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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
WASHINGTON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Nine companies based in
Japan and two executives have agreed to plead guilty and to pay
a total of more than $740 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
The department said that price-fixed automobile parts were
sold to Fiat SpA affiliate Chrysler Group LLC
, Ford Motor Co and General Motors Co,
-as well as to the U.S. subsidiaries of Honda Motor Co Ltd
, Mazda Motor Corp, Mitsubishi Motors Corp
, Nissan Motor Co Ltd, Toyota Motor Corp
and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd’s Subaru.
(Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon met Thursday morning with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as the nation’s biggest bank attempts to end federal and state investigations into its liability for selling shoddy mortgage securities.
The settlement talks in Washington come after the U.S. Department of Justice threatened to file a lawsuit on Tuesday over one of its cases.