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Terminix Fined $9.2M for Pesticide Use that Poisoned Delaware Family

A pest control company will pay more than $9 million in criminal fines tied to the use of a banned pesticide that sickened a Delaware family on vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2015. The News Journal of Wilmington …

4 Hurricane Irma-Affected U.S. Attorney Offices Form Fraud Task Forces

The National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) along with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in the District of Puerto Rico, Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida and Northern District of Florida have formed task forces comprised of local, state and …

Pennsylvania Law Firms Hedge Bets on Marijuana Being Legalized Nationwide

A number of Philadelphia-area law firms are setting up practices to serve the cannabis industry despite concerns of an uncertain future. Many of the city’s biggest law firms – including Duane Morris, Fox Rothschild and Cozen O’Connor – have recently …

Tennessee-Based Nursing Home Chain Settles Medicare Overbilling Case for $145M

An eastern Tennessee-based skilled nursing home chain has reached a $145 million settlement that federal officials called the largest ever of its kind. The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release Monday that Life Care Centers of America …

Texas Lawyer Accused of Fraud in BP Oil Spill Case Acquitted in Mississippi

A prominent Texas lawyer was acquitted on Thursday of charges he made up thousands of fake clients to sue BP Plc for damages that the oil company caused in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, court records show. Mikal Watts …

Aetna’s Purchase of Humana OK’d by Illinois Insurance Regulator, with Condition

The Illinois Department of Insurance has approved Aetna Inc.’s proposed $34 billion acquisition of Humana Inc. provided it is approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to an order dated June 23 posted on the department’s website. Aetna announced …

Jury Awards $5.5M to Family of Man Killed by Cleveland Cop

The family of a man fatally shot in the head by a Cleveland, Ohio, policeman was awarded $5.5 million by a federal jury in a civil case that found the officer liable for using excessive force. The decision comes more …

Settlement Approved in Austin Firefighter Hiring Discrimination Case

A federal judge has approved a settlement between the city of Austin and the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations the Austin Fire Department’s hiring practices were discriminatory. The order signed by U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel allows the …

Generali to Sell BSI Unit to BTG Pactual for $1.7 Billion

Assicurazioni Generali SpA agreed to sell its Swiss private-banking unit BSI Group to Grupo BTG Pactual for CHF1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) as Italy’s biggest insurer seeks to boost capital. Generali will receive CHF1.2 billion [$1.3466 billion] in cash and CHF300 …

Court Revives Suit Over WWII Site Cleanup in California

A divided U.S. appeals court revived efforts by oil companies to force the federal government to reimburse them for the cost to clean up a Southern California site where they had dumped toxic sludge during World War II. By a …