Daily Archives: February 27, 2013 - 5 results


Posted 4 years ago in Crime Editors Picks Government by Josh Crank  
BP Falsified Data to Drill Doomed Oil Well, Expert Says

An oil well drilling expert testified today that oil company BP “played fast and loose” with government safety regulations by falsifying the well pressure data it presented to federal regulators. Dr. Alan Huffman, a geophysicist and Chief Technology Officer of Fusion Petroleum Technologies, Inc., accused BP of “truly egregious” conduct for continuing to drill the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico after collecting data indicating the well was unstable. Months later, the well would be the site of the …

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Protections for Voting Rights of Minorities Under Fire

The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 27 heard oral arguments over the constitutionality of the part of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) that requires certain states to get permission from the federal government to pass laws that affect the voting rights of minorities. The case is Shelby County v. Holder.   Alabama: Poster Child for Progress? In its suit against the federal government, Shelby County, Ala., alleges that Section 5 of the VRA, which was extended in 2006 for another …

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Jury Orders Strip Club to Pay $10M for DUI Fatality

A Dallas strip club has been blamed for a fatal drunk driving accident that killed a young woman in March 2011. A jury awarded the woman’s family $10 million. After a night at the Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club, Eric Brent Crutchfield left the club around 2 a.m. heavily intoxicated, jumped into his illegally souped-up Ford truck and ran over 23-year-old Kasey McKenzie, who was walking through the parking lot. Her parents, Gary and Karen, brought a wrongful death civil suit …

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Texas Bank Settles Hispanic Discrimination Suit

The Department of Justice on Feb. 19 announced that Texas Champion Bank has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle allegations that it discriminated against Hispanics who applied for loans with the bank.    Unsecured Loans, Higher Than Normal Rates According to allegations filed in 2010 by the DOJ, Texas Champion branches charged Hispanic borrowers higher prices on their unsecured loans, in violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA). The bank, based in Alice, Texas, offers a range of small business …

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Posted 4 years ago in Government The Internet & The Law by Sylvia Hsieh  
Lawsuit May Block NYC Taxi E-Hail Program

Anyone who has lived in New York City has been initiated into the unfortunate but necessary ritual known as hailing a cab. I’ve seen fights break out over who flagged down a cab first. Smartphone apps like Hailo, Uber, FlyWheel and Zabkab that let pedestrians map out and book a nearby cab with the tap of a finger aim to make the experience less of a hassle. But a lawsuit threatens to put a stop to the apps. In a …

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