February 17, 2011 |
Major U.S. banks are about to get penalized for "critical deficiencies" and shortcomings in how they handled foreclosures, a top federal regulator said Thursday at a Senate Banking Committee hearing examining the Dodd-Frank Act six months after its congressional approval. "These deficiencies have resulted in violations of state and local foreclosure laws, regulations or rules," said John Walsh, acting comptroller of the currency. Banking regulators are preparing sanctions and "remedial requirements," he said.
March 8, 2013 |
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants to know: How much money do banks have to launder to get charged with a crime? In a Senate Banking Committee hearing Thursday, Warren asked financial regulators why officials from banks weren't prosecuted even after confessing to extensive money laundering. Specifically, she asked why British bank HSBC -- which was fined $1.92 billion after admitting to moving millions of dollars around for drug cartels, terrorist organizations and regimes such as Iran -- avoided prosecution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Ethics officials are reviewing allegations that two of state's top environmental regulators violated conflict-of-interest rules by regulating companies in which they own stock. Officials at the Fair Political Practices Commission said Wednesday they are studying a complaint that Odette Madriago, chief deputy director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, and Stewart Black, deputy director of the agency's brownfields and environmental restoration division, may have improperly taken regulatory actions affecting the operations of oil, chemical and manufacturing companies in which they have financial interests.
October 10, 2012 |
Federal safety regulators are warning that counterfeit air bags are being installed by auto repair shops that might not deploy in an accident or alternately, could explode, sending metal shrapnel into the vehicle's passenger cabin. “We want consumers to be immediately aware of this problem and to review our safety information to see if their vehicle could be in need of inspection,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The fake air bags look nearly identical to certified, original-equipment parts, right down to bearing the insignia and branding of major automakers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
October 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Although the federal government began a partial shutdown Tuesday, most financial regulators remained on the job because their agencies are funded outside the congressional appropriations process. But the effects of the shutdown still will be felt in the financial sector -- and would increase the longer it lasts. The special mechanisms that pay for most financial regulators -- in many cases through fees on the firms they oversee -- limits the direct consequences of the shutdown on Wall Street and the banking industry.
July 3, 2010 |
Did regulators move too fast in taking down Arrowhead Credit Union, as a prominent financial consultant contended? Or was the San Bernardino nonprofit heading for ruin and misrepresenting its financial condition, as a spokesman for its federal regulator said? One thing is certain: The dispute over the 152,000-member credit union shows that regulators can expect more pushback as they intensify scrutiny of the financial institutions. "The kind of [confrontational] situation we're seeing at Arrowhead can occur at other credit unions," said David Chatfield, acting chief executive of the California and Nevada Credit Union League trade group.
August 2, 2010
Certified Federal Credit Union in the City of Commerce was seized by federal regulators Saturday because of losses suffered during the real estate and housing downturns, according to the National Credit Union Administration. Vons Employees Federal Credit Union, based in El Monte, immediately assumed the deposits and loans of Certified and took over its operations, said John J. McKechnie III, a spokesman for the national agency. Certified, which had only one office, served 8,500 members.
July 31, 2013 |
The egregiously light wrist-slap that federal regulators gave to JPMorgan Chase & Co. over its $125-million rip-off of California consumers has drawn the attention of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass). The first-term senator, who has already made a mark in Washington for her no-nonsense questioning of financial regulators, has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to justify its settlement -- a $410-million penalty that includes no criminal referrals, even though FERC identified three energy traders and a top JPMorgan executive whose fingerprints were all over the scheme.
December 12, 2013 |
Federal regulators shut down 52 bus companies in a nationwide safety crackdown partly prompted by a February bus crash near San Bernardino that killed eight people and injured 30 others. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it pulled 340 unsafe vehicles from the road after investigators found several safety problems among the bus companies it investigated. "Bus travel is increasingly popular because it is a convenient, inexpensive option for students, groups and families," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - California authorities are investigating whether laws were broken when a government regulator went to work for healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente, a company she spent years investigating for the state. Marcy Gallagher was a supervising attorney at the California Department of Managed Health Care, where she participated in several investigations of Kaiser. Last year, she left state employment and joined the company, where she works in a unit that responds to California regulators.