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New York AG Forces McDonald’s Franchise Owner to Pay Up for Violating Wage Laws

Richard Cisneros, owner of seven McDonald’s franchises in Manhattan, is now obliged to pay nearly $500,000 to workers at his fast-food restaurants.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren’s Bill Could Mean Billions for Taxpayers

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to introduce a bill that takes aim at the efficacy and malfeasance of government settlements on corporate wrongdoing and could bring billions of dollars back to taxpayers. If corporations have the same rights as people, then they should have to suffer the same consequences.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Hedge Fund Settles Insider Trading Case for $600 Million

The Securities and Exchange Commission says it has won the largest ever settlement in an insider trading suit.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Foreclosure Settlement Ends Investigation Into Banks

Homeowner advocates and some lawmakers are upset that an $8.5 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and other banks over improper foreclosures would let lenders off the hook both financially and legally.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE



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UC System Pays Dearly for Pepper-Spraying Student Protesters

The University of California on Wednesday reached an expensive settlement with the 21 UC Davis students and alumni who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during what was otherwise a peaceful demonstration last year in support of the Occupy movement.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Progressive Settles After Terrible Insurance Tale Goes Viral

Progressive has settled with the family of a policyholder that claimed the insurance company defended her killer, but the deal came about only after the truly awful story made its way around the Internet.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE


Matt Taibbi: Bank of America ‘Too Crooked to Fail’

Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi joins “Democracy Now!” to discuss the dual history of Bank of America and the deregulation of banking ownership in the United States and to expose the holes in the $26 billion settlement deal that President Obama said would provide relief for American homeowners.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Cliff Owen

Banks, Gov’t Strike $25B Deal in Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

On Thursday, state and federal government representatives announced that five major banks—Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Ally Financial, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase—had agreed to pay their part in a settlement of more than $25 billion stemming from the mortgage market meltdown that caused millions of Americans to lose their homes.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Facebook Gets Spanked by the FTC

As you may recall, a couple of years ago Facebook was caught making users’ personal information public without advance warning, suggesting a cavalier attitude toward the issue of privacy, putting it generously. Well, the Federal Trade Commission also treated the social networking giant generously, it turns out ... (more)

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



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We Deserve the Truth From Citigroup, Judge Rules

A federal judge will not accept the SEC’s settlement with Citigroup for defrauding its customers of more than $700 million in just one of the firm’s lousy investment opportunities. (more)

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Israel Refuses to Halt Settlement Construction

Israel decided to move ahead with settlement construction Tuesday, giving the go-ahead for the building of 1,100 housing units in east Jerusalem, even after Palestinians claimed the area as their future capital in their application for U.N. membership last week.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Israel Bans the Boycott

Israeli legislators passed a law Monday prohibiting any and all domestic boycotts against the country and its West Bank settlements as part of an attempt to oppose what they see as a global attack on the state’s legitimacy. (more)

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Frank Franklin II

One Lawman With the Guts to Go After Wall Street

The fix was in to let Wall Street off the hook once and for all for its role in the Great Recession ... until last week when the attorney general of New York refused to go along.

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP /J. David Ake

Former Car Czar Pays Steep Settlement Fine

President Obama’s erstwhile “car czar,” Steven Rattner, has paid a high price—$10 million, to be exact, not to mention his former position in the current administration—for his investment group’s involvement in a shady pension fund scheme.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Israel Offers Settlement Freeze ... With Strings Attached

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made a public offer that Israel will again put a hold on building settlements in the West Bank if Palestinians officially recognize Israel as a Jewish state, according to the BBC.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mark Lennihan

AIG Settles for $725 Million

American International Group, 80 percent owned by the U.S. government, has announced it will pay out $725 million in a settlement of a securities fraud lawsuit, begun in 2004, that accused the insurance Gargantua of accounting fraud and stock manipulation.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE


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World Economic Forum

Netanyahu Says Settlement Feud Could Put Peace Talks on Ice

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to Washington, where he warned that the current controversy over Israel’s settlement plans for East Jerusalem could stall the Mideast peace process.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Clinton to AIPAC: ‘Status Quo Is Unsustainable’ in Middle East

In a speech before members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that the Netanyahu government’s plan to construct new settlements in East Jerusalem “undermines mutual trust” between Israel and the U.S.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


Blair, Clinton et al.
AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko

Israel Faces Pressure From International Community on Settlements

The negative reactions are snowballing on multiple fronts against Israel’s highly controversial decision to build 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem, an announcement that put the kibosh on Vice President Joe Biden’s good-will visit last week. (continued)

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


Netanyahu and Clinton
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Department of State

Clinton Calls Netanyahu Out on Settlement Expansion Project

Just days after Vice President Joe Biden’s good-will trip to Israel, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver a stern warning about Israel’s announcement, which unfortunately coincided with Biden’s visit, that it will build 1,600 more housing units in East Jerusalem.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Creap

Palestinians Stand Fast on Preconditions

A U.S. proposal to resume Middle East peace talks without preconditions has been shot down by the Palestinian National Authority, which insists that Israel must first freeze settlement activity in the Palestinian territories.

Posted on Jan 9, 2010 READ MORE


Jerusalem protest
AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Protesters Rally in Jerusalem Over Building Moratorium

Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Jerusalem, converging near the home of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to protest his recent announcement of a 10-month moratorium on approving permits for new settlement homes in the West Bank, according to the BBC.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Middle Eastern leaders
AP / Charles Dharapak

Mideast Peace Talks Yield Only a Handshake

So much for President Obama’s hopes to make progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this week. After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Obama had little to show for his time with the two leaders beyond the symbolic level of a tentative handshake to open their discussion at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE


U.S. and Israeli flags

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Stopped in Its Tracks?

Although the Obama administration, in particular Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is maintaining a cautiously positive stance about the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there doesn’t seem to be much progress on that front—which, as Al Jazeera English points out in this report, might have to do with all involved parties driving a hard-line approach.

Posted on Sep 18, 2009 READ MORE


Netanyahu
World Economic Forum

Israeli PM Won’t Halt Settlement Construction

Although the U.S. has requested that Israel stop building new settlements in the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apparently refused to put a halt to those projects. About the best he was willing to do Monday was say that construction might be scaled down “for a temporary period.”

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Brave New Films

Wal-Mart’s $640 Million Sneeze

Wal-Mart will pay as much as $640 million to settle 63 lawsuits around the country alleging that the retailer had exploited its workers. The payout could add up to less than 0.1 percent of the company’s revenues this year.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008 READ MORE


the Ranks
patriotsactbook.com

Protest Bush or Get Rich Trying

Nicole and Jeff Rank, who were arrested in 2004 for refusing to remove or cover their anti-Bush T-shirts at a presidential rally, have just won an $80,000 settlement from the federal government. In prosecuting the case, the ACLU learned that the president’s advance manual has little tolerance for free speech, saying: “As a last resort security should remove the demonstrators from the event.”

Posted on Aug 17, 2007 READ MORE


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From Barry Iverson / The New York Times

U.S. to Pay $300,000 to Ex-Detainee

The federal government is settling a lawsuit brought by an Egyptian who claims he was abused in a Brooklyn detention center and then deported on suspicion of having links to terrorism.

Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


Israel Unveils Plan to Encircle Palestinian State

Unsettling prospects: “If the Jewish state were to annex all of the Jordan Valley, which is dotted with small settlements, it would leave a future Palestinian state on the West Bank entirely surrounded by Israel and without a direct link to neighbouring countries.” | story

Posted on Feb 8, 2006 READ MORE


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