Latest U.S. Justice Department Stories

2009-08-08 09:56:26

More time is needed to iron out an agreement between the United States and Swiss banker UBS AG over access to accounts of suspected tax cheats, officials say. In a conference call Friday with U.S. District Judge Alan Gold in Miami, U.S. Justice Department attorney Stuart Gibson said negotiations between the Internal Revenue Service and UBS over secretive Swiss banking laws are still ongoing five weeks after they began, The Wall Street Journal reported. The IRS is seeking information on...

2009-07-07 10:21:11

A Wall Street Journal report on Monday said the U.S. Justice Department has begun looking at big telecom companies such as AT&T and Verizon Communications to try to determine if they have abused their market power, Reuters reported. People familiar with the matter said the Antitrust Division's review was in its very early stages and was not yet a formal probe of any specific company, the Journal reported. However, a probe could concern exclusive agreements between phone companies and...

2009-06-11 06:25:00

The U.S. Justice Department has sent an official notice to Google Inc informing the internet giant that federal antitrust attorneys are investigating its settlement with publishers intended to make millions of books available for online readers. When reporter's asked Google's Chief Legal Officer David Drummond whether the company had received the civil equivalent of a subpoena, he replied: "Yeah, we did." According to a Wall Street Journal report on Tuesday, publisher Lagardere's Hachete Book...

2009-06-09 18:13:27

The U.S. Justice Department Tuesday sued Capmark Finance Inc. in Los Angeles, accusing the lender of violating the False Claims Act. Justice officials allege the California company made false statements on U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development applications for federal mortgage insurance covering the acquisition of residential nursing homes. The applications involved the purchase of the Canoga Care Center, a residential nursing home facility in Canoga Park, Calif., and the Hudson...

2009-05-11 07:40:15

The U.S. Justice Department plans to jettison the Bush administration's pro-defendant antitrust policies, department consultants said. The head of the department's antitrust division Christine Varney, is expected to outline the change of direction in two speeches this week, the first in front of the Center for American Progress on Monday and the second on Tuesday for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The New York Times reported. In part, the policy shift reflects the Obama administration's belief...

2009-05-09 12:27:57

Across the U.S., a number of state attorneys general have begun taking a closer look at a proposed deal between Google Inc. and several author and publisher groups that would allow the Internet giant to digitize millions of books, a participant in the discussions told reporters on Friday. In an hour-long conference call on Tuesday, state legal authorities examined and discussed the deal in depth together, according to director of the Internet Archive, Peter Brantley. The U.S. Justice...

2009-05-06 13:53:27

The U.S. Justice Department said that a 21-year-old Swede was indicted on charges of hacking into NASA and Cisco's computer systems. The Justice Department said in a statement that Philip Gabriel Pettersson, or also known to the computer world as "Stakkato," was indicted on charges of intrusion and misappropriating trade secrets. Pettersson was accused of breaking into the computer system and network of U.S. networking giant Cisco in May 2004 and stealing operating system code.  He...

2009-04-17 12:45:17

Court papers filed on Thursday showed that Microsoft and the U.S. Justice Department would extend some portions of federal antitrust oversight by 18 months, The Associated Press reported. In 2002, the federal government and 17 states required Microsoft to settle an antitrust battle over the software maker's use of its Windows monopoly"”terms that were initially to expire in November 2007. However, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly granted a two-year extension covering...

2009-04-15 18:49:54

NetApp Inc. and NetApp U.S. Public Sector Inc. have agreed to pay $128 million to settle charges that the company defrauded the U.S. government, officials said. The agreement marks the largest contract fraud settlement the General Services Administration has obtained to date, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday. The department said the company had a government contract to provide goods and services under the General Services Administration's Multiple Award Schedule program. Authorities...

2009-03-10 16:25:00

The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday that Japan-based Hitachi Displays Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., has agreed to pay $31 million for its role in conspiring to fix prices of LCD panels sold to U.S. computer maker Dell Inc. With the Hitachi plea, which is subject to court approval, the U.S. government will have now collected more than $600 million in criminal fines originating from the LCD price-fixing. "Hitachi joins three other multinational companies who have admitted to their...

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