June 12, 2012 |
UC Irvine law students will travel California this summer to help determine if five giant banks are fulfilling the pledges they made in a $25-billion settlement of foreclosure-abuse investigations. The students -- three this summer, and later expanding to eight or nine -- will meet with housing counselors, legal-aid groups and homeowners. They will work for a consumer-protection clinic set up by Katherine Porter , the UC Irvine law professor tapped by California Atty.
September 6, 2012 |
NEW YORK — A federal judge has approved a U.S. government settlement with three major publishers accused of conspiring with Apple to fix the prices of electronic books. The ruling released Thursday requires the publishers, Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, to abandon a pricing system that they conceived in 2010 when Apple Inc. released the iPad and began selling digital books in its iTunes store. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote approved the deal nearly five months after the Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit alleging Apple worked with the largest digital book publishers to rig a system designed to counteract Amazon.com's pricing practices.
November 5, 2013 |
If American Airlines and US Airways divest themselves from "key" airports, the U.S. Department of Justice may be willing to drop its challenge to a merger plan for the airlines. That is the word from U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., who said the Justice Department was discussing a potential settlement of a suit the agency filed in August to halt the merger that would create the nation's largest airline. "What we have tried to focus on is to make sure that any resolution in this case necessarily includes divestitures of facilities at key constrained airports throughout the United States," Holder said during a press conference on an unrelated matter.
August 13, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Capping one of the busiest periods in settlement approval in years, Israel gave final planning permission to build about 900 more units of housing on land it seized in 1967, brushing aside U.S. and Palestinian objections ahead of peace talks scheduled to resume in Jerusalem on Wednesday. The development, quietly approved Monday, is located in Gilo, in the southern Jerusalem area. The announcement comes after Israel's Housing Ministry said Sunday it would publish tenders for 1,187 units of housing in the Jerusalem area and in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
February 9, 2012 |
Striking a populist note, California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris appeared at a downtown Los Angeles news conference and praised the Golden State's share of a multi-state settlement as a “California commitment” that represents a “tremendous victory.” Harris said that the state's piece of the multibillion-dollar settlement was right for the most severely affected parts of the state. She also rejected claims that the controversial deal was a handout to people who did not live up their commitments.
October 2, 2013 |
New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman has lowered the boom on Wells Fargo for what he says are serial violations of the huge foreclosure abuse settlement that Wells and four other big banks reached with federal and state regulators last year. Schneiderman's legal action reminds us what a scam that supposedly groundbreaking settlement was from the get-go. Remember that settlement? Trumpeted by the regulators as a huge victory for the consumer, it required five big banks to pay $25 billion and adhere to a long list of proper foreclosure practices.
February 27, 2013 |
Hyundai Motor America is inching closer to a settlement of claims it inflated the fuel economy ratings of its vehicles. Details of the deal are still to be worked out, but the automaker is expected to reach a settlement in 38 lawsuits on the fuel economy mislabeling, which have been combined and are being heard in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Its corporate sister, Kia Motors America, is expected to also settle the litigation. Photos: Vehicles with overstated fuel economy claims In November, the South Korean automakers said they overstated the fuel economy on nearly 1 million late-model vehicles after the discrepancy was discovered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which monitors the fuel economy tests by automakers.
June 6, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. Shares of TiVo Inc. jumped more than 8% on Thursday because of a report that the set-top box maker had reached a settlement with Google's Motorola Mobility unit. TiVo sued Motorola last year for billions of dollars for patent infringement over its digital video recording technology. Motorola previously hit TiVo with a lawsuit over its DVR technology in 2011. Bloomberg News...
February 5, 2013 |
Nasdaq soon may pay a penalty for its flawed handling of Facebook Inc.'s initial public offering. But it may not be paying all that much. The Wall Street Journal reported that Nasdaq is in settlement talks with the Securities and Exchange Commission to pay about $5 million to resolve the agency's eight-month investigation of Nasdaq's technological miscues in the closely watched IPO. That would be a fraction of the estimated $500 million...
September 22, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Following the killing of two Israeli soldiers over the last three days, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would expand a controversial Jewish settlement in the West Bank city of Hebron. “We will continue to fight terrorism with one hand, and strengthen settlements with the other," Netanyahu said. In retaliation for the shooting of an Israeli soldier Sunday in Hebron, Netanyahu said he would allow for the immediate resettlement of Beit Hamachpela, a disputed building near Hebron's Tomb of Patriarchs and Ibrahimi mosque.