Star Scientific Action Halted As Feds Pursue Ex-Va. Gov.

Law360, New York (January 29, 2014, 8:14 PM EST) -- A Virginia federal judge halted discovery in a securities class action against Star Scientific Inc. on Wednesday, finding that a criminal case against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife for taking bribes to promote Star Scientific's nutritional supplements shares numerous allegations with the civil suit.

U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. granted the government’s motion to intervene in the shareholder suit against Star Scientific, staying discovery until prosecutors complete their case against Bob and Maureen McDonnell.

Indicted last week, the couple pled guilty to...
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