Trump, Who Says He Never Settles, Just Settled a $25 Million Fraud Case

by Laurel Raymond – And tweeting on Saturday, the president-elect implied he could have been liable for more. President-elect Donald Trump was hard at work tweeting on Saturday morning. The topics at hand? His opinions on dissent at the theater, and the massive fraud lawsuit he settled the day before. On Friday, the president-elect agreed to pay out $25 million to settle a series of fraud cases brought by the students of Trump University, his for-profit education venture. Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump The ONLY bad thing about winning the Presidency is that I did not have the time to go through a long but winning trial on Trump U. Too bad! 8:39 AM – 19 Nov 2016 By itself, a president-elect settling a million-dollar case for fraud is wholly new territory for American democracy. The settlement deal, however, avoids what could have been an unprecedented spectacle: a president-elect on trial, taking the...

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Fox Settles With Gretchen Carlson For $20 Million, Issues Public Apology

by Jessica Goldstein – Two months to the day after former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a bombshell sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, Fox is settling with Carlson for $20 million. The money — which, incidentally, is exactly half of what Ailes took home in his severance package back in July —came with a public apology from 21st Century Fox: Phil Mattingly ✔@Phil_Mattingly Full 21st Century Fox statement on the settlement with Gretchen Carlson: 9:46 AM – 6 Sep 2016 It’s not clear just yet how much of that $20 million will come from Ailes directly, as opposed to from the bank of Fox; Carlson’s suit is against Ailes, but Fox is the de facto insurer, sources close to the discussions told Vanity Fair. The speed with which Ailes was ousted from his own network was stunning, as was what appeared to be the promptness and seriousness...

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Israel Approves New Homes in East Jerusalem Settlement

Israeli NGO announces approval of building permits for 82 new homes in illegal Jewish settlement near Shuafat area Israeli authorities have approved building permits for 82 new homes in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo, a neighbourhood near Shuafat in occupied East Jerusalem, an Israeli NGO has said. “On Monday, June 6, the Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Committee approved two building permits for 82 housing units in Ramat Shlomo,” Ir Amim, a group that opposes settlement construction, said in a statement on Tuesday. The settlement, which already houses more than 15,000 Israeli Jews, lies in close proximity to the Palestinian neighbourhood of Shuafat. The 82 units in two buildings are part of a larger scheme for expansion announced in 2010 to build an additional 1,600 new settler homes in the neighbourhood. READ MORE: Israel pushes forth with settlement plans In October 2014, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved the construction of...

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Baltimore Police Union President Calls Freddie Gray Settlement Obscene

by jpmassar – Gene Ryan, President of Baltimore’s Fraternal Order of Police, has it backwards. A $6.4 million settlement for the family of Freddie Gray was formally approved… despite complaints from the police union president that the deal was “obscene.”… “To suggest that there is any reason to settle prior to the adjudication of the pending criminal cases is obscene,” Ryan said. There are so many obscene things related to this case, yet the one thing that was not obscene was the civil settlement. Instead of waiting years and being dragged through the mud and slime, Mr. Gray’s family, unlike many others in similar situations, now have a modicum of, if not peace or peace of mind, then at least surety. That is not obscene. What is obscene is that this death happened at all. What is obscene is that Freddie Gray, a mentally challenged young man due to lead poisoning,...

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The Problem With The $5.9 Million Settlement Over Eric Garner’s Death

by AVIVA SHEN – The family of Eric Garner, whose death by illegal police chokehold sparked a nationwide movement, will receive $5.9 million from the city of New York. The wrongful death settlement was reached with the New York City comptroller’s office Monday, a few days before the anniversary of Garner’s death. With the historic payment, New York City taxpayers will once again be picking up the tab while the officer who killed Garner remains free. The settlement is part of a new effort by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Stringer is trying to pay out civil rights claims before the victims file lawsuits, thereby cutting down on the cost to taxpayers by avoiding a protracted legal battle. That’s because police misconduct has been draining the city coffers for years, including multi-million-dollar payouts to victims of the NYPD’s unconstitutional stop-and-frisk practice. The city’s litigation costs have ballooned as claims...

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Approved Concussions Deal Could Cost NFL Over $1bn

Judge approves settlement that could allow up to $5m per retired player A federal judge gave final approval on Wednesday to a settlement in a lawsuit brought by about 5,000 former National Football League players who accused the league of covering up the dangers of concussions. The settlement, approved by Judge Anita Brody, includes allowing for monetary awards of up to $5m per retired player for serious medical conditions associated with repeated head trauma and could cost the league $1bn over 65 years. NFL general counsel Jeff Pash said the league, with $10bn in annual revenues, looked forward ‘to implementing the terms of the settlement and continuing to work with our players, coaches and medical staffs to enhance the safety’ of football. But payments could be held up indefinitely if any player who is part of the settlement files an appeal. If there are no appeals, players could begin...

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The Supreme Court Refuses To Let BP Pay Less For Its Oil Spill

by ARI PHILLIPS – On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected BP’s attempt at appealing its own settlement with businesses and individuals that lost money due to the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The court’s refusal to hear the appeal means BP will have to make payments to those that it argues cannot tie their losses to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon platform and drilling rig, which killed 11 people and spilled an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf. The Supreme Court justices did not comment on the case in their refusal to hear it. According to Tom Young, a Florida attorney who filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court opposing BP’s appeal, business owners and individuals that experienced a loss of profit or earnings tied to the incident now have six months to file for compensation. “One would be hard pressed to identify...

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Men Wrongly Jailed Over NY Rape Receive $41m

US judge approves settlement between New York City and five men wrongfully convicted over 1988 Central Park jogger rape A US federal judge has approved a $41m settlement between New York City and five men wrongfully convicted of the 1989 rape of a jogger in Central Park, ending a decade-long civil rights lawsuit. The settlement’s details had been previously reported but were publicly disclosed for the first time on Friday, when US Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis signed off on the deal in New York. The brutal attack, known as the “Central Park Jogger” case, drew national headlines and was cited as evidence that the city’s crime rate had spiraled out of control. The five men, all black or Hispanic teenagers at the time, were arrested soon after the assault on 28-year-old Trisha Meili, a white investment banker. The men confessed following lengthy interrogations but later recanted, claiming their admissions were the result of exhaustion and police...

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New York State to Pay Millions in Wrongful Conviction Case

A Brooklyn man who spent more than a dozen years in prison for a crime he likely did not commit will receive $3 million from New York State. He may get even more from New York City by Joaquin Sapien – Nineteen years ago, a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge sentenced Jabbar Collins to a prison term of 34-years-to-life for the murder of Abraham Pollack, a Brooklyn rabbi shot dead in the hallway of his apartment building. That day, Collins told the court he was innocent; the judge disagreed and said he wished he could send Collins off to a hard labor camp. Today at noon, Collins is scheduled to appear before a different judge and receive much different news: the state of New York has agreed to pay him $3 million for the 15 years he lost behind bars, serving time for a crime there is very good reason to...

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