Latest US Justice Department Stories

2011-01-10 07:49:06

The North Atlantic nation of Iceland has formally asked the American Ambassador to Iceland, Luis E. Arreaga, to answer questions as to why US investigators are attempting to access the private details of the online activity of an Icelandic lawmaker. Building a case against Wikileaks by the US Justice Department, a court order was obtained to examine records and data posted on Twitter Inc. by Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir who sits on the country's Foreign Affairs Committee....

2010-12-16 06:35:00

BP and eight other companies have had lawsuits brought against them for the first time by the United States for billions of dollars in damages from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which has been labeled the worst oil disaster in US history. The complaint was filed by the US Justice Department with a federal court in New Orleans, where thousands of individuals and small businesses have already sued the British oil company. Attorney General Eric Holder said the complaint alleges...

2010-12-08 07:10:00

Three pharmaceutical companies charged with reporting inflated drug prices to the US government have agreed to pay 421 million dollars in fines, according to officials on Tuesday. The US Justice Department said the three companies -- Abbott Laboratories, Roxane Laboratories, and German drug maker Braun Medical Inc -- all agreed to pay the fines. The companies are accused of falsely inflating the prices of the drugs reimbursed by the federal government under the Medicare and Medicaid health...

2009-05-28 14:30:52

Sanofi-Aventis announced on Thursday that it would pay $95.5 million in a civil settlement with the US Department of Justice and the US Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts for overcharging federal and local health agencies for medications. "We will continue to ensure that programs for the most vulnerable portions of our population do not pay any more for pharmaceutical products than they should under the law," Tony West, an assistant attorney general at the US Justice...

2009-05-19 14:43:40

The US Justice Department announced on Monday that it would work alongside 16 states in two whistleblower lawsuits against Madison, N.J.-based drugmaker Wyeth. Filed in federal court in Massachusetts, the lawsuits claim that Wyeth charged too much for Protonix, a stomach acid-suppressing drug, which resulted in millions of dollars being siphoned from state Medicaid programs. The Justice Department is seeking payment from Wyeth, which allegedly failed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in...

2008-09-10 09:00:06

By Stephen Foley Yahoo's life-saving advertising alliance with Google could be under threat, after it emerged that the US Justice Department has hired a top competition lawyer to advise on a potential litigation to stop the deal. The department's anti-trust division, charged with ensuring competition and blocking monopoly practices, has turned for consulting advice to Sanford Litvak, who was its anti-trust chief under president Jimmy Carter. The news, revealed yesterday, signals that...

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