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THE $7 MILLION FINE In the largest civil penalty ever imposed for violating a Federal Trade Commission order, the Boston Scientific Corp. was slapped with a $7 million fine earlier this month by Judge Patti Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Judge Saris held that Boston Scientific acted in “bad faith” and harmed people with heart disease when it reneged on its obligation to license technology to competitor Hewlett-Packard Co. In 1995, the FTC approved Boston Scientific’s merger with rival CVIS as long as the company shared its intravascular catheter technology, licenses, and know-how with HP. The case was brought on the FTC’s behalf by the Justice Department Office of Consumer Litigation and the Boston U.S. Attorney’s Office. — Jenna Greene TWO FOR D.C. Jocelyn Ballantine and Aaron Mendelsohn have joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia as assistant U.S. attorneys assigned to the misdemeanor trial section. Ballantine, 31, had been senior counsel with the Justice Department Office of Legal Policy. She earned her law degree at Stanford Law School. Mendelsohn, 29, had been a trial attorney with DOJ’s tobacco litigation team. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law. — Eva Rodriguez DOJ SHUFFLE The White House plans to nominate Robert McCallum, chief of the Justice Department Civil Division, to serve as associate attorney general. Meanwhile, Peter Keisler, top deputy in the associate’s office, has been tapped to replace McCallum to head the Civil Division. Prior to joining the administration, McCallum was a partner with Atlanta’s Alston & Bird. Keisler, a White House lawyer in the first Bush administration, was a partner in the D.C. office of Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood. — Vanessa Blum LEGAL ED FOR DETAINEES The Justice Department Executive Office for Immigration Review is launching a legal orientation program for individuals detained by the Department of Homeland Security and facing deportation hearings in the immigration courts. The program — expected to reach about 23,000 detainees in the next year — provides information about the immigration process and refers detainees to pro bono attorneys. — Vanessa Blum

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