Labor Department Curbs Announcements of Company Violations

A memo tells officials to hold back on news releases about enforcement decisions, saying they can linger unfairly online if citations are overturned.

#accidents-and-safety, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #labor-department-us, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #pizzella-patrick, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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OSHA Under Fire Over Regulation of Meatpacking in Pandemic

Critics say the agency has applied scant oversight and negligible penalties despite virus outbreaks at many plants in the spring.

#fines-penalties, #jbs-sa, #labor-department-us, #maid-rite-specialty-foods, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #organized-labor, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #smithfield-foods-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-food-and-commercial-workers-union, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges for Opioid Sales

The Justice Department announced an $8 billion settlement with the company. Members of the Sackler family will pay $225 million in civil penalties but criminal investigations continue.

#fines-penalties, #justice-department, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #your-feed-healthcare

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Under Trump, Criminal Prosecutions for Pollution Dropped Sharply

A new report finds an “alarming” drop in prosecutions over violations of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, fundamental environmental laws.

#clean-water-act, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #fines-penalties, #justice-department, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Over $150,000 in Fines Issued on First Weekend of New N.Y.C. Lockdown

At least five houses of worship were given a summons in the neighborhoods where the coronavirus infection rates are the highest.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #fucito-joseph, #jews-and-judaism, #places-of-worship, #quarantines, #synagogues

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Artists Have Final Victory in a Case of Destroyed Graffiti

The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case of a New York City developer who painted over murals in 2013 cements a ruling that awarded $6.75 million to the artists.

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Maryland Man Sentenced After Holding Large Parties During Covid Pandemic

Shawn Marshall Myers was arrested in March, after prosecutors said he threw two parties of 50 or more people at his home in defiance of the state’s ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #fines-penalties, #maryland, #myers-shawn-marshall, #parties-social, #quarantines

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Republicans Killed the Obamacare Mandate. New Data Shows It Didn’t Really Matter.

Many experts now view the individual mandate as a policy that did little to increase health coverage — but did a lot to invite political backlash.

#fines-penalties, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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When a NYC MTA Bus Driver Told a Rider to Wear a Mask, ‘He Knocked Me Out Cold’

More than 170 New York City transit workers have been harassed or assaulted for asking passengers to wear masks.

#buses, #community-service-society-of-new-york, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #masks, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #police-department-nyc, #transit-systems, #transport-workers-union

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When a Bus Driver Told a Rider to Wear a Mask, ‘He Knocked Me Out Cold’

More than 170 New York City transit workers have been harassed or assaulted for asking passengers to wear masks.

#buses, #community-service-society-of-new-york, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #masks, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #police-department-nyc, #transit-systems, #transport-workers-union

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Under Trump, OSHA’s Covid-19 Response Is Failing Workers

Businesses have little to fear from the government’s workplace safety office.

#accidents-and-safety, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #fines-penalties, #jbs-sa, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #overhill-farms-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Daimler to Settle U.S. Emissions Charges for $2.2 Billion

The agreement is a small fraction of the sum that Volkswagen paid after admitting to emissions cheating in 2015.

#automobiles, #daimler-ag, #fines-penalties, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #germany, #mercedes-benz, #stuttgart-germany, #volkswagen-ag

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Canada to U.S. Visitors: Please Don’t Sneak Across the Border

Some Canadian citizens, concerned about the spread of the coronavirus, are taking matters into their own hands and reporting illegal American visitors.

#alaska, #banff-alberta, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #travel-and-vacations

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Wear Your Mask. Please. No, Not on Your Chin.

More than 30 states have enacted mask requirements to guard against the coronavirus. But local authorities have had a difficult time enforcing them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #key-west-fla, #masks

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CVS Fined for Safety Issues at Oklahoma Pharmacies

The state faulted the company for prescription errors and inadequate staffing, a rare action that followed complaints at drugstore chains across the country.

#cvs-caremark-corporation, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #drugstores, #fines-penalties, #oklahoma, #walgreen-co

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New York Confronts Second-Wave Risk: Visitors From Florida and Texas

Gov. Cuomo is worried about travelers from the Sun Belt who are infected with the virus — and about New Yorkers who might let down their guard.

#airports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #cuomo-andrew-m, #fines-penalties, #new-york-state, #quarantines, #states-us, #travel-warnings

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These Are the Deutsche Bank Executives Responsible for Serving Jeffrey Epstein

When New York regulators punished the bank for its work with Mr. Epstein, no individuals were named. The Times identified them.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #department-of-financial-services-nys, #deutsche-bank-ag, #epstein-jeffrey-e-1953, #fines-penalties, #high-net-worth-individuals, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #sewing-christian

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PG&E Ordered to Pay $3.5 Million Fine for Causing Deadly Fire

A judge approved a plea agreement between the California utility and a prosecutor after hearing from people whose lost loved ones were killed in the Camp Fire.

#accidents-and-safety, #bankruptcies, #butte-county-calif, #crime-and-criminals, #electric-light-and-power, #fines-penalties, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #paradise-calif, #sentences-criminal, #wildfires

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PG&E Pleads Guilty in 84 Deaths Caused by Camp Fire

The California utility agreed to pay a nearly $2 billion fine for causing the blaze, which killed dozens and destroyed the town of Paradise.

#bankruptcies, #butte-county-calif, #electric-light-and-power, #fines-penalties, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #paradise-calif, #wildfires

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PG&E to Plead Guilty in 84 Deaths Caused by Camp Fire

The California utility has agreed to pay a nearly $2 billion fine for causing the blaze, which killed dozens and destroyed the town of Paradise.

#bankruptcies, #butte-county-calif, #electric-light-and-power, #fines-penalties, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #paradise-calif, #wildfires

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Goldman Sachs Is Said to Try to Avoid Pleading Guilty in 1MDB Scandal

The bank has asked the U.S. to review demands that any settlement include a guilty plea to a felony charge, according to people briefed on the matter.

#1malaysia-development-berhad-1mdb, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #corruption-institutional, #fines-penalties, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #justice-department, #leissner-tim, #low-jho-1981, #money-laundering, #united-states-politics-and-government

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French Take Their Apéros to the Streets, Testing Lockdown Limits

A coy cat-and-mouse game speaks to an unusually personal and emotional relationship between the individual and the state.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #fines-penalties, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional

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Volkswagen Settles Emissions Charges Against Two Managers

The German carmaker will pay a relatively modest fine to resolve criminal cases involving the chairman and chief executive. They were accused of not warning shareholders about a looming scandal.

#bayerische-motorenwerke-ag, #diess-herbert, #environmental-protection-agency, #fines-penalties, #frauds-and-swindling, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #germany, #potsch-hans-dieter-1951, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #volkswagen-ag

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Cycle of Arrests Leads Woman to Jail at a Dangerous Time

After failing to appear in court on traffic and other charges, a pregnant woman was detained overnight at a Montgomery, Ala., jail, where a coronavirus outbreak has occurred.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #davis-diamond, #fines-penalties, #montgomery-ala, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #quarantines, #traffic-and-parking-violations

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Generic Drug Maker to Admit to Fixing Prices for Cholesterol Medication

Apotex will admit conspiring to inflate drug prices, pay $24 million and cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation into the pharmaceutical industry.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #cholesterol, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fines-penalties, #quarantines, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Sinclair Wanted to Rival Fox News. Now It Faces a $48 Million Fine.

The F.C.C. levied the largest civil penalty in its history against a conservative owner of local TV stations, scuttling its ambitious merger plans.

#federal-communications-commission, #fines-penalties, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #pai-ajit, #sinclair-broadcast-group-inc

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Saudi Arabia Abolishes Flogging as a Punishment for Crime

The most high-profile flogging in recent years was of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes on charges of insulting Islam.

#badawi-raif, #capital-punishment, #corporal-punishment, #fines-penalties, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #political-prisoners, #saudi-arabia

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Chipotle to Pay $25 Million Fine for Tainted Food

The charges in the case stemmed in part from incidents related to norovirus outbreaks, prosecutors said.

#accidents-and-safety, #california, #chipotle-mexican-grill-inc, #deferred-prosecution-agreements, #fines-penalties, #food, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #justice-department, #norovirus, #united-states

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Why Asia’s New Coronavirus Controls Should Worry the World

After a surge in cases tied to international travelers, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and other places that seemed to have the epidemic under control have imposed stricter measures.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #fines-penalties, #hong-kong, #japan, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #singapore, #south-korea, #travel-warnings

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