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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Justice Department’

Antitrust Prosecution Comes To E-Commerce

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that it has charged a former e-commerce executive with price fixing, in what would be the DoJ’s antitrust division’s first online marketplace prosecution. The defendant is charged with price fixing in violation of the Sherman Act, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of $1 million for individuals. David Topkins, …

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Feds Settle Facebook Impersonation Suit

The U.S. Justice Department is about to pay a New York woman $134,000 over investigative tactics it once described as “legitimate law enforcement”. In October of 2014, the story of Sondra Arquiett hit the web. Arquiett claimed DEA agents stole her identity and gave it new life on Facebook after commandeering her cellphone upon her arrest in 2010. She was …

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Sharyl Attkisson Sues DOJ Over Alleged Hacking

Former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has made her accusations against the Obama administration official, as she has sued the Justice Department over the alleged hacking of her computers. According to a press release, Attkisson has filed administrative claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act against the Department of Justice, the U.S. Postal Service, and certain unnamed employees and/or agents …

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Facebook Sure Would Like the DEA to Stop Impersonating People

Though the US Justice Department thinks the Drug Enforcement Agency has the right to impersonate people on Facebook for “law enforcement purposes”, Facebook sure would like them to stop. Facebook has sent a pointed letter to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart asking that the DEA “cease all activities on Facebook that involve the impersonation of others.” “Facebook is a community where …

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United Airlines Parent Company Settles Bias Claim

The United States Department of Justice said Tuesday that United Continental Holdings Inc. has settled a claim that Continental Airlines discriminated against employees who were legal permanent residents of the United States but weren’t U.S. citizens. According to The Associated Press, the Justice Department said that Continental asked legal permanent residents to fill out extra forms and show proof of …

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Obama: Clemency Guidelines Must be Expanded

On Monday, Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder released a video in which he called for the expansion of clemency criteria for nonviolent drug offenders. If the clemency guidelines are expanded, it could lead to reduced sentences for hundreds, or even thousands, of convicts currently serving harsh punishments for minor drug violations. Thus far in his presidency, Obama …

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Bridgestone Executive Jailed For Price Fixing

Bridgestone executive Yusuke Shimasaki this week pleaded guilty to charges related to an international car part price-fixing and bid-rigging conspiracy. Two other Bridgestone executives, Yasuo Tyuto and Isao Yoshida, were also indicted this week for their roles in the conspiracy. Shimasaki will serve one year and six months in prison and pay a $20,000 fine. As part of the plea …

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App Pirates Guilty of Copyright Infringement

Back in January the U.S. charged four people in connection with pirate app stores developed for Android devices. Now all four of these defendants has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. The cases represent the U.S. Justice Department’s first cases against alleged mobile app pirates, and now appear to have been a success. Thomas Pace …

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Alabama Man Sentenced in KKK Murder-For-Hire Plot

An Alabama man was sentenced today in federal court on charges stemming from a murder-for-hire plot. The man, Allen Wayne Densen Morgan, was found guilty last fall for attempting to hire Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members to murder his neighbor. The 29-year-old Morgan has been sentenced to six years in prison. “Mr. Morgan detailed his calculated desire to end his …

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Rhode Island Settles Mental Disability Segregation Claims

The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that the state of Rhode Island has agreed to the terms of a settlement meant to tackle the issue of discrimination in the state. The U.S. had claimed that Rhode Island was violating the rights of the mentally disabled in the state. According to the terms of the agreement, 2,000 Rhode Islanders with …

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“Operation Crash” Takes Down Black Rhino Horn Salesmen

A federal grand jury in Los Vegas today issued indictments for two men accused of selling black rhinoceros horns in the U.S. The men were caught in a sting that was part of “Operation Crash,” a nationwide investigation into the rhino horn trade led by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Servie and the Justice Department. Edward N. Levine and Lumsden …

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Two Chicago Men Charged For Rolling Back Odometers

The U.S. Department of Justice today announced that two men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for tampering with car odometers. The men, who are brothers, are alleged to have rolled back the odometers of nearly 150 different vehicles. Erick Sanchez-Pulido and Israel Sanchez-Pulido, 30 and 31 years old, have been charged with 15 counts of odometer tampering, …

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