So the 20% charge is not a tip?

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The restaurant, Per Se, must distribute $500,000 in compensation to current and former employees as ordered by the settlement struck with the New York Attorney General. The Manhattan eatery is notable for its $300-plus prix-fixe menus. Questions: 1. How did the restaurant violate New York labor law and how did they remedy this situation for… Read more »

Marriott to pay $600,000 to Resolve WI-FI-Blocking Investigation

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In March 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received a complaint that the Marriott convention center at the Gaylord Opryland location in Nashville, Tennessee was in violation of Section 333 of the Communications Act. After an FCC investigation substantiated unlawful use of containment features, Marriott agreed to pay $600,000. Questions: 1. What did the FCC’s… Read more »

The Never-Ending Foreclosure Crisis: Robo Signer Redux

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Fannie is trying to recoup the difference between what the borrowers owed on the mortgages when they were foreclosed and the amount Fannie received when it resold the properties. In Florida, these deficiency judgments can be pursued for 20 years, and borrowers must also pay a compounded annual interest rate of 4.5 percent. Several legal… Read more »

Just Buy an EZ Pass and save your money next time!

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Watch out for bad information from your “expert” friends! That is what Jason Bourcier wishes that he would have done.   Bad information tip #1: A friend told him that when the toll booths were unmanned after 11:30 p.m., you could use the road without paying on the Dulles Toll Road. Bad information tip # 2:… Read more »

Here we go again!

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In a release on July 30, 2013, JP Morgan has agreed to pay a $410 penalty over allegations it manipulated U.S. electricity markets. According to the official release, JP Morgan Ventures Energy Corporation is alleged to have manipulated the electricity market through the company’s bidding activities in California and the Midwest during the period from… Read more »

Another Slap in the Face!

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The first round of payments covered under the foreclosure settlement against the nation’s largest banks, who were accused of wrongful evictions and other abuses, bounced due to insufficient funds this week. Questions: 1. How long did it take to resolve the federal investigation into the foreclosure abuses? 2. Approximately how many people either delayed cashing… Read more »

Whistleblower Identifies Unnecessary Heart Procedures

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In the summer of 2010, a troubling letter reached the chief ethics officer of the hospital giant HCA, written by a former nurse at one of the company’s hospitals in Florida. In less than two months, an internal investigation by HCA concluded the nurse was right. Unnecessary cardiac procedures were being performed to boost HCA’s… Read more »

Copyright Infringement?

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On Wednesday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision to throw out a five-year old lawsuit asking for $1 billion and filed against YouTube by Viacom, as well as other media companies. This copyright infringement suit has become a symbol of the clash between media companies and those competing with them,… Read more »

Taken for a Ride When Trading in a Car

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Under the Dodd-Frank financial reform act, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is now going after auto dealers that imply to customer that they have no remaining debt obligation for trade-ins. Five dealers in four states (South Dakota, North Carolina, Connecticut and West Virginia) have already agreed to settlements that order them to stop running ads… Read more »

Tickets, Anyone?

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Ticketmaster’s various fees and surcharges, which sometimes add 40 percent or more to the cost of a ticket, have long infuriated its customers. But next year, thanks to a recent class-action settlement, many of those fans will be able to get some money back. Questions: 1. According to the article, what are the two types… Read more »