Chad Arnold Albany Bureau Published 1:17 PM EST Dec 21, 2018 ALBANY – Sprint has agreed to pay a $330 million settlement after the company skirted New York tax law for nearly a decade, New York's attorney general announced Friday. The record-breaking settlement came in the wake of a false claims lawsuit filed by Attorney General Barbara Underwood alleging the cellular provider failed to collect and remit over $100 million in state and local taxes on flat-rate calling plans. The $330 million settlement is the largest recovery by a single state in a false claims lawsuit, according to the attorney general's office. “Sprint knew exactly how New York sales tax law applied to its plans – yet for years the company flagrantly broke the law, cheating the state and its localities out of tax dollars that should have been invested in our communities,” Underwood said in a statement. More: Are you a small business Scrooge? Better mend your … [Read more...] about Sprint to pay record $330 million settlement in New York: Here’s why.
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opinion James Bovard Opinion columnist Published 3:15 AM EST Nov 20, 2018 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been secretly indicted by the Trump administration’s Justice Department, “a drastic escalation” of the feds’ efforts against him, the New York Times reported. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has denounced Wikileaks as a “non-state hostile intelligence service” and labeled Assange a “fraud,” “coward,” and “enemy.” But rather than a federal indictment, Assange deserves a tweaked version of one of Washington’s hottest honorifics. Wikileaks has been in the federal crosshairs since it released scores of thousands of documents exposing lies and atrocities regarding the Afghan and Iraq wars, thanks to leaks from Army corporal Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Wikileaks released emails from the Democratic National Committee showing that its … [Read more...] about Julian Assange, whistleblowers deserve high honors, not indictments
It's Wednesday, so we continue our regular segment, Beyond Nuclear, where we look at nuclear issues, including weapons, energy, waste, and the future of nuclear technology in the United States. Brian and John speak with Kevin Kamps, the Radioactive Waste Watchdog at the organization Beyond Nuclear. New evidence has emerged linking New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's official re-election campaign to a controversial mailing accusing challenger Cynthia Nixon of anti-semitism. But the basis for this claim was that she allegedly supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement — a non-violent international campaign to promote human rights and equality for Palestinians. Ariel Gold, a peace activist and the national co-director of Code Pink, joins the show. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the most popular politician in that country, announced yesterday that he would not be a candidate … [Read more...] about The Story of a Whistleblower’s Epic Battle against Banks & U.S. Gov’t
Benjamin Spillman Reno Gazette Journal Published 2:16 p.m. UTC Aug 17, 2018 A former Tesla employee is claiming the company improperly spied on workers and ignored or covered up complaints of rampant theft and drug dealing at the company’s Nevada Gigafactory. The allegations are contained in the summary of a complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission prepared by attorney Stuart Meissner of Meissner Associates in New York. Meissner said whistleblower Karl Hansen filed a formal tip with the SEC on Aug. 9. Meissner also represents Martin Tripp, of Sparks, Nev., who claims the company shipped vehicles with dangerous battery flaws. “Once again, very serious allegations are made by a credible source in this most recent SEC whistleblower submission against a major public company and its CEO,” Meissner stated. “I am hopeful the SEC and other government agencies will investigate these allegations and take swift appropriate action.” In a … [Read more...] about Tesla whistleblower claims rampant theft, drug dealing at Nevada Gigafactory
Seven years ago, during a night of rioting in London, a 23-year-old student popped into his local Lidl and carried out the “opportunistic” theft of a £3.50 case of bottled water. He was sentenced to six months in jail. There was an outcry, but he still went to jail. The law was the law. And justice – though punitive and disproportionate – was served. But that was petty crime. What if the crime is bigger? Much bigger. Too big, possibly, to reckon with. Because last week we discovered other laws may have been broken. Not crimes against a person, or a property, but against our democracy. Crimes that may have been committed by the Vote Leave campaign during the EU referendum. On Wednesday, Matthew Elliott, the CEO of Vote Leave, the campaign headed by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, both now government ministers, took the extraordinary step of leaking the interim report of an Electoral Commission investigation which is still under way. This found the campaign … [Read more...] about Electoral law has been broken – this is a fight for the soul of our democracy