Tom Price

Company that HHS pick invested in faced criminal penalty

A medical device company in which Rep. Tom Price purchased stock last year has faced years of legal problems and agreed this month to a $17 million Justice Department criminal penalty in a foreign bribery case.

Democrats this week challenged the Georgia Republican, who is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for health secretary, on his investments and potential conflict of interest.

Among the companies at the center of the controversy is Zimmer Biomet, a major manufacturer of orthopedic and dental implant devices.

The Indiana-based company agreed to pay $17.4 million to resolve allegations that it had schemed to bribe Mexican government officials for business. Federal...