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Las Vegas Sands agreed to pay a $6.96 million criminal penalty to resolve the government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. This resolution is in addition to the $9 million related civil penalty paid to the SEC in April. Jaclyn Jaegerreports.
Without admitting or denying the findings, asset management BlackRock agreed to pay a $340,000 penalty to settle charges that it improperly used separation agreements in which exiting employees were forced to waive their ability to obtain whistleblower awards. Jaclyn Jaegerreports.
Without admitting or denying any wrongdoing, General Motors has agreed to pay a $1 million civil penalty to resolve charges that deficient internal accounting controls prevented the company from properly assessing the potential impact on its financial statements of a defective ignition switch found in some vehicles. Jaclyn Jaegerreports.
Medical-device company Orthofix International has agreed to admit wrongdoing and pay more than $14 million to settle SEC charges that it improperly booked revenue in certain instances and made improper payments to doctors at government-owned hospitals in Brazil in order to increase sales. Jaclyn Jaegerreports.
Drug company Allergan, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, has agreed to admit securities law violations and pay a $15 million penalty for disclosure failures in the wake of a hostile takeover bid, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced. Jaclyn Jaegerhas more.
Chilean chemicals and mining company Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM) agreed to pay a combined $30.5 million in criminal and civil penalties in connection with payments to politically connected individuals in Chile in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Jaclyn Jaegerhas more.
British engineering company Rolls-Royce has agreed to pay the United States nearly $170 million as part of an $800 million global resolution with U.S., U.K., and Brazilian authorities into a long-running bribery scheme. Jaclyn Jaegerreports.
Deutsche Bank has reached a $7.2 billion settlement with the Justice Department and other federal agencies resolving federal civil claims that it misled investors in the packaging, securitization, marketing, sale, and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities. Jaclyn Jaegerreports.
Drug distributor McKesson will pay a record $150 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act, the Justice Department announced today. The settlement also imposes new and enhanced compliance obligations, as well as an independent monitor—the first independent monitor of its kind in a CSA civil penalty settlement. Jaclyn Jaegerreports.
Moody’s Investors Service, Moody’s Analytics, and their parent, Moody’s, have reached a nearly $864 million settlement agreement with the Department of Justice, 21 states, and the District of Columbia to resolve allegations arising from Moody’s role in providing credit ratings for residential mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations. Jaclyn Jaeger reports.