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Federal appeals court reverses insider trading convictions
December 11, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday overturned 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 violation of 18 U....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on appeals, railroad tax
December 9, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Gelboim v. Bank of America Corporation the court heard arguments on whether and in what circumstances the dismissal of an action that has been consolidated with other suits is immediately appealable. The US Court of Appeals for the S....... [more]

Supreme Court rules employees not entitled to overtime pay for post-shift security screening
December 9, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk that employees are not entitled to overtime pay for the time spent waiting for and undergoing post-shift security screening procedures. The plaintiffs are warehouse workers at various sorting facilities connected to onl....... [more]

Tanzania parliament votes on PM resignation amid corruption scandal
November 30, 2014
Tanzania's parliament voted on Saturday to dismiss senior officials, including the attorney general and the minister of energy, following a report released earlier this week implicating public officials in a scandal involving fraudulent payments of public funds. Officials have also called for the re....... [more]

Georgia top court rules use of private probation companies constitutional
November 25, 2014
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that private companies may continue to monitor probationers in that state but that it is illegal to elongate a probationer's sentence from the original sentence. Thirteen plaintiffs filed suit against Sentinel Offender Services challenging the constitutiona....... [more]

EU politicians vote to allow GMO bans
November 11, 2014
European Union politicians on Tuesday approved a plan allowing nations to ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their soil. The plan, a compromise reached in June, gives national governments the final say in deciding on the use of EU-approved GMOs. Parliament's Committee on Environment, Publi....... [more]

Obama urges FCC to adopt net neutrality rules
November 11, 2014
US President Barack Obama on Monday said that he strongly supports the concept of net neutrality, the idea that providers should treat all Internet data equally and not give preferential treatment. Specifically, net neutrality is aimed at curbing large companies who could use their power to enter i....... [more]

Colorado voters reject GMO labeling measure
November 5, 2014
Colorado voters on Tuesday rejected Proposition 105, a measure that would have required companies to label foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). According to preliminary results, the measure received only about 32 percent voter approval, with 68 percent opposed. Supporters of the....... [more]

Argentina lawmakers pass controversial energy law
October 31, 2014
Argentina's lower house of Congress on Thursday passed a highly criticized bill for a new Hydrocarbons law. The lower house, controlled by allies of President Cristina Fernandez, passed the bill with a vote of 130-116 with one abstention after 14 hours of debate. The bill seeks to promote foreign b....... [more]

Pirate Bay co-founder convicted of hacking, stealing Denmark records
October 31, 2014
A court in Denmark has convicted Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, the co-founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB), and an accomplice for stealing Danish public records from the US-based information technology business CSC. From April to August of 2012, Svartholm Warg and his accomplish ar....... [more]

UN rights experts urge greater regulation of private security companies
October 29, 2014
The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries on Tuesday urged stronger global and regulation of private security companies. The group also called on governments to hold private military and security companies (PMSCs) accountable for all of their international human rights violations. The call come....... [more]




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