's First District Court of Appeal today from presiding over a tobacco case ( Philip Morris USA Inc... Read More

Jury Finds Former Executive Guilty Of Computer Fraud, Trade Secrets Violations
Posted on 26 Apr 2013 by Mealeys

SAN FRANCISCO - Five years after the original indictment was filed against David Nosal, a California federal jury on April 24 found the former Korn/Ferry International executive guilty of six criminal counts of computer fraud, misappropriation of trade... Read More

Kentucky Panel Affirms Exclusion Of Drug Testimony In Vehicular Manslaughter Case
Posted on 18 Mar 2013 by Mealeys

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A trial court properly excluded the state's expert testimony linking a driver's odd behavior following a fatal car accident to narcotics use, a Kentucky Court of Appeals panel held March 15 in a criminal case (Commonwealth of... Read More

LexisNexis Financial Services Litigation Report: Barclays will Pay Nearly $450 Million to Settle Rate Manipulation Claims
Posted on 28 Jun 2012 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) yesterday announced that it had filed and settled charges against Barclays PLC, Barclays Bank PLC and Barclays Capital Inc. (collectively, Barclays) over Barclays' attempted manipulation... Read More

Merck Fined $321.6M For Off-Label Promotion Of Vioxx For Rheumatoid Arthritis
Posted on 23 Apr 2012 by Mealeys

BOSTON - Massachusetts federal Judge Patti B. Saris on April 19 fined Merck, Sharp & Dohme $321.6 million after the company pleaded guilty to off-label promotion of its since-withdrawn painkiller Vioxx (United States of America v. Merck, Sharp &... Read More

6th Circuit Affirms Ruling Upholding Criminalization Of RU-486 Off-Label Use
Posted on 2 Oct 2012 by Mealeys

CINCINNATI - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 2 affirmed a lower court's ruling that Ohio's law banning off-label use of mifepristone, also known as the RU-486 abortion pill, is not constitutionally vague and does not interfere... Read More

Orthofix Criminal Sentencing Delayed By Judge's Concerns; To Resume Sept. 6
Posted on 24 Jul 2012 by Mealeys

BOSTON - A Massachusetts federal judge on July 23 delayed accepting the guilty plea of medical device maker Orthofix Inc. until Sept. 6 and ordered federal prosecutors and the company to file briefs (United States of America v. Orthofix, Inc., No. 1:12... Read More

Accused Anonymous Members' Subpoenas On EBay, PayPal In Cyberattack Case Modified
Posted on 19 Mar 2013 by Mealeys

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Subpoenas served on PayPal Inc. and eBay Inc. by two purported members of the "hacktivist" group "Anonymous" in a criminal lawsuit over a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack are too broad, a California federal... Read More

Ranbaxy Pleads Guilty, Pays $500M To Settle Federal Adulterated Drug Investigation
Posted on 14 May 2013 by Mealeys

BALTIMORE - The American subsidiary of Indian drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. on May 13 agreed to pay $500 million in criminal fines and civil penalties and to plead guilty to seven counts of making adulterated prescription drugs, filing false statements... Read More

Orthofix Pleads Guilty, Pays $42M In Fines, Penalties For Device Sales Tactics
Posted on 8 Jun 2012 by Mealeys

BOSTON - Orthofix Inc. on June 7 pleaded guilty to a federal felony count of obstructing a federal audit and agreed to pay nearly $42 million in criminal fines and civil penalties for illegal promotion of its bone-growth stimulators (United States of... Read More

6th Circuit Reinstates Postal Employee's Federal Tort Claims Act Claim
Posted on 23 Apr 2013 by Mealeys

CINCINNATI - A Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on April 19 reinstated a former U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee's Federal Tort Claims Act $(FCTA$) claim in connection with criminal charges filed against him that were later dropped, finding... Read More

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