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February 25, 1988 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, Times Staff Writer
Northrop was sued in federal court on Wednesday by four current and former employees for allegedly overcharging the government by more than $2 billion on the stealth bomber program. The suit, which is under seal in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleges that Northrop overcharged the government on the program through a variety of false billings, misrepresented charges and double billings, according to Robert Kilborne, a Claremont attorney representing the employees.
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BUSINESS
July 8, 2010 | By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles woman sued Blue Shield of California on Wednesday, accusing the nonprofit health plan of overcharging thousands of policyholders who bought safety-net insurance for people who were sick or jobless. Amalia Lample said in her lawsuit that Blue Shield, the state's second-largest not-for-profit insurer, knowingly exceeded maximum insurance rates set by the state and falsely reported to regulators that the charges stayed within official guidelines. Lample, 64, argued that she is owed $4,475 in excess charges she paid from 2007 to 2009.
BUSINESS
November 11, 1993 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's biggest workers' compensation insurer will refund millions of dollars to Southland business owners as a result of a state investigation, it was learned late Wednesday. Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi will announce today details of his agency's probe into the State Compensation Insurance Fund, which covers roughly 25% of all workers in the state.
BUSINESS
February 16, 1989 | From Associated Press
A jury says Wells Fargo Bank overcharged its credit card customers $5.2 million in fees for making payments late and exceeding credit limits. The Superior Court verdict reached Tuesday, in the first of several similar suits against major banks, entitles holders of MasterCard and Visa cards from Wells Fargo between July, 1982, and May, 1987, to $4.1 million in refunds for late-payment fees and more than $1 million for over-limit fees.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, owner of U.S. pipelines that handle 2 million barrels of oil products a day, may have overcharged shippers and may have to give refunds and cut prices, federal regulators said. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that rates charged shippers on a line between Los Angeles and Arizona are subject to review. Shares of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners fell 28 cents to $44.75 and Kinder Morgan Inc.
NEWS
July 3, 1989
Overcharges to the government of up to $1 billion were made by private developers and mortgage companies participating in one Department of Housing and Urban Development program for low-income housing, a Dallas newspaper reported. The Dallas Morning News said in a copyrighted story that private investors, including the current U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, hid the overcharges through duplicate billings, inflated labor costs and work for unauthorized items.
NEWS
March 19, 1992 | ROBERT W. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Environmental Protection Agency's largest private contractor--CH2M Hill Cos.--has systematically overcharged the government for overhead costs by including expenses for parties, chocolate bars, sporting events and other inappropriate items in its calculations, according to congressional investigators. In a memorandum prepared for members of a House energy and commerce subcommittee, investigators said the company, which received $35.
BUSINESS
July 23, 1994 | GEORGE WHITE
For the second time in two years, Ralphs Grocery Co. has pleaded no contest to criminal counts of overcharging customers at some of its stores and has agreed to pay fines and a penalty. The charges involved disparities between the posted shelf prices on some products and prices registered at the checkout counter. The accusations followed inspections by Los Angeles County officials at 10 supermarkets in the San Fernando Valley and central and West Los Angeles. City Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1994
A criminal complaint filed Tuesday against the operators of three companies accuses them of overcharging customers to move their belongings out of their quake-damaged homes. An April 12 arraignment date is set for Thomas J. Smith, 42, of Van Nuys, and Jeronimo Maldonado, 32, of Pacoima. Smith, president of LA Moving, Storage and Distribution, and Maldonado, who operates Maldonado Trucking, a sub-carrier of LA Moving, were charged in the criminal complaint.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
For the 11th time in two months, the Ventura County district attorney's office has filed a criminal complaint alleging that the Vons supermarket chain overcharges its customers. The complaint alleges that various Vons stores in Ventura County charged prices that were not advertised, posted or quoted. During routine test purchases, inspectors were overcharged on various items. Vons is accused of posting one price on items on the shelf and then charging a higher price at the register. On Oct.
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