U.S. Justice Department News

West Virginia Hospital Settles Whistleblower Suit for $50M

A financially strapped West Virginia hospital has agreed to pay the federal government $50 million to resolve claims that it improperly issued payments and kickbacks to physicians under the direction of management, the U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday. The Justice …

Appeals Court Rejects Qualified Immunity for West Virginia Police in Excessive Force Suit

A federal appeals court has vacated part of a finding that cleared five West Virginia police officers on qualified immunity grounds in an excessive force lawsuit, which was filed by the estate of a homeless black man shot 22 times. …

Judge Approves $54M Settlement in Duke University Hiring Lawsuit

A federal judge is closing a lawsuit that Duke University is settling over claims that it and nearby University of North Carolina conspired to hold down salaries of thousands of medical workers by not hiring staff away from each other. …

Duke University to Pay $54M to Settle Suit Over Hiring Agreement with UNC

Duke University is agreeing to pay $54.5 million to settle claims that it and nearby University of North Carolina conspired to hold down salaries of medical professors by agreeing not to hire staff away from each other. Lawyers for the …

U.S. Forming Strike Force to Combat Appalachia Opioid Abuse

U.S. Justice Department officials say a new law enforcement strike force is being formed to combat opioid abuse in Appalachia. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski says the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force will investigate health care fraud schemes …

New York Is Considering Blocking Parts of $68B CVS, Aetna Merger

New York state officials are considering blocking parts of the $68 billion merger of drugstore store chain CVS Health Corp. and Aetna Inc., jeopardizing billions of dollars in insurance premiums for Aetna. CVS and Aetna won approval from the U.S. …

Owners of Oklahoma City Rental Properties Hit with Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Federal officials have sued the owners of a number of residential rental properties in or around Oklahoma City, alleging that subjected female tenants in and applicants for those properties were subject to sexual harassment, coercion, intimidation and threats. The complaint …

U.S. Steel to Pay More than $1.2M in Lake Michigan Chemical Spill Case

U.S. Steel will pay a $600,000 civil penalty and $630,000 to reimburse various federal agencies for costs and damages after one of its plants discharged wastewater containing a potentially carcinogenic chemical into a tributary of Lake Michigan, federal and state …

5 in U.S., 2 in Italy Arrested Over $21M Opioid ‘Pill Mills’ Scheme in Florida, Tennessee

Two people in Italy and five U.S. residents have been charged in a fraud and drug trafficking conspiracy to distribute opioids in Florida and Tennessee, leading to hundreds of deaths, federal prosecutors said last month. The indictments were unsealed by …

New Hampshire Sues Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Marketing Practices

New Hampshire sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP on Tuesday, joining several state and local governments in accusing the drugmaker of engaging in deceptive marketing practices that have helped fuel a national opioid addiction epidemic. The lawsuit filed in Merrimack …