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BP to Plead Guilty to Criminal Charges and Pay $4.5 Billion Related to Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC announced today that it would plead guilty to a dozen felony charges brought by the federal government and pay $4.5 billion in penalties over its involvement in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill ...read more

K-V Pharmaceutical Owes United States $67.1M In Fines, Settlement, Lawsuit Says

NEW YORK - A U.S. attorney on Nov. 26 sued K-V Pharmaceutical Co., telling a New York federal court that the bankrupt company's $67.1 million debt of criminal fines and civil settlements are nondischargeable (In Re: K-V Discovery Solutions, Inc., ...read more

Off-Label Criminal Prosecution Unconstitutional Under 1st Amendment, 2nd Circuit Says

NEW YORK - The federal government's criminal prosecution of a sales representative's off-label promotion of a drug is unconstitutional under the First Amendment right of free speech, a panel of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Dec ...read more

Motorcycle Experts OK To Testify Against Alleged Kentucky Bike Thieves

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

Amgen Pleads Guilty, Pays $762M For Off-Label Promotion Of 4 Drugs

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Amgen Inc. said Dec. 19 it has pleaded guilty to a federal misbranding misdemeanor and will pay about $762 million in criminal and civil penalties to the federal and 50 state governments to resolve allegations related to its marketing ...read more

Transocean To Pay$1.4B To Resolve Claims Over Deepwater Horizon Incident

NEW ORLEANS - Transocean Deepwater Inc. and the federal government on Jan. 3 filed a consent decree in which the company has agreed to pay $1 billion in civil penalties, $400 million in criminal fines and plead guilty to environmental crimes to resolve ...read more

Federal Judge Dismisses Homeowners Insurer's Suit Against Sandusky

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Five days after a joint motion for entry of consent order and stipulation of dismissal was filed, a Pennsylvania federal judge dismissed with prejudice Gerald Sandusky's homeowners insurer's complaint seeking a declaration ...read more

Judge Accepts BP's Guilty Pleas, Agreement To Pay $4.5B In Penalties

NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in Louisiana on Jan. 29 approved BP Exploration & Production Inc.'s offer to plead guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter and pay $4.5 billion in criminal penalties for its role in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon ...read more

DOJ: Judge Accepts Transocean's Guilty Plea; Company To Pay $400M

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

DOJ Says Florida Servicing Company To Pay $35M Over Foreclosure Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Feb. 19 announced that Lender Processing Services Inc. (LPS) will pay $35 million in criminal penalties for its participation in a six-year scheme to prepare and file fraudulently prepared mortgage ...read more

Judge: Coke Company Can Raise Entrapment-By-Estoppel Defense In CAA Case

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Towanda Coke Corp. (TCC) and its environmental control manager can raise the entrapment-by-estoppel defense in a criminal suit brought against them by the government over violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA), a federal judge in New York ...read more

No Coverage For Sandusky's Offenses Against Children, Federal Judge Rules

HARRISBURG, Pa. - An insurer has no duty to defend convicted child molester Gerald A. Sandusky under the policy it issued to The Second Mile charity because the conduct alleged in underlying civil and criminal complaints did not arise out of Sandusky's ...read more

Par Pharmaceutical Pleads Guilty To Off-Label Promotion, Pays $45M In Settlements

NEWARK, N.J. - Par Pharmaceutical Cos. Inc. on March 5 pleaded guilty to misbranding its Megace ES anti-wasting drug by promoting it for off-label use in geriatric patients and will pay $45 million to resolve criminal and civil allegations, according ...read more

En Banc 9th Circuit Finds Border Search Of Laptop Did Not Violate 4th Amendment

PASADENA, Calif. - The search of a man's laptop computer by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials that occurred 170 miles from the border did not constitute an "extended border search" and did not violate his rights under the Fourth ...read more

Kentucky Panel Affirms Exclusion Of Drug Testimony In Vehicular Manslaughter Case

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

Accused Anonymous Members' Subpoenas On EBay, PayPal In Cyberattack Case Modified

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

11th Circuit: Alabama County Employee Failed To Prove Retaliation, Bias Claims

ATLANTA - An Alabama county employee who was criminally charged with improperly collecting overtime pay failed to prove claims of retaliation or bias, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 25, affirming a trial court (Donna Jones v. Greg ...read more

4th Circuit: Insurer Properly Denied Coverage Of Convicted Executive

RICHMOND, Va. - Criminally convicted former Taylor Bean and Whitaker Mortgage Corp. (Taylor Bean) chairman Lee Bentley Farkas must repay the defenses fees the company's directors and officers (D&O) insurer advanced on his behalf, the Fourth Circuit ...read more

6th Circuit Reinstates Postal Employee's Federal Tort Claims Act Claim

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

Jury Finds Former Executive Guilty Of Computer Fraud, Trade Secrets Violations

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

Panel: California Insurance Code Section 533.5 Does Not Preclude Defense Duty

LOS ANGELES - A California appeals panel found May 1 that an insurer cannot avoid its contractual duty to defend a medical director insured against federal criminal charges by relying on California Insurance Code Section 533.5, subdivision (b), reversing ...read more

Illinois Panel: No Coverage For Claims That Meat Producer Illegally Used Hormones

CHICAGO - The First District Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth Division, on May 10 affirmed a lower court's ruling that an insurer has no duty to defend its meat-producing insured against federal criminal allegations that it illegally used hormones ...read more

Ranbaxy Pleads Guilty, Pays $500M To Settle Federal Adulterated Drug Investigation

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

Trio Charged With Tobacco Tax Dodging Fail To Obtain Dismissal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Kentucky federal judge refused to dismiss criminal charges against three people who allegedly used falsified invoices to avoid paying more than $2 million in Kentucky excise taxes on $12.5 million worth of cigarettes sold throughout ...read more

Bausch & Lomb Unit Pleads Guilty, Pays $33.5M To Settle Criminal, Civil Cases

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A near-defunct subsidiary of Bausch & Lomb Inc. on May 24 pleaded guilty to two federal felony counts of off-label promotion of a drug and paying kickbacks and agreed to settle a related whistle-blower lawsuit, to pay $33.5 million ...read more