Josie_Desmarais/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A year ago, Ally Coll was working as a lawyer when her news feed began to fill up with #metoo posts.
She was surprised both by the volume of the posts and the fact that so many of them reminded her of her own experience when she was an 18-year old intern in the U.S. Senate.
"I was mostly struck by the stories that were being told, that they were speaking so publicly about experiences that I have had, that I know many of us have had, that have really remained in the shadows for so long," Coll told a handful of reporters at a private event on Tuesday in New York City. "I started thinking about my own experiences with sexual misconduct."
Coll would later recount her story of being sexually assaulted by her then boss, a 70-year old senator, to reporters from the Washington Post.
She said she identified with the lack of options for people who suffer workplace harassment right as she found herself close to the epicenter of the #metoo movement. David Boies, the head of her law fim, Boies, Schiller & Flexner, represented Harvey Weinstein, a longtime friend and client of his.
"I found myself in an unexpected #MeToo moment in my workplace. The New Yorker reported that my law firm had retained private investigators who targeted, lied to and secretly recorded conversations with women coming forward with allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein," Coll wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post, on The Purple Campaign's origins.
After working internally to create better workplace policies regarding sexual harassment and assault at the firm, she decided to commit herself full-time to the effort. She left the firm and co-founded The Purple Campaign.
Boies Schiller did not respond to request for comment from ABC News.
Thus, the Purple Campaign was launched a year ago with the ambitious goal of putting an end to "the systemic problem of workplace sexual harassment that exists across every industry in the United States."
On Tuesday, the campaign said it has partnered with Uber, Amazon, Airbnb and Expedia to develop a certification program for corporations to establish a policy regarding workplace harassment.
The companies will provide data, and some funding, to help develop a set of policies on normative behavior, effective employee training, internal reporting systems, fair investigation and adjudication procedures, measuring success and the intersectionality of workplace harassment.
The certification would be a third party check along the same lines as the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index that assesses companies' corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.
The Purple Campaign announcement was met with cautious optimism by experts.
"I’ve been in discussions with companies on how to show their bona fides. I think it’s a good effort towards that," civil rights lawyer Debra Katz, who represented Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at the time of her sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh told ABC News. "You can have a good policy, but if there’s a concern about retaliation," the policy is not enough.
"One would want to know what the reporting rate it is," Katz said, and "to see if people feel safe reporting."
Labor expert Harley Shaiken of the University of California, Berkeley, called it "an impressive first step," but said the biggest challenge to confronting harassment is to make sure that employees have "a voice and enough power to give that voice meaning."
The partnership with a company like Uber, which has tried to shed what has been described as its frat boy image of a company that runs outside the reach of regulators, also underscores the challenges.
In 2017, after Uber commissioned a workplace culture report by former attorney general Eric Holder, it ousted its co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick per the report's recommendations. The report also recommended an overhaul of the company's diversity and inclusion practices including creating the office of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, a role that is currently filled by Bo Young Lee.
Since the time, the company has tried to change its culture and its image as it prepared for an initial public offering earlier this year.
University of Michigan Law School professor and labor expert Kate Andrias told ABC News that sexual harassment policies cannot succeed in a vacuum.
"Any effort to combat sexual harassment in the workplace is a step in the right direction and these sorts of programs have, in other contexts, helped somewhat to improve labor practices and to reduce discrimination," she said.
"But until these companies commit to respecting workers' rights more generally -- for example by ending the use mandatory arbitration agreements altogether; by no longer misclassifying workers as contractors, thereby leaving them unprotected by many employment laws; and by no longer opposing workers' rights to collective bargaining -- problems are likely to persist," she said. "When workers lack basic rights on the job, it is much harder to speak out against sexual harassment and to pursue remedies."
nycshooter/iStock(CHICAGO) -- Boeing on Wednesday announced that is will dedicate $50 million of pledged $100 million for relief to the families of the 346 people that were killed in the Lion Air and Ethiopian crashes.
"The tragic loss of life in both accidents continues to weigh heavily on all of us at Boeing, and we have the utmost sympathy for the loved ones of those on board," Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing CEO said in a statement. "Through our partnership with Feinberg and Biros, we hope affected families receive needed assistance as quickly and efficiently as possible."
This announcement came minutes before a husband and father testified before Congress about losing his wife and children in the Ethiopia crash.
Boeing's $100 million pledge came a week after U.S. Federal Aviation Administration pilots found a new potential issue with the 737 Max aircraft involved in both fatal crashes during a simulated flight last week, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
The new flaw, traced to how data is being processed by the flight computer, affected pilots' abilities to quickly and easily follow the required recovery procedures for the runaway stabilizer, sources told ABC News. The problem is not related to reported problems with an anti-stall system, called MCAS, but connected to a broader anti-stall system called "speed trim."
SondraP/iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles home where Charles Manson's followers brutally killed a married couple is now for sale.
Grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary LaBianca were ambushed at their house on August 10, 1969. They were stabbed multiple times and the word "war" was carved on Leno LaBianca's stomach.
The killers also used their blood to scrawl on the couple's walls the words "Rise," "Death to Pigs" and "Helter Skelter" -- a reference to The Beatles' song and the phrase Manson wanted to use to ignite a race war.
The property listing on Redfin for the LaBianca's former home does not mention the gruesome double murder there, but does describe "breathtaking, unobstructed" views of downtown Los Angeles, Griffith Park and the San Gabriel Mountains.
The two-bedroom house was built in 1922 and sits on a .71 acre lot, the listing says.
"It's extremely peaceful, quiet and private," the Redfin listing agent, Robert Giambalvo, said in a statement released by the company to ABC News.
"The home is spectacular and its attributes far exceed an event that happened 50 years ago," Giambalvo said. "Nobody who has come to see it has asked about something that happened a long time ago. Someone came through yesterday who was born after 1969 and just kind of shrugged their shoulders over the past. It's ancient history for them."
The property was posted to Redfin on July 10 and is listed for $1,988,800.
The LaBianca murders came one day after the Manson followers carried out an attack at another Los Angeles home, killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate, hairstylist Jay Sebring, heiress Abigail Folger, writer Wojciech Frykowski and teenager Steven Parent.
The two days of grisly killings ignited fear throughout the city.
Manson and three of his followers were convicted in 1971 and sentenced to death, but the death sentences were commuted to life sentences when a California Supreme Court ruling abolished capital punishment in 1972. Manson died behind bars in 2017.
The popular free mobile app that instantly alters the appearance of a person's face -- adding wrinkles, sun damage and grey hair -- has blown up on social media, shared by hundreds including a long list of celebrities.
FaceApp uses a type of artificial intelligence to "transform your face" according to the iTunes app store.
But while social media feeds fill up with the instantly aged pictures, new security concerns have risen for the recently top trending free mobile app -- especially in the wake of recent social media scandals, where other platforms have been taken to task for giving away users' private information.
Critics have cautioned that the app could collect more than just the photos that are uploaded. According to the policy, FaceApp "cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit to FaceApp or guarantee that information on the service may not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed."
"FaceApp's privacy page also says they may share user content and your information with businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies," ABC News chief business correspondent Rebecca Jarvis explained.
"It's a Russian company, so once you grant access," she added, "you are granting access to all of those companies."
There are currently 80 million FaceApp users.
"You're getting the access to your phone so all of your contacts, all of your pictures. Once you allow that you are giving away everything," Jarvis said. "That's how they're paying for it, free isn't actually free, they're giving away your information."
Amazon(LONDON) -- The executive body of the European Union has opened a formal investigation into whether Amazon's handling of data from independent sellers breaks anti-competition laws.
The European Commission will investigate Amazon's dual role as a retailer selling products and as a marketplace where independent sellers deal directly with customers.
The investigation will build on the commission's preliminary fact-finding mission, which found that "Amazon appears to use competitively sensitive information - about marketplace sellers, their products and transactions on the marketplace."
These practices could breach European antitrust and competition laws on anti-competitive policies.
"European consumers are increasingly shopping online," Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is in charge of competition policy, said in a statement. "E-commerce has boosted retail competition and brought more choice and better prices. We need to ensure that large online platforms don't eliminate these benefits through anti-competitive behavior. I have therefore decided to take a very close look at Amazon's business practices and its dual role as marketplace and retailer, to assess its compliance with EU competition rules."
The commission will investigate how Amazon uses the data of marketplace sellers and whether this breaches EU competition laws. They will in turn look at the "Buy Box" option, and whether this "sensitive data" is used to determine which sellers are chosen for the "Buy Box" option, which "seems key for marketplace sellers as a vast majority of transactions are done through it," the European Commission said.
If Amazon is proven to have broken EU competition laws, the company could face a significant fine.
Earlier this month, the EU fined Japanese company Hello Kitty $7 million for violating competition rules in the bloc.
In reaction to the news, an Amazon spokesperson said, "We will cooperate fully with the European Commission and continue working hard to support businesses of all sizes and help them grow."
fredrocko/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Henry Ford rolled out the first factory-built half-ton pickup truck in 1925. Fast forward 94 years and his company wants to break new ground on your smartphone screen by introducing a truck emoji.
"When customers started demanding a truck emoji, we knew we had to help make it happen," Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of automotive, said in a statement.
So last year, Ford submitted a proposal to the organization that reviews and approves new emojis. The Unicode Consortium short-listed the pickup truck emoji. If it's chosen, it'll be out in early 2020 on all platforms.
The automaker has even created a tongue-in-cheek video about developing the emoji:
Billions of emojis are sent daily, with cars, scooters, boats and even spaceships among the 3,000 available.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Exactly 50 years since the launch of Apollo 11, the spacesuit astronaut Neil Armstrong wore during his 'giant leap for mankind' went on display Tuesday morning for the first time in over a decade.
The suit, with lunar dust still embedded in the fabric, was revealed alongside Vice President Mike Pence and members of Armstrong's family at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington.
"It is the single most human factor of the Apollo 11 mission," said Lisa Young, objects conservator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. "It's like a small, tiny spacecraft that kept the astronauts alive."
Young has worked on Armstrong's Apollo 11 suit for over two years preparing it for its grand debut. Since 2015, the Smithsonian has raised more than $700,000 through a 'Reboot the Suit' campaign to "conserve, digitize, and display" Armstrong's suit after it was placed in storage in 2006 to minimize signs of aging.
"It's really humbling," Young said. "It's really a privilege to work on the space suits."
The goal was not to make the suit look perfect, but as it was 50 years ago when it was on the moon. The flags on the shoulder of the Apollo 11 suits appear worn with marks, but the marks were there before liftoff due to a printing problem.
"Every little stitch, every little piece of land or dust, every marking tells a story and we want to make sure that those stories remain with the suit as long as we have the artifact in our collection," Young said.
The suit was designed by the International Latex Corporation in Dover, Delaware (ILC), best known for making consumer products such as Playtex bras and girdles.
"He could live, work, eat, drink, survive in the spacecraft space suit all the way back to earth and really tells the story of Apollo 11 and his job he did on the lunar surface," Young said of Armstrong.
The pressure suit is comprised of 21 layers, each one hand-built by seamstresses.
"Some of the seamstresses I've talked to are just still in amazement that they can come see their work 50 years later and that people are interested in it," Young said.
The suit will temporarily be on display near the 1903 Wright Flyer until the museum's "Destination Moon" exhibition is completed in 2022.
"I love to see people's reactions," Young said. "It's very emotional."
Girl Scouts of the USA(NEW YORK) -- The Girl Scouts have added more new badges and programs to help girls learn to make choices about how they want to experience and influence the world.
The 42 new badges were created exclusively for girls in grades K-12, the Girl Scouts of the USA said in a press release.
"The badges enhance the organization’s existing girl-led programming, offering girls everything from adventuring in the snow or mountains to learning how to use coding to solve problems they care about," the organization said in a press release. "Girl Scout programming has long promoted independent decision making, which helps girls develop agency, challenge themselves to move beyond their comfort zones, and build confidence in their leadership abilities."
"Girl Scouts has ignited the power and potential of girls for over a century, and we are committed to ensuring that today’s girls are the future of American leadership,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. "Girl Scouts is where girls can explore new subjects, discover their passions, learn to take smart risks, and become their best, most confident selves—whether they want to become a NASA astronaut, an entrepreneur, a rock climber, a coder, or a cybersecurity agent."
The new offerings include an outdoor high adventure badge, which features two activity options for how the girls can decide to earn the badge.
"Giving girls choices is important for developing their sense of self, their own voice, and gender equality — research from the World Bank Group shows that increasing women’s agency and decision-making abilities is key to improving their lives, communities, and the world," the Girl Scouts said.
Girls in grades 6-12 can also pursue nine new cybersecurity badges and three space science badges.
The "think like a citizen scientist" badge is part of the Girl Scout leadership journey for girls to participate in interactive activities and learn observation techniques; collect data and share findings with real-world scientists through an online network. After the experience, they use the skills to tackle a self-chosen community issue.
New programming includes 12 outdoor high adventure badges and 18 coding for good badges.
The "high adventure" badges, which are funded by The North Face, allow girls the chance to explore nature and try new activities including backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, rock climbing and tree climbing. The activities are meant to build confidence, support for one another, risk-taking and time in nature.
These are the first Girl Scout badges that members can earn by choosing one of two self-directed paths.
The "coding for good" badges, which are funded by AT&T and Dell Technologies, detail how each stage of the coding process provides opportunities to use skills for good. One of the activities will include coding "positive memes" to spread a message about a cause they care about.
There is both a "plugged-in and unplugged version, so that all girls can learn the foundations of coding, regardless of their access to technology."
Girl Scouts works with top organizations and content collaborators such as codeSpark, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), SciStarter, and Vidcode to weigh in on cutting-edge programs.
kasinv/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Amazon Prime Day is here.
On July 15, get ready to shop one of the biggest sales of the summer on everything from electronics to your favorite fashion finds, all at deeply discounted prices.
This year, there are more than one million deals that will last for 48 hours.
If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, don’t worry. You can still score some good deals at Target. The retailer's special two-day "Deal Days" event kicks off on Monday.
Deals up to 50% off on kitchenware, appliances, furniture, fashions, back to school offers and more are available on Target.com and the retailer's app, if you're looking to shop on the go.
The deals highlighted on day one of the sale include: "40% off select furniture and indoor rugs ... great deals on top kitchen brands, like Instant Pot, Kitchen Aid and more ... top floorcare items from Shark, Dyson, Hoover and more ... buy two, get one free on books."
Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As U.S. cities brace for President Donald Trump's promised immigration raids this weekend, two popular hotel chains said they would not serve as detention centers for immigrants in the event of a housing shortage.
Trump on Friday confirmed plans for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in major U.S. cities this weekend, marking the second time in as many months that he has called for the deportation of "millions" of undocumented immigrants.
Trump tweeted last month that "millions" would be deported.
While administration officials have called that estimate an exaggeration, they confirmed that there are 2,000 people in as many as 10 cities who have been identified as top priorities for deportation.
Sources who spoke to ABC News on the condition of anonymity said that administration officials have internally discussed the possibility that they may need hotel rooms because of limited space in ICE detention centers. Concerns over that possibility have prompted activists to start online petitions to pressure hotel chains to refuse to house undocumented immigrants for the government.
A spokesperson for ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the hotel chains' statements regarding cooperation with ICE in housing migrants rounded up in the raids.
Officials with Marriott, the world's largest hotel chain -- which operates 30 different hotel brands including Sheraton, Courtyard, Ritz Carlton, W and Westin -- said they would not allow ICE to use the company's properties as detention centers.
“We are not aware that any of our franchised hotels, all of which are independently owned and operated, are being asked to serve as detention facilities," a Marriott spokesperson told ABC News in a statement.
"We do not believe hotels should be used in this way and will decline any requests to do so. We ask that our franchised hotels only be used for their intended purpose, which is to provide travelers with a welcoming hotel room.”
Another large global chain, Choice Hotels -- which owns Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Clarion, Ascend, Cambria and EconoLodge -- sent a similar statement to ABC News.
“We are not aware that any of our franchised hotels, all of which are independently owned and operated, are being asked to serve as detention facilities," a spokesman for Choice Hotels told ABC News. "We do not believe hotels should be used in this way and will decline any requests to do so. We ask that our franchised hotels only be used for their intended purpose, which is to provide travelers with a welcoming hotel room.”
Hilton, Wyndham Hotels and Best Western -- who are also under pressure from activists to deny facilities to ICE -- did not immediately respond to an ABC News request for comment on Friday.
"It's hard to underestimate the extent to which this type of operation stretches ICE’s logistics," Brandon Wu, an organizer with immigrant rights' group Sanctuary DMV, told ABC News.
"If they’re really talking about detaining tens of thousands of immigrants in the space of a few days, that is just a massive influx of people that could include renting vans from Enterprise and using hotels as overflow for detention centers."
Enterprise, which is the target of online petitions asking them not to rent vehicles to ICE, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News on Friday.
Wu contended it was important to target hotels because "the raids they are threatening are specifically targeting families, and that includes children.
"And ICE cannot legally detain children in adult detention centers."
"You can’t hold a family unit in an adult detention center, and so we’re making a push to get hotels to pledge not to cooperate with ICE, which would essentially put a big limit on the number of families with children they could actually detain at all," Wu said.
Federal regulations dictate that when a migrant adult traveling with a child is not a parent or legal relative, the child is deemed an “unaccompanied alien child” and put in separate custody.
If an adult is arrested for a crime, the child would not be detained with them. Migrant children cannot be detained for more than 20 days.
David Paul Morris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A Dutch language expert working for Google to train its speech technology leaked private information in a breach of the company's security policies, company officials said. The disclosure came after Belgian broadcaster VRT NWS reported that its reporters listened to more than 1,000 conversations recorded by the search giant's virtual assistant, including some that revealed identifiable information about the users.
"As part of our work to develop speech technology for more languages, we partner with language experts around the world who understand the nuances and accents of a specific language," Google executive David Monsees wrote in a blog post posted on Thursday. These language experts review and transcribe a small set of queries to help us better understand those languages."
"We just learned that one of these language reviewers has violated our data security policies by leaking confidential Dutch audio data. Our Security and Privacy Response teams have been activated on this issue, are investigating, and we will take action. We are conducting a full review of our safeguards in this space to prevent misconduct like this from happening again," Monsees wrote.
The admission echoes Amazon's disclosure earlier this year that its workers can listen in and transcribe user conversations directed at Alexa, to train the virtual assistant to be smarter.
"Throughout the world -- so also in Belgium and the Netherlands -- people at Google listen to these audio files to improve Google’s search engine," VRT NWS reported.
"VRT NWS was able to listen to more than a thousand recordings. Most of these recordings were made consciously, but Google also listens to conversations that should never have been recorded, some of which contain sensitive information," VRT NWS reported.
Google officials maintained Thursday that they have privacy safeguards in place, adding that only 0.2 percent of audio is reviewed by its language experts.
"Audio snippets are not associated with user accounts as part of the review process, and reviewers are directed not to transcribe background conversations or other noises, and only to transcribe snippets that are directed to Google," Monsees wrote.
However there was enough personal information either recorded or associated with the voice recordings for VRT NWS to surprise users by playing audio of their own voice or that of their family members.
The Flemish broadcaster also reported that Google had recorded people's fights, bedroom experiences, and private work conversations, as well as a "woman who was in definite distress."
code6d/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Sneaker enthusiasts can now get their hands on some of the rarest kicks ever made -- for a hefty price -- as Sotheby’s launches its “Ultimate Sneaker Collection” auction.
The art dealer has partnered with shoe store Stadium Goods to auction off 100 of “the most exclusive and coveted sneakers ever produced by Nike, Air Jordan, Adidas, Yeezy, and more,” Sotheby’s announced Thursday.
Designed by Nike co-founder and Oregon University track coach Bill Bowerman, the shoe was created for the 1972 Olympic Trials. Is it one of only 12 made, and the only unworn pair of “Moon Shoes” known to exist.
The starting bid for the shoe is $80,000 and Sotheby’s estimates the price will rise to anywhere between $110,000 to $160,000.
“As the famous story goes, Bowerman was first inspired to create the innovative waffle sole traction pattern found on the brand's early running shoes by tinkering with his wife's waffle iron and pouring rubber into the mold to create the first prototype of the sole,” Sotheby’s said.
alfexe/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Suboxone maker Reckitt Benckiser Group (RB Group) will pay the U.S. government a record $1.4 billion to end criminal and civil probes into the marketing of its addiction treatment medication, making it the largest settlement related to the opioid crisis in U.S. history, authorities said on Thursday.
The settlement will cover multiple investigations into the company's subsidiary, Indivior (formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc.), and its alleged illegal marketing of its drug, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said.
"Opioid withdrawal is difficult, painful, and sometimes dangerous; people struggling to overcome addiction face challenges that can often seem insurmountable," the Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt for the Department of Justice’s Civil Division said in a statement. "Drug manufacturers marketing products to help opioid addicts are expected to do so honestly and responsibly."
Suboxone, which proved to be a blockbuster-selling drug for Indivior, is an addiction-fighting medication that also contains opioids. Indivior was spun off into a separate company from the RB Group in December 2014, but the exposure and looming litigation and probes related to Suboxone were still attached to the parent company.
On April 9, a federal grand jury in Virginia indicted Indivior for "allegedly engaging in an illicit nationwide scheme to increase prescriptions of Suboxone," according to the DOJ. The company denied the charges and trial is scheduled to start in May 2020.
Federal prosecutors charged that Indivior allegedly marketed a version of Suboxone (Suboxone Film) to medical professionals as less addictive and safer than other drugs containing its active ingredient, the opioid buprenorphine, according to the DOJ statement.
Prosecutors also charged that Indivior promoted the company's "Here to Help" web and phone program as a resource for opioid-addiction patients, which they alleged was actually a method of connecting those patients to doctors the company knew were already prescribing Suboxone and other opioids "to more patients than allowed by federal law, at high doses, and in a careless and clinically unwarranted manner," the DOJ statement said.
In addition, the government charged that Indivior announced it would discontinue its tablet form of Suboxone "based on supposed 'concerns regarding pediatric exposure' to tablets, despite Indivior executives’ knowledge that the primary reason for the discontinuance was to delay the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of generic tablet forms of the drug," according to the DOJ statement.
In a statement, Invidior noted its former parent company's settlement.
"Indivior PLC’s case with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is separate from that of RB, and Indivior has no additional or new information related to this matter," the statement read.
As part of the settlement on Thursday, Invidior's former parent company RB Group agreed to a non-prosecution agreement and to forfeit $647 million of proceeds it received from Indivior. It also agreed to not manufacture, market, or sell Schedule I, II, or III controlled substances in the U.S. for three years and to cooperate with future investigations related to Suboxone.
The trial against the RB Group's former subsidiary Invidior is still slated to start next May. Thursday's settlement was only with RB Group, and not Indivior.
In addition, the company also agreed to pay $700 million in civil settlements to the federal government and six states, as well as $50 million to the Federal Trade Commission.
Britain-based Reckitt Benckiser issued a statement denying any wrongdoing.
"While RB acted lawfully at all times and expressly denies all allegations that it has engaged in any wrongful conduct, after careful consideration, the board of RB determined that the agreement is in the best interests of the company and its shareholders," the statement said. The company had previously set aside $400 million to settle claims related to its former subsidiary's lawsuits.
Experts said the settlement amount sounded fair.
"Unlike private litigants who are trying to get as much money as possible, DOJ lawyers are trying to come up with what they believe to be a fair settlement for all parties including the public," longtime U.S. attorney and University of Michigan Law School professor Barbara McQuade told ABC News.
In 2007, OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma paid $600 million to settle a case with the Justice Department over its marketing claims and three executives pleaded guilty to criminal misbranding.
Mount Carmel(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- The CEO of an embattled Ohio hospital resigned on Thursday and nearly two dozen workers were fired amid allegations that the hospital prescribed excessive painkiller doses that led to 25 patient deaths.
Mount Carmel Health System CEO and President Ed Lamb said he planned to resign by July 25, officials announced on Thursday, just weeks after the hospital's former intensive care doctor, William Husel, pleaded not guilty to murder charges in 25 deaths.
"These last months have been difficult for our health care system, and, in times such as these, new leadership has the ability to facilitate healing and help restore the trust of the community," Lamb said in a video statement Thursday.
In addition, Richard Streck, the hospital's executive vice president and chief clinical officer, will retire at the end of September, Lamb said.
It did not immediately name an interim CEO.
The Columbus-area hospital also said it fired 23 employees -- including five physician, nursing and pharmacy management team members -- as a part of its investigation into the potentially fatal doses. Husel's attorney has repeatedly denied claims that the doctor ever intended to kill patients.
Husel is accused of ordering excessive, and potentially lethal doses of fentanyl for patients under his care. The hospital fired Husel in December and placed dozens of employees on leave amid an ongoing internal investigation.
All told, Mount Carmel Health System identified 35 patients who received what the hospital called "excessive" or "potentially lethal doses" of fentanyl, the hospital said.
"We have also undertaken a careful case-by-case examination of the role of every colleague who was a part of the medication and administration of the affected patients, and the members of the management involved in oversight of those colleagues," Lamb said, noting that it would "take time for Mount Carmel to restore our patients."