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Legal News
14 hours ago
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU) [official websites] released a statement [text] Monday indicating that Cyprus has made significant strides toward economic recovery, and must continue to make reforms in order to achieve full recovery. Following a meeting to review progress on Cyprus' March 2013 … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice [official website] handed down a ruling [text] Tuesday that strengthened the role of the European Central Bank (ECB) [official website] in mediating financial markets. The Court upheld the ECB's 2012 offer to purchase the bonds of countries whose governments that would otherwise face high … [read more]


Academic Commentary
7 May 2015
by Shu-Yi Oei of Tulane University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Shu-Yi Oei of Tulane University Law School discusses tax evasion investigations and possible criminal charges against HSBC's Swiss private banking unit...Beginning around 2006, Hervé Falciani, a computer systems engineer at HSBC's Swiss private banking unit, HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) ("HSBC Suisse"), obtained and extracted a large quantity … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A bipartisan bill [text, PDF] seeking to change the US federal government's approach to medicinal marijuana was introduced in the US House of Representatives [official website] Tuesday. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2015, or CARERS Act, was introduced by Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A state prosecutor for France on Friday requested that HSBC [corporate website], a Swiss private bank, face a criminal tax evasion trial. The request is a result of the investigation into a massive file leak [ICIJ report] showing that HSBC's Swiss bank profited from conducting business with people engaged … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The General Court of the European Union [official website] on Wednesday annulled [press release, PDF; decision] a portion of the European Central Bank's (ECB) Eurosystem Oversight Policy Framework [text] requiring financial institutions clearing trades in euros to be located in the Eurozone. The UK brought the action before the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Jan 2015
by Andrew Morgan of JURIST

JURIST has retracted "Back-Alley Banking in China: the Next Financial Crisis" by Dr. Bashar Malkawi. The piece was originally published in our Academic Commentary section on 9 November 2013. On 7 January 2015, we were advised that the piece was copied from another author's work. We investigated this claim and … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Advocate General Niilo Jaaskinen [official profile] of the European Court of Justice [official website] issued an opinion Thursday endorsing an EU plan to cap [EU backgrounder] bankers' bonuses. The UK had challenged [BBC report] the cap, which restricts bonuses to 100 percent of banker's pay or 200 percent with … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Oct 2014
by Charles Rhodes of South Texas College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Charles W. "Rocky" Rhodes, of the South Texas College of Law, analyzes valid and invalid grounds for challenging the Texas voter photo identification law under the Texas ConstitutionThe Texas voter photo identification law, which requires qualified, registered voters to present one of seven specified forms of picture … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Vladimir Yevtushenkov [Forbes profile], Sistema's [official website] chairman and largest shareholder, was placed on house arrest Tuesday after being accused of money laundering. Yevtushenkov is one of Russia's richest men and is estimated by Forbes to be worth approximately USD $4.5 billion. Sistema insists that the charges are baseless, … [read more]


Legal News
19 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Minnesota [official website] on Monday approved a settlement for $62.5 million between Wells Fargo & Co [corporate website] and large institutional clients who lost money in an investment program known as securities lending. US District Judge Donovan Frank … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The new Russian discount airline Dobrolet [official website] on Monday suspended all flights as a result of tightening EU sanctions against Dobrolet and Russia. The EU on Wednesday stated [Globe and Mail report] that the airline's service from Moscow to Crimea "facilitates the integration of the illegally annexed Autonomous … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jul 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Friday passed [bill status summary] a bill [text, PDF] that would make it legal for individuals to open the digital locks on their cellphones. The process, known as unlocking or jailbreaking, is currently illegal [text, PDF], punishable by fines of up … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday rejected [opinion, PDF] Wells Fargo & Co's [corporate website] contention that the bank's participation, along with other national banks, in a $25 billion settlement with the US government over foreclosure abuses [JURIST report] should … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A Chilean court on Friday said that it has completed the 10-year investigation into the origin of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] fortune and his suspected embezzlement of public funds. In an unanimous decision, an an appeals court in Santiago closed the investigation, allowing … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Authorities in Ecuador [BBC backgrounder] on Tuesday announced, via Twitter [status post], the issuance of an arrest warrant for former president Jamil Mahuad on the grounds that he allegedly misappropriated public funds during the late 1990s. Interior Minister Jose Serrano stated that a "red notice" had been issued by … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Swiss bank Credit Suisse [corporate website] pleaded guilty Monday to a criminal charge for its role in helping Americans avoid taxes, according to a speech [text] from US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website]. Credit Suisse will pay a $2.5 billion financial penalty to the Department of Justice (DOJ), … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] on Tuesday expressed concern [official statement] before the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee [official website] with respect to the proliferation of virtual currencies [CNBC backgrounder], which, he asserts, have created new avenues for money laundering, drug trafficking and other illegal activity. … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Both the US Senate and the House of Representatives [official websites] on Thursday approved nearly identical bills [text] that would send a $1 billion aid package to Ukraine and place new sanctions on Russia. The bill passed [NYT report] by a vote of 98-2 in the Senate and 399-19 … [read more]


Professional Commentary
22 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Adam Coogle of Human Rights Watch discusses Saudi Arabia's new terrorism law...Saudi Arabia's new terrorism law might look like a step forward, if only because it's written down. Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries with no written criminal penal code, and the penal regulations that … [read more]

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