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Judge Tentatively Approves $1M Settlement to Children in Border Patrol Lawsuit

Anastasio Hernandez Rojas.

Anastasio Hernandez Rojas.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Seven years of litigation may finally be over after a San Diego federal judge tentatively approved a $1 million settlement to the children of a Mexican man who was fatally beaten and shot with a Taser at a California port of entry.

The money will be split by the five children of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, who was killed during the confrontation at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on May 28, 2010, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

“This agreement is not justice,” said Hernandez Rojas’ common-law wife, Maria Puga, at a news conference following the hearing. “My husband’s life does not have a price. The decision had to be taken and it was difficult. We had to turn the page.”

Two of the children are still minors.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Louisa Porter told the two 10-year-olds that he delayed signing the final order under to ensure the funds don’t need to go through probate.

“I hope you use the funds so you can have a good life going forward,” Porter told the two 10-year-olds. “He came to this country to improve his life, and he’d like to see your lives improved by virtue of all the sacrifices he made for you.”

Justice Department to Pay $134,000 to Woman After DEA Set Up Bogus Facebook Page

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A controversial tactic by federal investigators from the DEA to create a bogus Facebook page using real information from a suspect has turned into a $134,000 settlement for the woman targeted on the social media page, the Associated Press reports.

In the settlement with Sondra Arquiett, the DEA still did not admit wrongdoing.

The case has prompted the Justice Department to review how it handled the case and whether it was appropriate to set up a fake account.

“This settlement demonstrates that the government is mindful of its obligation to ensure the rights of third parties are not infringed upon in the course of its efforts to bring those who commit federal crimes to justice,” Richard Hartunian, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of New York, said in a statement.

“It also takes into account emerging personal privacy concerns in the age of social media, and represents a fair resolution of plaintiff’s claims,” he added.

Ex-FBI Director Freeh Investigating Attorney Tied to BP’s Multibillion-Dollar Settlement

Louis Freeh

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was appointed by federal judges to investigate a court-supervised administrator of BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement, the Associated Press reports.

Freeh, a private consultant, was named a “special master” by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier.

Freeh is to investigate whether an attorney on the staff of claims administrator, Patrick Juneau, received inappropriate payments.

The AP reported that Juneau is accused of receiving a portion of the settlement proceeds before he started working on the deal.

NJ Residents Reach Settlement with ICE over Warrantless Home Raids

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Eight New Jersey residents will share $295,000 as part of a settlement in a lawsuit that alleges their homes were raided without warrants, the Associated Press reports

U.S. citizen Ana Galindo said officers pointed a gun at her 9-year-old son during the pre-dawn raids.

The residents filed a lawsuit in 2008 against more than 30 ICE officers involved, the AP reported.

The Center for Constitutional Rights provided legal help.

GlaxoSmithKline Settles with Justice Department for $3 Billion

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline will pay $3 billion and plead guilty to criminal and civil charges in connection with off-label marketing of several drugs under an agreement announced Monday by the Justice Department, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The London-based company is accused of illegally marketing prescriptions, including diabetes drug Avandia and the antidepressant Paxil.

“Today’s multi-billion dollar settlement is unprecedented in both size and scope,” James M. Cole, Deputy Attorney General, said in a statement. “It underscores the Administration’s firm commitment to protecting the American people and holding accountable those who commit health care fraud. At every level, we are determined to stop practices that jeopardize patients’ health, harm taxpayers, and violate the public trust – and this historic action is a clear warning to any company that chooses to break the law.”

Countrywide Financial Agrees to Pay $335 Million Settlement to Resolve Allegations of Lending Discrimination

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