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New York Sues OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Over Opioids

New York state on Tuesday sued Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the OxyContin maker of widespread fraud and deception in the marketing of opioids, and contributing to a nationwide epidemic that has killed thousands. The state blamed Purdue for running what …

Five New York Residents Charged in More Than $31.7M Fraud Scheme

Five New York residents have been arrested in a staged slip-and-fall accident scheme that attempted to defraud New York City-area businesses and their insurance companies of more than $31.7 million. Peter Kalkanis, Bryan Duncan, Kerry Gordon and Ryan Rainford, all …

Virginia Business Owner Must Pay Back $4M for Fraud Scheme

A Virginia business owner who spent business loans on personal expenses, including his rock band, will pay more than $4 million in restitution, in addition to serving a 10-year federal prison sentence. The Virginian-Pilot cites a U.S. Department of Justice …

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 …