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February 2014 Archives

New Jersey Increases Compensation for Wrongful Incarceration

New Jersey is one of 29 states, along with the District of Columbia, that provides compensation to residents who were wrongfully convicted. Under the new law, exonerated individuals in New Jersey will be eligible to receive $50,000 for each year they were wrongfully incarcerated.

National Registry of Exonerations Issues 2013 Report

In 2013, at least 87 people were exonerated and granted their freedom in connection with crimes they did not commit, the highest number since researchers began keeping track of exonerations more than 20 years ago. A number of these individuals spent decades in prison before their release.

JPMorgan Chase to Pay $614 Million for False Claims with Mortgage Loans

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on February 4, 2014 that JPMorgan Chase will pay $614 million for violating the federal False Claims Act by knowingly originating and underwriting non-compliant mortgage loans submitted for insurance coverage and guarantees by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

NC Attorney General announces $40 Million Whistleblower Settlement

CareFusion will pay $40.1 million to resolve allegations it improperly promoted and marketed its surgical preparation solution Chloraprep and concealed kickbacks to a physician who promoted the drug. The State of North Carolina will receive $581,363.13 to resolve allegations that CareFusion defrauded the state’s Medicaid program.

US DOJ Seeks More than $2 Billion in Fines from Bank of America

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) is seeking $2.1 billion in fines from Bank of America (“B of A”) related to mortgage fraud on the part of Countrywide Financial. The case involves mortgages sold in 2007 and 2008 to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two government-backed mortgage finance companies.

CFPB Issues Consumer Advisory on Data Breach

This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) published a consumer advisory to help consumers protect themselves in instances of data breach. The advisory follows recent news of breaches with respect to consumer payment card and other data.

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