NY Landlords Plead Guilty for Defrauding Tenants

Two Brooklyn landlords pled guilty to scheme to defraud and unlawful eviction for forcing or attempting to force rent-stabilized tenants out of their homes by destroying their apartments and making them uninhabitable in order to collect significantly higher market-rate. The Governor’s Tenant Protection Unit initiated the investigation concerning allegations of extreme harassment and intimidation in many of the approximately ten buildings owned and managed by Joel and Amrom (aka Aaron) Israel in Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint, and that resulted in the Unit referring the case to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution. Class actions making similar allegations h

JPMorgan Chase Pays $264m to Settle Bribery Charges

JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay more than $264 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in the Asia-Pacific region by giving jobs and internships to government officials' relatives and friends, who were typically unqualified. According to an SEC order, investment bankers at JPMorgan’s subsidiary in Asia created a client referral hiring program that bypassed the firm’s normal hiring process and rewarded job candidates referred by client executives and influential government officials with well-paying, career-building JPMorgan employment. The Referral Hires enabled it to win or retain business resulting in more than $100 million in revenues to JPMo

FTC Warns Against Homeopathy That Is not Backed by Science

The Federal Trade Commission warns consumers that homeopathic products on pharmacy are not back by scientific evidence to support their claims. Specifically, the FTC states: -Homeopathic medications are not evaluated for safety or effectiveness by the FDA. -Traditional homeopathic products lack reliable scientific evidence for their claims of effectiveness. -Homeopathy is based on a theory from the 1700’s that is not generally accepted within today’s scientific community.The National Institutes of Health (NIH) advises that homeopathy should not be used as a replacement for proven conventional care or to postpone seeing a health care provider about a medical problem. Products that make claims

SEC Awards Whistleblower $20m

The Securities and Exchange Commission awarded a whistleblower more than $20 million, the third highest award, for promptly coming forward with valuable information that enabled the SEC to take an enforcement action against wrongdoers before they could squander investors' money. The SEC program has now awarded more than $130 million to whistleblowers (10-30% of money recovered-not taken from harmed investors) who voluntarily provided the SEC with unique and useful information that led to a successful enforcement action, and the SEC protects the confidentiality of whistleblowers and does not disclose information that might directly or indirectly reveal a whistleblower’s identity. Andersen Sle

UPS Sued in Class Action for Surcharges

A UPS customer filed a class action lawsuit against UPS for placing a delivery area surcharge on its retail customers of almost double the company’s published rates of $1.50 to $4 per package. UPS account-holding customers receive the published rates, while customers at its 16,000 independently owned and operated retail stores receive an inflated rate through its iShip software. Have you ever received an inflated surcharge for a UPS delievery? Click here to read more.

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