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Oct 17, 2013

Boston Scientific to pay $30 mln over heart devices -US Justice

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Boston Scientific Corp
agreed to pay $30 million to settle allegations that the
Guidant unit it acquired in 2006 knowingly sold defective heart
devices implanted in Medicare patients, the U.S. Justice
Department said on Thursday.

Guidant from 2002 to 2005 sold the implantable
defibrillators even though it knew they could short-circuit and
become ineffective at correcting heartbeat rhythms, the
department said in a statement.

Oct 14, 2013

Libyan al-Qaeda suspect to appear in court in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An alleged senior al Qaeda figure captured in Libya by U.S. special forces this month has been transferred to the United States and will face charges in court in New York, U.S. officials said on Monday

The Libyan, Nazih al-Ragye, better known as Abu Anas al-Liby, is a suspect in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilians.

Oct 3, 2013

U.S. indicts 13 suspected members of hacker group Anonymous

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States brought criminal charges against 13 suspected members of the hacking group Anonymous on Thursday for allegedly attacking government, credit card and lobbying websites in a campaign in support of internet file-sharing.

A grand jury indictment of the 13 people was filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, charging them with conspiracy to intentionally cause damage to protected computers as part of Anonymous’ “Operation Payback.”

Oct 2, 2013

U.S. opposes tech companies’ request to reveal spying demands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has told a secret surveillance court that it opposes a request from technology companies to reveal more about the demands they receive for user information, according to court papers released on Wednesday.

Negotiations between the federal government and companies such as Google Inc have gone on for months, and while U.S. spy agencies said they plan to be more transparent, they have opposed company requests to disclose more detailed data.

Oct 1, 2013

Shutdown sets off scramble to delay U.S. court deadlines

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Faced with an indefinite government shutdown, U.S. government lawyers sought delays on Tuesday in court cases across the country on subjects ranging from competition among Idaho hospitals to drone strikes abroad.

The requests to postpone trials and deadlines for written briefs had been expected after the Justice Department cautioned on Monday that non-critical civil matters would fall victim to a lack of money. Only U.S. government matters that were deemed essential were allowed to go on until Congress allocates money for the fiscal year that began on Tuesday.

Sep 30, 2013

U.S. tries to salvage case against bin Laden’s publicist

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration tried on Monday to salvage a military tribunal’s conviction of Osama bin Laden’s publicist, the latest case to underscore the legal troubles surrounding the tribunal system at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba.

Justice Department lawyer Ian Gershengorn urged a U.S. appeals court at a hearing in Washington to affirm the conviction of Ali Hamza al Bahlul, the former publicist and videographer for the al Qaeda leader.

Sep 30, 2013

Government sues to block North Carolina voter law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department sued North Carolina on Monday in a bid to block a new state law that forces voters to present a photo identification before casting a ballot and limits early voting, arguing the measure discriminates against minorities.

The suit marked the second time in recent months that the Democratic Obama administration has challenged a voting law enacted by a Republican-led state. In August, it sued to block a 2011 Texas voter-identification measure.

Sep 30, 2013

Obama administration to sue U.S. state on voting rules: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration plans to sue North Carolina on Monday to block newly enacted voting rules that it believes violates federal civil rights law, a person briefed on the Justice Department’s plan said on Sunday.

The challenge would be the second of its kind in three months aimed at voting changes in a Republican-led state. In July, the Justice Department said it would sue Texas. The department’s civil rights enforcers are acting after the U.S. Supreme Court in June invalidated part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act they previously relied on.

Sep 26, 2013

JPMorgan’s Dimon meets with U.S. Attorney General Holder

By David Henry and David Ingram

(Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) CEO Jamie Dimon met with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, seeking to make sure a possible $11 billion (6.85 billion pounds) settlement will end the bank’s pain from mortgage-securities probes, a source said.

The bank is close to settling many of the probes into how it sold mortgage bonds before the financial crisis, but Dimon fears that as soon as this deal is worked out other investigations will emerge, the person familiar with the matter said.

Sep 26, 2013

Nine auto parts makers to plead guilty to U.S. price fixing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nine companies based in Japan and two executives have agreed to plead guilty and to pay almost $745 million in fines for their roles in long-running conspiracies to fix the prices of auto parts sold to U.S. car manufacturers, the Department of Justice said on Thursday.

The settlements are the latest in an ongoing probe into price fixing of a broad range of car parts that has now ensnared 20 companies and 21 executives. The companies have agreed to pay $1.6 billion in fines overall.