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DOJ launches fraud investigation over Elon Musk's tweets

'Musk said 'funding secured,' which is not a prediction, but a statement'

"Musk said 'funding secured,' which is not a prediction, but a statement in past tense which seems like a fact, and this could be a strong case from the government side."

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Justice Dept. investigates Uber software used to elude local officials

SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation into Uber Technologies Inc's use of a software tool that helped its drivers evade local transportation regulators, two sources familiar with the situation said. Uber has acknowledged the software, known as "Greyball," helped it identify and circumvent government officials who were trying to clamp down on Uber in areas where its service had not yet been approved, such as Portland, Ore. The company prohibited the u

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VW engineer pleads guilty in diesel-cheating scandal

James Robert Liang is facing five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Harley will pay a $15 million fine over engine tuners that defeat emissions controls

Harley disagrees with the EPA, saying its Screamin' Eagle Pro Super Tuner was sold for off-road use only.

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Wells Fargo under investigation for repossessing vehicles from military members

Both the Department of Justice and bank regulators are involved in the investigation.

Wells Fargo allegedly violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, a federal law that protects active duty servicemen from things like repossessions.

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FCA fibbed on sales according to internal report

5,000 to 6,000 cars didn't have real buyers

Pressure to maintain sales streak cited as main reason for the misreporting.

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FCA under investigation for fraud by FBI, SEC, and DOJ

Investigators are looking into claims that FCA fudged its year-end sales numbers last December.

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VW has until March 24 for TDI fix, judge says

District Court Judge Charles Breyer has given VW less than a month to deliver a fix for the nearly 600,000 TDI vehicles in violation of emission regulations.

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VW faces problems to fix diesel emissions in the US

Volkswagen and environmental regulators can't come to terms on a fix for the automaker's emissions cheating diesel engines, according to a company insider.

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Justice Department files lawsuit against Volkswagen

US will pursue 'all appropriate remedies' for diesel cheating

The United States filed a lawsuit Monday against Volkswagen for concealing defeat devices in nearly 600,000 cars that were designed to cheat on emissions testing.

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Feds and VW want diesel suits consolidated in Detroit

Volkswagen and the Department of Justice agree that the US District Court in Detroit, MI, would be a good location to combine the class-action lawsuits against the automaker.

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Senators want civil, criminal actions against VW

Senators Richard Blumenthal and Amy Klobuchar are requesting that the Department of Justice pursue civil and criminal charges against VW for its emissions evasions. They don't want the agency to accept any kind of plea deal from the automaker.

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Kayaba, Sumitomo to pay millions for price-fixing in US

Sumitomo Electric Industries and KYB have been ordered pay out millions to settle civil and federal price-fixing cases, respectively.

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Honda finance to pay $24M for discriminatory lending practices

Honda is altering its lending policies and setting up a $24-million compensation fund after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau charged that some of its dealers have engaged in discriminatory practices.

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Bosch fined $57.8 million by DOJ for price fixing and bid rigging

Auto parts supplier Bosch has agreed to pay a $57.8 million criminal fine to the Department of Justice for bid rigging and price fixing of spark plugs, oxygen sensors and starter motors.

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Traffic stops at heart of Ferguson Police Department's racial bias

Justice Department: City Filled Coffers On Backs Of Black Motorists

The Ferguson Police Department used traffic enforcement as a means to systemically discriminate against minorities, a new report from the Department of Justice found.

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WaPo dismisses DOJ report on Tesla direct sales

The Fact Checker column in the Washington Post takes issue with a key report attacking dealer franchise laws. The paper, written at the Department of Justice in 2009, attempts to justify allowing manufacturers to sell directly to consumers, but because of some bad research, tried to make its case by citing a failed GM direct-sales program that had shut down years earlier.

Secret federal government program tracks millions of motorists

ACLU: DEA Has Mined License-Plate Reader Data Since 2008

The US government is tracking the whereabouts of millions of American motorists. Through the use of license-plate readers, federal authorities have collected and stored approximately 343 million records that detail the location of drivers around the country and housed them in a new national database.

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Takata exec indicted by USDOJ for alleged seatbelt price fixing

The US Department of Justice is pursuing a case against an executive from Japanese parts supplier Takata for alleged price fixing of seatbelts from 2005 to 2011. If found guilty, he could face a maximum punishment of 10 years behind bars and a $1 million fine.

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