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Holder announces expanded clemency guidelines for convicted drug offenders
April 21, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is expanding its criteria for recommending clemency to federal prisoners convicted of certain drug crimes. Holder's announcement recapped the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA) that President Barack Obama signed into law in....... [more]

Federal appeals court orders release of targeted killings memo
April 21, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday ordered the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to turn over a memorandum detailing the legal justification for the US government's targeted killing program. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ch....... [more]

DOJ: Number of US deportation cases steadily declining
April 17, 2014
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday released statisticsthat show a steady decline in new deportation cases brought by the Obama administration in US immigration courts over the last five years, and that more judges have begun ruling against deportations. The numbers indicate a 43 percent....... [more]

HP offers $108 million to settle bribery charges by SEC, DOJ
April 10, 2014
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday charged Hewlett-Packard (HP) with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by making improper payments to various government officials in order to obtain or keep contracts within certain countries. The US Department of Justice (D....... [more]

US AG expresses concern about digital currency abuse
April 9, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday expressed concern before the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee with respect to the proliferation of virtual currencies, which, he asserts, have created new avenues for money laundering, drug trafficking and other illegal activity. Holder note....... [more]

Straight to the Heart: Does Merck & Co.'s $100 Million Dollar NuvaRing Settlement Offer Reflect Failed Corporate Governance Policies?
April 7, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Kristen Swift, Widener University School of Law Class of 2014, discusses Merck & Co.'s NuvaRing settlement and the company's corporate governance policies...Recently, Merck & Co. made a major splash across headlines by offering NuvaRing plaintiff's a $100 million dolla....... [more]

Federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in Michigan
March 28, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Friday that the federal government will recognize the same-sex marriages of Michigan couples. The statement is in accordance with Holder's initial statement that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be extending all federal benefits to same-sex couples le....... [more]

DOJ announces $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota
March 19, 2014
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday announced a $1.2 billion settlement agreement with Toyota for misleading customers and US regulators. The criminal complaint against Toyota alleges that the company intentionally concealed information from the public regarding a design defect whereby d....... [more]

DOJ defends American Airlines Group merger
March 11, 2014
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday filed a response to public comments in defense of the December antitrust settlement that allowed the merger of American Airlines and US Airways Group Inc, forming American Airlines Group, Inc. The 51-page report, filed in the US District Court for the Dis....... [more]

CIA inspector general asks DOJ to investigate overseas interrogation methods
March 6, 2014
The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) office of the Inspector General has reportedly requested that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate CIA conduct in secret detention programs that was the focus of an unreleased US Senate study. Individuals reported to McClatchy Newspapers that this r....... [more]

Department of Justice Settlements
February 25, 2014
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Settlements with the US Department of Justice The US Department of Justice announced on November 19, 2013 that JPMorgan Chase & Co. had agreed to a record-setting $13 billion settlement over its risky mortgage practices that played a role in the 2008 financial crisis. N....... [more]


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