Banks Slowly Offer Alternatives to Overdraft Fees, a Bane of Struggling Spenders

Aggressive overdraft fees are worth tens of billions of dollars a year to the banking industry. Account holders are finally getting some better options.

#ally-financial-inc, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #chime-bancorp-bank, #consumer-protection, #customer-relations, #fines-penalties, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #personal-finances, #warren-elizabeth

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St. Louis Couple Who Aimed Guns at Protesters Plead Guilty to Misdemeanors

Mark McCloskey and Patricia McCloskey of Missouri will pay a total of nearly $3,000 in fines and give up the weapons used in the confrontation.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections-senate, #fines-penalties, #firearms, #mccloskey-mark-t-1956, #mccloskey-patricia-n-1959, #missouri, #republican-party, #senate, #st-louis-mo, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Canadian Couple Who Flew to Indigenous Town for Vaccine Plead Guilty

The couple, a gambling executive and an actress, were fined $2,300 for violating coronavirus restrictions but won’t face jail time, court records show.

#baker-ekaterina, #beaver-creek-yukon-territory, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #rodney-baker, #vaccination-and-immunization, #whitehorse-yukon-territory, #yukon-territory

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French Tennis Chief Defends Handling of Naomi Osaka

“I think we did very, very well,” said Gilles Moretton, the new president of the French Tennis Federation. He has faced several challenges during the first French Open of his term.

#fines-penalties, #french-open-tennis, #french-tennis-federation, #moretton-gilles, #osaka-naomi-1997, #tennis

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How China’s Tencent Avoided an Antitrust Push, For Now.

Tencent’s popularity may help it avoid trouble with Beijing. But its vast power could still squelch innovation in the world’s largest online market.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #entrepreneurship, #fines-penalties, #instant-messaging, #meituan, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #tencent-holdings-ltd, #venture-capital

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Naomi Osaka Fined $15,000 for Skipping News Conference

Osaka won her opening match at the French Open, but was warned that she risked escalating penalties, including default, if she failed to fulfill her media obligations.

#australian-open-tennis, #fines-penalties, #french-open-tennis, #osaka-naomi-1997, #tennis, #united-states-open-tennis, #wimbledon-tennis-tournament

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Australia Bars Its Citizens in India From Coming Home Amid Covid Crisis

Critics condemned the move to temporarily bar Australians, including children, as unnecessarily harsh, a violation of citizenship principles and a cultural double standard. Officials say the policy is necessary.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #india, #politics-and-government, #travel-warnings

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This Couple Had 4 Weddings and 3 Divorces. Was It for the Days Off?

A bank in Taiwan said an employee had a rapid succession of nuptials in two months to the same woman to take advantage of the country’s marriage leave policy.

#fines-penalties, #marriages, #paid-time-off, #taiwan

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NCAA Gives USC Probation and a Fine In Bribery Scandal

A disciplinary committee put the Southern California program on probation for two years in connection with a 2017 investigation into corruption in college hoops.

#agents-business, #basketball-college, #bland-tony-basketball-coach, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #coaches-and-managers, #code-merl-jr, #dawkins-christian, #fines-penalties, #gatto-james, #university-of-southern-california

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Immigrants Seeking Sanctuary in Churches Don’t Deserve Fines

The new administration must allow these families to live freely without fear.

#asylum-right-of, #fines-penalties, #immigration-and-emigration

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Alibaba Will Lower Merchant Fees After Antitrust Fine

China’s $2.8 billion antitrust penalty against Alibaba far exceeds its previous fines for anticompetitive business practices.

#alibaba-group-holding-ltd, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #china, #fines-penalties, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #zhang-daniel-1972

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Alibaba Faces $2.8 Billion Fine From Chinese Regulators

The penalty is Beijing’s toughest action to date in its campaign to tighten supervision of the country’s internet Goliaths.

#alibaba-group-holding-ltd, #ant-financial-services-group, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #fines-penalties, #ma-jack, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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PG&E Charged With Crimes in 2019 California Wildfire

A district attorney filed five felony and 28 misdemeanor counts in connection with the Kincade Fire, which ravaged Sonoma County.

#accidents-and-safety, #bankruptcies, #california, #fines-penalties, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #patricia-k-poppe, #sonoma-county-calif, #wildfires

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Ex-Trump Official Fined and Barred From Government Over R.N.C. Video

Lynne Patton recruited and interviewed public housing tenants in New York City for a pro-Trump re-election video. The residents accused her of tricking them into participating.

#fines-penalties, #hatch-act-1939, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #housing-authority-nyc, #new-york-city, #patton-lynne-m, #presidential-election-of-2020, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #republican-national-convention, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j

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Ray LaHood failed to disclose $50,000 check with foreign ties

Mr. LaHood did not disclose the check on two government ethics forms, federal prosecutors said.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fines-penalties, #lahood-ray

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Daniel Snyder to Buy Out Other Owners of Washington NFL Team

The league is expected to approve a measure that will allow Daniel Snyder to buy total control of the team.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fines-penalties, #football, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #names-organizational, #national-football-league, #rothman-robert-1953, #schar-dwight-c, #sexual-harassment, #smith-frederick-w, #snyder-daniel-m, #washington-dc, #washington-redskins, #wilkinson-beth-a

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Don’t Pay Tax Penalties on Money You Took From Retirement Accounts

Here’s a guide to avoiding unnecessary taxes on withdrawals made last year.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-taxes-us, #fines-penalties, #income-tax, #individual-retirement-accounts, #internal-revenue-service, #personal-finances

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5 Reader Comments Just Cost a News Website $124,000

A panel of judges found the online outlet, Malaysiakini, guilty of contempt of court for the comments about Malaysia’s judiciary.

#censorship, #fines-penalties, #freedom-of-the-press, #gan-steven, #malaysia, #malaysiakini

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The New Debt Prisons

Entrapping debtors betrays the American idea. It must end.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #credit-and-debt, #criminal-justice, #debt-collection, #ex-convicts, #fines-penalties, #prisons-and-prisoners, #probation-and-parole

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$200,000 Settlement for Texas Man Pepper-Sprayed While Recording Son’s Traffic Stop

An alleged racial profiling of a Latino man quickly escalated and led to the demotion of a police sergeant.

#dallas-tex, #davis-robert-j, #fines-penalties, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #puente-marco, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas

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Toyota to Pay a Record Fine for a Decade of Clean Air Act Violations

Toyota’s $180 million settlement with the federal government follows a series of emissions-related scandals in the auto industry.

#air-pollution, #automobiles, #energy-efficiency, #environment, #fines-penalties, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #manhattan-nyc, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #strauss-audrey-attorney, #toyota-motor-corp

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Boeing Reaches $2.5 Billion 737 Max Settlement with U.S.

The company agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department.

#boeing-737-max-groundings-and-safety-concerns-2019, #boeing-company, #fines-penalties, #frauds-and-swindling, #justice-department, #sentences-criminal

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Utah Man Who Looked for Treasure Pleads Guilty to Digging in National Park

Rodrick Dow Craythorn, 52, pleaded guilty to causing more than $1,000 worth of damages in his quest to find Forrest Fenn’s treasure, prosecutors said.

#fenn-forrest-1930, #fines-penalties, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #new-mexico, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #public-property, #rocky-mountains, #santa-fe-nm, #treasure-troves, #utah, #wyoming

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For a Civil Rights Hero, 90, a New Battle Unfolds on His Childhood Street

Before he defended Rosa Parks and became a leading legal force, Fred Gray grew up on an avenue named for Jefferson Davis in Montgomery, Ala. Now a push is underway for a new name for the street: Mr. Gray’s.

#alabama, #black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #confederate-states-of-america, #fines-penalties, #gray-fred-d, #montgomery-ala, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #names-geographical, #reed-steven-l, #whites

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City of Paris Fined Nearly $110,000 for Appointing Too Many Women

The French government ordered the city to pay up under a 2012 law intended to address gender imbalance at senior levels of the country’s Civil Service. The mayor deemed the decision “absurd.”

#fines-penalties, #france, #hidalgo-anne-1959, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Big Fines and Strict Rules Unveiled Against ‘Big Tech’ in Europe

European Union and British authorities released draft laws to halt the spread of harmful content and improve competition.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #fines-penalties, #hate-speech, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #twitter

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He Broke Out of Quarantine for 8 Seconds, and Got a $3,550 Fine

Around the world, flouting coronavirus regulations can have expensive consequences.

#australia, #belgium, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #italy, #quarantines, #spain, #taiwan, #united-states

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New York Waterway Ferry Company Accused of Dumping Sewage into Hudson

Two former workers claim New York Waterway fouled the river with unfiltered waste from boats’ toilets. The firm denies the allegations.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #boats-and-boating, #carpenito-craig, #clean-water-act, #environmental-protection-agency, #ferries, #fines-penalties, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hudson-river, #imperatore-arthur-e, #imperatore-arthur-jr, #manhattan-nyc, #new-jersey, #new-york-waterway, #pohan-armand, #rivers, #sewers-and-sewage, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #whistle-blowers

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Ex-Arizona Official Gets More Than 6 Years in Prison in Adoption Fraud Scheme

Paul D. Petersen, who served as Maricopa County’s assessor, arranged for women from the Marshall Islands to fly to the United States to give birth, prosecutors said.

#arizona, #arkansas, #fayetteville-ark, #fines-penalties, #frauds-and-swindling, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #human-trafficking, #maricopa-county-ariz, #marshall-islands, #mesa-ariz, #parenting, #petersen-paul-d, #phoenix-ariz, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #utah, #women-and-girls

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Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Role in Opioid Crisis

The admission in federal court brought a formal end to a major investigation that resulted in a multibillion-dollar settlement between the drug maker and the government.

#bankruptcies, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #compensation-for-damages-law, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fines-penalties, #justice-department, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #practice-fusion-inc, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Chinese County Aims to Curb Dog Walking by Threatening to Kill the Dog

Restrictions on dogs are common in China. But one county’s plans to uniformly ban dog walking and kill the pets of rule-breaking owners has shocked the internet.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #china, #deaths-fatalities, #dogs, #fines-penalties

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N.Y. Shuts Funeral Home Where Dozens of Bodies Were Found in Trucks

The Brooklyn funeral director says New York failed to help mortuaries struggling with an onslaught of bodies at the height of the pandemic.

#brooklyn-nyc, #cleckley-andrew-t-funeral-home-brooklyn-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #morgues-and-mortuaries, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Raiders and Jon Gruden Are Fined Again Over Virus Violations

The league imposed fines totaling $650,000 and took a draft pick away from the Raiders, who had already been penalized because their coach did not wear face coverings properly.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #gruden-jon, #las-vegas-raiders, #national-football-league

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Turkish Bank Case Showed Erdogan’s Influence With Trump

New details of the Justice Department’s handling of the accusations against Halkbank reveal how Turkey’s leader pressured the president, prompting concern from top White House aides.

#attorneys-general, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #barr-william-p, #berman-geoffrey-s, #bolton-john-r, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fines-penalties, #gulen-fethullah, #halkbank, #international-relations, #iran, #justice-department, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #new-york-state, #rosenstein-rod-j, #syria, #trump-donald-j, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whitaker-matthew-g, #zarrab-reza-1983

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N.F.L. Punishes Titans for Their Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak

A heavy fine, but no suspensions, come after two dozen players and staff members tested positive for the virus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #football, #goodell-roger, #las-vegas-raiders, #masks, #national-football-league, #tennessee, #tennessee-titans

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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.

#5pointz-arts-center, #art, #block-frederic-l, #compensation-for-damages-law, #decisions-and-verdicts, #fines-penalties, #gm-realty-lp, #graffiti, #long-island-city-queens-ny, #murals, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #supreme-court-us, #wolkoff-jerry

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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 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 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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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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