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FCC Wants to Fine AT&T $100 Million for Throttling Data Speeds

So much for “unlimited” data. The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced that it plans to order AT&T to pay $100 million for some sneaky business the telecom giant engaged in with regard to its supposedly unfettered data plans.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE

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Too Big to Punish

A few months ago, in a press conference about the felony conviction of Credit Suisse, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “This case shows that no financial institution, no matter its size or global reach, is above the law.” Yet, earlier this month, the Obama administration announced its proposal to waive some of the possible sanctions against Credit Suisse.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE

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French Bank BNP Has Enough Cash to Pay Record $9 Billion Fine

Accused of violating sanctions against Iran, Syria and Cuba, French bank BNP Paribas agreed to pay a jaw-dropping fine, and, perhaps more incredibly, to do so without asking for money.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE

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J.P. Morgan—The Man and the Bank

From his earliest days in high finance, J.P. Morgan was a hustler who often traded on the shady side. The bank that survives in his name inherited his pattern of committing multiple crimes and walking away scot-free. The latest? Getting shareholders to pay a banker’s $1 billion fine.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE

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Abbott Labs to Pay $1.5 Billion for Unapproved Marketing

The pharmaceutical company will pay $1.5 billion to settle criminal and civil liability charges for promoting the drug Depakote for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Posted on May 12, 2012 READ MORE

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Why the FCC Fined Google Just 68 Seconds in Profits

Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission fined Google for deliberately impeding an investigation into the collection of sensitive wireless network data as part of the search giant’s Street View mapping project. The company will recoup that cost in less than the time it will take you to read this article.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE

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Arizona Wants to Punish Bad Health Habits

Budget-strapped Arizona is looking for new ways to pinch pennies. Now the state’s Medicaid agency is proposing to smack smokers and diabetes patients who ignore doctors’ orders with special $50 annual fees.

Posted on Apr 3, 2011 READ MORE

Truthdig / Peter Scheer

WikiLeaks Banker Fined by Swiss Court

A Swiss judge fined the former banker who gave confidential files to WikiLeaks roughly $6,250, but spared the whistle-blower a prison sentence. Rudolf Elmer was found guilty of violating Switzerland’s confidential banking laws, which have protected such people as tax-dodging Americans and the Nazis.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE

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Campaign Violations Catch Up to Biden

Joe Biden’s verbal gaffes are numerous, and so are his campaign violations. The 2008 Biden for President campaign committee owes the Treasury Department more than $219,000 for accepting excessive contributions and other infractions in his bid for the Democratic nomination.

Posted on Jul 18, 2010 READ MORE

Jackson and Timberlake

FCC Still Obsessed With Janet Jackson’s Nipple Slip

Now, this is just getting weird: Nearly five years after the shocking (!) “wardrobe malfunction” that shamed exposed nipple owner Janet Jackson and seared the tender eyeballs of select members of the federal government, the FCC is soldiering on in its quest to slap offending network CBS with a $550,000 fine.

Posted on Nov 21, 2008 READ MORE

Washington Post / Melina Mara

Investigation Into Prosecutor Firings Is Dampened

Continuing investigation of the 2006 firings of nine federal prosecutors has uncovered new leads that directly involve White House staff and lawyers in the scandal. The unsurprising kicker is that Bush administration officials refuse to talk further about their role in the firings, and key documents have been redacted to a level “virtually worthless as an investigative tool.”

Posted on Oct 1, 2008 READ MORE


Wal-Mart Employees Are Restless

Wal-Mart may be fined by a Minnesota judge for violating the state’s employment laws. The fines are for ‘‘contractual violations,” a fancy way of saying that Wal-Mart denied rest breaks to workers at least 1.5 million times.

Posted on Jul 2, 2008 READ MORE

‘Egyptian Brokeback Mountain’ Marks Liberalization of Muslim Culture

The fact that Egyptian authorities didn’t censor a box office-topping film that deals frankly with homosexuality—along with police torture and government corruption—is probably a sign that Egypt’s government is adopting a more tolerant, progressive attitude.

  • Meanwhile, in the U.S., Bush just signed the “Janet Jackson FCC bill,” which raises by tenfold the fines for broadcasing so-called indecent material.

  • Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE

    The ‘Obscene’ Nipple

    Posted on Jun 16, 2006 READ MORE

    CBS: Teen Sex Orgy Complaints Invalid

    Virtually none of the people who complained about a racy sex scene in the CBS drama ?Without a Trace? actually saw the show in question, according to the network, which is fighting a record $3.3-million indecency fine. CBS said that all of the 4,211 e-mailed complaints came from conservative websites that urged members to send complaints about the segment—sight unseen.

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  • Posted on Jun 14, 2006 READ MORE

    Janet's wardrobe malfunction

    Senate Jacks Up On-Air Indecency Fines

    We missed this one a few days ago: Congress allowed the FCC to raise by tenfold the fines it can impose on radio and TV stations that air raunchy content. The vote was nearly unanimous in both houses of Congress.
    Remember what the “Southpark” creators told us: Horrible, despicable violence is OK, as long as you don’t use potty language.

    Posted on Jun 11, 2006 READ MORE

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