Australian telco fined $39M for exploiting Indigenous folk
Australia’s largest telecommunications company Telstra has been fined 50 million Australian dollars ($39 million) for unconscionable conduct in selling remote Indigenous customers mobile phone contracts that they did not understand and could not afford.
In court, Ghislaine Maxwell pleads not guilty to new charges
Ghislaine Maxwell has faced her trial judge in person for the first time as lawyers squabble over exactly when she should be tried on sex trafficking charges alleging that she procured teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse at his posh residences.
DOJ recommends at least 3 years in prison for retired Navy Capt. John Nettleton
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Department of Justice has recommended that retired Navy Capt. John Nettleton be sentenced to more than three years in prison on charges stemming from the 2015 death of a civilian employee at Guantanamo Bay – the base Nettleton commanded. Nettleton and Tur were in a fight two nights before the Coast Guard found Tur’s body floating in the bay. In a sentencing memo filed Thursday, the DOJ recommended Nettleton serve between 37 and 46 months. “There is no question that John R. Nettleton (“Defendant”) misled, concealed, and lied about facts he knew regarding the disappearance and death of Christopher Tur (“Tur”),” the memo states.
COVID-19 pandemic delays federal sentencing for retired Navy Capt. John Nettleton
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The COVID-19 pandemic has led to another delay for the federal sentencing of retired Navy Capt. John Nettleton, on charges stemming from the 2015 death of a civilian employee at Guantanamo Bay – the base Nettleton commanded. In January, a federal jury in Jacksonville convicted Nettleton on six of the eight charges he faced. In light of the pandemic, federal courts have been holding some sentencing hearings via video, rather than in person. The sentencing hearing is now set for Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m.
Air Canada has to pay couple over language equality
This week, the Federal Court ordered Air Canada to pay more than $15,000 ($21,000 CAD) and send formal apology letters to a French-speaking couple in Ottawa for repeated language equality violations. The couple also alleged violations of their French language rights on the airline in 2005, 2011 and 2012. Meanwhile, Air Canada said the plaintiffs was interpreting the country's Languages Act too strictly. Air Canada was ordered to pay $1,500 CAD for each of the Thibodeau's 14 successful complaints. "It's [Air Canada] that should be serving francophone customers in the same way that you're serving anglophone customers."