Court Justice Settlement – Criminal Justice Online http://criminaljustice-online.com/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 00:24:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://criminaljustice-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon.png Court Justice Settlement – Criminal Justice Online http://criminaljustice-online.com/ 32 32 CFPB gets payday rule restoration challenge https://criminaljustice-online.com/cfpb-gets-payday-rule-restoration-challenge/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 00:24:00 +0000 https://criminaljustice-online.com/cfpb-gets-payday-rule-restoration-challenge/ By Katryna Perera (January 14, 2022, 7:24 PM EST) – A DC federal judge on Friday dismissed a case against the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding the agency’s decision to repeal capacity underwriting requirements for reimbursement for payday lenders, despite arguments from community advocates that the agency used poor analysis to justify the rollback. […]]]>
By Katryna Perera (January 14, 2022, 7:24 PM EST) – A DC federal judge on Friday dismissed a case against the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding the agency’s decision to repeal capacity underwriting requirements for reimbursement for payday lenders, despite arguments from community advocates that the agency used poor analysis to justify the rollback.

U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta agreed with the CFPB and defendant intervener Community Financial Services Association of America Ltd. that the plaintiffs lacked standing.

The National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders filed a lawsuit in October 2020, alleging that the CFPB violated federal regulatory standards by deciding to water down its 2017 salary…

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Cap on payday loan rates is bad news for those who need it https://criminaljustice-online.com/cap-on-payday-loan-rates-is-bad-news-for-those-who-need-it/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 04:09:16 +0000 https://criminaljustice-online.com/cap-on-payday-loan-rates-is-bad-news-for-those-who-need-it/ Kent Kaiser | The Detroit News Late last year, the so-called “Michiganders for Fair Lending” launched a ballot initiative that would do anything but make lending fairer in Michigan. They named this monstrosity the “Michigan Payday Loan Interest Rate Cap Initiative,” which would likely drive Michigan lenders out of business, hurting working-class Michigan residents. To […]]]>

Late last year, the so-called “Michiganders for Fair Lending” launched a ballot initiative that would do anything but make lending fairer in Michigan. They named this monstrosity the “Michigan Payday Loan Interest Rate Cap Initiative,” which would likely drive Michigan lenders out of business, hurting working-class Michigan residents.

To understand the harm this would cause, one must understand the people who use these products. Payday loans and other short-term loans are small parts of our financial system that help consumers who have seasonal income or do not have access to emergency funds, such as savings accounts, bank loans, home equity loans and 401(k) loans.

Without these resources in the event of a financial emergency, these “underbanked” consumers must resort to more expensive options such as payday or auto title loans, NSF check fees, or nonpayment. bills. Consumers find themselves in this position for a variety of reasons, but the underbanked are often young people, recent immigrants, single parents and minorities.

Many products available to underbanked consumers (including insufficient funds fees and short-term loans) are criticized for their high cost, in part because of their high annual percentage rates (APRs). The problem with APR is that NSF fees and payday loans don’t last a year.

When people take out these loans, their intention is to pay them back in days or weeks, not months and certainly not a year or more, so the very concept of judging them based on their annual percentage rate is not not only absurd, but it also hides the true cost of these products.

Think about it: if Aunt Ronda lends you $100 today and you pay her $101 tomorrow after your paycheck is paid, that would be a good deal for you, right? You could avoid overdrafting or bouncing checks. That $1 could save you hundreds in bank charges.

Not according to the Michigan group: According to their view, your affordable short-term loan carries an APR of 365%. Suddenly, sweet old Aunt Ronda is a loan shark.

We don’t need to guess what will happen in Michigan if this law passes: After Oregon passed a rate cap, bank overdraft fees and late bill payments increased while the overall financial situation of Oregon residents has declined.

In Georgia, a price cap led to higher rates of bankruptcy, bad checks and Federal Trade Commission complaints. And a 2018 World Bank study found that rate caps lead to negative side effects, including the loss of credit options for many underbanked consumers.

Michigan residents are right to think creatively about how to address the plight of consumers who are financially on the margins. Underbanked consumers earn less and save less, on average. However, the majority of these consumers are also happy with the products they use and use them responsibly.

Thus, a policy meant to “protect” a few irresponsible or unhappy consumers from themselves would likely harm many more consumers and drive them to use less affordable alternatives.

Short-term loans are an affordable and attractive form of credit in times of financial crisis. If you think Michigan residents should avoid pushing your neighbors into untenable financial situations, and you find a rate cap issue on the ballot next year, you should vote “no” on it.

And before that, if you are asked to sign a petition regarding a price cap, you must refuse the request.

Kent Kaiser is Secretary/Treasurer of the Domestic Policy Caucus, whose mission is to support transparent public conversations on critical policy issues at the local, state and federal levels, to educate voters on the issues that will have the greatest impact on their community, and support community members in their dialogue with elected officials on these critical policy issues.

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ONEUNITED BANK LAUNCHES THE CASHPLEASE LOAN PROGRAM https://criminaljustice-online.com/oneunited-bank-launches-the-cashplease-loan-program/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 13:55:00 +0000 https://criminaljustice-online.com/oneunited-bank-launches-the-cashplease-loan-program/ America’s Largest Black-Owned Bank Offers Short-Term Small Dollar Loans Without Credit Checks BOSTON, January 11, 2022 / PRNewswire / – OneUnited Bank, America’s Largest Black-Owned Bank, Introduces CashPlease, a Small, Short-Term Dollar Lending Program to Help Customers Better Manage Their Money. Easy to access, without a credit check, CashPlease allows customers to avoid abusive payday […]]]>

America’s Largest Black-Owned Bank Offers Short-Term Small Dollar Loans Without Credit Checks

BOSTON, January 11, 2022 / PRNewswire / – OneUnited Bank, America’s Largest Black-Owned Bank, Introduces CashPlease, a Small, Short-Term Dollar Lending Program to Help Customers Better Manage Their Money. Easy to access, without a credit check, CashPlease allows customers to avoid abusive payday loans and overdraft penalties.

ONEUNITED BANK, AMERICA’S LARGEST BLACK BANK, LAUNCHES CASHPLEASE LOAN PROGRAM OFFERING SHORT-TERM SMALL DOLLAR LOANS WITHOUT CREDIT CHECKS

Millions of consumers endure high cost payday loans every year. They struggle to pay their household bills on time, can incur late fees and experience negative effects on their credit score. With CashPlease, OneUnited Bank checking account customers have access to small, short-term loans to avoid these damaging consequences.

Cash Please® offers the option to apply online 24/7 with loan funds deposited within 4 hours. There is no credit report review. CashPlease offers a repayment option that is easy to automatically deduct from a current account in 3 installments over 3 months. The loans are affordable with reasonable interest rates and fees offering considerable savings as compared to payday loans. Qualifications apply.

“We know better than anyone the expectations of our customers with regard to urgent unforeseen expenses.,“States Teri williams, President & COO. “With the 2 day prepayment and now CashPlease, we continue to use technology to deliver services to better meet the financial needs of our community.”

OneUnited Bank, America’s largest and first black-owned digital bank, is working to make financial literacy a core value of the black community through the #BankBlack and #BuyBlack movements.

For more information, visit www.oneunited.com/cashplease.

Media inquiries: Suzan McDowell, Circle of One Marketing, suzan@circleofonemarketing.com, 305-576-3790 or 305-490-9145

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OneUnited Bank (www.oneunited.com), is the largest (largest customer base) and first black-owned digital bank in America, a Minority Depository Institution (MDI), and a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI ), is a ten-time recipient of the Bank Enterprise Award from the United States Department of the Treasury for its community development loans. Its mission is to be the premier bank serving urban communities by promoting financial literacy and providing affordable financial services.

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Norco woman accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from two elderly people with dementia – press enterprise https://criminaljustice-online.com/norco-woman-accused-of-stealing-hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars-from-two-elderly-people-with-dementia-press-enterprise/ https://criminaljustice-online.com/norco-woman-accused-of-stealing-hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars-from-two-elderly-people-with-dementia-press-enterprise/#respond Mon, 12 Jul 2021 02:07:35 +0000 https://criminaljustice-online.com/norco-woman-accused-of-stealing-hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars-from-two-elderly-people-with-dementia-press-enterprise/ PROHIBITION – A 57-year-old woman from Norco accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from two elderly people with dementia pleaded not guilty on Friday to financial abuse and other charges. Kymberly Sue Adams was arrested in January following a months-long investigation by the Medi-Cal Fraud & Elder Abuse unit of the California Department […]]]>

PROHIBITION – A 57-year-old woman from Norco accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from two elderly people with dementia pleaded not guilty on Friday to financial abuse and other charges.

Kymberly Sue Adams was arrested in January following a months-long investigation by the Medi-Cal Fraud & Elder Abuse unit of the California Department of Justice.

In addition to the two counts of financial abuse of the elderly, Adams is charged with two counts of robbery and four counts of money laundering, with allegations of aggravated sentence of taking or destroying property in connection with ‘a white collar crime.

Adams was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hollenhorst, who has scheduled a crime settlement conference for August 20 at the Banning Justice Center.

Adams is free on a $ 125,000 bond.

According to state prosecutors, she was given a power of attorney to handle the affairs of a woman identified in court documents only as “Ethel S”. and a man identified only as “Roger W.”

The victims, both from the San Jacinto Valley, were residing in an assisted living facility and, due to their cognitive issues, were unable to pay their bills or control other aspects of their lives, said prosecutors.

Between 2014 and 2018, Adams was responsible for ensuring their needs were met, including paying for their care through accounts owned by the couple, according to court documents.

But prosecutors allege that Adams instead pocketed nearly $ 300,000 from victims’ funds, spending for her needs and ignoring theirs.

An investigation was opened when the victims were at risk of being evicted from their assisted living apartments, according to the DOJ.

The audits revealed numerous suspected discrepancies in victims’ accounts, pointing to transactions involving Adams, who “was abusing his role as attorney,” the DOJ said.

“Decisions that affect a client’s financial situation must be made in the best interests of the client,” said Attorney General Rob Bonta. “Our seniors shouldn’t have to live in fear of becoming the next victim of elder financial abuse.

Adams has no prior documented convictions in Riverside County.

Details regarding her relationship with the victims and the reasons she was appointed their guardian were not disclosed.

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15 states reach deal with Purdue Pharma on opioids https://criminaljustice-online.com/15-states-reach-deal-with-purdue-pharma-on-opioids/ https://criminaljustice-online.com/15-states-reach-deal-with-purdue-pharma-on-opioids/#respond Sat, 10 Jul 2021 13:35:28 +0000 https://criminaljustice-online.com/15-states-reach-deal-with-purdue-pharma-on-opioids/ At a press conference on Thursday announcing the settlement, the attorneys general of Massachusetts, New York and Minnesota stressed that they had asked the Sacklers for years to admit their guilt and apologize, but that the family members refused. Government lawyers have said that instead of spending years looking for more money to meet the […]]]>

At a press conference on Thursday announcing the settlement, the attorneys general of Massachusetts, New York and Minnesota stressed that they had asked the Sacklers for years to admit their guilt and apologize, but that the family members refused.

Government lawyers have said that instead of spending years looking for more money to meet the dire needs created by the opioid epidemic, they have agreed to step back to release funds faster.

Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York, and Mark DeSaulnier, Democrat of California, introduced legislation they call the Sackler Act, which would allow states to sue business owners in litigation bankruptcy, which attorneys general have said strongly support. But even if Congress passed such a bill, the attorneys general added, the Sacklers and Purdue would almost certainly have concluded this case long ago and escaped the scope of the bill.

Under the Global Bankruptcy Proposal, Purdue as such will cease to exist, reappearing as a new company that would produce limited amounts of OxyContin and overdose reversal drugs. It would be overseen by an appointed council. Profits would initiate payments to funds for remote complainants that would primarily support drug treatment and prevention programs.

The lawyers involved in the negotiations stressed the importance of the repository of public documents, which is almost unprecedented in its breadth and depth. Although Purdue has already produced 13 million documents during the litigation, it will now add 20 million more. The scope of documents from this one company rivals that disclosed by the tobacco industry as a whole, a much-desired consequence of the Big Tobacco litigation some 20 years earlier.

The Purdue documents will include depositions, emails and letters dating back two decades. They are expected to reveal granular details of Purdue’s behind-the-scenes contacts with federal investigators and Food and Drug Administration officials as the company avoided tougher penalties for encouraging turbocharged sales that promoted OxyContin as effective and not addictive. Experts predict that the thoughts and mandates of Dr Richard Sackler, former President and CEO of Purdue, would also be laid bare.

During Thursday’s briefing, Maura Healey, the Massachusetts attorney general, who was the first to prosecute individual Sacklers, said the treasure trove of documents was a promise kept to the families of opioid victims. “It will tell the whole story, all the conversations, all the talk, all the planning, all the ways they were going to make money and escape liability and regulation,” she said.

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GEO group too late to jump into ICE Center COVID-19 suit https://criminaljustice-online.com/geo-group-too-late-to-jump-into-ice-center-covid-19-suit/ https://criminaljustice-online.com/geo-group-too-late-to-jump-into-ice-center-covid-19-suit/#respond Fri, 09 Jul 2021 02:11:00 +0000 https://criminaljustice-online.com/geo-group-too-late-to-jump-into-ice-center-covid-19-suit/ Law360 (July 8, 2021, 10:11 p.m. EDT) – GEO Group Inc. cannot intervene in class action lawsuit challenging federal COVID-19 security measures at one of its detention centers after federal judge Californian decided he had waited too long to fight an order to reduce congestion. According to a Wednesday ruling, GEO Group argued in a […]]]>
Law360 (July 8, 2021, 10:11 p.m. EDT) – GEO Group Inc. cannot intervene in class action lawsuit challenging federal COVID-19 security measures at one of its detention centers after federal judge Californian decided he had waited too long to fight an order to reduce congestion.

According to a Wednesday ruling, GEO Group argued in a sealed motion in June that it had a financial interest in increasing the maximum number of inmates held at its detention center in Adelanto, Calif., And that it should be able to change the order governing the number of inmates allowed in light of new guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and …

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NAR Applauds Withdrawal Of DOJ Rules – RISMedia | https://criminaljustice-online.com/nar-applauds-withdrawal-of-doj-rules-rismedia/ https://criminaljustice-online.com/nar-applauds-withdrawal-of-doj-rules-rismedia/#respond Mon, 05 Jul 2021 20:02:25 +0000 https://criminaljustice-online.com/nar-applauds-withdrawal-of-doj-rules-rismedia/ An antitrust lawsuit against the National Association of REAL ESTATE AGENTS® (NAR) had been apparently settled. Now the Department of Justice (DOJ) has withdrawn their agreement. A spokesperson for NAR called the withdrawal a “total and unprecedented violation of the Justice Department’s agreement,” adding that the settlement had been negotiated and approved by the head […]]]>

An antitrust lawsuit against the National Association of REAL ESTATE AGENTS® (NAR) had been apparently settled. Now the Department of Justice (DOJ) has withdrawn their agreement.

A spokesperson for NAR called the withdrawal a “total and unprecedented violation of the Justice Department’s agreement,” adding that the settlement had been negotiated and approved by the head of the antitrust division.

According to NAR, the association had already started implementing the agreed changes, which would repeal and modify some anti-competitive rules, such as:

– Prohibit NAR affiliated MLSs from disclosing to potential buyers the commission the buying broker will earn

– Allow buying brokers to misrepresent buyers that the services of a buying broker are free

– Allow buying brokers to filter MLS listings based on the level of commissions offered to buying brokers

– Limit access to PO boxes that allow licensed brokers access to homes for sale to brokers who work for an MLS affiliated with the NAR.

“NAR has fulfilled all of our obligations under the settlement agreement and now the DOJ is inexplicably backing down,” NAR said. “If the department does not meet its commitments under the agreement, we are confident in our pro-consumer and pro-competition policies. “

The DOJ said it had withdrawn from the settlement so it could conduct a broader investigation into the NAR rules.

“The proposed settlement will not sufficiently protect the ability of the antitrust division to pursue future claims against NAR,” Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Powers of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division said in a statement. “Real estate is at the heart of the US economy and consumers pay billions of dollars in real estate commissions each year. We cannot be bound by a regulation that impedes our ability to protect competition in a market that profoundly affects the financial well-being of Americans. “

In recent years, the Texas-based Real Estate Exchange (REX) has jumped on these anti-competitive allegations, taking legal action against the association, going so far as to commission a study highlighting “the anti-competition of the current industry structure ”.

Last June, however, a U.S. District Court judge ruled against the startup, stating that REX “did not support its claim that there is deception that hurts a substantial portion of the buying public. “.

These are not the first anti-competitive cases filed against NAR. In 2005, the DOJ filed a lawsuit against the organization, alleging that NAR rules limit competition from real estate brokers who use the Internet to serve their clients. The lawsuit targeted policies that allegedly prevented Internet-based companies from accessing MLS data.

The DOJ and the NAR came to an agreement in 2008. The terms of the settlement required the NAR to repeal its anti-competitive policies and the MLS to repeal rules based on those policies.

Although these past lawsuits have been resolved, commission-based antitrust allegations continue to haunt the association.

NAR’s statement continued:

“The rules and policies of the National Association of REALTORS® have a long history of ensuring fair and competitive real estate markets for buyers and sellers. Based on our commitment to act in the best interests of buyers and sellers, we regularly update our rules and policies to protect consumers and ensure transparency. “

According to the DOJ, the department pursued NAR’s agreement to amend the regulations to “adequately protect and preserve the rights of the department to investigate and challenge further conduct by NAR.” However, the DOJ and the NAR were unable to come to an agreement.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to RISMedia for updates.

Liz Dominguez is the Senior Online Editor for RISMedia. Send him your ideas for real estate news by e-mail at lizd@rismedia.com.

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Man beaten up by MP in Victorville says county forced him to sign right to sue – San Bernardino Sun https://criminaljustice-online.com/man-beaten-up-by-mp-in-victorville-says-county-forced-him-to-sign-right-to-sue-san-bernardino-sun/ https://criminaljustice-online.com/man-beaten-up-by-mp-in-victorville-says-county-forced-him-to-sign-right-to-sue-san-bernardino-sun/#respond Sun, 04 Jul 2021 01:05:34 +0000 https://criminaljustice-online.com/man-beaten-up-by-mp-in-victorville-says-county-forced-him-to-sign-right-to-sue-san-bernardino-sun/ Victorville man who was filmed being kicked twice in the head by a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy as he surrendered, said jailers pressured him to accept $ 4,000 and to sign a waiver in which he promised not to sue the county for excessive force. Willie C. Jones III, 33, a diesel mechanic, made […]]]>

Victorville man who was filmed being kicked twice in the head by a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy as he surrendered, said jailers pressured him to accept $ 4,000 and to sign a waiver in which he promised not to sue the county for excessive force.

Willie C. Jones III, 33, a diesel mechanic, made the statement in a July 1 claim filed against the county asking for $ 5 million and repeated it in a press conference at his attorney’s office in Riverside on Friday July 2.

Jones received the document in an interrogation room after his arrest at the end of a prosecution on June 16 and after being released from a hospital, his lawyer Zulu Ali said.

Jones said he had yet to post a bond and sign the waiver without his lawyer being present and understanding what she was saying.

Ali said Jones was stunned by the kicks and was still confused and groggy when he was “forced” to sign the waiver.

“It’s almost as bad as the assault itself,” Ali said.

Jones said he did not cash the check. Jones has yet to be charged with a felony, Superior Court records show.

County spokeswoman Felisa Cardona declined to comment on the request, which is a legally required precursor to a trial, or the release Jones said he signed on Friday. A request for a copy of the county’s blank form was not completed on Friday. Ali declined to provide a copy of the press release signed by Jones.

Sharon Brunner, a Victorville civil rights attorney who has represented clients who said they were subjected to excessive force by the sheriff’s department, said the county has been trying to get the waivers signed by potential litigants since. more than a year for the purpose of keeping records. out of court, where juries could award plaintiffs hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars.

On two occasions, Brunner said, detectives approached his clients with the releases while they were lying in hospital beds after being shot and under the influence of painkillers. Both clients signed the waivers. Still, the two cases are in dispute, Brunner said.

Brunner said the county never tried to use the signed dumps to stop him from prosecuting.

“This appears to be a new trend that in my experience San Bernardino County is getting involved. It is highly inappropriate and highly unethical, and it usually happens when customers are most vulnerable,” said Brunner, who is not involved in the Jones case. . “Asking Mr. Jones to sign a waiver when he hasn’t gone to a lawyer or a doctor, it just stinks of undue influence and intimidation.”

Brunner and co-counsel Jim Terrell in particular won a $ 650,000 county settlement in 2015, less than two weeks after 10 MPs were caught on camera hitting and kicking horse thief suspect Francis Jared Pusok in Apple Valley. A legal expert called the speed of the settlement “unheard of”. But in this case, Brunner said on Friday, Pusok had the opportunity to first discuss the settlement with his lawyers and ask a doctor to determine that he had not suffered any injuries requiring long-term care.

Jones was riding his motorcycle around 12:40 a.m. on June 16 when a deputy attempted to stop him for a traffic violation. Jones did not stop, prompting a chase in which he lit red lights and drove north in the southbound lanes of Highway 15, a press release from the sheriff said.

Jones eventually abandoned his motorcycle and fled into the parking lot of a Toyota dealership. There, a security videotape shows Jones emerging from under a car and finally walking towards an assistant with his hands in the air. As Jones lies on his stomach, his left arm outstretched and his right arm tucked under him, the deputy walks up and kicks him twice in the head.

“It hurts me every time I see it,” said Jones, who added he had headaches and difficulty eating and sleeping.

Attorney Zulu Ali, who represents Willie Jones III, to Ali’s left, on July 2, 2021, discusses the $ 5 million claim filed on Jones’ behalf after a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy kicked Jones in the head during an arrest on June 16. (Brian Rokos, La Presse-Entreprise / SCNG)

Jones declined to say on Friday why, according to the press release, he didn’t stop.

The Sheriff’s Department has opened criminal and internal investigations into Deputy Corie Smith, who has been placed on paid leave. Sheriff John McMahon, in a written statement, said: “This incident raises concerns. I expect my assistants to remain professional while engaging the public.

Ali called for a culture change in law enforcement that results in excessive force, starting with agency leadership.

“Mr. Jones wants me to help him get justice. I promised him that I would go further. We want a period of justice. Not just for him, but we want justice for everyone who has been through this. type of situation, ”Ali said.

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Energy firm’s £ 103million settlement over bribery charges approved by court https://criminaljustice-online.com/energy-firms-103million-settlement-over-bribery-charges-approved-by-court/ https://criminaljustice-online.com/energy-firms-103million-settlement-over-bribery-charges-approved-by-court/#respond Fri, 02 Jul 2021 16:09:41 +0000 https://criminaljustice-online.com/energy-firms-103million-settlement-over-bribery-charges-approved-by-court/ Royal Courts of Justice An energy company has agreed to pay a total of £ 103million for its use of corrupt oil and gas agents to secure contracts. Amec Foster Wheeler Energy Limited has entered into a three-year Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which was approved Thursday by Lord Justice […]]]>
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An energy company has agreed to pay a total of £ 103million for its use of corrupt oil and gas agents to secure contracts.

Amec Foster Wheeler Energy Limited has entered into a three-year Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which was approved Thursday by Lord Justice Edis.

Following a brief hearing in the Royal Court of Justice on Friday, details of the DPA and the reasons the court approved the deal were made public.

The DPA relates only to the potential criminal liability of Amec Foster Wheeler Energy Limited and does not specify whether liability of any kind attaches to any employee, agent, former employee or former agent of Amec Foster Wheeler Energy Limited. .

The SFO said the breaches took place around the world between 1996 and 2014, before Amec acquired Foster Wheeler in November 2014 and before the acquisition of the combined company by John Wood Group in October 2017.

In entering into the DPA, Amec Foster Wheeler Energy assumed responsibility for 10 corruption offenses in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, India and Brazil by the former Foster Wheeler company, the SFO said.

As part of the deal, the company will pay SFO costs of £ 3.4million plus compensation to the “Nigerian victims in this case” of just over £ 200,000, added the watch dog.

The SFO said the DPA was concluding its investigation “into suspicions of bribery and corruption at the former Foster Wheeler and Amec Foster Wheeler companies with respect to legal persons.”

But he added that his “investigation into the conduct of individual suspects is continuing” and the court heard on Friday that it expected “to reach indictment decisions within the next three months”.

The deal is part of a global settlement of US $ 177 million (£ 128 million) with the SFO, the US Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission and Brazilian authorities.

Lisa Osofsky, Director of the SFO, said: “Over a span of 18 years, Foster Wheeler brazenly and calculated bribes to officials around the world to cut costs and get contracts, going to great lengths to cover up his corrupt conduct.

“In doing so, the company has overturned the rule of law and damaged the integrity of the UK economy.

“We will continue to do the taxpayer justice by punishing such actions and forcing companies to change for the better.

“Justice also means recovering money to compensate victims where possible, and I am delighted that we were able to secure compensation for the Nigerian victims in this case. “

Robin Watson, managing director of John Wood Group, the current parent company of Amec Foster Wheeler Energy, said he was satisfied that “we were able to solve these problems”.

He said: “The investigations have brought to light unacceptable behavior, albeit historic, which I condemn in the strongest terms.

“While we inherited these issues through acquisition, we took full responsibility for resolving them, as any responsible business would.

“Since our acquisition of Amec Foster Wheeler, we have cooperated fully with the authorities and taken steps to further improve our ethics and compliance program from an already strong foundation.

Group Chairman Roy Franklin said, “The historic conduct that led to these investigations does not reflect Wood’s values ​​that unite us as a global team.

“The resolutions highlight why we attach such importance to upholding the highest ethical and compliance standards in all regions of the world where we operate, and why we continue to invest in strengthening our governance in this area. “

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NJ to house transgender inmates by gender identity after trial https://criminaljustice-online.com/nj-to-house-transgender-inmates-by-gender-identity-after-trial/ https://criminaljustice-online.com/nj-to-house-transgender-inmates-by-gender-identity-after-trial/#respond Wed, 30 Jun 2021 10:58:56 +0000 https://criminaljustice-online.com/nj-to-house-transgender-inmates-by-gender-identity-after-trial/ New Jersey has adopted a policy that requires state prisons to house transgender people based on their gender identity rather than their assigned sex at birth. The policy change is part of a colony The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey announced Tuesday, and it places the state among a handful of others with […]]]>

New Jersey has adopted a policy that requires state prisons to house transgender people based on their gender identity rather than their assigned sex at birth.

The policy change is part of a colony The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey announced Tuesday, and it places the state among a handful of others with similar policies.

The New Jersey ACLU and attorney Robyn Gigl of GluckWalrath LLP sued the NJ Department of Corrections and its agents in August 2019 on behalf of a trans woman who called herself Sonia Doe in court documents.

Prior to Doe’s trial, the department’s policy was to house people based on their genitals, according to Tess Borden, a New Jersey ACLU attorney in the case.

“These memories still haunt me”

Doe was held in four different men’s prisons for 18 months, according to her complaint, which said she was being held for “offenses related to her addiction” to painkillers. During this time, she alleged, correctional officers manhandled her, denied her female police station items, and failed to protect her from other inmates who harassed her. She alleged that three police officers also physically assaulted her in May 2019 after she corrected them for cheating on her.

The department, in response, charged and convicted her of assault and forced her to spend 270 days in isolation, among other penalties, according to the New Jersey ACLU.

A few weeks after Doe’s attorneys filed the complaint, the department transferred her to the Edna Mahan Women’s Correctional Center.

Chris Carden, a correctional service chief information officer, told NBC News in an email that he “sees this settlement agreement as an important step in the right direction.”

“Although the ministry has put in place existing processes, the policy described in this regulation is an update of those processes,” he wrote. “Anyone incarcerated under the care of the NJDOC can provide information regarding their gender identity to the NJDOC at any time. The ministry then takes careful measures to ensure that she is properly housed in accordance with her gender identity and housing preferences, while ensuring both her safety and the safety of the facility. Overall, the actions taken support the significant cultural changes occurring across the Department.

As part of the settlement, which the ACLU of New Jersey filed in Mercer County Superior Court on Tuesday, the department will adopt an agency-wide policy designed to protect state-detained persons who are transgender, intersex and non-binary, according to a press release.

In addition to the policy change, the ministry will pay Doe $ 125,000 in damages and pay his legal fees.

Sonia Doe.New Jersey ACLU

“When I was forced to live in men’s prisons, I was afraid I wouldn’t make it out alive,” Doe said in a statement. “These memories still haunt me. Although I still have nightmares around this time, it is a relief to know that as a result of my experience, the NJDOC made substantial policy changes so that no one should be. subjected to the horrors I have survived.

New Jersey is now one of the few states that have passed laws or implemented policies requiring inmates to be housed based on their gender identity. Borden said the state’s policy goes deeper than most because it includes provisions that will help the corrections service implement the policy.

“The section on the subject includes the word ‘dignity’ – that it is the purpose of this New Jersey Department of Corrections policy to recognize the dignity of transgender, intersex and non-binary people in its care,” a- she declared. The policy also requires officers to use the appropriate pronouns of a trans inmate, including gender neutral pronouns such as themselves, and the gender neutral honorific “Mx”. instead of “M.” or “Madam.”

“It’s a commitment, on paper, to really assert the lives of trans people and the lives of non-binary and intersex people also held by DOC,” she said.

“A New Era in New Jersey Prisons”

One of the key elements of the new policy created as part of the regulation establishes a presumption that persons detained by the state will be housed in accordance with their gender identity, and a “commitment that placement in accordance with the identity of gender will never be considered a management or a security issue solely because of the person’s gender identity, ”according to the ACLU of New Jersey.

California, Massachusetts and Connecticut also have policies in place that establish a presumption that trans inmates will be housed based on their gender identity, although Borden said there are exceptions in all of those states that allow public servants to go against this policy if they have a “security or management” concern.

New Jersey policy will also establish admission and identification procedures that include questions about gender identity and pronouns, and it will recognize self-attestations, which means someone doesn’t have to prove their gender identity through invasive research or other means.

The policy will also prohibit harassment and discrimination of staff based on a person’s real or perceived gender identity, and will ensure, among other policy changes, underwear, clothing and other personal property affirming the kind.

There is also language in the policy that states that an incarcerated person’s perspective on their health and safety will be taken into account. Borden noted that some trans men, for example, may feel safer in a women’s prison, and this part of the policy would allow that flexibility.

Finally, the regulation will require the ministry to effectively implement the policy by distributing it to all staff, asking them to sign a form acknowledging that they have read it, and arranging additional training for some staff. high level.

“Having a policy that now explicitly recognizes the dignity of transgender, intersex and non-binary people opens a new chapter for DOC,” Gigl said in a statement. “While we know that trans, intersex and non-binary people still face an extraordinary risk of harm, we hope this policy will usher in a new era in New Jersey prisons to protect and affirm the lives of transgender people,” intersex and non-binary. “

‘A step in the right direction’

Borden said Doe thinks the victory is not just for her, but for many other trans people who have been in similar situations.

A 2015 investigation by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force found that 21 percent of transgender women confined to men’s facilities reported experiencing physical abuse in prison and 20 percent reported sexual violence.

Over a third (37%) of survey respondents who took hormones prior to incarceration said they were prevented from taking their hormones while incarcerated.

The settlement and the resulting policy change are part of a larger change in the ministry since the Justice Department discovered last year that the conditions for Edna Mahan’s installation violated the constitution, says Borden.

“I hope this policy is a step in the right direction in New Jersey’s commitment to ensuring the safety of people in this prison,” she said.

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