Tuomey Healthcare must pay $276 million in fines
SUMTER Tuomey Healthcare System has been ordered to pay more than $276 million in fines and penalties as a result of a judge’s ruling stemming from the federal lawsuit against the local hospital. In her ruling released Tuesday, Senior U.S. District Judge Margaret B. Seymour rejected Tuomey’s motions for a new trial and declared the system must pay more than $39.3 million for false Medicare claims, as well as more than $237.4 million in False Claims Act penalties. In addition, Seymour declared the local hospital must pay .1 percent interest on the $39.3 million from this point forward.
Manufacturer to hold job fair
A job fair is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at ZF Transmissions, 2846 North Old Laurens Road, Gray Court, to fill more than 200 jobs. The manufacturer, in conjunction with Human Technologies, will be interviewing for CNC machinists, CNC programmers and set-up technicians, maintenance technicians, CMM quality technicians and metallurgy quality technicians. For those who cannot attend the job fair, e-mail a resume to: ZFTGreenville@htijobs.com.
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Amazon planning to hire thousands for holidays
SEATTLE Amazon.com says it is hiring 70,000 full-time seasonal workers around the U.S. to fill orders during the holiday season. The world’s largest online retailer says the hires are an increase of 40 percent over last year’s 50,000 workers. Seasonal employees at Amazon.com Inc. order fulfillment centers are eligible for health care benefits and, on average, earn 94 percent of the wages of regular employees. Amazon has fulfillment centers in the Midlands and Upstate.
Antitrust trial against airline merger to go on as planned
WASHINGTON A judge ruled Tuesday that a November trial on the antitrust lawsuit against the merger of American Airlines and US Airways will go ahead as scheduled despite the government shutdown. The U.S. Justice Department asked for a delay, saying that the shutdown would hinder its ability to prepare for the trial. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said that merger had already been delayed by the lawsuit, and that American needs to resolve the antitrust case to complete bankruptcy reorganization.
August auto sales end streak of gains
DETROIT Automakers expect little impact from the federal government shutdown, and they predict a fourth-quarter rebound after a rare sales decline in September. Auto sales dropped 4 percent from a year ago to just over 1.1 million, mainly due to a quirk that pulled Labor Day sales into August’s numbers. The drop ended a 27-month streak of gains for the industry.
The Sumter Item and The Associated Press contributed.