Judge dismisses bulk of criminal charges against FedEx Corp.

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed the bulk of criminal charges against FedEx Corp. in a case alleging that it knowingly shipped illegal prescription drugs.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer said Friday that the government named the wrong defendant in an agreement that gave it more time to file charges. As a result, the charges were filed past the statute of limitations.

Breyer denied the government's request to substitute the correct defendant and tossed out more than a dozen of the 18 counts against FedEx Corp. and subsidiary, FedEx Corporate Services, Inc.

An email to prosecutors on Saturday was not immediately returned.

Prosecutors accused FedEx of conspiring to ship powerful sleep aids and other drugs to customers it knew lacked valid prescriptions.

FedEx says none of its entities is guilty of anything.