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Legal News
2 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton [official profile], along with a former state legislator, were indicted on felony securities fraud, it was reported [NY Times report] on Saturday. Officials said that the three-count indictment against Paxton was handed up on Tuesday, and is to be unsealed on Monday when Paxton … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania [official website] issued an indictment [PDF] Thursday against real estate lawyer Herbert Sudfeld for alleged insider trading. The charges include securities fraud, three counts of making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website] and aiding … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. The court will rule on Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. United States [docket; cert petition, PDF] and decide whether the D.C. Circuit misapplied the Supreme Court's Holland v. Florida [opinion] decision when it ruled … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A French court acquitted 14 companies accused of bribery on Thursday for negotiating contracts as part of the UN oil-for-food program [official website; JURIST news archive] with the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. The oil-for-food program allowed the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein, which was under UN … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Bangkok Criminal Court on Thursday convicted two members of the People's Alliance for Democracy Network [BBC backgrounder], known as "Yellow Shirts," for their roles in breaking into the Prime Minster's office during the 2008 protests. The court found Yellow Shirt movement founder and Thai media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul … [read more]


Professional Commentary
8 May 2015
by Mark Allenbaugh of Allenbaugh Law

JURIST Guest Columnists Alan Ellis and Mark H. Allenbaugh, discuss the US Sentencing Commission votes for fundamental fixes to the US Sentencing Guidelines ... On April 9, 2015, the US Sentencing Commission voted to fundamentally fix some portions of the US Sentencing Guidelines that have been in need of addressing … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in appeal brought by Rajat Gupta, the former director of the Goldman Sachs Group Inc, for his 2012 insider trading conviction. The petition [text, PDF] submitted to the Supreme Court argued erroneous utilization of Federal Rule … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] their ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Dist. Council Constr. Industry Pension Fund [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a statement of opinion does not qualify as an "untrue statement" even if the opinion ultimately turns out to be incorrect. The federal government … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] gave final approval Friday to a $970.5 million settlement for shareholders of the insurance giant American International Group (AIG) to settle claims [NYT documents] that shareholders were misled about the subprime mortgage exposure … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday criticized the US Sentencing Commission [official website] after a federal panel introduced a proposal which would reduce prison time for white-collar criminals. The DOJ objected to the panel's ideas to reduce prison sentences for various fraud-related crimes. Reports indicate … [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]


Legal News
20 Feb 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis [official profile] of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] decided on Thursday that American Express' practice of barring merchants from asking customers to use one credit card over another violated the Sherman Antitrust Act [text]. All credit and … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] Tuesday that, after two years of litigation, Standard & Poor's (S&P) [corporate website] on Monday reached an agreement [settlement agreement, PDF] to settle a series of lawsuits [DOJ backgrounder, PDF] for $1.375 billion. The lawsuits accuse the credit … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday rejected [order list, PDF] an appeal by Rajat Gupta, the former Goldman Sachs [corporate website] director convicted of insider trading. This rejection leaves in place a lifetime ban on serving as an officer or director of a public company and stems … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The City of Providence, Rhode Island filed a class action suit [complaint, PDF] against Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras [official website] on Wednesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website]. The complaint alleges Petrobras engaged in a fraudulent scheme to inflate the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called [press release] Thursday for the cancellation of a plan formulated by Thailand's military government that encourages prisoners to work on fishing boats, citing the widespread abuse in the Thai fishing industry. The plan announced by the Thai labor minister last week would … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday overturned [opinion, PDF] the insider trading convictions of two former hedge fund traders. Defendants Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson were convicted in May 2013 on charges of "conspiracy to commit insider trading and insider trading in … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Monday that the new UK Counterterrorism and Securities Bill [text] infringes on human rights [press release]. The bill, presented by Prime Mininster David Cameron [official profile] to Parliament [official website] last Wednesday [official website], proposes temporary restrictions on travel, exclusion from the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] formally nominated [video] Loretta Lynch on Saturday to serve as the next attorney general. Obama urged the US Senate [official website] to confirm her nomination quickly, though it is unclear whether Congress would confirm her nomination during its current session or wait until … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday on the constitutionality of a federal statute requiring the Secretary of State, on request, to endorse passports of US citizens born in Jerusalem with "Israel" as the place of birth. In Zivotofsky v. Kerry [transcript, PDF; … [read more]

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