# Federal government
SNAP Benefits Update: Lawmakers Push Hot Foods Act
Lawmakers are pushing for the passage of the Hot Foods Act in the 2023 Farm Bill, which would allow SNAP recipients to buy hot and prepared foods using their benefits. United States Rep. Abigail Spanberger is the front runner of the bipartisan effort to allow SNAP recipients to purchase hot food products at grocery retailers through the program. For example, Walmart Grocery Stores has a hot food bar.
Update iOS: Apple Advises Devices Promptly
Tech giant Applehas recently released another update for iOS. A few weeks ago Apple released the iconic 17.1.1 version. iOS 17.1.2 was made available to the public on Nov. 30, and its focus was to fix two possible security exploitswhich are noted in 17.1.1 per Fox Business. Apple has issued a statement advising, “This update provides important security fixes and is recommended for all users.” The company is urging its customers to download the update as soon as possible.
Equifax Class Action: Extended Claim Period
Do you remember the big Equifax security breach? The Settlement received its final approval from the Court on January 13, 2020. If you were negatively affected by this breach, may review the Final Approval Order and Final Order and Judgment by clicking here.
TransUnion Ordered to Pay $11 Million to Consumers for Failure to Disclose Third-Party Names
Two federal consumer protection agencies have reached a $23 million settlement with Trans Union LLC, a credit reporting firm, and its namesake subsidiary for inaccurately reporting tenant screening information. This settlement represents the largest amount ever recovered in an FTC tenant-screening matter.
Bank of America Ordered to Pay over $100 million to Consumers for Inaccurate Fees
Bank of America, the second-largest bank in the United States, is facing a verdict that mandates a payment of over $100 million to customers. This ruling stems from allegations of double charging insufficient fund fees, withholding reward bonuses, and unauthorized opening of accounts without customers' knowledge or consent.
Navient May Owe You Money Due to Class Action Settlements
Student loanborrowers from three states who used Navient, a private student loan servicer, have five days to file a claim to receive part of a $28 million class-action settlement.
WeWork Bankruptcy: Unraveling the Unicorn
WeWork, the overwhelmed cooperating space organization, has sought financial protection, denoting shocking destruction for what was once the world's most significant startup. The Chapter 11 declaration was broadly expected after the organization said last month that repaying its debt was a battle. The pandemic shook WeWork as individuals began telecommuting as opposed to driving into office spaces. The organization's stock lost over the vast majority of its worth, and the SoftBank-supported adventure, which was secretly esteemed at around $47 billion at its pinnacle, was valued at $45 million Monday before its insolvency recording.
Chicago Area Receives $10 million From Federal Government for New Biotech Hub
National Institutes of Health backs initiative to retain local medical researchers, boost biomedical innovation in Chicago. The federal government has committed to funding a novel Chicago-area hub, primarily aimed at retaining local medical researchers and fostering accelerated innovation in the biomedical sector. This endeavor holds the potential to expedite the transformation of research findings into commercial products while bolstering job creation in the region.
Social Security Benefits: Here Are a Few Ways to Prepare for Upcoming Changes
Social Security analysts recently gave us a grim picture of what will happen after the program’s Old Age and Survival Trust Fund runs out of money in a decade or so. When that happens, Social Security will be solely dependent on payroll taxes for funding — and those cover only about 77% of current benefits .
Federal Government May Fine Southwest Airlines for 2022 Flight Cancellations
Southwest Airlines, one of the major players in the airline industry, is facing potential fines from the federal government for the thousands of flight cancellations that occurred last December. This incident left over two million travelers stranded during one of the busiest times for travel – the holiday season. In this blog post, we'll delve into the details of why Southwest Airlines is in hot water with the U.S. Transportation Department and what consequences they may face.
Capital One Ordered to Pay Consumers From $190 Million Class Action Settlement
Are you a Captial One current customer, or a former customer?. Millions of Capital Onecustomers have less than a month to collect their paymentfrom a $190 million settlement after the company settled a class-action lawsuitwith victims last year.
Chick-Fil-A Ordered to Pay $4.4 Million for Inflating Delivery Prices
Chick-fil-Areportedly has agreed to pay a hefty $4.4 million to customers who accused the chain of promising low-delivery fees, while "secretly" inflating menu prices as much as 30% during the pandemic.
Social Security: New Earnings Cap for 2024
I am sure everyone knows just because you collect Social Security benefitsdoesn’t mean you have to stop working. In fact, plenty of Social Security recipients still earn income from work. Unfortunately for many there, benefits are reduceddepending on their age and how much they earn.
Bureau of Justice Statistics partners with Coding It Forward for 2024 summer fellowships
This article may contain AI-assisted content. As part of an initiative through the US Department of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has entered into a partnership with Coding It Forward to launch its 2024 summer fellowships. This collaboration aims to attract early-career technologists to the federal government, offering them paid 10-week summer fellowships. Open primarily to current and recent students in fields ranging from cybersecurity to design, this initiative provides a unique opportunity to hone skills in a real-world government setting.
TransUnion Ordered To Pay $15 Million to Consumers For Inaccurate Reporting
Credit reporting agency TransUnion, and its TURSS subsidiary will pay $15 million to settle charges they failed to ensure the accuracy of tenant screening reports, according to a Thursday statement from the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC, this is the largest amount ever recovered in an FTC tenant screening case. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau joined the FTC in obtaining the settlement with TransUnion. They said by including inaccurate and incomplete eviction records about consumers, their ability to obtain housing was hampered.
North Carolina Business Owner Arrested For Placing Hidden Camera in the Women’s Bathroom
A man in North Carolina was arrested for third-degree exploitation of a minor after officers seized four devices from his home and said they found a "concealed camera" in the women's restroom of the restaurant he owned, officers say. The incident allegedly occurred at La Vita É Bella, an Italian restaurant in North Carolina.
The Processing Of Work Permits For Migrants Will Continue Even If The Federal Government Shuts Down
Even if the federal government shuts down this weekend, the federal agency in charge of handling work permits and other applications from asylum seekers will continue its work.
Democrat Senator John Fetterman Introduces Legislation To Cancel School Lunch Debt
Democrat Senator John Fetterman (PA), alongside Democratic Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Peter Welch (VT), introduced a bill that would cancel all school lunch debt across the country. If passed into law, the nearly $262 million in public school meal debt that accrues across the country every year would be dealt with under the aptly named School Lunch Debt Cancellation Act by requiring the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to pay all debts associated with schools for breakfast or lunch programs.
Removing Medical Debt: Biden Plan Benefits Millions of Americans
The Biden administration has proposed a new measure that would prevent unpaid medical bills from showing up on Americans' credit reports used by creditors when evaluating borrowers' credit applications and making underwriting decisions.