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Not an Inside Job: How Two Analysts Became SEC Whistleblowers

Not an Inside Job: How Two Analysts Became SEC Whistleblowers

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Reuters tells the story of how two analysts who liked to swap notes on numbers they thought looked odd took a fateful step and tipped off U.S. regulators about a company that one of them had watched for months.

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U.S. Bank Fined, Ordered to Pay Remediation for Bankruptcy Filing Violations

U.S. Bank Fined, Ordered to Pay Remediation for Bankruptcy Filing Violations

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The OCC said that as a result of the bank’s bankruptcy practices, U.S. Bank “has made or will make approximately $29 million in remediation to approximately 22,000 account-holders.”

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Theranos Investors Say They Were Pressured to Abandon Lawsuit

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Theranos Inc. investors accused the company of threatening to file for bankruptcy protection if they don’t agree to give up their rights to sue the firm over its flawed blood-testing business, reports Bloomberg Law.

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EPA Announces Methane Rule Reconsideration, Adding to List of Obama-Era Rules Under Review

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Authors Whit Swift and Brittany Pemberton write that the Methane Rule applies to oil and gas facilities for which construction, modification, or reconstruction started after September 18, 2015.

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Jay Peak Resort Receiver Reaches $150 Million Settlement with Raymond James

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Michael I. Goldberg, the SEC appointed receiver in charge of the Jay Peak Resort and Burke Mountain Hotel in Vermont, reached a settlement agreement with Raymond James that will significantly benefit the defrauded investors and creditors of the receivership estate.

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The SEC Doesn’t Like Your Employment Agreements

The SEC Doesn’t Like Your Employment Agreements

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Companies should examine their employment agreements to ensure compliance with the SEC’s Rule 21F-17, writes Evan Gibbs for Above the Law.

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Roy Moore’s Suspension Upheld By Alabama Supreme Court; Decision Next Week on Senate Race

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Moore was suspended over his administrative order against the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, reports AL.com.

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Webinar: Bridging the Information Gap Between Inventors and the Patent System

Webinar: Bridging the Information Gap Between Inventors and the Patent System

Event, April 27, 11 a.m. CDT
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP will present a free webinar, “Full Disclosure: Bridging the Information Gap Between Inventors and the Patent System,” featuring Fitch Even partner Michael J. Krautner.

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Trump’s Trademark Continues Its March Across the Globe, Raising Eyebrows

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This business enterprise poses legal and moral perils to the president, even though that business now is run by his two sons.

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Ex-U.S. Attorney Links Firing to Trump Team’s ‘Helter-Skelter Incompetence’

Ex-U.S. Attorney Links Firing to Trump Team’s ‘Helter-Skelter Incompetence’

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Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney in Manhattan, calls the way his firing was handled a direct example of “helter-skelter incompetence.”

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Removal of Energy ‘Burdens’ Could Have Huge Impacts

Removal of Energy ‘Burdens’ Could Have Huge Impacts

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A provision of the “energy independence” executive order signed by President Trump is so broad in scope that legal experts say it could affect numerous government responsibilities far beyond those that deal directly with energy and climate change, according to a post by Climate Central.

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Democratic Supreme Court Opposition Grows; Schumer Warns GOP

Democratic Supreme Court Opposition Grows; Schumer Warns GOP

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Senate Democratic opposition to Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee swelled Friday as Democrats neared the numbers needed to block Judge Neil Gorsuch with a filibuster, reports the Associated Press.

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Trump Appoints One of His Lawyers to Review Mergers

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Companies are hoping that the new Republican administration will be more permissive with mergers than the Obama administration was, The New York Times reports.

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Court: FERC’s Regulatory Structure Not Biased in Favor of Pipeline Applicants

Court: FERC’s Regulatory Structure Not Biased in Favor of Pipeline Applicants

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The district court concluded that if plaintiffs “are unhappy” with Congress’s chosen appropriations to FERC, plaintiffs’ “recourse lies with their legislative representatives,” according to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s Gavel2Gavel blog.

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Amazon.com Wins $1.5 Billion Tax Dispute Over IRS

Amazon.com Wins $1.5 Billion Tax Dispute Over IRS

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The IRS contended that the e-commerce giant had inappropriately brought down its U.S. tax bill by grossly undervaluing the assets it transferred to its Luxembourg subsidiary, which the company created more than a decade ago, reports The Seattle Times.

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Ruling Against Acting NLRB GC Offers Opportunity for Employers

Ruling Against Acting NLRB GC Offers Opportunity for Employers

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Employers who want to challenge their unfair labor practice complaints may want to delay their cases from being heard, according to a source quoted by the Society for Human Resource Management.

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Blue State Attorneys General Leading the Resistance to Trump’s Agenda

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With Democrats outnumbered in Congress, a coalition of blue state attorneys general has emerged as the strongest resistance to Donald Trump’s conservative agenda, according to an article published by Bloomberg Businessweek.

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U.S. Investors Fight to Preserve SEC Rule on CEO Pay Ratio

U.S. Investors Fight to Preserve SEC Rule on CEO Pay Ratio

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More than 100 unions, pension funds, activist investors, state treasurers and consumer advocacy groups urged the acting SEC commissioner not to delay the implementation of the rule, Reuters reports.

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Leon Cooperman Ordered to Trial in Insider-Trading Case

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A billionaire investor could face trial on allegations that he reaped more than $4 million in illegal profits after conversations with a company insider, Bloomberg reports.

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U.S. Investor, CEO Groups Set for Lobbying Battle Over Proxy Challenges

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A major business trade group’s request that the White House use its influence on the SEC to make it harder to get governance, political or environmental issues onto corporate ballots has a new opponent, Reuters reports.

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