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Dish Network fined $280 million after telemarketers called people on ‘do not call’ list

A federal judge in Illinois has ruled that Colorado-based Dish Network was liable for the telemarketing violations of third-party call centers hired by the satellite TV company to lure subscribers. (Paul Sakuma / Associated Press)
Satellite television giant Dish Network has been ordered to pay $280 million in penalties for violations of the National Do Not Call Registry laws and invading the privacy of American consumers, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. A federal judge in Illinois ruled this week that Colorado-based Dish Network was liable for the telemarketing violations of third-party call centers hired by the satellite TV company to lure subscribers.

Uber dismisses over 20 employees after law firm’s probe

Uber has fired 20 employees after a law firm investigated complaints of sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination and other violations of company policies. (Associated Press)
The law firm, which was hired to assist former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s firm Covington & Burling in its investigation of Uber’s workplace practices, told Uber’s more than 12,000 employees Tuesday that it looked into 215 complaints and took no action in 100 instances.

Looking to propose a shareholder vote? It may get tougher

WASHINGTON – If you’re a shareholder in a major corporation, having your voice heard may soon become harder. Tucked into a Republican bill to defang the Dodd-Frank financial rules is a provision to make it more difficult to bring proposals to a shareholder vote. It would mean fewer investors could force votes on issues important to them – from executive pay to political spending to gender discrimination.

Independent monitor: Volkswagen trying to change

Matthias Mueller, CEO of the Volkswagen AG, smiles as he arrives for the annual shareholders meeting in Hannover, Germany, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Associated Press)
Former U.S. deputy attorney general Larry Thompson, who must certify the policies and practices Volkswagen is putting in place to ensure compliance with anti-fraud and environmental laws, said his “initial impression is that the company is taking this very seriously and is not waiting for the monitor” to make proposals.

Kaspersky files antitrust complaints against Microsoft in Europe

Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of the Russian cybersecurity firm, said Tuesday that the company had filed antitrust complaints accusing Microsoft of making it more difficult to run Kaspersky antivirus software in Windows 10 and favoring a Microsoft-built alternative.

U.S. companies post record number of open jobs in April

U.S. employers advertised the most open jobs in April in 16 years, yet hiring fell and fewer people quit work. The figures suggest that businesses are struggling to find qualified employees as the unemployment rate declines.

Alphabet’s share price hits $1,000

Electronic screens post the price of Alphabet stock at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York on Feb. 1. (Mark Lennihan / Associated Press)
Google parent company Alphabet Inc. joined rarefied company Monday when it for the first time reached a $1,000 share price. Shares of the tech company rose $7.76, or 0.78 percent, to close at $1,003.85.

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