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.
U.S. Department of Justice News
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.
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.
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.
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.
DALLAS – Five hospice companies agreed to a $12.2 million settlement in whistle-blower cases that claimed they paid kickbacks in exchange for referrals.
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'
AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton is throwing support to the president’s immigration order.
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.
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.
AUSTIN -- A notice has been granted for appeal in the Texas case involving the use of bathrooms by transgender students.
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.
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.
BEAUMONT — An Alabama seaman is suing the U.S. government, alleging its negligence caused the plaintiff to suffer a serious hand injury.
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.
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
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.
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
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.