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Wrongful Billing Earns Comcast 'Biggest Cable Fine Ever'

It must pay $2.3M for negative option billing

(Newser) - Comcast has just been hit with what CNNMoney calls the "FCC's biggest cable fine ever." The company must pay a $2.3 million penalty after federal regulators found it charged customers for services and equipment they never requested. Customers had registered more than 1,000 complaints in... More »

Gallon of 'Amazing! LIQUID FIRE' Could Cost Amazon $350K

FAA is more than a little peeved about shipping violation that injured UPS workers

(Newser) - Amazon has been on the Federal Aviation Administration's naughty list for a few years, with at least 24 violations for shipping hazardous materials. But now the agency is proposing a $350,000 fine after Amazon sent, via air, a package labeled "Amazing! LIQUID FIRE" from Louisville, Ky., to... More »

Seattle's New $1 Fine: Failure to Compost

Council unanimously approves effort to curb food waste

(Newser) - Seattle is nudging its residents toward more careful waste disposal: Put too much food waste in your regular trash, and you could owe the city $1, according to a new rule unanimously approved by the city council. If garbage collectors notice, at a glance, that more than 10% of a... More »

Site Will Fine You for Even Threatening a Bad Review

OnlineAccessoryOutlet.com sued over 'unenforceable' terms of sale

(Newser) - You think fining people $500 for a crummy hotel review is bad? OnlineAccessoryOutlet.com will take $250 from your pocket if you even threaten to leave a less-than-stellar review. Customers "agree not to file any complaint, chargeback, claim, dispute, or make ... any public statement regarding the order," or... More »

NY Hotel Fines $500 for Bad Reviews

Union Street Guest House does not take criticism well

(Newser) - The Union Street Guest House in Hudson, NY, wants you to keep your crummy opinions to yourself. So if you post something about the hotel’s "rude customer service, unclean, terrible odor," as NY Pix 11 quotes one reviewer, the hotel will collect a $500 fine. It’s... More »

Guy, 21, Owes $489K After Fake Emergency Call

Danik Kumar was worried he'd sound stupid

(Newser) - When he was 19, Danik Kumar made a distress call that resulted in an unnecessary 21-hour, 70-person search on Lake Erie. The Ohio man, now 21, told emergency workers that, while flying a small plane, he'd spotted four people on a boat sending out flares. Seems that wasn't... More »

Judge: Cheese Restaurant Smell Not Too Bad

Manager of Swiss fondue place told not to pay fine

(Newser) - A judge has ruled that stinky-cheese smell isn't as bad as complaining about it in a rather mean way, the Guardian reports. Florian Kurz, the manager of a Swiss fondue restaurant, won't have to pay a $225 fine after two neighboring boutique clothing stores griped about the smell—... More »

Feds Fine Yale $165K, Citing Unreported Sex Crimes

University violated Clery Act: officials

(Newser) - Yale owes the federal government $165,000 after multiple violations of the Clery Act, which calls on colleges to report crimes and release safety warnings. Among the "serious and numerous" violations, per a letter from a Department of Education official, are four unreported forcible sex offenses; the category includes... More »

RBS to Pay $612M in Latest Libor Fines

Time to fix banking culture: chairman

(Newser) - Royal Bank of Scotland is the latest bank to owe big following the Libor rate-fixing scandal . The British institution has been fined a total of $612 million to US and British regulators: some $325 million to the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, $150 million to the Justice Department, and the... More »

BP's $4.5B Spill Fine Is Biggest in US History

Firm pleads guilty to criminal misconduct

(Newser) - Looks like BP will need to reach deep into its pockets to pay its fine over the 2010 Gulf oil spill : a record $4.5 billion to resolve Justice Department and SEC claims, reports the New York Times . CNN reports that the biggest criminal penalty in US history was previously... More »

Putin to OK $9K Fines on 'Unauthorized' Rallies

Fines soar in bill bound for Putin's desk

(Newser) - Within weeks of Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency, his party is following up on threats to crack down on anti-government protesters . Both houses of Russia's parliament have backed vastly increased fines against "unauthorized" demonstrations; Putin is expected to sign the measure into law within days. The... More »

Feds Hit Red Cross With $9.6M Fine

FDA sites badly trained staff, poor record-keeping

(Newser) - The feds have slapped the American Red Cross with a $9.6 million fine for careless blood management practices, MSNBC reports. The FDA uncovered no actual harm to blood recipients, but expressed concern over poorly trained staff and slipshod record-keeping: We "cannot definitively say there was never any danger... More »

NFL Fines Player $10K for Calling Wife Mid-Game

Troy Polamalu wanted to let her know he was OK

(Newser) - The NFL isn't making exceptions about its policy that players stay unplugged during games: It fined Troy Polamalu of the Steelers $10,000 for making a call from the bench during last Sunday's game, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Polamalu, though, wasn't showboating or looking for some digital... More »

Serena's US Open Tirade to Cost Her $2K

Williams ordered to pay up after letting loose

(Newser) - How much cash will Serena Williams lose for calling the chair umpire a "hater" (among many other things) yesterday? Just $2,000, which sounds puny, and sounds even punier when you consider that's just 0.14% of the $1.4 million Williams earned at the US Open. The... More »

Cops Squeeze Lemonade Stand, Issue $500 Fine

You can sell parking spots in US Open neighborhoods, but not lemonade

(Newser) - A group of kids got a bitter lesson in American justice when they were hit with a $500 fine for operating a lemonade stand without a license. The real rub? The profits were earmarked for a charity to fight pediatric cancer. Officials said they cracked down on the stand, set... More »

Chevron Appeals Massive Amazon Pollution Fine

Oil company claims indigenous supporters 'corrupted' trial

(Newser) - Chevron has launched an appeal challenging a whopping $9.5 billion penalty for polluting much of Ecuador's Amazon region. Company attorneys are accusing lawyers and supporters of the indigenous groups who brought the suit against Chevron of "corrupting" the trial, and claims that the finding against the corporation is... More »

Continental Guilty in 2000 Concorde Crash: Court

Airline, mechanic fined for manslaughter

(Newser) - A French court found Continental Airlines and one of its mechanics guilty of manslaughter today in the crash of a supersonic Concorde jet outside Paris a decade ago that killed 113 people. The court ruled the Houston-based airline must pay a $265,000 fine; the mechanic, John Taylor, must pay... More »

Toyota to Pay $16.4M US Fine

But automaker won't admit hiding defects from feds

(Newser) - Toyota is expected to agree today to pay a record $16.4 million US fine after a 4-month delay in reporting the "sticky pedal" defect that led to a massive recall. Toyota has decided not to challenge the government penalty, but will not admit it knowingly hid evidence of... More »

Feds Fine Toyota $16.4M

Automaker has the right to appeal penalty

(Newser) - Toyota is still paying for its decision to wait 4 months before announcing a recall and notifying federal regulators of the "sticky pedal" defect—and the automaker will pay even more: a $16.4 million fine imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this afternoon. Toyota has 2... More »

Yes, Feds Can Get You for Dissing Census

Fine could be $5K, but it's highly unlikely they'd actually try

(Newser) - You’ve likely gotten your Census forms from the federal government, and maybe they’re already under a pile of other stuff (or worse). Ignore filling them out at your own peril, Ted Rose writes for Slate —though it’s an extremely limited peril. The feds can fine you... More »

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