Tag Archives: Department of Justice


Posted 8 months ago in Government Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Obama Administration Won’t Block State Marijuana Reforms

The Obama administration announced Thursday it will not seek to strike down state marijuana laws that conflict with federal law, including last year’s voter-driven legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington. Attorney General Eric Holder hosted a conference call with the Governors of Colorado and Washington to inform them of the decision and warn them that the Department of Justice would be closely monitoring the marijuana activity in their states. Holder described a “trust but verify” system in which …

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Posted 8 months ago in Crime Frauds & Scams Your Job & The Law by Aaron Kase  
Whistleblower Lawsuit Claims Medicare Fraud by Pharma Firm

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a lawsuit against a pharmaceutical services firm for illegally dispensing controlled substances and defrauding Medicare in the process.  The government announced their lawsuit on on Aug. 9, suing PharMerica Corp for violating the False Claims Act and the Controlled Substances Act by dispensing drugs to nursing homes and facilities without physician-authorized prescriptions. The alleged scam came to light when pharmacist Jennifer Denk blew the whistle after she observed that prescriptions, including those for …

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Posted 8 months ago in Consumer Law Government Litigation by Michele Bowman  
DOJ Challenge to AA-US Airways Merger May Not Be Pro-Consumer

Concerned that a proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines would decrease competition and increase prices for consumers, the Department of Justice is challenging the $11-billion merger in court. But the move may not be as pro-consumer as it looks.   Merger Blues Joined by six state attorneys general, as well as the District of Columbia, the DOJ on Aug. 13 filed a civil antitrust suit in federal court in D.C., seeking to enjoin, or stop, the merger. “[T]he …

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Posted 8 months ago in Marijuana by Josh Crank  
DOJ Scraps Mandatory Minimums for Nonviolent Drug Offenders

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the Department of Justice will stop charging certain nonviolent drug offenders with charges that carry mandatory minimum sentences. Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in San Francisco, Holder outlined a variety of efforts the DOJ plans to undertake “to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, deter, and rehabilitate – not merely to warehouse and forget.” Among those efforts is a change to federal charging policies for nonviolent …

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Posted 9 months ago in Crime by Josh Crank  
Halliburton to Plead Guilty to Destruction of Oil Spill Evidence

Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor destruction of evidence charge after destroying test results from its internal investigation into the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. The company has agreed to pay the maximum statutory fine of $200,000 and serve three years probation as the result of the plea. Halliburton is also donating $55 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, but the U.S. Department of Justice noted in a statement that the donation …

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