Ebay and DOJ Settle Over Pill Presses

On January 31, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that eBay had agreed to pay $59 million to settle allegations it had not followed recordkeeping and reporting requirements for the sale of pill presses and encapsulating machines that are specified in the Controlled Substances Act. The $59 million settlement is a signal to other online marketplaces that the federal government will not tolerate the unregulated sale of pill presses. The ecommerce company — which has made progressive changes in recent years to prevent pill-making equipment from being listed on their site — has admitted no wrongdoing.