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Agency Cuts California Limo Company Fine by 75% in Fatal Fire

A California commission responsible for transportation safety has reduced the fine it levied against a limousine company involved in a fire that killed five passengers from $20,000 to $5,000, a news organization reported Thursday. The 75 percent reduction resulted from …

Truck Firm May Be Fined $2M for Illegally Dumped Saltwater

A Wyoming-based trucking company working in North Dakota could face fines of $2 million or more for operating without a license and illegally dumping saltwater, a byproduct of oil production, two North Dakota state agencies said Tuesday. “Companies should take …

Kansas Woman Fined $25,000 for Selling Fake Luxury Goods

A federal judge spared a Wichita, Kansas, businesswoman from prison on Monday, but imposed a $25,000 fine for selling fake luxury goods. U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren sentenced Glenda Sue Morgan to five years of probation and ordered her to …

Connecticut Golf Gourse Pays Fine After Lighting Strike

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe has paid an $11,600 fine and made safety changes at its Lake of Isles, Conn., golf course after a lightning strike in June injured 15 workers. The workers were hurt when lightning hit near a wooden …

Southwestern Indiana Company Fined $2,000 in Worker’s 2010 Death

State officials have fined an Evansville, Ind., company $2,000 for the death of a worker killed when a forklift tipped over onto him. The Evansville Courier & Press reports Bootz Industries paid the fine following an investigation by the state …

Merck to Pay $950M to Settle U.S. Vioxx Charge

Merck & Co will pay roughly $950 million to settle criminal and civil charges that it promoted the painkiller Vioxx for an unapproved use, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. The fine will conclude a long-running investigation into Merck’s promotion …

Brazil Official Sees $28 Million Fine for Chevron

Rio de Janeiro state’s environment secretary says Brazil is expected to fine Chevron nearly $28 million for an ongoing offshore oil spill. Carlos Minc says the national government will also ask Chevron to pay for damages caused by the Atlantic …

PG&E to Pay $38M Fine in ’08 Calif. Gas Explosion

PG&E Corp. has agreed to pay a $38 million fine for a 2008 gas pipe explosion that killed a Rancho Cordova homeowner. It’s the largest safety-related fine ever levied by the California Public Utilities Commission. PG&E and state regulators initially …

OSHA Cites Wisconsin Sandblasting Company

A federal workplace-safety organization has cited a Waukesha sandblasting company for 42 safety and health violations, including four repeat health violations. The citations against Neman Painting & Sandblasting LLC were announced Wednesday by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The …

OSHA Fines West Virginia Welding Shop $59K

A Stollings, West Virginia, welding company is facing more than $59,000 in fines after federal investigators found more than two dozen safety violations. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the proposed penalties against Mollett …