Situation This case study profiles the internet search engine Google, LLC. Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Google owns the largest market share of search engines on the internet. According to investigators at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Google reached this status using … [Read more...] about Justice Department Sues Google for Anti-Competitive Practices
Situation This case study profiles Greeley, Colorado-based chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (PPC). Ten executives at two leading United States broiled chicken producers conspired to keep prices of their products artificially high. Multiple federal agencies investigated Pilgrim’s … [Read more...] about Pilgrim’s Pride fined $108 million for antitrust violations.
Situation This case study profiles southern California youth gymnastics center Perfect Point Corporation, South Coast Gymnastics, and two owners Jia Wen and Xiaoping Li. During a routine COVID-19 safety check, investigators with the labor department discovered the southern California … [Read more...] about Two Olympic Gymnasts Fined for Wage Theft and Violating Employee Protection Laws
Situation Two business owners conspired to defraud the US Small Business Administration (SBA) by concealing the true ownership status of their businesses when submitting bids to the SBA for federal government contracts. Created in 2019, the Procurement Collusion Strike Force provides a … [Read more...] about Michael Wibracht, Ruben Villarreal SBA Fraud
Situation Physician-owners at a respected hospital in Texas violated federal law by improperly charging Medicare when referring patients from their facility to another office in which they had a vested financial interest. After former employees filed a whistleblower, Hospital settled the civil … [Read more...] about Texas Heart Hospital False Claims Act scheme
Situation The former chief investment officer of a northern New Jersey regional medical practice pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The defendant and the business’s former CEO conspired to defraud mortgage lenders of mortgage loans on 13 rental properties in three … [Read more...] about Barton Schack, Regent Medical Properties, Bank Fraud
Situation International banking conglomerate HSBC, affiliates, and subsidiaries, abused banking and mortgage laws in the United States to their client’s detriment. Regulators with the Housing and Urban Development and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau investigated allegations of mortgage … [Read more...] about HSBC agreed to pay $601 million for abusive mortgage practices
Situation Ripple had designs to offer new digital assets for sale in the public exchange markets. The company received two legal opinions from an outside law firm confirming its ability to sell cryptocurrency without registering the assets with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Inadequate … [Read more...] about SEC Sued Ripple Labs For $1.3 billion