July 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Federal banking regulators have ordered Capital One Bank to refund $150 million to about 2 million customers for deceptive marketing of payment protection and other add-on products sold with its credit cards. Capital One also must pay $60 million in civil penalties for the practices. The refunds and fines, which the bank has agreed to pay under consent orders, were announced Wednesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
August 14, 2005 |
Merv Grazinski set his Winnebago on cruise control, slid away from the wheel and went back to fix a cup of coffee. You can guess what happened next: The rudderless, driverless Winnebago crashed. Grazinski blamed the manufacturer for not warning against such a maneuver in the owner's manual. He sued and won $1.75 million. His jackpot would seem to erase any doubt that the legal system has lost its mind.
September 20, 2012 |
Once again, a federal judge in Los Angeles has refused a request to halt the new ban on the force-feeding of ducks and geese and the sale of foie gras, the delicacy made from the animals' fattened livers. The request came from a coalition of plaintiffs -- a group of restaurants, foie gras producers and a Canadian association representing duck and geese farmers of Quebec -- that is suing the state of California, contending the law is unconstitutional. The judge made the right decision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2013 |
In 1986, lawmakers decided the problem of illegal immigration had to be dealt with. More than 3 million people were living in the United States after crossing the border illegally or overstaying their visas. A new law signed by President Ronald Reagan gave legal status and a path to citizenship to most of those unauthorized residents - helping many secure a slice of the American dream but also giving fuel to critics who sought to turn "amnesty" into a pejorative. Less than 30 years later, the number of immigrants living in the country illegally is thought to have nearly quadrupled, and the freighted baggage of amnesty looms over new efforts to reform the nation's immigration laws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2013 |
Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, announced $37 million in grants Tuesday to begin the massive task of educating millions of Californians about the new healthcare law. The grants will go to 48 organizations, including universities, nonprofit groups, health foundations and unions. They will help state officials explain the new benefits, show people how to access insurance, and encourage small businesses to enroll. Covered California's executive director, Peter Lee, said Tuesday that getting the word out will require collaboration and partnership across the state.
July 12, 2011 |
Want to fool merchants with a fake ID? Hack someone's text messages? Or how about tracking where your co-workers are, without their knowing it? There's an app for that. The explosion in smartphone and tablet applications that enable people to check the weather, follow their stocks and play Words With Friends has a dark side: apps that facilitate questionable if not outright illegal behavior. Apple's App Store, for example, offers Drivers License software that promises "unlimited access to realistic-looking licenses" for all 50 states.
July 19, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - The first thing you notice about Sheriff Ralph Lamb is that voice - the low, gravelly growl of a former five-pack-a-day Marlboro man. Even at age 85, Lamb still uses the plain-spoken utterances of an old-school lawman. On his disdain of firearms: "Sometimes we had to use our guns, but sparingly. If a guy shot at me, I'd shoot back. " And on his public image: "The church-goin' people in town, the good people, they liked my brand of law and order - keepin' things cleaned up. " He was known as the Cowboy Sheriff and once was considered the most powerful man in Nevada.
February 19, 2013 |
On Tuesday, attorneys for the largest agrochemical corporation in the world, Monsanto, will present arguments before the Supreme Court asserting the company's rights to the generations of seeds that naturally reproduce from its genetically modified strains. Bowman vs. Monsanto Co. will be decided based on the court's interpretation of a complex web of seed and plant patent law, but the case also reflects something much more basic: Should anyone, or any corporation, control a product of life?
August 30, 2011
Law 1: Never outshine the master. Law 14: Pose as a friend, work as a spy. Law 17: Keep others in suspended terror: Cultivate an air of unpredictability. Law 38: Think as you like but behave like others. Law 46: Never appear too perfect.
November 10, 2010
'Outside the Law' MPAA rating: Not rated Running time: 2 hours, 18 minutes; French/Arabic with English subtitles Playing: In selected theaters