Tag: Fines (Penalties)

Judge Temporarily Blocks Florida Law Restricting Voting by Ex-Felons

Florida cannot prevent people with felony convictions from registering to vote if they cannot pay fines and other costs stemming from their convictions, a federal judge ruled on Friday, temporarily blocking a state law that civil rights’ groups have called an unconstitutional “poll tax.” The ruling was a rebuke to the state’s Republican governor, Ron […]

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A Brazen Scheme, and a Minor Penalty, for Winning Business in China

It was a brazen campaign to win business in China by charming and enriching the country’s political elite. The bank gave a Chinese president a crystal tiger and a Bang & Olufsen sound system, together worth $18,000. A premier received a $15,000 crystal horse, his Chinese zodiac animal, and his son got $10,000 in golf […]

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Johnson & Johnson Hit With $8 Billion Jury Verdict in Risperdal Suit

A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday hit Johnson & Johnson with an $8 billion verdict over its marketing of the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal, siding with a Maryland man who argued that the health care giant downplayed risks that the drug could lead to breast growth in boys. The verdict in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas […]

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Man Gets 10-Day Sentence for Missing Jury Duty

He got picked for jury duty in a civil trial, but when Deandre Somerville overslept, it became a criminal matter — for him. Mr. Somerville, 21, of West Palm Beach, Fla., was ruled in direct criminal contempt of court last month by a circuit court judge, who sentenced him to 10 days in jail and […]

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China’s Big Brother Targets Business

BEIJING — China is funneling vast amounts of public and private data into huge databases aimed at tightening its control over its nearly 1.4 billion people. But the business world has become its biggest target. Beijing is increasingly amassing information now divided among various government agencies and industry associations — including court decisions, payroll data, […]

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Nissan and Carlos Ghosn Settle S.E.C. Charges of Underreporting Income

TOKYO — Nissan will pay a $15 million fine, and Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of the Japanese automaker, will pay $1 million, to settle charges related to false financial disclosures, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday. The settlement is the latest fallout from Mr. Ghosn’s arrest in Japan in November. Prosecutors have indicted […]

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The Law Was Aimed at Deadly Machinery. It Hit Her Washer.

When Jean Harrow got a ticket in 2016 for unauthorized renovations to her Queens home, she thought it was a misunderstanding. Yes, she had put a powder room in her basement without realizing she needed a permit. But surely, she said, she wasn’t responsible for the washer and dryer a previous owner had installed downstairs […]

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Education Department Hits Michigan State With Record Fine Over Nassar Scandal

WASHINGTON — Michigan State University will pay a record $4.5 million fine for failing to protect students from sexual abuse following a sweeping investigation into the university’s response to allegations against a former team doctor and convicted sex criminal, Lawrence G. Nassar, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Thursday. The fine is part of a settlement […]

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F.T.C. Fines Google $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube

Google on Wednesday agreed to pay a record $170 million fine and to make changes to protect children’s privacy on YouTube, as regulators said the video site had knowingly and illegally harvested personal information from youngsters and used that data to profit by targeting them with ads. The measures were part of a settlement with […]

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YouTube Said to Be Fined Up to $200 Million for Children’s Privacy Violations

The Federal Trade Commission has voted to fine Google $150 million to $200 million to settle accusations that its YouTube subsidiary illegally collected personal information about children, according to three people briefed on the matter. The case could have significant repercussions for other popular platforms used by young children in the United States. The settlement […]

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Playful or Disruptive, Nick Kyrgios Will Be on Display at the U.S. Open

If a 10-day slice of Nick Kyrgios’s career could be placed on a microscope slide, the most representative period may have come in early August, in the weeks leading up to the United States Open. For a few nights at a tournament in Washington, Kyrgios showcased his most endearing, playful and utterly talented self. He […]

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Why Are Florida Republicans So Afraid of People Voting?

Coral Nichols will be eligible to vote when she’s 190. That’s assuming the 40-year-old Floridian — who served five years in prison for fraud and embezzlement, followed by nearly 10 years on probation — is able to keep up with her $100 monthly restitution payments. Jermaine Miller thought he had fully repaid the $223.80 he […]

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Stopped, Ticketed, Fined: The Pitfalls of Driving While Black in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. — They avoid main roads. They maintain good posture. Sometimes they choose not to drive at all. For years, some black drivers in the St. Louis area have taken those precautions to avoid getting pulled over by the police. And yet it hasn’t seemed to prevent them from getting stopped, ticketed and fined […]

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Fan Bingbing, China’s Top Actress, Talks of Comeback After Scandal

BEIJING — For more than half her life, the actress Fan Bingbing was an icon of China’s booming film and television industry, who evolved from girl-next-door roles into an international star and fashion celebrity. Then last year, her career was convulsed by a tax scandal that precipitated her spectacular fall from public grace and tarnished […]

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A $5 Billion Fine for Facebook Won’t Fix Privacy

The Federal Trade Commission issued a $5 billion fine against Facebook on Wednesday. It’s an eye-popping number for sure, one that blows previous fines out of the water. It’s a number that makes for impressive headlines, but it is largely meaningless. Facebook posted $15 billion in revenue last quarter, at which point it announced that […]

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F.T.C. Orders Facebook to Add Oversight of Data Practices

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Wednesday was ordered to create new layers of oversight for its collection and handling of users’ personal data by the Federal Trade Commission, as the agency detailed a privacy settlement with the social network that signals Washington’s newfound energy in reining in powerful technology companies. As part of the agreement, […]

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We Need a New Government Agency to Fight Facebook

In just the last month the Federal Trade Commission has brokered settlements with Facebook, Google and Equifax over data breaches and mishandling of consumer information. If you squint, it looks a bit like justice served. For its data management sins Equifax must pay $300 million to a fund for affected consumers with the potential for […]

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U.K. Airline Fines Unruly Passenger $106,000 for ‘Dangerous Behavior’

LONDON — Jet2, a British budget airline and tour operator, said it had fined a passenger about $106,000 after her behavior aboard a flight to Turkey last month prompted military jets to escort the plane back to an airport near London. The evening flight from Stansted Airport, north of London, to Dalaman, a coastal town […]

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F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to fine Facebook about $5 billion for mishandling users’ personal information, according to two people briefed on the vote, in what would be a landmark settlement that signals a newly aggressive stance by regulators toward the country’s most powerful technology companies. The agency approved the settlement in a […]

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Walmart Agrees to Pay $282 Million to Settle Bribery Investigation

Walmart has agreed to pay $282 million to settle a long-running investigation into questionable payments the world’s largest retailer made to obtain government permits in countries like Mexico and Brazil. The settlement with the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission caps one of the biggest investigations ever under the Foreign Corrupt Practices […]

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