The Department of Justice announced today that Import Merchandising Concepts L.P. (IMC) and two individuals, Glen Michaels and Alan Lewis, have agreed to pay $275,000 to resolve allegations that the company improperly evaded customs duties on imports of wooden bedroom furniture from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), in violation of the False Claims Act. IMC imports, among other things, bedroom furniture that is sold for use in university student housing. The company is headquartered in Addington, Texas. Glen Michaels is an IMC executive, and Alan Lewis was an IMC agent.
The Department of Justice announced today that Deere & Company and the Monsanto Company terminated Deere’s attempt to purchase Precision Planting LLC from Monsanto. The department filed suit on Aug. 31, 2016, to block the acquisition, alleging that the transaction was a merger-to-monopoly in high-speed precision planting systems, an innovative technology that enables farmers to accurately plant corn, soybeans and other row crops at up to twice the speed of a conventional planter. The case was scheduled for trial in U.S. District Court in Chicago on June 5, 2017.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced the appointment of Dana Boente as Acting Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division. Boente succeeds Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord, who serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and who recently announced that she would be departing in May.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today affirmed the decision by the District Court for the District of Columbia blocking health insurer Anthem, Inc.’s acquisition of Cigna Corp., the Justice Department announced.  Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brent Snyder of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division released the following statement today after the ruling in United States et al. v. Anthem, Inc. and Cigna Corp.
A Queens, New York tax return preparer was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison today for filing false tax returns, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.
An indictment against an Indiana mother and son charging them with conspiracy and filing fraudulent tax refund claims was unsealed today, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Clifford D. Johnson for the Northern District of Indiana. A federal grand jury sitting in Hammond, Indiana returned the indictment on April 21.
Quest Diagnostics Inc. has agreed to pay $6 million to resolve a lawsuit by the United States alleging that Berkeley HeartLab Inc., of Alameda, California, violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to physicians and patients to induce the use of Berkeley for blood testing services and by charging for medically unnecessary tests. Quest, which is headquartered in Madison, New Jersey, acquired Berkeley in 2011, and ended the conduct that gave rise to the settlement.
Kelly Schneider, 23, of Nampa, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court to 336 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release based on his guilty plea to violently assaulting Steven Nelson because he was a gay man, resulting in Nelson’s death, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr., for the District of Idaho.

            

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