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    SELAH, Wash. (AP) — Selah will settle two lawsuits alleging the city violated open-government laws in connection with a chalk-art controversy. Council members unanimously voted this week to approve the settlement, in which the city pays Trent Wilkinson $45,000 and hands over an unredacted copy of an email he had requested, The Yakima Herald-Republic reported. In return Wilkinson will drop the lawsuits with prejudice, meaning that the cases cannot be filed again. City Attorney Rob Case said under the settlement, the city does not admit to any wrongdoing or liability and that it's the best outcome the city could achieve. He noted that Wilkinson’s attorney, Tim Hall, had no objections to the settlement. While the settlement allows the city to maintain that the lawsuits were meritless and frivolous, it also says that Wilkinson and his attorney, Tim Hall, do not share that view. Hall said his client was satisfied with...
    By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — TikTok's Chinese parent company ByteDance has agreed to pay $92 million in a settlement to U.S. users who are part of a class-action lawsuit alleging that the video-sharing app failed to get their consent to collect data in violation of a strict Illinois privacy law. The federal lawsuit alleged that TikTok broke the Illinois biometric privacy law, which allows suits against companies that harvest consumer data without consent, including via facial and fingerprint scanning. Illinois is the only state with a law that allows people to seek monetary damages for such unauthorized data collection. “While we disagree with the assertions, rather than go through lengthy litigation, we’d like to focus our efforts on building a safe and joyful experience for the TikTok community,” TikTok said in an emailed statement. Facebook agreed to a $550 million settlement under the same law last February....
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance has agreed to pay $92 million in a settlement to U.S. users who are part of a class-action lawsuit alleging that the video-sharing app failed to get their consent to collect data in violation of a strict Illinois privacy law. The federal lawsuit alleged that TikTok broke the Illinois biometric privacy law, which allows suits against companies that harvest consumer data without consent, including via facial and fingerprint scanning. Illinois is the only state with a law that allows people to seek monetary damages for such unauthorized data collection. “While we disagree with the assertions, rather than go through lengthy litigation, we’d like to focus our efforts on building a safe and joyful experience for the TikTok community,” TikTok said in an emailed statement. Facebook agreed to a $550 million settlement under the same law last February. The...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Boeing Co has agreed to pay $6.6 million in penalties after the aviation regulator said it failed to comply with a 2015 safety agreement. The penalties include $5.4 million for not complying with the agreement in which it pledged to change its internal processes to improve and prioritize regulatory compliance and $1.21 million to settle two pending FAA enforcement cases. "Boeing failed to meet all of its obligations under the settlement agreement, and the FAA is holding Boeing accountable by imposing additional penalties,” FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said in a statement. Boeing, which paid $12 million in 2015 as part of the settlement, did not immediately comment. (Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Jonathan Oatis) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Lawyers for former congresswoman Katie Hill and her ex-husband told a Los Angeles judge they are close to settling her allegations of harassment and years of abuse, which led her to obtain a temporary restraining order against him in December. On December 8, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Anne Richardson ordered Hill’s ex, Kenneth Heslep, to stay at least 100 yards away from her, along with her mother and sister. READ MORE: Lady Gagas Dogwalker Shot, Wounded In Hollywood; 2 French Bulldogs Stolen A hearing was scheduled for Jan. 26 on whether the order should be extended, but lawyers on both sides said at that time that they were trying to resolve the issues without the need of a trial. Attorneys later said they had nearly resolved the issues and asked for another week to finalize their agreement. The judge set another hearing for March 2....
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    New public report to blame Saudi crown prince for killing of Khashoggi South Dakota AG under pressure to resign as new evidence reveals investigators found victims broken glasses inside his car (Bloomberg) -- Adam Neumann, the former WeWork Cos. chief executive officer, would give up his role on the company’s board for at least a year under terms of a legal settlement in advanced discussions, said people familiar with the matter. The agreement, which hasn’t been finalized and could still change, would remove Neumann’s seat as a board observer for a year, after which he could request to attend meetings again without a vote or designate someone to take his place, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details are private. Either request would need approval from WeWork’s biggest investor, SoftBank Group Corp., said one of the people. © Photographer: Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images North America...
    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has secured a nearly $25 million legal settlement with the state’s primary electrical utility because hundreds of thousands of ratepayers were not on the most price friendly rate plan. Brnovich announced the settlement with the Arizona Public Service Company (APS) on Monday. “Throughout my time as attorney general, I have consistently said businesses large and small need to make sure consumers have adequate information about products and services,” Brnovich said. “Today’s historic and consequential settlement provides $24 million to more than two hundred thousand Arizonans who may have relied on inadequate information from APS.” The issue stems from the Arizona Corporation Commission allowing the utility in 2017 to charge tailored rate plans in tandem with a rate increase. The choice centered around incentivizing lower energy usage in peak times. As a part of the plan, APS agreed to undertake an outreach program...
    (CNN Business)Adam Neumann, the disgraced former CEO and cofounder of WeWork, may soon have a massive payday as part of a possible settlement with SoftBank, the company's largest investor, but the amount under discussion is far less than the golden parachute originally offered.Neumann, who stepped down in late 2019 after a disastrous attempt to take WeWork public, could be eligible to sell nearly $500 million worth of his shares to SoftBank as part of a $1.5 billion stock buyback program for early WeWork employees and investors, according to a source familiar with the matter. The deal is not yet finalized.The deal is part of a settlement under discussion to resolve a long-simmering legal dispute between Neumann, WeWork and SoftBank after the Japanese conglomerate walked away from a $3 billion WeWork share purchase agreement. The terms of a possible settlement were first reported by the Wall Street Journal. A second source...
    Fortnite: Save the World players who purchased random loot boxes when they were available can expect to see 1,000 V-Bucks added to their account in the coming days. The move is part of Epic Games’ efforts to settle a class action lawsuit filed against it over loot boxes, as approved by the Superior Court of North Carolina. Epic used to sell the blind item boxes for Save the World (and for Rocket League) until early 2019 when it decided to replace V-Buck Llamas with X-Ray Llamas, which allow players to see what they’ll get before purchasing a box. Although the settlement is supposed to be for US players only, Epic says it will “make this benefit available to players globally.” They won’t even need to do anything like a file a claim to get the in-game money. As The Verge notes, claimants typically have to file one to receive benefits...
    The California State University will pay out a settlement of $39.5 million to the family of a student who experienced heatstroke while participating in a jogging exercise at Cal State San Bernardino in September 2018 and requires round-the-clock care. The settlement is believed to be the largest ever paid by the CSU in an injury-related case. In addition to the money, the CSU agreed to develop and implement systemwide policies and protocols for preventing and responding to heat-related illness. Those protocols would apply to all academic environments for the system’s 485,000 students across 23 campuses. In September 2018, Marissa Freeman, then a junior studying nutrition and psychology at Cal State San Bernardino, suffered severe brain injury, cardiac arrest and organ failure after collapsing from severe heatstroke toward the end of a 5K run on campus, according to court papers and her attorneys. The run was part of a jogging...
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The California State University has reached a $39.5 million settlement with a former student who suffered a brain injury from heat stroke during a fitness class at the San Bernardino campus, the woman's lawyers announced Monday. Marissa Freeman sued Cal State claiming pain and suffering after she collapsed following a 5-kilometer jog amid high temperatures in September 2018. Cal State officials didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on the settlement. Freeman's attorneys argued that Cal State employees had not received required training in heat illness prevention and treatment before the incident. Cal State's lawyers contended that Freeman negligently overexerted herself in the class. In addition to the monetary settlement, the university system agreed to implement a “policy for heat illness prevention, education and protocols” for each of its 23 campuses, according to the law firm Panish Shea & Boyle. “The Freeman family is grateful...
    It is common that when you finalize the payment of a debt contracted with the bank, you do not request proof of payment. This document formalizes the conclusion of the commitment and can give you peace of mind not only of the duty fulfilled, but also that in relation to that debt there will no longer be negative ratings in the Credit Bureau. The need to request the settlement letter becomes evident when a strange situation occurs: that, as if it were sprouting, the liquidated debt continues to grow. The importance of the settlement letter is evident: it protects you by stating that you have completed the payment of the debt. Photo: Pixabay. What is a settlement letter? The settlement letter is a document that formalizes the term of the relationship between a debtor and a creditor. It is issued by the bank or financial institution to state...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The long delayed trial in the case of female players against the U.S. Soccer Federation has been pushed back again. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner said Friday he was delaying the trial date from March 9 to June 15 due to the unavailability of jurors during the novel coronavirus pandemic. However, Klausner has a hearing scheduled for April 12 to approve a Dec. 1 settlement of claims of inequitable working conditions compared with the men’s team. That would leave the sides still disputing unequal pay claims that Klausner dismissed, a decision the women intend to appeal. “We anticipate that the settlement — which achieves working conditions for the women players that they have fought many years to achieve — will be approved on April 12, and there will be no trial. This is simply an administrative update from the court," players' spokeswoman Molly Levinson said...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The long delayed trial in the case of female players against the U.S. Soccer Federation has been pushed back again. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner said Friday he was delaying the trial date from March 9 to June 15 due to the unavailability of jurors during the novel coronavirus pandemic. However, Klausner has a hearing scheduled for April 12 to approve a Dec. 1 settlement of claims of inequitable working conditions compared with the men’s team. That would leave the sides still disputing unequal pay claims that Klausner dismissed, a decision the women intend to appeal. “We anticipate that the settlement — which achieves working conditions for the women players that they have fought many years to achieve — will be approved on April 12, and there will be no trial. This is simply an administrative update from the court,” players’ spokeswoman Molly Levinson said...
    A Virginia-based federal contractor is set to pay $6.05 million to the U.S. to settle allegations that a predecessor company intentionally overcharged the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for work done by an employee who lacked required skills, The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reported Friday. Information Innovators Inc. (Triple-I), which provides IT services to federal agencies, acquired Creative Computing Solutions Inc. (CCSi) in 2015. CCSi, which previously provided IT services to DHS, has been accused of violating the False Claims Act from October 2007 to April 2014. The company allegedly violated the terms of a contract by using under-qualified workers while charging DHS at rates reserved for qualified employees. To resolve these allegations, Triple-I is set to pay the United States $6.05 million, according to a news release from the DOJ. A view of the lecture before US Attorney General William Barr holds a press conference about the...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Former Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has agreed to reimburse the county and the City of Miami a total of $5.5 million for the cost of building Marlins Park. The Miami-Dade County Commission approved the final lawsuit settlement after Loria agreed to a last-minute increase in the amount. A tentative settlement of $4.2 million was reached last month. RELATED: Curry Helps Warriors Rally Past Heat In OT The payment stems from the $1.2 billion sale of the team by Loria in 2017 to Derek Jeter and his ownership group. Loria bought the Marlins for $158.5 million in 2002. In 2009, local government agreed to help pay to build Marlins Park in exchange for Loria’s pledge to share profits if he later sold the team. That agreement called for Loria to pay 5% of net proceeds from the sale of the team. RELATED: Huberdeau Scores In OT,...
    MIAMI (AP) — Former Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria reached a final lawsuit settlement to reimburse local government $5.5 million for the cost of building Marlins Park, which opened in 2012. The Miami-Dade County commission approved the deal after Loria agreed to a last-minute increase in the amount. A tentative settlement of $4.2 million was reached last month. The payment stems from the $1.2 billion sale of team by Loria in 2017 to Derek Jeter and his ownership group. Loria bought the Marlins for $158.5 million in 2002. In 2009, local government agreed to help pay to build Marlins Park in exchange for Loria’s pledge to share profits if he later sold the team. That agreement called for Loria to pay 5% of net proceeds from the sale of the team. Public money covered more than three-fourths of the $634 million cost for Marlins Park. The settlement follows...
    Loading the player... The city of St. Louis has agreed to a $5 million settlement with a Black police officer who was beaten by five white officers while working undercover at a protest.  Luther Hall was participating in a 2017 protest, working undercover following the acquittal of another St. Louis police officer, Jason Stockley, who had been charged in the 2011 murder of a Black man suspected of selling drugs.  Demonstrators confront police while protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on September 16, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. St. Louis policeman Luther Hall was working undercover at these protests when he was beaten by five white officers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) According to his lawsuit, which was detailed by a local news outlet, Hall suffered a tailbone injury and a two-centimeter laceration above his lips, plus he had to undergo surgery to repair herniated...
    The Diocese of Winona-Rochester in Minnesota agreed to a $21.5 million settlement with 145 individuals who said clergy within the church engaged in rampant sexual abuse. Bishop John Quinn of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester said he hoped the financial compensation would help the survivors recover from the trauma they allegedly endured. “It is my desire and hope that the compensation paid in this settlement will help the survivors heal from the pain they have felt over these many years," he said. After sexual abuse allegations emerged from schools, churches, and other institutions, all of which were under the church's control, coupled with the state passing a 2013 law extending the allowable time frame for reporting sexual misconduct, the diocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Winona-Rochester, one of five Catholic strongholds in Minnesota to declare bankruptcy due to victims seeking legal repercussions, will use the settlement to submit financial reorganization...
    The family of Alton Sterling, a man who was shot and killed by police in 2016, is set to receive a $4.5 million settlement after a city council chose to move forward with the proposal. The East Baton Rouge Metro Council in Louisiana voted 7-4 in favor of the motion, five years after the incident. The local leaders rejected a $5 million settlement in November 2020. "I am pleased our metro council was able to find a consensus and approve an offer of settlement in the Alton Sterling civil case," Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome wrote in a statement on Thursday. "After nearly five years, the people of Baton Rouge are finally one step closer to getting much needed closure in this traumatic episode in our history. Now we must continue the work of building a more fair and equitable community, where every citizen is treated justly, no...
    MORE than five million EU citizens have applied to stay in the UK despite us leaving the bloc. Home Office stats out today show the number creeping over the landmark — with those with “settled status” given the same rights as Brits. 2Priti Patel said: 'I’m immensely proud that figures will show five million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme'Credit: AP:Associated Press Priti Patel will also announce £4.5million cash boost to help vulnerable Europeans living here apply for the scheme. The Home Secretary welcomes the massive numbers who had “contributed so much to the UK culturally, economically and socially”. She added: “They are our friends, neighbours and colleagues and, from the very beginning, we have been clear we want them to stay. “That is why we put people at the heart of the scheme, knowing that behind these applications are stories of those who have established roots here. “We promised...
    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A woman who claims she was sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein and is expected to testify against Ghislaine Maxwell at her criminal trial need not disclose how much she is being compensated to resolve claims against Epstein's estate, a U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield in Manhattan ruled in favor of Annie Farmer, who like many Epstein accusers sought to dismiss her lawsuit against the late financier's estate in order to obtain a confidential settlement from a victims' compensation program. Maxwell's lawyers objected to a dismissal, saying a big settlement would give Farmer a motive to lie, and that the British socialite needed the dollar amount to properly cross-examine her if she testified. But the judge said a dismissal would not unduly prejudice Maxwell. "If she wants information to use in the court of public opinion she must get...
    Whether you want to settle the financing of your mortgage loan with the Issste Housing Fund (Fovissste) or make some clarification about it, it is important to have the account statement at hand. For this reason, we tell you how you can register the Fovissste account statement, following a few simple steps. So take note so that you do not have problems or inconveniences at the time of carrying out this procedure. We tell you how to register your Fovissste account statement. Photo: Reformation The first thing you should do is enter the official website of Fovissste. Locate in the menu Actions and program the option Procedures and services of the Fovissste. Select the procedure Request for clarification of the account statement in the modality Update of the mortgage credit statement. Click on the blue button Online procedure. Prepare the application and enter the documentation. You will receive...
    SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – Bayer AG has reached a settlement to resolve many current and anticipated future claims against its agrochemical subsidiary Monsanto Company arising from its Roundup weed killer, alleged to cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). The settlement, announced Wednesday, was submitted to the U.S. District Court in San Francisco and is subject to approval of U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria, who has presided over federal multi-district litigation involving hundreds of Roundup suits. The settlement of the putative class action suit, if approved, will create a fund of up to $2 billion to be used to compensate class members over the next four years who have, or develop NHL, as a result of their exposure to Roundup herbicide. Compensation will be provided to qualifying class members at varying levels from $5,000 to $200,000. The fund will also be used for a number of related matters, including an NHL testing...
    Tennessee will receive part of a $573 million settlement between global consulting firm McKinsey & Company and 54 states and territories over the firm’s role in consulting opioid manufacturers on how to best market and profit from opioid drug sales. Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced Thursday that Tennessee will receive more than $15.2 million from the settlement. The state will use the funds to address problems created by opioids in the state. More than 1,000 people die of opioid overdoses each year in Tennessee. According to the settlement, McKinsey contributed to the opioid crisis by providing consulting and marketing services to opioid manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma, which produces OxyContin, for more than a decade. Court documents outline how McKinsey advised Purdue on how to circumvent pharmacy restrictions to deliver high-dose prescriptions, how to target high-volume opioid prescribers, and on specific messaging to get doctors to prescribe...
            by Scott McClallen  Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 46 other attorneys general in a $573 million settlement with McKinsey & Co., regarding the company’s role in aggressively helping opioid companies promote their drugs. Michigan will receive more than $19.5 million from the first opioid multistate settlement resulting in a substantial payment. After payment of costs, the settlement will fund opioid abatement programs in participating states. Per state law, the money will be deposited into an account with the Michigan Department of Treasury and spent on abatement efforts to combat the opioid epidemic under state health department guidance. “This settlement is a critical step in providing resources to mitigate this crisis and we look forward to working with state agencies, the Legislature and local partners to ensure the funding is used to address this concerning issue of public health,” Nessel’s spokesman Ryan Jarvi told...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Two men will receive $150,000 combined to dismiss use of force claims against Springfield police officers. Jubal Chaplin and Caleb Beechem sued the city and some officers in January 2020, alleging Springfield police in separate incidents unlawfully arrested and detained them and used excessive force, The Register-Guard reported. Both men have recently signed settlement agreements. Chaplin will receive $50,000 to cover damages, attorney fees and other costs. Chaplin was a passenger in a truck that was pulled over in February 2018. Dashcam video shows officers throwing him to the ground after he reached into his pocket. In a separate incident, Beechem claimed he was beaten and had a Taser used on him in July 2019 after a neighbor called police about his behavior. Beechem will receive $100,000, according to signed agreements The Register-Guard received through a public records request. City spokeswoman Amber Fossen says the settlements...
    Trump resigns from actors union after facing discipline from Capitol riot Democrats press ahead with move to discipline extremist congresswoman McKinsey to Pay $573 Million to Resolve U.S. Opioid Claims (Bloomberg) -- McKinsey & Co. will pay $573 million to settle claims by U.S. states that the blue-chip consulting firm helped fuel the country’s opioid epidemic by providing sales analysis and marketing advice to makers of the highly addictive painkillers, including Purdue Pharma LP and Johnson & Johnson. © Bloomberg Bottles of Purdue Pharma L.P. OxyContin medication sit on a pharmacy shelf in Provo, Utah, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Most of the money will go to government programs fighting opioid addiction and providing treatment, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said Thursday. The company helped “turbocharge” opioid sales for 15 years while consulting for Purdue and its billionaire owners, the Sackler family, Stein said. Load Error ...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will receive nearly $4.7 million over five years as part of a multistate settlement with a firm that worked with opioid manufacturers to promote addictive painkillers, according to the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said Thursday that the $4.68 million settlement will be used to address problems caused by opioids, including paying for substance abuse treatment services for Iowans. Iowa is part of a coalition of 53 attorneys general who collectively won $573 million in a settlement with McKinsey & Company, one of the world’s largest consulting firms. The settlement will be split among 47 states, five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. It’s the first multistate opioid settlement to result in a substantial payout to states. In addition to the money, McKinsey must prepare, as part of the settlement, tens of thousands of its internal documents detailing its...
    (Reuters) - The Bank of New York Mellon Corp said on Thursday it has partnered with Google Cloud on technology that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict when BNY clients' U.S. Treasury transactions will fail to settle. Settlement failures occur when two parties buying and selling bonds fail to exchange the cash and securities on time. A large increase in failures can signal market liquidity problems. The $22 trillion U.S. Treasury market is the largest and most liquid market in the world. Around 2% of transactions fail to settle each day, which can create liquidity shortfalls for clients, BNY Mellon said in a release. BNY said its new technology predicts the likelihood that clients, such as banks, will face settlement failure on a trade. The model can predict around 40% of settlement failures for trades that are eligible to be settled on the Federal Reserve’s FedWire Securities Service,...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana will receive more than $12.5 million as part of a multistate settlement with a consulting firm that worked with opioid manufacturers to promote addictive painkillers, the state's attorney general said Thursday. Indiana’s share of McKinsey & Company's $573 million settlement with 47 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories will be $12,579,158, Attorney General Todd Rokita said. The settlement with the New York-based company is the first multistate opioid settlement to result in a substantial payout to states. Rokita said Indiana's slice of the settlement “will bring substantial and immediate relief to communities across the state" by addressing problems caused by opioids, including funding prevention, education and treatment efforts in local communities. Rokita's office said in a statement that filings in the settlement “describe how McKinsey contributed to the opioid crisis by selling aggressive marketing schemes and consulting services to opioid manufacturers, including Purdue...
    Loading the player... The global consulting firm McKinsey & Company agreed to pay nearly $600 million for its role in advising businesses on how to sell more prescription opioid painkillers amid a nationwide overdose crisis. “We deeply regret that we did not adequately acknowledge the tragic consequences of the epidemic unfolding in our communities,” McKinsey Global Managing Partner Kevin Sneader said in a statement Thursday, noting the company cooperated with investigations. ”With this agreement, we hope to be part of the solution to the opioid crisis in the U.S.” Read More: Justice Department sues Walmart, blames retailer for role in opioid crisis Most of the money is in a $573 million settlement reached with 47 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories, but the company said it had deals with a total of 49 states. Washington’s attorney general announced a separate $13.5 million deal and West Virginia...
    The business consultant McKinsey & Company agreed to pay nearly $600 million for its role in consulting businesses on how to sell more prescription opioid painkillers amid a nationwide overdose crisis."We deeply regret that we did not adequately acknowledge the tragic consequences of the epidemic unfolding in our communities," McKinsey Global Managing Partner Kevin Sneader said in a statement Thursday, noting the company cooperated with investigations. "With this agreement, we hope to be part of the solution to the opioid crisis in the U.S."Most of the money is in a $573 million settlement reached with 47 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories, but the company said it had deals with a total of 49 states. Washington's attorney general announced a separate $13.5 million deal, and West Virginia has an opioid-related announcement scheduled for Thursday.The only remaining state that has not announced a deal with the company is...
    McKinsey & Co. said it will pay nearly $600 million to settle allegations that it fueled the nationwide opioid crisis by helping Purdue Pharma push addictive painkillers. Some $573 million of that will go to 47 states and the District of Columbia, which accused the white-shoe consulting firm of helping Purdue “turbocharge” OxyContin sales as a deadly wave of overdoses gripped the nation. Authorities said that deal — which also bars McKinsey from advising companies on opioid-based drugs — is the first multi-state opioid settlement to provide a “substantial payment” to help states address the drug crisis. Washington State reached a separate $13.5 million deal with McKinsey, and West Virginia was also planning an opioid-related announcement. At the heart of McKinsey’s more than 15-year relationship with Purdue was a strategy to boost OxyContin sales by targeting certain doctors, such as those who were already writing large numbers of...
    The business consultant McKinsey & Company agreed to pay nearly $600 million for its role in consulting businesses on how to sell more prescription opioid painkillers amid a nationwide overdose crisis. "We deeply regret that we did not adequately acknowledge the tragic consequences of the epidemic unfolding in our communities," McKinsey Global Managing Partner Kevin Sneader said in a statement Thursday, noting the company cooperated with investigations. "With this agreement, we hope to be part of the solution to the opioid crisis in the U.S." The company said it had deals in place with attorneys general for 49 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Under details provided by states, 47 of the states, the District of Columbia and the territories will share $573 million, which also includes $15 million for the National Association of Attorneys General. Washington announced a separate $13.5 million deal Thursday and West Virginia...
    By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press The business consultant McKinsey & Company agreed to pay nearly $600 million for its role in consulting businesses on how to sell more prescription opioid painkillers amid a nationwide overdose crisis. “We deeply regret that we did not adequately acknowledge the tragic consequences of the epidemic unfolding in our communities," McKinsey Global Managing Partner Kevin Sneader said in a statement Thursday, noting the company cooperated with investigations. ”With this agreement, we hope to be part of the solution to the opioid crisis in the U.S.” The company said it had deals in place with attorneys general for 49 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Under details provided by states, 47 of the states, the District of Columbia and the territories will share $573 million, which also includes $15 million for the National Association of Attorneys General. Washington announced a separate $13.5 million...
    More On: opioids Cannabis dispensaries linked to nearly 30% drop in opioid deaths: study COVID-19 has ‘exacerbated’ opioid crisis in New York: DEA official Soccer moms apparently love this trendy, plant-based drug Inside a top doctor’s secret pill ring that left many of his patients dead McKinsey & Co. said it will pay nearly $600 million to settle allegations that it fueled the nationwide opioid crisis by helping Purdue Pharma push addictive painkillers. Some $573 million of that will go to 47 states and the District of Columbia, which accused the white-shoe consulting firm of helping Purdue “turbocharge” OxyContin sales as a deadly wave of overdoses gripped the nation. Authorities said that deal — which also bars McKinsey from advising companies on opioid-based drugs — is the first multi-state opioid settlement to provide a “substantial payment” to help states address the drug crisis. Washington State reached a separate...
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will receive $2.59 million over five years as part of a multistate settlement with a firm that worked with opioid manufacturers to promote addictive painkillers, Attorney General Doug Peterson said Thursday. Peterson said Nebraska is part of a coalition of 53 attorneys general who collectively won $573 million in a settlement with McKinsey & Company, one of the world's largest consulting firms. The settlement will be split among 47 states, five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. The settlement will be used to address problems caused by opioids in the participating states. It's the first multistate opioid settlement to result in a substantial payout to states. “Today's filing is a significant action towards Nebraska's effort to combat the opioid epidemic and to hold accountable those who are responsible for creating and perpetuating the crisis,” Peterson said in a statement. Nebraska lawmakers passed the Opioid...
    (AP/WJZ) — The business consultant McKinsey & Company agreed to pay nearly $600 million for its role in consulting businesses on how to sell more prescription opioid painkillers amid a nationwide overdose crisis. “We deeply regret that we did not adequately acknowledge the tragic consequences of the epidemic unfolding in our communities,” McKinsey Global Managing Partner Kevin Sneader said in a statement Thursday, noting the company cooperated with investigations. ”With this agreement, we hope to be part of the solution to the opioid crisis in the U.S.” The company said it had deals in place with attorneys general for 49 states — including Maryland — as well as the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Under details provided by states, 47 of the states, the District of Columbia and the territories will share $573 million, which also includes $15 million for the National Association of Attorneys General. In a...
    By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press The global business consulting firm McKinsey & Company has agreed to a $573 million settlement over its role in advising companies on how to “supercharge” opioid sales amid an overdose crisis, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the deal ahead of Thursday's planned announcement and filings in courts in 47 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. McKinsey did not immediately respond to a call or email from the AP Wednesday night. Without naming McKinsey, the attorneys general in at least North Carolina and West Virginia have scheduled announcements for Thursday morning regarding the opioid crisis. And Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement that the state would file a consent decree Thursday involving McKinsey “that will result in corporate reforms and more than $13...
    The global business consulting firm McKinsey & Company has agreed to a $573 million settlement over its role in advising companies on how to “supercharge” opioid sales amid an overdose crisis, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the deal ahead of Thursday’s planned announcement and filings in courts in 47 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. McKinsey did not immediately respond to a call or email from the AP Wednesday night. Without naming McKinsey, the attorneys general in at least North Carolina and West Virginia have scheduled announcements for Thursday morning regarding the opioid crisis. And Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement that the state would file a consent decree Thursday involving McKinsey “that will result in corporate reforms and more than $13 million to Washington state for...
    McKinsey & Co. has agreed to pay more than $550 million to settle claims by U.S. states that the consulting company helped fuel the opioid epidemic by providing marketing advice to drugmakers including Purdue Pharma LP and Johnson & Johnson, people familiar with the accord said. New York-based McKinsey will pay about 80% of the money immediately to beef up treatment programs and bolster police budgets strained by expanded abuse of the addictive painkillers, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The rest would be paid over four years. More than 45 states signed off on the settlement, which will be announced Thursday, the people said. The consulting firm suggested ways to "turbocharge" sales of Purdues OxyContin painkiller at a time when the legal market for the opioid-based medicine was shrinking due to a wave of negative publicity, according...
    This week in “Amazon is scum” news, on Tuesday the company reached a $61.7 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over a longstanding practice of stealing tips from delivery drivers. Drivers for Amazon Flex were recruited with the promise of $18 to $25 an hour plus customer tips, and that’s how it worked in 2015 and 2016. But then Amazon started taking some customer tips, while telling the drivers that that wasn’t happening. According to the FTC, “In late 2016, the FTC alleges, Amazon shifted from paying drivers the promised rate of $18–25 per hour plus the full amount of customer tips to paying drivers a lower hourly rate, a shift that it did not disclose to drivers. Amazon used the customer tips to make up the difference between the new lower hourly rate and the promised rate. This resulted in drivers’ being shorted more than $61.7 million in tips.” This wasn’t...
    OAKLAND — Schnitzer Steel will pay $4.1 million as part of a settlement over allegations its metal shredding facility in West Oakland repeatedly violated the California environmental laws. The settlement was announced Wednesday by a prosecution team that includes the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the state Attorney General’s office and the Alameda County District Attorney’s office, which found during a years-long investigation that Schnitzer’s West Oakland facility — which shreds and sorts metal materials that are sold for reuse in steel mills — was releasing particles of hazardous metals including lead, cadmium, and zinc into the surrounding area. “Communities in West Oakland already experience a disproportionate share of environmental pollution and some of the highest asthma rates in the state,” said Attorney General Xavier Becerra in a written statement. “So we won’t sit back while corporate polluters make the situation worse by dispersing their toxic waste into these...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — An Oakland scrap metal recycler will pay $4.1 million to settle a lawsuit by Alameda County and the State of California alleging the company has allowed hazardous waste to pollute surrounding areas of West Oakland and the Oakland Estuary. The joint announcement by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and the state Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Wednesday said the settlement will resolve claims that Schnitzer violated emissions rules and failed to adequately warn the community about exposure to lead and cadmium from the facility. Schnitzer runs a metal shredding facility at the Port of Oakland. The settlement will also require Schnitzer to “significantly change its operations to protect the health of Oakland residents and the environment,” according to a press release, including the installation of air pollution control equipment to cut emissions by 98%. Funding from the settlement will also pay...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri graduate who said his professor stole his invention for a drug delivery system will share in its profits under a settlement that also gives the University of Missouri System a cut of the revenue. Kishore Cholkar will get at least $1.4 million under the settlement for research done while he was working toward a doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Kansas City Star reported, citing a redacted copy of the agreement it obtained through an open records request. Before the settlement, Cholkar had stood to collect nothing from his invention of nanotechnology that delivers drops to the back of the eye. It is one of the leading treatments for dry eye, a growing market segment that garnered $5 billion in sales in 2019. The university announced the settlement in December but did not disclose the terms. The deal ended a nearly...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri graduate who said his professor stole his invention for a drug delivery system will share in its profits under a settlement that also gives the University of Missouri System a cut of the revenue. Kishore Cholkar will get at least $1.4 million under the settlement for research done while he was working toward a doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Kansas City Star reported, citing a redacted copy of the agreement it obtained through an open records request. Before the settlement, Cholkar had stood to collect nothing from his invention of nanotechnology that delivers drops to the back of the eye. It is one of the leading treatments for dry eye, a growing market segment that garnered $5 billion in sales in 2019. The university announced the settlement in December but did not disclose the terms. The deal ended a...
    E-commerce giant Amazon will reportedly pay $61.7 million to settle allegations by the FTC that the company failed to pay Flex delivery drivers the full amount of tips given to them by customers. An FTC official commented: “Rather than passing along 100% of customers’ tips to drivers, as it had promised to do, Amazon used the money itself. Our action today returns to drivers the tens of millions of dollars in tips that Amazon misappropriated, and requires Amazon to get drivers’ permission before changing its treatment of tips in the future.” NBC News reports that Amazon will pay a $61.7 million settlement over allegations by the FTC that it failed to pay Flex delivery drivers the full amount of tips that they were owed. The commission voted 4-0 in favor of the settlement. The FTC alleges that in 2016 Amazon shifted from paying divers the promised rate of $18 to $25...
    These cities want to give grocery store workers hazard pay New stimulus check would target the next payment in nearly every way. Heres how Vale Set to Sign Multibillion-Dollar Settlement for Dam Disaster (Bloomberg) -- Two years after the Brumadinho dam collapse killed 270 people and cost Vale SA the title of world’s biggest iron ore miner, the company is set to sign a compensation settlement with Brazilian authorities. © Bloomberg Residents survey damage after a Vale SA dam burst in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. A Brazilian judge has blocked 1 billion reais ($265 million) from Vale SA while environmental authorities imposed a $66 million fine on the miner after a tailings dam it owns burst on Friday in the second deadly accident in the same mining region in just over three years. Representatives of the Rio de Janeiro-based producer will sit down...
    A producer accusing convicted rapist and disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of repeated sexual assault and rape is asking he be deposed for an upcoming lawsuit.  Alexandra Canosa, a producer on Netflix’s "Marco Polo," maintained late Monday in court papers that depositions will help her decide whether to accept a settlement approved last week by a Delaware bankruptcy court judge, according to the Associated Press. Of the $35 million set aside for creditors, the settlement calls for roughly half to go to Weinstein's accusers. Canosa's attorney, Thomas Giuffra, said in the Manhattan federal court filing that their client will find a deposition from Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein, important to decide whether to settle in her case. "Ms. Canosa will have a monumental settlement decision to make," he wrote. The lawyer said Canosa was deposed last week and Harvey and his brother Bob should face questions too. HARVEY WEINSTEIN ACCUSER SUES...
    Amazon's alleged failure to pay its delivery workers their full tips is the driving force behind a recently settled lawsuit. The conglomerate reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission entailing the transfer of over $61.7 million, according to a readout released by the agency on Tuesday. The settlement marked the resolution of a years-old FTC allegation that the corporation didn't pay its Amazon Flex drivers the "full amount [in tip money] that Amazon allegedly withheld from drivers" from late 2016 to August 2019. “Rather than passing along 100 percent of customers’ tips to drivers, as it had promised to do, Amazon used the money itself,” said Daniel Kaufman, acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Our action today returns to drivers the tens of millions of dollars in tips that Amazon misappropriated, and requires Amazon to get drivers’ permission before changing its treatment of tips in...
    SAN RAMON, Calif. — Google will pay $2.6 million to more than 5,500 employees and past job applicants to resolve allegations that the internet giant discriminated against female engineers and Asians in California and Washington state. The settlement announced Monday closes a 4-year-old case that the Labor Department brought as part its periodic reviews of the pay practices at federal government contractors such as Google. That inquiry resulted in accusations that during a period spanning from 2014 to 2017, Google paid female engineers less than men in similar positions. The pay discrepancies were cited in several Google offices in its home state of California, as well as at locations in Seattle and Kirkland, Washington. Google had fiercely contested the allegations as unfounded before reaching the settlement without acknowledging any wrongdoing. “We believe everyone should be paid based upon the work they do, not who they are and invest heavily to make...
    Google will pay $2.6million to 5,500 female and Asian employees and applicants who claim they were underpaid and overlooked for jobs. The internet giant announced the settlement on Monday to resolve the four-year-old allegations in California and Washington state. The settlement closes a case the Labor Department brought as part of its periodic reviews of the pay practices at federal government contractors such as Google.  Google will pay $2.6million to 5,500 female and Asian employees and job applicants who claim they were underpaid and overlooked The inquiry resulted in accusations that during a period spanning from 2014 to 2017, Google paid female engineers less than men in similar positions.  The pay discrepancies were cited in several Google offices in its home state of California, as well as at locations in Seattle and Kirkland, Washington. Google had fiercely contested the allegations as unfounded before reaching the settlement without acknowledging any...
    Contractors working for the Amazon Inc. Flex program load packages into vehicles to deliver to customers in San Francisco.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Amazon will pay $61.7 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that it failed to pay Flex delivery drivers the full amount of tips received from customers. The settlement, announced Tuesday, was passed in a unanimous vote by the commissioners. Representatives from Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. "Rather than passing along 100% of customers' tips to drivers, as it had promised to do, Amazon used the money itself," said Daniel Kaufman, acting director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a statement. "Our action today returns to drivers the tens of millions of dollars in tips that Amazon misappropriated, and requires Amazon to get drivers' permission before changing its treatment of tips in the future." Amazon Flex operates...
    A bill that would allow victims in all personal injury and wrongful death cases to collect 9% interest on money they were awarded by a court starting when the incident took place is under fire. HB 3360 was designed to deter companies that are sued from stalling or delaying cases that would be successful at trial, according to the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, a major force behind the bill. “Rather than accepting responsibility for their wrongful conduct and fairly compensating injured people or their families, insurance companies, corporations and other wrongdoers frequently deny timely justice to those injured or killed due to negligence,” ITLA President Larry Rodgers said. “If signed by the governor, HB 3360 will end these maneuvers and more fully and fairly compensate victims for eh harm they suffer.” Prejudgement interest would not apply to municipalities facing personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. The...
    By MICHAEL LIEDTKE | The Associated Press SAN RAMON — Google will pay $2.6 million to more than 5,500 employees and past job applicants to resolve allegations that the internet giant discriminated against female engineers and Asians in California and Washington state. The settlement announced Monday closes a 4-year-old case that the Labor Department brought as part its periodic reviews of the pay practices at federal government contractors such as Google. That inquiry resulted in accusations that during a period spanning from 2014 to 2017, Google paid female engineers less than men in similar positions. The pay discrepancies were cited in several Google offices in its home state of California, as well as at locations in Seattle and Kirkland, Washington. Google had fiercely contested the allegations as unfounded before reaching the settlement without acknowledging any wrongdoing. “We believe everyone should be paid based upon the work they do, not who...
    MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Google will pay $2.6 million to more than 5,500 employees and past job applicants to resolve allegations that the internet giant discriminated against female engineers and Asians in California and Washington state. The settlement announced Monday closes a 4-year-old case that the Labor Department brought as part its periodic reviews of the pay practices at federal government contractors such as Google. That inquiry resulted in accusations that during a period spanning from 2014 to 2017, Google paid female engineers less than men in similar positions. The pay discrepancies were cited in several Google offices in its home state of California, as well as at locations in Seattle and Kirkland, Washington. Google had fiercely contested the allegations as unfounded before reaching the settlement without acknowledging any wrongdoing. “We believe everyone should be paid based upon the work they do, not who they are, and invest heavily to...
    By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google will pay $2.6 million to more than 5,500 employees and past job applicants to resolve allegations that the internet giant discriminated against female engineers and Asians in California and Washington state. The settlement announced Monday closes a 4-year-old case that the Labor Department brought as part its periodic reviews of the pay practices at federal government contractors such as Google. That inquiry resulted in accusations that during a period spanning from 2014 to 2017, Google paid female engineers less than men in similar positions. The pay discrepancies were cited in several Google offices in its home state of California, as well as at locations in Seattle and Kirkland, Washington. Google had fiercely contested the allegations as unfounded before reaching the settlement without acknowledging any wrongdoing. “We believe everyone should be paid based upon the work they do, not...
    (CNN)Nearly half of Florida's counties have agreed to provide Spanish-language assistance and materials to voters after a years-long legal battle. Several Latino civil rights groups announced on Monday a settlement with 31 counties in a 2018 federal lawsuit centered on allegations that elected officials were disenfranchising the votes of Spanish-speakers in the Sunshine State.The lawsuit claimed the counties were essentially running English-only elections, which is a violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Section 4E of the act states that individuals who were taught in an American school where the primary language is not English, such as Puerto Ricans, can't be denied the right to vote just because they cannot understand English. Since the lawsuit was filed, state officials established new rules requiring all 67 counties to offer Spanish-language ballots but advocacy groups have argued that those rules were not enough.Judge says Florida counties must provide Spanish-language ballots and...
    Amtrak’s $2.25 million fund is open for claims from individuals with mobility disabilities who were unable to access its stations. The fund is the result of the 2020 settlement between the Department of Justice and Amtrak after the transportation company was found in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act for decades. Amtrak failed to comply with the ADA by the July 26, 2010 deadline, which gave them 20 years to do so from when the law was passed in 1990. The complaint filed by the department alleged Amtrak “has violated and continues to violate the ADA by failing to make existing stations in its intercity rail transportation system readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.” On the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Amtrak reached an agreement with the Justice Department to make stations accessible as well as train staff on ADA requirements. “Transportation is...
    LOS ANGELES -- Southern California Edison will pay $2.2 billion to settle insurance claims from a deadly, destructive wildfire sparked by its equipment in 2018, the utility announced Monday.Edison, which acknowledged no wrongdoing, said the agreement covers all claims in pending lawsuits from insurance companies related to the Woolsey fire, which blackened 151 square miles (391 square kilometers) of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Three people died in the November 2018 fire, and more than 1,600 homes and other buildings were destroyed.In addition, Edison said it has finalized settlements from the December 2017 Thomas fire and mudslides a month later on land that burned."We have made another significant step toward resolving pending wildfire-related litigation," Edison CEO Pedro Pizarro said in the statement.Total expected losses for the 2017 and 2018 events are estimated to be $4.6 billion, the utility statement said."The settlement was fair to all and consistent with prior cases...
    A judge approved a revised bankruptcy plan for the Weinstein Company that awards about $ 35 million to creditors, of which nearly half will go to women who accuse film businessman Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. The judge approved the plan after objections from attorneys representing producer Alexandra Canosa and actresses Wedil David and Dominique Huett, who accused Weinstein of sexual assault, and a former company employee. The settlement figure is $ 11.5 million less than a previous plan, which was dropped after a federal judge in New York refused to approve a proposed $ 19 million settlement between Weinstein and some of his accusers. The proposed settlement in that class action lawsuit was a key component of the initial bankruptcy plan. Almost half of the approved settlement, about $ 17 million, will go to sexual misconduct lawsuits, instead of the $ 25.7 million for three different...
    NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There is a new step forward for safe drinking water in Newark. In a proposed settlement submitted to a federal court, residents have secured safe drinking water protections from lead contamination. The agreement requires the city to finish replacing the pipes and ensure health protections for residents. RELATED STORY — Newark Gets $7 Million Grant To Help Fight Lead In Water At Public Schools The suit was brought by the Newark Education Workers Caucus and the Natural Resources Defense Council. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK See It: AC Unit Falls On Firefighter In Bensonhurst COVID Travel Update: Negative Test Now Required To Enter U.S. As Variants Spread Eviction Moratorium: Brooklyn Couple Says They Can’t Kick Tenant Out, Despite Assault Charge And Restraining Order
    LOS ANGELES — Southern California Edison will pay $2.2 billion to settle insurance claims from a deadly, destructive wildfire sparked by its equipment in 2018, the utility announced Monday. Edison, which acknowledged no wrongdoing, said the agreement covers all claims in pending lawsuits from insurance companies related to the Woolsey fire, which blackened 151 square miles (391 square kilometers) of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Three people died in the November 2018 fire, and more than 1,600 homes and other buildings were destroyed. In addition, Edison said it has finalized settlements from the December 2017 Thomas fire and mudslides a month later on land that burned. “We have made another significant step toward resolving pending wildfire-related litigation,” Edison CEO Pedro Pizarro said in the statement. Total expected losses for the 2017 and 2018 events are estimated to be $4.6 billion, the utility statement said. Related Articles Debris flow...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California Edison will pay $2.2 billion to settle insurance claims from a deadly, destructive wildfire sparked by its equipment in 2018, the utility announced Monday. Edison, which acknowledged no wrongdoing, said the agreement covers all claims in pending lawsuits from insurance companies related to the Woolsey fire, which blackened 151 square miles (391 square kilometers) of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Three people died in the November 2018 fire, and more than 1,600 homes and other buildings were destroyed. In addition, Edison said it has finalized settlements from the December 2017 Thomas fire and mudslides a month later on land that burned. “We have made another significant step toward resolving pending wildfire-related litigation,” Edison CEO Pedro Pizarro said in the statement. Total expected losses for the 2017 and 2018 events are estimated to be $4.6 billion, the utility statement said. “The...
    KELLER, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A man who was pepper sprayed by officers in Keller while videotaping his son’s encounter with police over the summer is set to receive a $200,000 settlement from the city, the man’s attorney said Sunday. The incident in August 2020 was captured on bodycam footage, which showed Marco Puente being sprayed and arrested while recording his son’s traffic stop. The bodycam video showed officer Blake Shimanek telling officer Antik Tomer to arrest and pepper spray Marco Puente for recording the encounter. An investigation found Marco Puente did nothing wrong after Shimanek claimed he was blocking the road. The department received backlash for the incident, and Keller Police Chief Brad Fortune said it “caused great disappointment and regret.” He apologized for the incident. Now, Marco Puente’s attorney said in a statement that he is receiving the settlement for damages caused by the officers. “The Puente family is...
    Ceres, the dwarf planet and the largest astronomical object in the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter, has been proposed to host in its orbit, within 15 years, a settlement permanent for humans, created from materials from Ceres itself. The Finnish theoretical physicist Pekka Janhunen has published this concept of space colonization in arXiv. The settlement would provide artificial gravity to its residents, while local resources would allow the creation of a closed-loop ecosystem inside, which would effectively bring the “terraforming” to a space settlement. According to his study, the settlement would consist of rotating habitats attached to a disc-shaped frame structure through passive magnetic bearings. This would allow simulated gravity within habitats, it would facilitate travel within settlements and ensure that population density remains low. A constellation of mega satellites orbiting Ceres could take advantage of local resources to create conditions similar to those on Earth: “They...
    Your relative died and had a current loan with the Issste Housing Fund (Fovissste) and you don’t know what to do? If you are the beneficiary of a deceased borrower, who had a current mortgage loan from Fovissste, you should know that you can request its liquidation due to termination of the obligation. Going through the death of a family member is one of the most difficult moments, but that entails a series of procedures, which you must follow up at some point so as not to leave anything pending. In this case, we tell you how you can request the payment of the credit. We tell you how to request the payment of a credit. Photo: Reforma The first thing you should know is that this procedure can be done online or in person, we tell you the documents you require for both cases: Valid...
    More than 150 National Guard on inauguration duty test Covid positive Mexicans queue for hours for oxygen for sick relatives Will Muschamp agrees to $13M buyout settlement with South Carolina Will Muschamp received most of his buyout from South Carolina. The former Gamecocks coach has settled with the school after his midseason firing. Muschamp was set to be paid $15.3 million after his firing but school documents show that he agreed to a lump sum payment of $12.9 million. That settlement figure was paid before the end of the 2020 season, meaning Muschamp made the most money in the year 2020 of any college football coach in the country. Alabama coach Nick Saban was the highest-paid coach in the country this season with a salary of $9 million. Fired Auburn coach Gus Malzahn’s buyout was over $20 million. But he wasn’t set to receive all of that money in...
    More On: joe biden Jill Biden visits National Guard troops, thanks them with cookies Letters to the editor —Jan. 23, 2021 De Blasio pleads with Biden for quick action on COVID vaccine shortage Schumer pushes Trump impeach trial to Feb. 8 as Biden preferred Just days in office and President Biden is already moving to end-run good government by ordering the Justice Department to start restoring an Obama-era practice that funds liberal groups instead of actual victims of alleged wrongdoing. The Trump administration put the kibosh on such slush-fund payments in 2017. As then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions put it: “When the federal government settles a case against a corporate wrongdoer, any settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American people — not to bankroll third-party special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power.” One notable abuse was a $17 billion...
    A judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $641 million deal that would benefit thousands of Flint residents who were harmed by lead-contaminated water. The settlement includes $600 million from the state of Michigan, although Flint, an area hospital and an engineering firm are also part of the agreement. U.S. District Judge Judith Levy signed off in a 72-page opinion. "There may be no amount of money that would fully recognize the harm the residents of Flint have experienced, including their anxiety, fear, distrust and anger over the events of the last seven years," Levy said. "Litigation has its benefits but also its limitations, and the preliminary approval of this settlement does not affect or preclude other avenues of redress." Preliminary approval triggers a monthslong process during which Flint residents can object and pursue their own claims, Levy said. They will have until March 29 to register to participate. ...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Preliminary approval of the $641.25 million civil Flint water settlement was granted earlier today by Judge Judith Levy of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The Court’s approval order will become effective on Jan. 27, 2021. This preliminary approval formally establishes the process through which Flint residents can indicate their intention to file eligible settlement claims that will be processed and paid by the claims administrator. Judge Levy will still need to issue a final ruling on the settlement, depending on whether the settlement is fair, adequate and reasonable, after conducting a fairness hearing currently scheduled for July 12, 2021. It appears the public will be permitted an opportunity to offer input at the hearing, but the Court has discretion to control the extent of public input that will be permitted. “With Judge Levy’s preliminary approval granted, this historic settlement is one...
    President Biden's team said he will be instructing his attorney general to review a Trump policy prohibiting the Justice Department from using tens of millions of dollars in bank settlement payments that Republicans criticize as a “slush fund” to leftist groups. The Biden transition team released this week a “non-exclusive list of agency actions that heads of the relevant agencies will review” in accordance with an executive order on “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis" signed Wednesday. The Biden team list said the Justice Department, which may soon be led by Judge Merrick Garland, Biden's attorney general nominee, would be instructed to scrutinize one specific Trump-era rule. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a directive in June 2017 titled the “Prohibition on Settlement Payments to Non-Governmental Third Parties." The policy was made part of the Justice Department’s manual by early...
    He Barcelona he is financially depressed and wants to take advantage of any situation to save money. Although this is all a ruse that violates all professional ethics. The last one is that the culé club intends to discuss the “capacity” of Quique Setien in his trial with the coach who claims the full settlement of his contract. All this jumps hours after the Cantabrian denounced that the Catalan entity has not yet paid the corresponding amount. As reported by Cadena SER, Barcelona plans to discuss the “capacity and attitude” of Quique Setien in the trial that both parties have planned and in which the coach claims the full settlement of the contract he signed last January with the culé team. The culé team will argue that the Cantabrian coach took the leading team in the Santander League and finished second and ended his term with a historic humiliation against...
    President-elect Joe Biden will order the Justice Department to review a Trump administration rule that banned prosecutors from issuing settlement agreements that allowed defendants to pay outside special interest groups instead of their victims or the government. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions put an end to the Obama-era practice in a 2017 memo, according to Fox News. “When the federal government settles a case against a corporate wrongdoer, any settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American people — not to bankroll third-party special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power,” Sessions said in the memo. (RELATED: Sessions Ends Settlement Payouts To Special Interests) Biden will order the Justice Department to review the rule as part of his “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis” executive order after he assumes office on Wednesday. U.S....
    President-elect Joe Biden is calling for the Justice Department to look into reinstating a controversial Obama-era practice that allowed prosecutors to make settlement agreements that resulted in defendants paying outside groups instead of victims or the government. The Trump administration had put an end to these payments following a 2017 memo from then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions which was reflected in the Justice Department's manual. BIDEN TO SIGN 17 EXECUTIVE ACTIONS, ORDERS TO REVERSE TRUMP POLICIES, RESTORE OBAMA-ERA PROGRAMS ON FIRST DAY "When the federal government settles a case against a corporate wrongdoer, any settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American people — not to bankroll third-party special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power," Sessions said in 2017. A Republican-backed bill known as the "Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017" would have made the practice illegal.  "Congress must permanently end the abuses Obama's...
    Bay City News Service SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced Friday PG&E has agreed to pay the city up to $190 million to settle a legal battle that has lasted two decades over cleanup at the Marina Small Craft Harbor. The city first sued PG&E back in 2001 over pollution coming from the utility’s former coal gasification plants near the harbor after chemical compounds were discovered in the subsurface soils and sediments at the East Harbor. “I’m pleased that PG&E is finally doing the right thing in this instance and paying to clean up its pollution,” Herrera said in a statement. “It’s unfortunate we had to take them to court and then negotiate for years to get this outcome. But at the end of the day, this settlement is going to benefit not only the residents of this area, but all San Franciscans by increasing opportunities...
    MARY-KATE Olsen and ex Olivier Sarkozy’s marriage is officially over as the former couple have reportedly reached a divorce agreement.  The child star, 34, and businessman, 51, came face-to-face during a 20 minute Zoom meeting to hash out the last details of their nasty split.  1Mary-Kate and Olivier have 'reached a divorce settlement'Credit: The Mega Agency More than eight months after they announced they are going their separate ways, Mary-Kate and Olivier reached an agreement on Wednesday.  The video conference call included the ex couple, as well as both of their attorneys and New York Judge Lori Sattler, according to Us Weekly.  Olivier’s lawyer, Michael Mosberg, told the judge during the call: “So, we have reached a final agreement. “And we appreciate the time and latitude that you’ve given us. … It’s been incremental, but we continue to make forward progress.  “We, as of this morning, reached the final agreement....
    State investigators announced an agreement Wednesday with Los Angeles County to improve conditions in its troubled juvenile detention centers — the result of a two-year investigation that found the lockups had insufficient services and endangered youth safety. California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said the settlement, which creates a four-year plan to improve conditions in the halls and camps, seeks to limit the use of force, create a more homelike setting for the youths and boost their educational and mental health services, among other reforms. The settlement came amid the prospect of potential civil action in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Becerra’s office — litigation that county lawyers said Wednesday they were loath to defend. Becerra, joined in an online news conference with Hilda Solis, who chairs the county’s Board of Supervisors, said the agreement is the result of more than 80 interviews and a review of thousands of documents....
    A month and a half after having made the last modifications to the financial securities purchase operations, the National Securities Commission announced a new reduction in the term of holding for investors, both individuals and companies. After the market closed, the body chaired by Adrián Cosentino reported a series of measures that will come into effect tomorrow, as of their publication in the Official Gazette. Specific, The mandatory term of stay was lowered from 48 hours to 24 business hours. But sales were also limited to operations against the cable dollar. For these two reasons, although in the market they see in the adjustments of the operations with MEP Good news, they warn that the new restrictions may make the cash transaction more expensive with settlement. This can deepen the spread between both types of financial exchange rates and further increase the gap with the official dollar, the analysts agreed....
    Dear Moneyist, My ex-boyfriend was killed in an accident. With him being unmarried and my child being his only surviving child, he was awarded a large sum of money in the subsequent lawsuit. As he was 10 at the time, I set up an annuity to be dispersed between the age of 18 and 35. He also will accrue a hefty amount of interest because of this. Two years after the settlement (4 years after the accident) my lawyer received a letter stating there was another child, whose mother wanted him to be included in the settlement. We never knew of this other child because the relationship ended badly between them, and the mother told my ex he was not the father and never allowed him to see the child. She named the child after another man. She knew about the death, but did not come to the...
    Attorney General Chris Carr announced this week that locksmith company King David Business Services, LLC and its owner, Asher Uziel, (collectively “King David”), have entered into a settlement requiring them to pay $250,000 in civil penalties plus restitution to consumers who complained to the Attorney General, to resolve allegations that the company engaged in unfair and deceptive practices by, among other things, misrepresenting themselves as local businesses, misrepresenting their prices and misrepresenting the time within which the company would arrive to perform requested locksmith services. “Misleading and taking advantage of Georgians in this way hurts both consumers and legitimate businesses,” said Attorney General Carr. “We will continue to hold bad actors who engage in this behavior accountable.” King David, whose sole location is in Atlanta, Georgia, allegedly made numerous misrepresentations as to the number and locations of its offices via...
    A copyright infringement trial over an unauthorized sample of a Tracy Chapman song in a Nicki Minaj track as been averted, as Minaj agreed to pay Chapman $450,000 to close the case in documents filed Thursday in United States District Court. The dispute arose as a result of Minaj interpolating Chapman’s 1988 “Baby Can I Hold You” into her own song “Sorry” in 2018. After Chapman denied a request to approve the sample — as she reportedly does with all such requests — Minaj left the song off her album. But, in a wrinkle that made the case more complicated, “Sorry” leaked anyway, days after the album’s August 2018 release, with the leaker of record naming Minaj as his source. DJ Funkmaster Flex said “Nicky (sic) gave me something” and put it out to the public. Chapman’s lawyers were prepared to argue that the fact that “Sorry” never got an...
    Christian Sewing, chief executive officer of Deutsche Bank AG, pauses as Germanys biggest bank announces full year earnings in Frankfurt, Germany, on Friday. Feb. 1, 2019. Deutsche Banks revenue contracted for an eighth straight quarter in the final months of last year, complicating Chief Executive Officer Christian Sewings plan to turn around the lender through cost cutting. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesKrisztian Bocsi | Bloomberg | Getty Images Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay about $125 million to resolve separate U.S. federal probes into allegations it paid bribes to secure business overseas and that it manipulated metals markets, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal. The bank, a global capital markets player and Germany's largest lender, entered into a three-year deferred prosecution agreement as part of the settlement, according to a copy of the document filed today in federal court in Brooklyn. Nearly all of the...
    Boeing will pay $2.5 billion to settle a Justice Department investigation and admit that employees misled regulators about the safety of its 737 Max aircraft, which suffered two deadly crashes shortly after entering airline service.The government and the company said Thursday that the settlement includes money for the crash victims' families, airline customers and a fine.Prosecutors said Boeing employees gave misleading statements and half-truths about safety issues with the plane to the Federal Aviation Administration, then covered up their actions."Boeing's employees chose the path of profit over candor," said David Burns, acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's criminal division.Boeing blamed two former pilots who helped determine how much training was needed for the Max. CEO David Calhoun said their conduct doesn't reflect Boeing employees as a whole or the character of the company."This is a substantial settlement of a very serious matter, and I firmly believe that entering...
    Boeing will pay $2.5 billion to settle a criminal conspiracy charge for misleading regulators about the safety of its 737 MAX aircraft, which suffered two deadly crashes shortly after entering airline service. The Justice Department said Thursday that Boeing agreed to the settlement that includes money for the crash victims’ families, airline customers and a criminal fine. Prosecutors said Boeing employees concealed important information about the plane from the Federal Aviation Administration, then covered up their actions. “The misleading statements, half-truths, and omissions communicated by Boeing employees to the FAA impeded the government’s ability to ensure the safety of the flying public,” said Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney in Dallas. “Boeing’s employees chose the path of profit over candor,” said David Burns, acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s criminal division. Boeing CEO David Calhoun said settling the charge “is the right thing for us to do...
    Boeing will pay $2.5 billion to settle a criminal conspiracy charge for misleading regulators about the safety of its 737 Max aircraft, which suffered two deadly crashes shortly after entering airline service. The Justice Department said Thursday that Boeing agreed to the settlement, which includes money for the crash victims' families, airline customers and a criminal fine. Prosecutors said Boeing employees concealed important information about the plane from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), then covered up their actions. "The misleading statements, half-truths and omissions communicated by Boeing employees to the FAA impeded the government's ability to ensure the safety of the flying public," said Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. attorney in Dallas. "Boeing's employees chose the path of profit over candor," said David Burns, acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's criminal division. 'Right thing for us to do' Boeing CEO David Calhoun said settling the charge "is the right...
    Neil Sheehan, Pentagon Papers reporter, Vietnam author, dies De Blasio demands state expand NYC vaccine categories ‘today’ Boeing agrees to pay $2.5 billion to settle charges it defrauded FAA on 737 Max Boeing reached a $2.5 billion settlement with the Justice Department on Thursday to settle criminal charges that the company defrauded the Federal Aviation Administration when it first won approval for the flawed 737 Max jet. © David Ryder/Bloomberg/Getty Images A Boeing Co. 737 MAX 9 jetliner sits on the production floor at the company's manufacturing facility in Renton, Washington, U.S., on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Boeing Co. is laying plans to expand the family of 737 Max jetliners with a new version tailor-made for transcontinental flights even as the first of the upgraded single-aisle models nears its market debut. Photographer: David Ryder/Bloomberg via Getty Images The plane was grounded by the FAA in March 2019 following...