On June 25, 2014, a Louisiana judge overturned the conviction of Nathan Brown after results from DNA testing of crime scene evidence proved Brown is innocent. Brown served roughly 17 years of a 25-year sentence for a crime he did not commit.
A trial court judge ruled that Daniel Gristwood was entitled to some $5.5 million in wrongful conviction damages after concluding that Gristwood’s “confession” was the product of police misconduct. The appellate panel unanimously affirmed that award in July 2014.
Omnicare, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services to nursing homes, recently agreed to pay $124.4 million to settle a whistleblower suit. The government asserted that Omnicare offered improper financial incentives to skilled nursing facilities in return for their continued selection of Omnicare to supply drugs to elderly Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
A recent CitiGroup settlement includes a $4 billion civil penalty, the largest penalty ever under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA).
CitiGroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle charges that it packaged bad mortgages in the period leading up to the financial crisis. The settlement includes $4 billion in penalties, $2.5 billion in mortgage modifications and other relief to homeowners, and $500 million to be paid to a number of states and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.