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  • Carl's Jr. fined $1.45 million by Los Angeles for allegedly underpaying employees

    06/28/2017 8:02:35 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/27/17 | AP
    On Monday, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that the city is fining Carl’s Jr. in the amount of $1.45 million, alleging that seven of its locations had failed to pay 37 workers the legal minimum wage between July and December 2016, reports The Los Angeles Times. As it stands, the legal minimum wage in California is $10.50 per hour, but Feuer told the LA Times that the seven Carl’s Jr. locations only paid out between $10 and $10.25 per hour. In total, Carl’s Jr. reportedly underpaid its employees $5,400.
  • VERIFY: Are Houston toll road fees ever going away?

    06/12/2017 10:59:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    KHOU ^ | May 19, 2017 | Tim Wetzel
    HOUSTON - The teachers at Spring Forest Middle School asked KHOU 11's Verify team whether Beltway 8 has been paid off and if the tolls will ever go away in the foreseeable future. "Why do we still pay for toll roads?" wondered 7th grade teacher Rebecca Mustachio. "To be honest, I thought we would be done paying for toll roads." We are not even close to paying the bill for those roads, according to Roxana Sibrian of the Harris County Toll Road Authority. In a statement emailed to KHOU, the authority says it will be paying off construction debt until...
  • Private Toll Operators Salivate Over Donald Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

    06/11/2017 11:05:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 129 replies
    The Intercept ^ | June 6, 2017 | Lee Fang
    Investors are hoping to seize upon the $1 trillion infrastructure plan proposed by President Donald Trump to transform the nation’s highways, bridges, and tunnels into assets they can monetize by adding tolls and other user fees.The Trump infrastructure plan, which the administration plans to roll out this week, is centered on the idea of “asset recycling,” which refers to the process of securing new infrastructure spending by leasing the operations of existing public property to private operators.The privatization-centered scheme has the nation’s largest toll operators salivating. Transurban, Cintra, and TransCore, three major toll operators, have retained federal lobbyists to influence...
  • Relief for toll road penalties put on hold, Senate chairman says

    04/06/2017 7:17:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Maryland Reporter ^ | March 21, 2017 | Dan Menefee
    A Senate bill to address “predatory” toll penalties, technical problems with transponders and poor customer service at E-ZPass will die in the Senate Finance Committee this session, its chairman said Tuesday, along with a watered down House version that delegates supported unanimously on Monday.Instead, Senate Finance Committee Chair Thomas “Mac” Middleton said he is holding off legislation for a year to give the Maryland Transportation Authority time to improve customer service and pursue new contracts with vendors to operate Maryland’s toll system.Middleton told Maryland Reporter last month that he would move the bill towards passage if he didn’t see a...
  • 6.5 Million Taxpayers Paid $3 Billion in Obamacare Penalties in 2016

    03/29/2017 5:45:33 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 16 replies
    freebeacon ^ | Ali Meyer — March 28, 2017 | Ali Meyer — March 28, 2017
    Approximately 6.5 million taxpayers paid $3 billion in Obamacare penalties for not having health insurance in 2016, according to preliminary data from the Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen. Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate required that Americans purchase health care coverage or pay a penalty to the Internal Revenue Service. While the number of taxpayers paying the penalty has declined since 2014, the total amount in penalties paid to the IRS has increased since then. In 2014, individuals without insurance had to pay the greater penalty of either a flat fee of $95 or 1 percent...
  • $100 million in annual toll fines put citizens on road to ‘toll bankruptcy’

    02/27/2017 5:19:00 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Maryland Reporter ^ | February 7, 2017 | Dan Menefee
    Excessive penalties and poor customer service at the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system have put some Marylanders on the path to “toll bankruptcy,” Sen. Roger Manno told the Senate Finance Committee last week.“Folks [are] exasperated because they’ve been caught in a system that is not working,” Manno said.Broad enforcement powers enacted in 2013 to address toll violations have led to wage attachments, financial hardship and non-renewal of vehicle registrations at MVA, witnesses testified. Sen. Roger Manno “The penalty structure that we set several years ago in the General Assembly was not intended to be punitive,” Manno said. “It was not...
  • EPA accuses Fiat Chrysler of excess diesel emissions (Obama getting back at Chrysler)

    01/12/2017 5:35:44 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/12/17 | David Shepardson and Bernie Woodall
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of illegally using hidden software to allow excess diesel emissions to go undetected, the result of a probe that stemmed from regulators' investigation of rival Volkswagen AG. FCA shares plummeted as the maximum fine is about $4.6 billion. The EPA action affects 104,000 U.S. trucks and SUVs sold since 2014, about one-sixth the vehicles in the Volkswagen case. The EPA and California Air Resources Board told Fiat Chrysler it believes its undeclared auxiliary emissions control software allowed vehicles to generate excess pollution in violation of the law and...
  • Deutsche Bank Settles With DOJ: Will Pay $3.1 Billion Civil Penalty

    12/22/2016 6:03:29 PM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12-22-16 | Tyler Durden
    Deutsche Bank said it has reached settlement with US authorities to pay a $3.1 billion civil penalty (and provide $4.1bn in releief to consumers). Removing considerable uncertainty about Deutsche's capital position, one wonders how much this remarkably low-ball settlement had to do with Donald Trump's current loan re-negotiations with the "world's most systemically dangerous bank."
  • Homeowner accused of running illegal homeless shelter

    08/18/2016 8:14:53 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 27 replies
    The State ^ | 8/18/2016 | AP
    A North Charleston homeowner is facing charges after officials say he was operating an illegal homeless shelter at the property. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports North Charleston officials say 51-year-old Cyrus Kamini was charged Monday with operating a business without a license, operating an unsafe dwelling and not having permits for work done on the site. Officials boarded up the 1,500-square-foot home owned by Kamini that was divided into as many as eight units.
  • EU Commissioner wants fines for Spain, Portugal

    07/05/2016 12:28:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Jul 2016 08:01 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany’s EU Commissioner Günther Öttinger said in a newspaper interview Monday that Spain and Portugal should be fined by Brussels for missing their 2015 deficit targets. “Neither country met the budget commitments that they had both set themselves,” Öttinger told the mass-circulation daily Bild. “I believe that if the EU Commission is to maintain its credibility regarding the budget rules, then we will have to impose sanctions on Spain and Portugal,” he continued. […] On Friday, another EU Commissioner, Valdis Dombrovskis, had suggested that Brussels could freeze the structural funding for the two countries. …
  • He Flew a Drone to Take Photos for a Friend. Now He’s Facing $55K in Government Fines.

    06/13/2016 4:15:03 AM PDT · by milton23 · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6/12/2016 | Melissa Quinn
    Mical Caterina is addicted. When the Minnesota man turned 56, he headed to Brainerd International Raceway and raced his Mini Cooper on its road course. With GoPro cameras fastened to the front and back bumpers of his car, he created a video and posted it to YouTube. That got the attention of GoPro, which invited him to a seminar where he was given a drone, a Phantom manufactured by the Chinese company DJI. Caterina was instantly hooked.
  • Despite Drought, Residents Told To Keep Lawns Green — Or Face Fines

    04/19/2016 5:30:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 4/11/16
    **SNIP** Four years of drought have transformed this biosphere of wealth into something a little less than immaculate, with some homeowners actually letting their lawns turn brown in an effort to conserve precious water. But enough is enough, declared the Blackhawk Homeowners Association, which issued a letter to the 9,000 residents of Blackhawk stating that as of June 1st, “beautiful landscaping ” will again be required. The letter told residents that they must have a healthy lawn or drought-tolerant landscaping, or face fines, even litigation.
  • DoJ Urging Courts to Stop Jailing Low-Income People Over Unpaid Fines

    03/17/2016 6:06:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 3/17/16 | Trey Sanchez
    The Obama administration is urging judges across the country to stop handing down jail time to low-income individuals who have unpaid fines. To entice (bribe?) the courts, Loretta Lynch's Department of Justice is offering grants totaling $2.5 million to states and local governments who update their criminal justice practices following these, and other, recommendations. According to Essence, state judges received a letter that complained they were infringing on the constitutional rights of their communities by trapping those low-income citizens in a cycle of poverty. The letter stated: Furthermore, in addition to being unlawful, to the extent that these practices are...
  • Justice Dept.: States shouldn't jail over fine nonpayment

    03/14/2016 4:16:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 14, 2016 7:09 AM EDT | Eric Tucker
    The Justice Department is discouraging state court systems from jailing defendants who fail to pay fines or fees, warning against practices that it says run afoul of the Constitution and erode community trust. A letter being sent Monday by the federal government to state court administrators makes clear that judges should consider alternatives to jail for poor defendants who don’t pay their fines. It also says defendants should not be locked up without a judge first establishing that a defendant who failed to pay did so willfully. […] The new guidance comes amid concerns that some local courts are effectively...
  • Bill Would Fine 'Aggressive' Panhandlers

    03/02/2016 7:10:28 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/25/2016 | Jack Spencer
    State lawmakers are considering legislation that would penalize panhandlers who apply too much pressure when asking for a handout. Under House Bill 5103, panhandlers who use overbearing or intimidating tactics when soliciting for money could face a $100 civil fine. Rep. Mike McCready, R-Birmingham, the sponsor of House Bill 5103, was asked how so many panhandlers manage to operate in parking lots and near storefronts where “no soliciting” signs are clearly posted? “That’s a good question; and actually, it sort of points toward the need for increasing public information concerning this issue,” McCready said. "Raising awareness of this problem was...
  • Health insurance fines loom as deadline nears

    01/28/2016 7:56:23 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    Ch 7 News ^ | Jan 28, 2016 | Jason Gruenauer
    Sunday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance, or else pay a fine. That fine has gone up, causing even more financial stress on the uninsured and those who choose to opt out of health insurance. "I just cannot afford it in any way, shape, or form right now," 27-year-old Seth Valkonen said when talking about health insurance. Valkonen chooses to be uninsured by paying a one time fine for not having coverage instead of a monthly premium. "The penalty is cheaper than the overall total for the entire year," he said, Already on a tight budget, this...
  • NY Court: Farmers to Be Re-Educated, Pay Fines for Not Hosting Homosexual Wedding

    01/26/2016 3:49:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/26/16 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – A couple who hosts occasional wedding ceremonies on their New York farm have lost an appeal to overturn the $13,000 in fines levied against them by the state’s human rights agency, which ruled that their refusal to host a wedding for two women was discriminatory. On Jan. 14, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, upheld the agency’s order and the fines, a decision the Alliance Defending Freedom - which represented Robert and Cynthia Gifford - said amounted to confirming, “that the government can punish the Giffords for declining to coordinate a ceremony that conflicts with...
  • Hausfeld Announces Early Victory in Virginia Hot Lanes Class Action

    11/03/2015 9:11:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Globe Newswire ^ | November 2, 2015 | Hausfeld
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 02, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hausfeld, a global plaintiffs’ law firm, announced today that the judge overseeing Brown, et al. v. Transurban USA, Inc., et al., No. 15-cv-494 (E.D. Va.), the Honorable James C. Cacheris, has largely denied the Defendants’ motions to dismiss the pending class action case. The plaintiffs in the case alleges that the I-495 and I-95/I-395 HOT Lanes operator (Transurban) and its debt-collection agents (Faneuil, Inc. and Law Enforcement Systems, LLC (“LES”)) violated state and federal law by assessing and seeking to collect crippling administrative fees and penalties for allegedly missed tolls. Drivers who use...
  • White House Turns to Threats as ObamaCare Enrollments Stall (fines going up)

    10/20/2015 5:22:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/19/15 | John Nolte
    Now that ObamaCare is failing in the exact way its critics predicted more than 5 years ago, the White House is preparing to use threats to increase ObamaCare enrollment numbers next year. The threat, of course, is the ObamaCare tax. Next year the annual fine for not buying President Obama’s overpriced health insurance will jump to $695 or 2.5% of your income, whichever is greater. The White House intends to use the hefty fines as leverage in the upcoming 2016 enrollment period, which starts in November: Administration officials are looking for a balance. “We need to be make sure that...
  • GM Getting A Smooth Ride From Obama Administration

    09/22/2015 11:16:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 21, 2015 | IBD Editorial
    Corruption: One carmaker's mistake killed nearly 200. Another might have evaded federal emissions laws while a third failed to issue a recall. Which one committed the biggest sin, according to the government? Here's a hint: It's not the automaker known as Government Motors. GM, more officially known as General Motors, will pay a $900 million fine in a settlement reached last week with the Justice Department. The automaker admits it hid an ignition-switch problem that has been linked to 174 deaths.