U.S. Department of Justice News

DOJ seeks to keep identity of office partner in affair with former U.S. Attorney secret

By Record News | Apr 16, 2019

NEW YORK CITY – Dodging a deadline to identify a former U.S. attorney who engaged in misconduct and his intimate office partner, U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman pleaded to keep the woman’s name secret in federal court in New York.

Trump DOJ acts on threat to trial lawyers who sue on behalf of the government

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice's recent effort to toss lawsuits it says it wasted hundreds of hours investigating is emblematic of a strategy under President Donald Trump to rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars.

One of 11 ‘false claims’ suits DOJ wants dismissed filed in SDIL by former Lakin partner

By Record News | Dec 28, 2018

BENTON – Six men who formed corporations to sue drug companies on behalf of the government wasted the government’s time, according to the government.

DOJ: A company created to file lawsuits has wasted 1,500 hours of the government's time

By David Yates | Dec 20, 2018

TEXARKANA – The U.S. Department of Justice is asking federal judges around the country to dismiss lawsuits it says are brought by shell companies that misrepresent their true purposes - filing meritless litigation against health care companies.

Trump admin makes use of Medicare law in blunt warning to asbestos lawyers

By Daniel Fisher | Sep 19, 2018

In the Trump administration, at least, the government will no longer look the other way as asbestos lawyers negotiate lenient terms that make it easy for their current clients to get money at the expense of future claimants and federal entitlement programs.

DOJ raises flag in Kaiser Gypsum bankruptcy; Says it will investigate illegal conduct in trusts

By Ann Maher | Sep 13, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice has stepped into Kaiser Gypsum's Chapter 11 bankruptcy pending in the Western District of North Carolina over concerns that its reorganization plan lacks sufficient safeguards to prevent fraud.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: North Suburban Businessman Sentenced to 24 months for Evading More Than $800,000 in State and Federal Income Taxes

By Press release submission | Jul 15, 2018

A north suburban businessman who operated a cellular telephone distributorship throughout Illinois and other Midwestern states was sentenced last Friday to 24 months imprisonment for willfully failing to pay more than $800,000 in personal and corporate income taxes.

District court judge denies part of DOJ motion for summary judgment in white supremacist's FOIA case

By Karen Kidd | Feb 12, 2018

BENTON – A district court judge recently denied in part a U.S. Department of Justice motion for partial summary judgment in the Freedom of Information Act request of imprisoned white supremacist William A. White.

Time to enforce America’s immigration laws again

By Don Weber | Oct 30, 2017

A country without effective borders is not a country at all. And a country ruled by bureaucrats that are out of step with American opinion isn’t much of a country either.

DOJ denies request to identify former U.S. attorney in misconduct investigation, but releases redacted report on affair

By Record News | Jun 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Justice Department lawyers denied media requests to identify a former U.S. attorney who committed adultery with a supervisor in his office, but they released a report with dozens of details about the affair.

DUI arrest report on Wigginton indicates former federal prosecutor not able to complete field sobriety tests

By Record News | Jun 2, 2017

A Troy police report detailing the DUI arrest of former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton, indicates he had almost made it home when he was stopped at around 10 p.m. on May 23.

Misconduct involving U.S. Attorney's relationship with subordinate detailed in OIG report

By Record News | May 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – A recent misconduct report prepared by the Office of the Inspector General indicates that a U.S. Attorney carried on an affair with a subordinate and quit the job when Washington found out.

The sun is shining, and it's a dark day for asbestos plaintiff lawyers

By The Madison County Record | Apr 18, 2017

Asbestos attorneys are feeling the earth move under their feet, they're feeling the sky tumbling down, a-tumbling down, and they can't get that Carole King tune out of their heads.

Former ESL detective Orlando Ward to be released Oct. 26; Cocaine smuggling sentence cut in half

By Record News | Oct 17, 2016

ST. LOUIS – Former East St. Louis detective Orlando Ward, whose sentence for cocaine smuggling mysteriously shrank by half, will gain freedom on Oct. 26.  

‘Upcoding’ lawsuit brought by Memorial nurse dismissed in federal court

By Record News | May 31, 2016

EAST ST. LOUIS – Attorney David Cates of Swansea has chosen not to litigate nurse Keith Werner’s suit claiming a California company cheated taxpayers on medical bills. 

PokerStars dealt a class action in St. Clair County

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 11, 2012

A St. Clair County woman has filed a class action lawsuit to recover money allegedly lost to an offshore gambling website.

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation to receive $500K grant

By Christina Stueve Hodges | Sep 6, 2012

Wood Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. announced that it will receive a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

U.S. Attorney's collections top $23 million last year

By The Madison County Record | Oct 5, 2011

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois announced that it collected a total of $23,036,885.18 in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

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