US President Donald Trump will present on Monday his plan to combat an opioid abuse epidemic which will include seeking the death penalty for drug traffickers. The Department of Justice “will seek the death penalty against drug traffickers, where appropriate under current law,” a White House official indicated Sunday whilst outlining the plan’s main points. The… (more…)

Trump to seek death penalty for drug dealers: WH official

US President Donald Trump will present on Monday his plan to combat an opioid abuse epidemic which will include seeking the death penalty for drug traffickers. The Department of Justice “will seek the death penalty against drug traffickers, where appropriate under current law,” a White House official indicated Sunday whilst outlining the plan’s main points. The… Read more

Indian police arrest six as inquiry widens into bank fraud

India’s federal police have arrested six people, including employees of a billionaire jeweller, as an inquiry into one of the country’s biggest bank scams widens, investigators said Wednesday. The Central Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations that Nirav Modi, a jeweller to Hollywood stars including Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts, was involved in scamming India’s… Read more

Bank will pay billions for dealings with crooked former racecar driver who ripped off poor

U.S. Bancorp — the parent company of U.S. Bank — will pay a whopping $528 billion fine imposed by the U.S. attorney’s office for failing to report the suspicious business dealings of former racecar driver turned felon Scott Tucker. The bank was also hit with two felony violations of the Bank Secrecy Act for willfully failing… Read more

Jared Kushner Company Investors Subpoenaed, Report Says

U.S. tax authorities have reportedly subpoenaed investors and lenders in real estate projects managed by the family of senior White House adviser Jared Kushner. Related: Jared Kushner’s Debt Soared By Millions Since Entering White House, Ivanka Trump Financial Disclosure Reveals The Internal Revenue Service and Department of Justice issued the subpoenas in the last year and… Read more

‘Jared Kushner Act’ Would Ban Unpaid Rent Arrests

Jared Kushner’s name could rise to a new level of infamy. A Maryland lawmaker has introduced the “Jared Kushner Act,” a bill that would bar judges in the state from issuing civil arrest warrants for tenants being sued for less than $5,000 in unpaid rent, The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday. The bill named comes five months… Read more

12-Year-Old With Epilepsy Sues Jeff Sessions Over Pot

A 12-year-old suing the federal government may have a whiff of adorableness. But for Alexis Bortell, who filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions last fall, it’s a choice she had to make to save her life. Bortell has epilepsy and Sessions has made it his mission to make it impossible for her to access… Read more

Ivanka Trump Diamonds Embroiled in Alleged Fraud Scheme

Diamonds from first daughter Ivanka Trump’s now-defunct fine jewelry line were allegedly used in a massive money laundering and fraud scheme, according to a federal court filing, GQ reported. The Commercial Bank of Dubai in late June sought and later got permission to subpoena Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, claiming its diamonds were vehicles in a scheme… Read more

Why justice is more important than the rule of law

By Klaus Mladek, Associate Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College. Special Counsel Robert Mueller. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File The 2017 Stress in America survey has confirmed it: Americans are officially freaking out. The survey, conducted by the Harris Poll, reports that what keeps many Americans up at night is genuine political anxiety.… Read more

Taiwan steel firm behind toxic dump in Vietnam fined again

A Taiwanese steel firm behind a toxic spill that killed tonnes of fish in central Vietnam last year was fined for a second time for illegally burying “harmful” waste, official sources said Sunday. The deadly dump from Formosa’s $11 billion steel plant in Ha Tinh province sparked one of the country’s worst environmental catastrophes, decimating livelihoods… Read more

Legal Marijuana Market Focus on US and Canada: Trends, Outlook and Analysis Forecasts to 2021 adds “Legal Marijuana Market (Medical & Recreational) with Focus on US & Canada: Industry Analysis: (2017-2021)” report to its research store. PUNE, India, Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a family of plants called Cannabaceae. There are more than 700 varieties of cannabis that have been described so far. Based… Read more

Net giants ‘must pay for news’ from which they make billions

Nine European press agencies, including AFP, called Wednesday on internet giants to be forced to pay copyright for using news content on which they make vast profits. The call comes as the EU is debating a directive to make Facebook, Google, Twitter and other major players pay for the millions of news articles they use or… Read more

Lawsuit accuses Google of stealing data of 5m UK users

A consumer activist launched Thursday a lawsuit accusing Google of illegally collecting data on more than five million British iPhone users, who could possibly see a payout reaching into the hundreds of millions. A campaign group dubbed ‘Google You Owe us’ says the tech giant owes consumers “trust, fairness and money” after unlawfully placing cookies on… Read more

LuLaRoe accused of being pyramid scheme, faces $1 billion lawsuit

A popular direct clothing sales company is the focus of not one, but two, class-action lawsuits accusing it of being a pyramid scheme. LuLaRoe, known for its line of leggings and other knit clothing, is being sued, saying that independent retailers had to take out loans and max out credit cards to remain viable in the… Read more

What Happens To Toys ‘R’ Us Gift Cards After Bankruptcy?

Toys “R” Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday after amassing $5 billion in debt and battling online competitors. Toys “R” Us intends to keep its doors open despite the bankruptcy news, which means they plan to resume all customer programs as normal, like gift cards. “All Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores and… Read more

Thank God… Police and mayor apologize for the violent arrest of a nurse who was following protocol

SALT LAKE CITY – The mayor of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake City police are apologizing after reports and a video surfaced of a detective arresting a nurse for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient. The Salt Lake City Tribune reported Thursday that bodycam footage and video from University Hospital show Detective Jeff… Read more

YouTubers Ethan and Hila Klein win fair-use lawsuit

Popular YouTubers Ethan and Hila Klein won a lawsuit filed by another YouTuber they parodied, potentially setting a legal precedent for the right to fair use in video criticisms. The Kleins, who work under the name h3h3Productions, were sued for copyright infringement and misrepresentations in their counter-takedown notice in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act… Read more

Illinois law protects consumers who post negative reviews online

CHICAGO — Consumers who post negative reviews on websites like Yelp have new protections under Illinois law. A bill signed into law last week by Gov. Bruce Rauner prohibits businesses from including or enforcing non-disparagement clauses in contracts for the sale or lease of consumer goods or services. Such so-called “gag” clauses are meant to dissuade… Read more

Understanding what ‘Whistleblower RICO’ is

WASHINGTON, August 290, 2017 – People always say that we need to do more to protect whistleblowers from retaliation but the laws which protect whistleblowers from retaliation are toothless. For this reason, I have come up with the whistleblower RICO, a law which will impose criminal penalties and jail time for anyone who engages against a… Read more

China securities watchdog punishes market manipulators

Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage in Shanghai, August 13, 2015.[Photo/Agencies] BEIJING – The Chinese securities watchdog has announced punishments for a market manipulation case. Que Wenbin, the controlling shareholder of pharmaceutical firm Hengkang Medical Group Co Ltd, conspired with an asset management company to drive up Hengkang shares and reduce… Read more

How the overcriminalization of everything is endangering ordinary people

A video surfaced Monday night of a police officer in Perris, California, tackling a 52-year-old woman, grabbing her arms and pulling her hair — all for the “crime” of selling flowers without a permit. As the local news station KLTA, which covered the video, reports, Juanita Mendez-Medrano was peacefully selling flower bouquets and Hawaiian-style leis to… Read more

DOJ’s Corporate Crime Watchdog Resigns, Slamming Trump’s Conduct

One of the Justice Department’s top corporate crime watchdogs has resigned, declaring that she cannot enforce ethics laws against companies while, she asserts, her own bosses in the Trump administration have been engaging in conduct that she said she would never tolerate in corporations. Hui Chen — a former Pfizer and Microsoft lawyer who also was… Read more

Federal judge likely to approve class-action settlement against Wells Fargo with changes

A U.S. district judge on Thursday suggested he will sign off on a $142 million deal that would settle class-action lawsuits against Wells Fargo & Co. over unauthorized accounts, as long as the agreement is amended. Those changes could include sending settlement notices to more customers, allowing customers suing the bank over other matters to continue… Read more

Artist Says ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue Breaches His Rights

The creator of the “charging bull” statue in Wall Street believes New York City has infringed his rights by installing a second statue next to the model without his permission. Italian-born sculptor Arturo Di Modica said the “fearless girl” statue of a young girl facing down the bull, put in place on March 7, changed the… Read more

Private prisons aren’t the only companies making a fortune off immigration detention

Unlike President Donald Trump’s refugee and travel ban, which is now stalled in the courts, the crackdown on undocumented immigrants in the US is ramping up. That could mean we’ll see more people being sent to detention centers. For some companies, more detained immigrants mean more business. But it’s not just private prisons that stand to… Read more