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Merck To Pay $950M To Settle Vioxx Dispute
2011-11-23 06:47:38

Drugmaker Merck & Co will pay $950 million to settle criminal and civil charges that it marketed its Vioxx for an unapproved use, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. The fine ends a long-running probe into Merck's promotion of the painkilling drug, which was withdrawn from the market in September 2004 after being linked to increased risks of heart attacks and strokes. The department said Merck would pay $321.6 million in criminal fines and $628.4 million as a civil...

Seven States Join Lawsuit Blocking AT&T, T-Mobile Merger
2011-09-18 04:24:47

Seven states have joined the U.S. Justice Department in their antitrust lawsuit seeking to block AT&T's attempted $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile, the AFP reported on Friday. The attorney generals of California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington have been added to the legal action, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington in August. "The participation of the states adds another dose of uncertainty to a deal that is already teetering on the edge...

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2011-03-19 06:25:00

On Friday, the U.S. Justice Department fined Korean-based Samsung SDI a total of $32 million for its involvement in an Asian price fixing ring for a key computer monitor component. The AFP news agency reports that Samsung SDI agreed to plead guilty to one felony charge in the case, which involved a pact to cut production, fix prices and divvy up market share for color display tubes (CDTs). "Samsung SDI and co-conspirators exchanged CDT sales, production, market share and pricing information...

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2011-02-16 14:19:11

Google is promising better bargains and more convenience by melding the Internet search leader's wizardry with the Web's top airline-fare tracker, ITA Software. That has existing online travel sites like Kayak, Expedia and Travelocity worried they will not stand a chance of competing, a scenario that could lead to higher fares. The U.S. Justice Department is expected to decide on whether to allow Google Inc. buy ITA for $700 million.  The deal would give Google control over software...

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2011-01-26 13:20:00

The U.S. Justice Department wants Internet service providers and cell phone companies to hold on to records longer to help with criminal prosecutions. "Data retention is fundamental to the department's work in investigating and prosecuting almost every type of crime," US deputy assistant attorney general Jason Weinstein told a congressional subcommittee on Tuesday. "Some records are kept for weeks or months; others are stored very briefly before being purged," Weinstein said in remarks...

2010-11-30 08:43:00

Google's Anticompetitive Tactics Will Be Topic At Group's Conference Wednesday WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the European Union's antitrust investigation of Google and reiterated its call for the U.S. Justice Department to launch its own investigation of the Internet giant. Google's monopolistic practices will be discussed at 11:30 am tomorrow (Dec. 1) during Consumer Watchdog's conference, "The Future of Online Consumer...

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2010-09-02 06:20:00

Allergan Inc., maker of the popular Botox anti-wrinkle treatment, said on Wednesday that it had agreed to pay $600 million to settle an investigation into whether the company had illegally marketed the drug for off-label uses. In a statement, Irvine, Calif.-based Allergan said it agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor charge of "misbranding" its drug for unapproved medical uses between 2000 and 2005, for which it would pay the government $375 million. The settlement follows a lengthy...

2010-05-10 11:43:00

WASHINGTON, May 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack - have agreed to pay $5 million in civil penalties and take corrective measures to settle claims that it violated the Clean Air Act by importing and selling motorcycles, recreational vehicles and generators manufactured in China that do not comply with environmental requirements, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department announced today. Baja Inc., which supplied the...


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