U.S. Department of Justice News

Trump DOJ punishes hedge fund manager who sued drug companies and shorted their stocks

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 7, 2019

The Trump Justice Department, following a tougher policy toward dubious False Claims Act lawsuits by private citizens, has moved to dismiss a pair of lawsuits by a former hedge-fund manager who shorted stock in pharmaceutical companies he accused of a wide-ranging price-fixing conspiracy.

Trump DOJ acts on threat to trial lawyers who sue on behalf of the government

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice's recent effort to toss lawsuits it says it wasted hundreds of hours investigating is emblematic of a strategy under President Donald Trump to rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars.

DOJ: A company created to file lawsuits has wasted 1,500 hours of the government's time

By David Yates | Dec 20, 2018

TEXARKANA – The U.S. Department of Justice is asking federal judges around the country to dismiss lawsuits it says are brought by shell companies that misrepresent their true purposes - filing meritless litigation against health care companies.

Trump admin makes use of Medicare law in blunt warning to asbestos lawyers

By Daniel Fisher | Sep 19, 2018

In the Trump administration, at least, the government will no longer look the other way as asbestos lawyers negotiate lenient terms that make it easy for their current clients to get money at the expense of future claimants and federal entitlement programs.

SightLine Health to pay $11.5 million to settle kickback allegations

By Dawn Geske | Apr 16, 2018

DALLAS – SightLine Health LLC has agreed to pay $11.5 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit over allegations it violated the Anti-Kickback Statute regarding Medicare.

Hospice companies agree to $12.2 million settlement in qui tam suits

By S. Laney Griffo | May 15, 2017

DALLAS – Five hospice companies agreed to a $12.2 million settlement in whistle-blower cases that claimed they paid kickbacks in exchange for referrals.

DOJ reverses position on Texas voter ID law

By Sara McCleary | Mar 30, 2017

HOUSTON – The U.S. Department of Justice has confirmed that it will withdraw its claim that a Texas’ voter-ID law was implemented with discriminatory intent.

Paxton files amicus brief on immigration order, says president has 'discretion to protect safety of the American people'

By Chandra Lye | Mar 27, 2017

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton is throwing support to the president’s immigration order.

Groups awaiting latest decision regarding the long-contested voter photo ID law

By Tricia Erickson | Mar 16, 2017

AUSTIN – Groups and individuals suing the state recently presented evidence in a hearing to determine whether or not the voting ID law, also known as SB 14, was enacted in 2011 with discriminatory intent.

Dyslexic FBI agent’s discrimination suit against AG Lynch set for spring trial

By David Yates | Dec 1, 2016

BEAUMONT – A FBI agent claiming he has been discriminated against because of his dyslexia recently had his lawsuit set for trial in March of 2018.

Appeal looks to overturn ban in transgender student bathroom case

By Dawn Geske | Nov 8, 2016

AUSTIN -- A notice has been granted for appeal in the Texas case involving the use of bathrooms by transgender students.

Freeing the False Claims Act

By Patrick Burns and R. Scott Oswald | Oct 27, 2016

Thirty years ago, President Reagan signed the False Claims Amendments Act of 1986, an anti-fraud measure whose extraordinary success is a timely reminder of what’s possible when Washington acts in a focused, bipartisan spirit.

Second ‘Clock Boy’ suit filed, Fox News and Glenn Beck among defendants

By David Yates | Sep 26, 2016

Another chapter has been added to the story of Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim teen who became known as “clock boy” after being arrested for bringing a homemade timepiece to school in a pencil case.

Seaman blames U.S. government for hand injuries

By Philip Gonzales | Sep 19, 2016

BEAUMONT — An Alabama seaman is suing the U.S. government, alleging its negligence caused the plaintiff to suffer a serious hand injury. 

Texas AG sends transgender guidance letter to schools, ACLU responds

By David Yates | Aug 26, 2016

AUSTIN – On Aug. 25, Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a guidance letter to educational institutions in Texas regarding the nationwide injunction issued by a federal court that blocked enforcement of the federal guidance letter on transgender restrooms. Paxton’s letter explains that, in light of the injunction, no educational institution in Texas needs to change its policies regarding intimate facilities to comply with the unenforceable federal guidelines.

13 states seek injunction against U.S. agencies regarding transgender bathroom use

By Chandra Lye | Aug 11, 2016

AUSTIN - More than a dozen states, including Texas, have requested a preliminary injunction against several U.S. agencies including the Department of Education, Department of Justice and Department of Labor regarding transgender students in school.

Texas lawyer defending himself against claims he stole victims' identities in Deepwater Horizon claims

By Dawn Geske | Aug 7, 2016

SAN ANTONIO – The trial for a well-known Texas lawyer accused of falsifying claims against BP in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is currently underway in Mississippi.

SCOTUS denies Apple’s request to review E-books price-fixing case

By David Yates | Mar 7, 2016

AUSTIN— On March 7 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the U.S. Supreme Court denied Apple’s request to review a lower court decision, clearing the way for the distribution of $400 million to U.S. consumers who paid artificially-inflated prices for e-books.

BBB Warns Consumers of the Cost of Watching 'Free' Online Movies

By The SE Texas Record | Mar 28, 2011

BBB Warns Consumers of the Cost of Watching 'Free' Online Movies

Barbier says no to separating state, federal government claims from private BP suits

By Steve Korris | Feb 1, 2011

Barbier U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier rejected pleas from the federal government and 15 states to separate their suits over the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill from private civil suits.

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