Washington agency rejects Facebook settlement, refers campaign ad violation charge to AG's office
SEATTLE — Washington’s campaign finance watchdog on Thursday rejected a settlement that its own staff had negotiated with Facebook over charges the social media giant has repeatedly violated state campaign finance law.Instead of accepting the rather modest settlement — a proposed $75,000 fine for the $550-billion company and no admission of guilt — the Washington Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) referred the matter to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson for further investigation.It’s the second time in a little more than a year that Ferguson’s office will look into Facebook for allegedl...
The Seattle Times
Gay teacher disciplined for 'homosexual agenda' settles with Fort Worth-area district
FORT WORTH, Texas — A Mansfield teacher who says she was discriminated against because of her sexual orientation has reached a settlement with the school district.Part of the settlement calls for Mansfield art teacher Stacy Bailey to get a letter of recommendation and a $100,000 payment to her and her attorney. Her record also will no longer show that she was investigated and suspended because of accusations she was promoting a “homosexual agenda,” according to a statement issued on behalf of Bailey.“The agreements the district and I made in this settlement are a positive first step in making ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Democrats slam $3 billion Wells Fargo settlement as 'slap on the wrist'
Democrats blasted the $3 billion sales practices settlement that Wells Fargo came to with federal officials on Friday, calling it “a slap on the wrist” for a bank that could easily pay the cost of the deal.The settlement, reached between the bank, federal prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission, essentially put Wells Fargo on a form of probation, known as a deferred prosecution agreement, while requiring it to pay a total of $3 billion in penalties.For over a decade, Wells Fargo employees created millions of fake accounts in customers names, among other misconduct, to meet unrea...
The Charlotte Observer
Israel plans new east Jerusalem settlement: watchdog
Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel has developed plans to build 9,000 settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem, the first such project in the city in more than 20 years, watchdog Peace Now said Tuesday. Details of the plan emerged a day after Israel's transport ministry approved a controversial proposal to extend a train line from Tel Aviv into Jerusalem's flashpoint Old City.Peace Now said the housing ministry had a week ago submitted plans to Jerusalem's Municipality to build the settlement units on the site of the former Atarot airport, between two Palestinian neighbourhoods. It said final approval of...
Hariri: Aoun settlement over, will not deal with ‘shadow president’
BEIRUT: In a speech on the 15th anniversary of the assassination of his father, Rafic Hariri, former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced that the settlement he had established with President Michel Aoun had come to an end. “The Hariri era has not ended, and I am staying in the country and in politics, and the Sunnis are staying,” he stated.“Before the settlement, I tried to pave the way for my friend, Suleiman Franjieh, to become president, but his allies prevented him. The abolition mentality wants to abolish the Progressive Socialist Party, the Lebanese Forces and, now, Hariri,” he...
Blame game over 830-mn-euro settlement in VW's German diesel cases
Frankfurt am Main (AFP) - Consumer representatives and car giant Volkswagen each blamed the other Friday for a breakdown in talks over a settlement for 400,000 German customers in the firm's "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal.VW took the first shot, saying it had offered 830 million euros ($900 million) to consumer organisation VZBV but that "disproportionate" fee demands from its lawyers had torpedoed the deal.In a statement, the sprawling 12-brand group later said it would "offer customers registered as part of the mass lawsuit... the negotiated settlement without support from the VZBV...
In 'Blackfish' lawsuit, SeaWorld reaches $65 million settlement
SeaWorld has reached a $65 million settlement agreement to end a 2014 class-action civil lawsuit that accuses the company of misleading investors over the damage from the “Blackfish” documentary.The Orlando-based company revealed the settlement in a new SEC filing Tuesday.The settlement comes as SeaWorld seeks to move forward after years of scrutiny over its orca habitats, turnover in the chief executive position and declining attendance. SeaWorld has seen high turnover among executives in recent years. Many of the leaders named in the lawsuit left years ago.In the filing, SeaWorld does not ad...
Two-Year-Old Boy Killed As Overnight Fire Razes Fulani Settlement
Overnight fire on Sunday morning razed down Fulani settlement at Jingbe, Ajaokuta Local Government Kogi State.The fire outbreak left one person dead while three others sustained serious injuries.It was gathered in Lokoja on Sunday that the settlement made up of 87 thatch houses which provide shelter for over 300 Fulani men, women and their children were gutted by fire at about 2 am while the occupants were fast asleep.The fire was suspected to have been ignited by game hunters who are yet to be identified.Briefing newsmen on the development, the acting chairman of the state branch of the Miyet...
$2M settlement reached for family of man who fell to his death at banquet hall construction site
The family of a construction worker killed after falling from a forklift at a banquet hall construction site in Morris County in 2016 has settled their wrongful death lawsuit for $2 million.Michael Montero, 21, of Elizabeth, wasn’t wearing a safety harness while standing on a pallet on the forklift after being told to retrieve a ladder, according to his family’s attorney and the Occupational Safety Health Administration. As Montero was being lowered, the forks broke off the forklift, causing him to fall 20 feet.He was rushed to an area hospital and pronounced dead minutes later, according to C...
Makinde seeks out-of-court settlement with sacked chairmen
_:_: Array of hope of a peaceful and amicable resolution shone yesterday on the crisis rocking local government administration in Oyo State, as Governor Seyi Makinde has opted for an out-of-court settlement.The governor had instituted a case against the 68 chairmen of the 33 local governments and 35 local council development areas (LCDAs), all of the All Progressive Congress (APC) he sacked on May 29, 2019, upon his swearing in.The sacked chairmen were elected on May 12, 2018 in an election the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) boycotted on the grounds that there was a court injunction against th...