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  • Israeli Settlement Plan Derailed Peace Talks, Kerry Says

    04/08/2014 1:00:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    NYT ^ | 4/8/14 | MARK LANDLER
    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that Israel’s announcement of 700 new apartments for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem precipitated the bitter impasse in peace negotiations last week between Israel and the Palestinians. While Mr. Kerry said both sides bore responsibility for “unhelpful” actions, he noted that the publication of tenders for housing units came four days after a deadline passed for Israel to release Palestinian prisoners and complicated Israel’s own deliberations over whether to extend the talks. “Poof, that was sort of the moment,” Mr. Kerry said in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Still,...
  • Oregon State University pays $101,000 to settle suit over trashed conservative paper

    04/03/2014 2:24:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 03, 2014 | (With AP)
    Oregon State University has paid $1,000 plus $100,000 in legal fees to a former student to settle a lawsuit over the confiscation of distribution boxes for a conservative-leaning student newspaper. Supporters of the newspaper called The Liberty sued the school in 2009, alleging the university president and other school officials granted the official campus newspaper numerous bins while restricting The Liberty’s distribution. The suit alleged that school officials confiscated distribution bins for The Liberty and tossed them onto a trash heap. The bins, which contained copies of the paper, were allegedly removed without notice and thrown next to a dumpster....
  • US reaches $5.15 billion environmental settlement

    04/03/2014 1:18:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 3, 2014 3:58 PM EDT | Eric Tucker and Dina Cappiello
    The federal government on Thursday reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination, to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites tainted with hazardous chemicals for decades. The bulk of the money—$4.4 billion—will pay for environmental cleanup and be used to settle claims stemming from the legacy contamination. …
  • 15 Years Later, Where Did All The Cigarette Money Go?

    10/14/2013 10:32:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    NPR ^ | October 13, 2013
    Fifteen years after tobacco companies agreed to pay billions of dollars in fines in what is still the largest civil litigation settlement in U.S. history, it's unclear how state governments are using much of that money. So far tobacco companies have paid more than $100 billion to state governments as part of the 25-year, $246 billion settlement. Among many state governments receiving money, Orange County, Calif., is an outlier. Voters mandated that 80 percent of money from tobacco companies be spent on smoking-related programs, like a cessation class taught in the basement of Anaheim Regional Medical Center. "So go ahead...
  • No Country For Mortgage Lenders: JPMC And SunTrust Staggering Mortgage Settlements

    10/11/2013 8:05:09 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 9 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/11/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The climate for mortgage lenders is definitely taking a downward turn. Wells Fargo has released their Q313 Quarterly Supplement which revealed a shrinking mortgage pipeline. WFC Originations_0 (1) Of course, this is not surprising given a rise in mortgage rates starting May 1st (Q2) and declining real household income. rhoinmbrate But the humming dragon lingering in the background is the cost of litigation for originating and servicing mortgage loans. According to JPMorganChase’ Q3 earnings report, they paid a staggering $9.15 billion in pretax legal expenses. JPM Q3 1 addbacks_0 And then there is SunTrust which has been ordered to pay...
  • Israeli Forces Destroy Four Jewish-Owned Houses

    10/09/2013 4:46:53 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    Police forces and Yassam tactical unit officers on Wednesday destroyed four homes in Geulat Tzion, a small agricultural community is located near Shiloh in the Samaria (Shomron) region. Jewish-owned homes in the region are demolished from time to time by IDF forces acting under orders from the Civil Administration, which claimes that the homes were built illegally. Before demolishing the structures,security forces ordered an evacuation of the four houses in the Samaria outpost Wednesday morning. Two right-wing activists tried to breach a closed military zone declared around the area and threw rocks at the security forces, but both were detained...
  • Israeli girl, 9, hurt in suspected terror attack at settlement

    10/05/2013 5:12:11 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 14 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 10/5/2013 | ILAN BEN ZION
    A 9-year-old Israeli girl was injured Saturday night in a suspected terrorist attack at the West Bank settlement of Psagot, outside Ramallah. The girl, who was playing in the yard outside her home, said she was shot by a gunman at very close range; confusingly, doctors said later that they had not established whether her wounds were caused by a shooting or a stabbing. The girl, who did not lose consciousness, was reported in light-to-moderate condition by doctors at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek medical center. It was “not clear” whether she had been shot or stabbed, said Dr. Danny Fink. Security...
  • Merrill Lynch to pay $160 million to settle racial bias lawsuit: NYT

    08/28/2013 8:42:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:17am EDT | Sakthi Prasad
    Bank of America Corp’s Merrill Lynch unit agreed to pay $160 million to settle a racial bias lawsuit that went through two appeals at the United States Supreme Court, the New York Times reported, citing the plaintiff’s lawyer. … The payout in the suit, which was filed on behalf of 700 black brokers who worked for Merrill, would be the largest sum ever distributed to plaintiffs in a racial discrimination suit against an American employer, according to the New York Times. …
  • Consumer Mortgage Relief Totals $51 Billion ($80k Per Borrower), Holder & Warren Demand Blood

    08/22/2013 9:25:37 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 8 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/22/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    On the heels of the news that Wells Fargo is cutting 2,300 workers from the mortgage production operations, we have learned from the Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight that consumer mortgage relief has totaled $51 billion, averaging $80,000 per borrower. Now THAT’s a Big Twinkie! Here are the consumer relief highlights from the National Mortgage Settlement (NMS): Program to Date: March 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013 • 643,726 borrowers benefited from some type of Consumer Relief totaling $51.332 billion, which, on average, represents about $79,742 per borrower. This figure includes both completed Consumer Relief and active first lien trial...
  • WA:Bellingham Pays $15,000 for Police Pointing Gun at Open Carrier

    08/14/2013 11:06:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    People carrying firearms openly have racked up a significant number of settlements for police overstepping their bounds.  In this latest case, the city of Bellingham, Washington has agreed to pay $15,000. BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Lawyers say Bellingham has agreed to pay $15,000 to a man who was threatened by a police officer for wearing a holstered gun in a city park. The police officer pointed his gun at the citizen who was not breaking any law.   Second Amendment activists who exercise their rights are winning these cases by being scrupulously law abiding, polite, and recording their interactions....
  • Israel will not sign future agreements with EU along terms stipulated in settlement guidelines

    08/08/2013 12:03:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 8/8/13 | HERB KEINON
    Israel will not enter into any new agreements with the EU under the terms of the recently published settlement guidelines, diplomatic sources said Thursday following a meeting on the matter chaired by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Under the guidelines, Israel would have to sign a territorial clause reneging claims to the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Golan before entering in any future agreement with the EU. The guidelines also forbid any dealings with Israeli entities over the Green Line. The sources said that Israel would ask for further clarifications about the guidelines. It was not immediately clear whether Israel...
  • Trayvon Martin wrongful death suit settled (one million dollars)

    08/05/2013 3:28:37 PM PDT · by dennisw · 90 replies
    americanthinker. ^ | April 6, 2013 | Rick Moran
    <p>A wrongful death suit filed by the parents of black teenager Trayvon Martin who was shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has been settled, according to documents filed in a Florida court yesterday.</p> <p>Trayvon Martin's parents have settled a wrongful-death claim for an amount thought to be more than $1 million against the homeowners association of the Sanford subdivision where their teenage son was killed.</p>
  • EU's Ashton Adds to 'Settlement' Discrimination EU foreign policy chief pushes introduction

    07/23/2013 4:19:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 7/23/13 | Rina Tzvi
    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is pushing for comprehensive guidelines to introduce separate labeling for products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria, Israeli-daily Haaretz reported on Tuesday. According to the report. Ashton sent a letter to European commissioners urging them to draft the guidelines by the end of 2013. The EU last week published guidelines that forbid the 28 members of the bloc from funding or dealing with Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, alleging that the areas are “illegally occupied.”
  • Abbas: Arabs Must Save Jerusalem From 'Settlement Monster'

    06/26/2013 2:40:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/6/13 | Rina Tzvi
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas continues to promote the PA libel that Israel is scheming and acting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Palestinian Media Watch reported. In an interview to the Saudi paper Al-Watan, Abbas said that the Arab and Islamic world should become more pro-active in responding to the Israeli “plot”. "All these [Israeli] actions indicate an evil and dangerous plot to destroy Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and build the alleged Temple,” Abbas said, according to PMW. “Unfortunately, these dangers, which are clear for everyone to see, have yet to receive proper Arab, Islamic and international responses," Abbas said....
  • EU Denies it is Postponing Labelling of 'Settlement' Products

    05/20/2013 5:31:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/5/13 | Elad Benari
    The European Union on Monday denied a report in the Israeli media that it was delaying a decision to label products from Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, AFP reported. On Sunday, the Haaretz newspaper reported that the EU had delayed labelling the products to the end of June at the request of the United States. "Contrary to what was recently reported in the Israeli media, work on the effective enforcement of EU legislation with regard to the labelling of settlement products has not been delayed. Nor has the EU been asked to postpone such work," a statement...
  • City Reaches $4.2 Million Settlement With 2 Women Caught In Dorner Manhunt

    04/23/2013 4:58:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    AP/CBSLA.com) ^ | April 23, 2013 12:53 PM
    The city of Los Angeles Tuesday announced a $4.2 million settlement with two newspaper delivery women who were fired on by officers in Torrance during the manhunt for accused killer Christopher Dorner. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and attorney Glen Jonas, who represents Margie Carranza and her mother, Emma Hernandez, announced the settlement during a news conference. In March, the attorneys previously announced a $40,000 settlement giving the women a new truck.
  • Israel West Bank Settlement Construction Approved By Government

    12/01/2012 10:55:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Baltimore Jewish Life ^ | 12/1/12 | Aron Heller and Karin Laub
    JERUSALEM — Israel responded swiftly Friday to U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, revealing it will build 3,000 more homes for Jews on Israeli-occupied lands that the world body overwhelmingly said belong to the Palestinians. The plans also include future construction in a strategic area of the West Bank where critics have long warned that Jewish settlements would kill hopes for a viable Palestinian state. Israel's moves served as a harsh reminder to Palestinians – euphoric over the U.N. upgrade – that while they now have a state on paper, most of it remains very much under Israeli control. "This...
  • White House: Israeli settlement plan 'counterproductive'

    11/30/2012 11:19:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/30/12 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON - The White House said on Friday a new Israeli settlement expansion plan was "counterproductive" and could make it harder to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table. "We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlements and east Jerusalem construction and announcements," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.
  • Muslim Brotherhood's papers detail plan to seize U.S.

    09/18/2007 1:04:48 AM PDT · by DesScorp · 25 replies · 326+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | September 17, 2007 | JASON TRAHAN
    A 1991 strategy paper for the Brotherhood, often referred to as the Ikhwan in Arabic, found in the Virginia home of an unindicted co-conspirator in the case, describes the group's U.S. goals, referred to as a "civilization-jihadist process." "The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions," it states. This process requires a "mastery of the...
  • Feds Halt New Highways In Imperial County, Citing Air Pollution

    08/11/2012 12:13:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    KPBS.org ^ | August 10, 2012 | Adrian Florido
    SAN DIEGO — In a rare move, the federal government has put a stop to new highway projects in California's Imperial County as punishment for the county’s poor air quality. Effective Aug. 9, the Federal Highway Administration is withholding federal funding for new highways in the county. The county will also not be allowed to move forward on projects still being designed. Two years ago the Environmental Protection Agency told Imperial County it had 24 months to adopt new rules to improve air quality. Dust, pesticide use, the burning of agricultural fields and off-road vehicles make the air there among...
  • ‘Open carry’ gun lawsuit against Warren settled(MI)

    08/04/2012 6:31:28 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    dailytribune.com ^ | 4 August, 2012 | Norb Franz
    The Warren resident who claims four of the city’s police officers violated his constitutional rights to openly carry a firearm has settled his lawsuit against the city. Haman, 54, sued Warren last year in U.S. District Court and initially sought a $100,000 judgment and $500,000 in punitive or exemplary damages. He recently agreed to accept $5,000. More importantly, he said, the city’s police officers will undergo training about “open carry” practices. On Aug. 25, 2009, Haman was walking from a local drug store on 12 Mile at Hoover roads with his semi-automatic pistol holstered at his waist, when a patrolman...
  • Obama's Foursome

    01/25/2010 8:06:44 AM PST · by opentalk · 396+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 1.25.10 | The Prowler
    MEN OF HONOR Apparently, if you want to cheat on your wife or spurn the mother of your unborn child, cover up and easily settle your institution's criminal efforts to help Americans avoid paying their federal income taxes, or just avoid paying your own fair share, the place to be is on President Barack Obama's economic-recovery advisory board. Because that's where Robert Wolf, chief executive of UBS Group Americas, the U.S. arm of one of Switzerland's largest banks, UBS AG, sits, as do Charles E. Phillips, President of Oracle Corporation, Peter Orszag, the director of the Office of Management of...
  • Employees Fired for Being “Too Religious” Receive Settlement Payment

    04/05/2012 8:10:09 PM PDT · by sreastman · 10 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/5/2012 | Liberty Counsel
    Employees Fired for Being “Too Religious” Receive Settlement Payment Faith Issues/Liberty Counsel Hallmark Management Company has settled with Daniel and Sharon Dixon, after firing and evicting them from a property management position for having a piece of artwork hanging in their office that contained a Scripture reference. Liberty Counsel successfully represented the Dixons in the case of Dixon v. Hallmark Companies and will be awarded $76,250. Daniel and Sharon Dixon were the employees and tenants of a government-subsidized facility, Thornwood Terrace Apartments, in Lake City, Florida. In 2007, a regional manager for Hallmark asked Sharon if the words on the...
  • It's 'Constitution 101' for Maryland cops

    03/08/2012 8:32:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    WND ^ | March 7, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    It’s going to be “Constitution 101″ for state police in Maryland, who will be undergoing training on the First and Fourth Amendments as part of a settlement of a lawsuit over the illegal arrests of pro-life protesters there. Confirmation comes from officials with the Alliance Defense Fund, who argued that the officers’ decision to arrest, take into custody and strip-search the protesters simply wasn’t allowed. The ADF noted that the settlement with Maryland State Police will include “training on rights protected by the First and Fourth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.” “Under the terms of the settlement, Maryland State Police...
  • Media Matters boss paid former partner $850G 'blackmail' settlement

    02/27/2012 10:09:30 AM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies · 3+ views
    fox news ^ | 2/27/12 | Jana Winter
    Media Matters chief David Brock paid a former domestic partner $850,000 after being threatened with damaging information involving the organization’s donors and the IRS – a deal that Brock later characterized as a blackmail payment, according to legal documents obtained by FoxNews.com. In an acrimonious lawsuit settled at the end of last year, Brock accused William Grey of making repeated threats to expose him to the "scorn or ridicule of his employees, donors and the press in demanding money and property." Brock claimed in legal papers that he sold a Rehoboth Beach, Del., home he once shared with Grey in...
  • BofA Must Pay Excess Settlement Funds To Acorn Clones (Department of Justice)

    01/06/2012 7:45:45 AM PST · by opentalk · 15 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | January 4, 2012 | Paul Sperry
    Bank of America (BAC) must turn over excess funds from a record $335 million discrimination fine to community organizing groups. Critics say it's a "political backdoor" to subsidize Democrat-tied Acorn "clones." The unusual mandate is buried in a Justice Department filing last month detailing settlement terms with the nation's largest bank. Prosecutors had alleged BofA's Countrywide Financial mortgage unit discriminated against minority homebuyers in the years leading up to the financial crisis. Funds not passed out to alleged victims after two years will be handed out to "qualified" groups unconnected to the case that provide credit and housing counseling and...
  • DOJ Steers Countrywide Settlement Cash to Leftist Groups With Dem Ties

    01/06/2012 9:39:54 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | 1/6/12 | Tom Fitton
    The untold story of the Obama Administration’s widely reported, $335 million discrimination settlement with Countrywide Financial Corporation is that, under a secret Justice Department program, a chunk of the money won’t go to the “victims” but rather leftist groups not connected to the lawsuit. The Department of Justice (DOJ) will determine which “qualified organizations” get leftover settlement cash and Democrat-tied groups like the scandal-plagued Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and the open-borders National Council of La Raza (NCLR) stand to get large sums based on the
  • Palestinians offer to renew Israel peace talks without settlement freeze, official says

    12/28/2011 9:02:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 12/28/11 | Barak Ravid
    PA reportedly submits new Quartet offer to restart negotiations, demand Israel releases 100 Palestinian prisoners; Israel rejects offer fearing renewal of only low-grade talks. The Palestinian leadership submitted a proposal to renew peace talks with with Israel that drops their long-standing demand that Israel ceases all West Bank settlement construction, a top Israeli official said on Wednesday. According to officials with knowledge of the proposal, the Palestinian Authority informed the Quartet two weeks ago that it would renege on its demand for a settlement freeze if Israel releases 100 prisoners as a show of good will.
  • Israel denies US request for settlement freeze

    10/27/2011 11:45:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 10/27/11 | staff
    US Ambassador tells Yishai freeze will help counter Palestinian UN bid; interior minister: No Israeli gov't has frozen settlements, nor will we. Israel denied a request by the United States on Thursday to temporarily freeze settlement construction in order to promote peace talks with the Palestinians. In a meeting with Interior Minister Eli Yishai, US Ambassador Dan Shapiro requested the freeze - a repeated Palestinian precondition for negotiations - in order to bolster political goodwill as the US tries to counter Palestinian efforts to seek full UN membership. Shapiro promised that the United States would veto such efforts regardless of...
  • All charges against Dominique Strauss Kahn set to be dropped

    08/21/2011 3:56:43 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:02 PM on 21st August 2011 | By Hannah Roberts
    Prosecutors are reportedly set to ask a judge to abandon the case against Dominique Strauss Kahn. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is preparing to ask that all charges against the former head of the IMF accused of attempting to rape hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo are dropped Tuesday. Such requests from the DA 'are never denied', an expert told the New York Post meaning Strauss-Kahn could finally return to his home country after being forced to remian in the U.S for months.
  • Vanity: Seeking advice on debt settlement

    05/27/2011 8:24:12 AM PDT · by kingu · 29 replies
    Self
    I'm seeking advice from Freepers who have used a debt settlement service. I've just received a financial windfall, and want to settle out over $30,000 in credit card debt (mostly from a family business that failed that ended up on my credit, unfortunately.) I don't want to do it on my own, as I want to make sure that all debt is settled and I don't have anything hanging over me, and it appears part of it went to court without service. Sorry for the vanity, but couldn't find another recent thread on the topic, and I'm sure that there's...
  • THE GOOGLE BOOK SETTLEMENT AS COPYRIGHT REFORM

    05/14/2011 9:37:42 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    Wisconson Law Review ^ | 5/3/2011 3:24 PM | PAMELA SAMUELSON
    This Article explains that certain features of U.S. law, particularly copyright law, contributed to Google’s willingness to undertake the Google Book Search (GBS) project in the first place and later to its motivation to settle the lawsuit charging Google with copyright infringement for scanning in-copyright books. Approval of this settlement would achieve several copyright reforms that Congress might find difficult to accomplish, some of which would be in the public interest. This Article considers whether the quasi-legislative nature of the GBS settlement is merely an interesting side effect of the agreement or a reason in favor of or against approval...
  • North America Settled by Just 70 People, Study Concludes

    05/08/2011 7:55:52 AM PDT · by wildbill · 89 replies
    Live Science ^ | May, 25, 2005 | Jody Hey
    A new study of DNA suggests North America was originally populated by just a few dozen people who crossed a land bridge from Asia during the last Ice Age. About 14,000 years ago, humans crossed the Bering land bridge from Siberia to North America, most experts agree. But just how many intrepid explorers were involved in spawning subsequent populations has not been known. "The estimated effective size of the founding population for the New World is about 70 individuals," said Jody Hey, a professor of genetics at Rutgers University.
  • Winklevoss twins lose Face book appeal

    04/11/2011 12:42:58 PM PDT · by Baynative · 15 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 4/11/11 | Breitbart.com
    A panel of federal judges on Monday ruled that Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss can't back out of the settlement deal they made in a lawsuit charging that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook. Twin brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss claim they enlisted Zuckerberg to finish software code for their ConnectU social-networking website while they were all students at Harvard in 2003. Zuckerberg, a second year student at the time, took their code and their idea and launched Facebook in February 2004 instead of holding up his end of the deal, according to the brothers. Facebook rejects that account. Hollywood...
  • IRS Lien vs. Seligmann Called 'Flat-out Mistake'(Duke Lacrosse Settlement Amount!)

    02/25/2011 5:45:48 AM PST · by LRoggy · 18 replies
    LaxPower News ^ | 2/25/11 | Lee Roggenburg
    The News & Observer reports that the IRS "has filed a $6.5 million tax lien against Reade Seligmann for 2007, the same year the former Duke lacrosse player settled with the university over its handling of rape allegations against him and two other players. But a Charlotte lawyer who represented Seligmann during the criminal proceedings said that his client paid the tax and that the lien is incorrect." The News & Observer cites a North Carolina tax attorney, who said a tax of that amount would represent a settlement of about $18 million. If Colin Finnerty and Dave Evans, the...
  • There's One Shocking Aspect Of Obama's $20 Billion Foreclosuregate Settlement

    02/24/2011 6:45:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 2/24/11 | Joe Weisenthal
    This morning news broke that the White House is pushing a big, $20 billion global settlement to end the foreclosuregate mess. There's one surprising thing. The market is taking this to be an actual punishment of the news. Our presumption would be that any settlement would somehow end up being a positive, but maybe a punishment is a punishment... The market is down, but the big banks, like Bank of America (down over 2.3%) are getting hit much wors
  • A fight the IRS question

    12/21/2010 5:38:53 AM PST · by Cowman · 22 replies · 2+ views
    21DEC2010 | Self
    Over the last couple of years I have been battling the IRS over a persecution issue. They admitted their wrongdoing and after some negotiation a settlement amount was agreed upon. All of the papers were signed and I was waiting for my check to be mailed. THe IRS then backed out of the agreement and I have recieved notice they want to take this to court because the amount tha they agreed to was too high. My question is; how can they do this when they had already agreed to the settlement amount -- an amount they put forward and...
  • NAACP voluntarily dismisses bias suit against US Airways

    11/10/2010 1:57:06 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 10 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Tue, Nov. 9, 2010 | By Linda Loyd
    What began as a startling NAACP suit accusing US Airways Group Inc. of discriminating against its African American employees at Philadelphia International Airport has ended with a settlement and a pledge by the airport's largest carrier to strengthen workplace diversity. On the matter of the monetary terms and whether the three former US Airways employees named as plaintiffs in January's federal class-action suit would get - or even want - their old jobs back, no one would say.
  • Middle East squeeze on Obama

    10/08/2010 10:35:45 PM PDT · by Rabin
    Asia Times Online ^ | Oct 8, 2010 | Victor Kotsev
    The US president called for a two-month renewal of the moratorium on settlement construction and offered wide-ranging incentives and guarantees to Netanyahu. The offer, which Harvard Professor Stephen Walt denounced as "begging", and which US officials attempted to deny as soon as it was leaked out… Tehran analysts attribute the recent "green light" given by Washington for Russia's World Trade Organization entry to a behind-the-scenes bargain whereby Moscow is handsomely rewarded for its cooperation with the West against Iran. The Israeli press has been reporting a "secret US-Russia deal".
  • Emanuel Freeman: The Man Who Duped City Hall

    09/25/2010 7:17:13 AM PDT · by grace522 · 16 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 24 Sep 2010 | Jason Fagone
    He’s the largest developer in Germantown, and is also the community’s largest employer, which partly explains why politicians, both white and black, have always liked him: everyone from Governor and ex-mayor Ed Rendell, who used to call him “Manny,” to Congressman Bob Brady, who scored him a $250,000 federal earmark in 2009, to Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller, whose daughter, Shakira, was paid $55.14 an hour by a Freeman-run nonprofit to “consult” with her mother, using walking-around money controlled by legislators and administered by Rendell’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). (Brady didn’t respond to an interview request, and Miller...
  • About That Settlement Freeze

    09/15/2010 9:54:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 9/15/10 | Michael J. Totten
    Israeli historian Yaacov Lozowick is in favor of continuing the settlement freeze that’s set to expire later this month — as long as the freeze is only in West Bank settlements that are actually up for discussion and that might plausibly be dismantled in a future peace deal with Palestinians. “Not in Modi’in Illit,” he said, referring to an ultra-Orthodox settlement immediately adjacent the Green Line, “which will remain in Israel no matter what, and certainly not in any part of Jerusalem.” Israel annexed all of Jerusalem decades ago. And while very few Jews move to and build in Arab...
  • U.S.: Settlement freeze will be discussed during direct peace talks

    08/23/2010 9:46:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    haaretz ^ | 8/24/10 | Natasha Mozgavaya
    The possibility of extending, or ending Israel's moratorium on West Bank settlement construction will be discussed within the context of upcoming direct Middle East peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a senior U.S. official said Monday. The comment by U.S. State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley came after Palestinian officials had said in recent days that the resumption of settlement construction beyond the September 26 moratorium expiration date would cause the Palestinian Authority to withdraw from the recently accounted direct peace talks.
  • Engineering firm to pay $52.4 million in 35W bridge settlement (MN)

    08/23/2010 1:42:36 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 8/23/10 | Rochelle Olson
    An engineering firm that consulted on the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed three years ago has agreed to pay $52.4 million to victims. San Francisco-based URS Corp. had been sued by more than 100 people. They accused the company of missing warning signs on the bridge before its rush-hour collapse into the Mississippi River on Aug. 1, 2007. Thirteen people died and 145 were injured. URS had argued that its engineers didn't know about a design flaw in the bridge that made it vulnerable when it collapsed. "Aug. 1, 2007, marked the greatest manmade catastrophe our state has...
  • Abbas: End of settlement freeze would end direct peace talks

    08/22/2010 7:42:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Haaretz.com ^ | 8/22/10 | Avi Issacharoff and Barak Ravid
    Renewed Israeli construction in settlements after the end of the construction freeze in late September would bring the newly-launched direct negotiations to a grinding halt, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has warned in letters sent to U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and the High Representative of the European Union on Foreign Policy, Catherine Ashton. "It's impossible to conduct negotiations alongside settlement construction," wrote Abbas. The future of the construction freeze in West Bank settlements is expected to become the first significant obstacle facing the Israeli and American governments in the direct talks.
  • Rangel in a sleaze squeeze

    07/28/2010 2:45:05 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 28, 2010 | GEOFF EARLE and CHARLES HURT
    WASHINGTON -- One of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's top lieutenants demanded yesterday that Rep. Charles Rangel quickly settle the swirling ethics charges against him rather than face a trial tomorrow that could embarrass Democratic candidates across the country -- but the disgraced pol isn't going without a fight. "I think it's best that he settle," Rep. George Miller, an influential California Democrat who helped engineer Pelosi's rise to power, told The Post. "Because I just said so, that's why. That's my feeling," he added. Amid mounting pressure on Rangel, Miller's blunt statement is the most direct message from any member...
  • Shamed Fergie is seeking bigger divorce payout from Andrew

    05/28/2010 4:59:51 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 22 replies · 1,069+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:02 AM on 29th May 2010 | Andrew Pierce
    The Duchess of York has held secret talks with Princess Diana's lawyers about renegotiating her 'paltry' divorce settlement with Prince Andrew. Sarah Ferguson consulted Anthony Julius at Mishcon de Reya, who famously negotiated a Ł17million pay off for Princess Diana when she divorced Prince Charles. The figure is in stark contrast to the Ł15,000 a year which the duchess receives from Prince Andrew after their marriage ended after ten years in 1996.
  • Goldman Sachs in settlement talks with SEC: report

    05/07/2010 6:27:09 AM PDT · by mlocher · 3 replies · 174+ views
    Reuters via Fidelity.com ^ | May 7, 2010 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc's lawyers are in talks with representatives of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle the fraud charges brought against it by the regulator, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the situation. Goldman's co-general counsel Gregory Palm, along with other lawyers and SEC officials participated in the preliminary discussion, the paper said, adding that the talks did not include any terms, such as the amount of fine or agreements Goldman could make with the agency. On Tuesday, Fox Business Network reported that Goldman may enter talks with the SEC to get...
  • USDA reaches new settlement with black farmers

    02/18/2010 11:48:46 AM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies · 1,455+ views
    breitbart ^ | 2/18/10 | BEN EVANS
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has reached a deal with black farmers....</p>
  • Proof That There Are Too Many Lawyers?

    01/23/2010 7:17:50 AM PST · by mattstat · 41 replies · 799+ views
    Most lawyers are like the opportunistic infections that attack the weakened immune system of heroin addicts. You can scrape off the scabs that encrust the skin, but if you don’t treat the underlying addiction, they’ll just grow back. Or more plainly, lawyers are the symptoms and not the disease. That there are so many is an indication of deeper trouble, signs of a fundamental imbalance with the body politic. In many “tort” lawsuits of the slip-’n-fall kind, at least three things have gone wrong: 1. A greedy plaintiff, with no notion of personal responsibility, decides that “somebody” has to pay...
  • UK: W. Bank produce must be marked 'settlement' or 'Palestinian'

    12/10/2009 1:24:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 276+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/10/09 | HERB KEINON
    sraeli officials reacted angrily Thursday night to a British decision to advise retailers and importers to distinguish on labels whether imported produce from the West Bank is being made in the settlements or by Palestinians. According to a statement released by the British Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, "Importers, retailers, NGOs and consumers have asked the Government for clarity over the precise origin of products from the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs). The label 'West Bank' does not allow consumers to distinguish between goods originating from Palestinian producers and goods originating from illegal Israelisettlements."