DOJ’s “Fairyland Damages” Calculation Rejected in Prevailing Wage Rate False Claims Act Case

In a February 4, 2016, decision, United States ex rel. Wall v. Circle C. Construction, LLC, the Sixth Circuit summarily rejected the government’s assertion that the measure of damages in a False Claims Act (FCA) suit involving a violation of prevailing wage rate requirements was the total amount paid for the work.

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Wage Suppression Antitrust Class Allegations Against Oracle Dismissed As Untimely

Wage Suppression Antitrust Class Allegations Against Oracle Dismissed As Untimely

A 2009 Department of Justice (“DOJ”) investigation of the employment and recruitment practices of a number of Silicon Valley technology companies resulted in DOJ lawsuits against seven companies, followed by consent decrees and numerous class actions brought by employees and former employees.

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Chinese Scientists Accused of Trade Secret Theft in Recent DOJ Indictment

Late last month, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced the indictments of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) scientists Yu Xue and Lucy Xi, as well as three of their associates for trade secrets theft, wire fraud, and conspiracies to commit both crimes.

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Another Auto Finance Company Agrees to Change Dealer Compensation Policy to Settle ECOA Claims Alleged by CFPB and DOJ

By | CFPB Monitor | February 8, 2016
Another Auto Finance Company Agrees to Change Dealer Compensation Policy to Settle ECOA Claims Alleged by CFPB and DOJ

The CFPB and Department of Justice (the “Agencies”) announced recently that they have entered into a settlement with Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) to resolve charges that TMCC engaged in unlawful discrimination in violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA). 

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Assistant Attorney General Highlights Increased Worldwide Collaboration in the Fight Against Cybercrime, and Emphasizes the Need to Access Encrypted Data

By | White Collar Crime Watch | February 3, 2016
Assistant Attorney General Highlights Increased Worldwide Collaboration in the Fight Against Cybercrime, and Emphasizes the Need to Access Encrypted Data

On January 25, 2016, Leslie Caldwell, the Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division, spoke at the Internet Education Foundation’s 12th Annual State of the Net Conference in Washington, D.C. At this conference, she revealed that the DOJ has stationed investigators and prosecutors in five countries on four different continents in the past fiscal year, focused solely on information sharing to prosecute cyber criminals.

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Authors Write the Latest Chapter in Their Ongoing Saga with Amazon

By | Antitrust Law Source | February 2, 2016
Authors Write the Latest Chapter in Their Ongoing Saga with Amazon

The same group of authors, book publishers and booksellers that urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate Amazon for antitrust violations last summer recently voiced its support for Apple in its attempt to overturn the adverse verdict against it entered by a New York federal judge in connection with the DOJ’s civil prosecution of it for harming competition with—you guessed it—Amazon.

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U.S Fish and Wildlife Services Opts Not to Appeal 30-Year Eagle Rule Decision, Focuses On Development of Eagle Permitting Program

By | Renewable + Law | January 22, 2016

On January 19, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) dropped its Ninth Circuit appeal of U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh’s ruling that set aside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (“Service”) rule to extend the maximum term for programmatic “take” permits under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (“Eagle Act”) to 30 years for failure to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”).

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