What's a $1,000 fine to a billionaire?

The News Fix Fines don’t deter Donald Trump. A New York judge held the former president in criminal contempt this week, levying another $1,000 fine for violating his gag order. This is the 10th time that Judge Juan Merchan has fined Trump during the “hush money” trial, in which Trump is charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records […]
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Ireland fines Meta more than $275 million for failing to protect user data

Nov 29, 2022
Irish regulators fined the social media company about $275 million after an investigation found that it failed to prevent unauthorized access to half a billion Facebook users' personal information.
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Wells Fargo to pay $1 billion for mortgage, auto lending abuses

Apr 20, 2018
The settlement also contains other requirements that would restrict Wells Fargo’s business.
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LA County libraries go fine-free for their younger readers

Jan 8, 2018
Officials say when young readers rack up fines, the likelihood they'll use their card again, or return to the library, diminishes.
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How the poor are ending up stuck in modern-day debtors' prisons

Aug 17, 2016
VICE's new two-part documentary series examines the issue.
The racquet court of Fleet Debtors' Prison in London by English caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson.
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In New York, ice cream truck jingle jangles nerves

Jul 26, 2016
It may be the sound of summer, but flout the anti-noise rules and you'll be fined.
Mister Softees filling up at the pump.
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As ACA deadline approaches, fines loom

Jan 28, 2016
But will they motivate people to buy health insurance?
A person walks into the UniVista Insurance company office where people are signing up for health care plans under the Affordable Care Act.
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Police fees shore up budgets in many towns

Mar 11, 2015
Experts say local governments have been relying on police ticketing and fees

Big banks get fined in foreign exchange rigging

Nov 12, 2014
Banks must pay $4.3 billion because their traders manipulated the market.

Do big fines even matter for JP Morgan Chase?

Jan 6, 2014
The bank faces a hefty penalty for failing to warn customers of Bernie Madoff's infamous scheme, but all the fines don't seem hurt the company at all.