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Seventh Circuit Hands Win to Merchants in Data Breach Case

Seventh Circuit Hands Win to Merchants in Data Breach Case

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Data breaches inflict additional costs on financial institutions, leading those institutions to turn to litigation to recoup their losses from merchants, writes Ehren M. Fournier in a post on the website of Schoenberg Finkel Newman & Rosenberg LLC.

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BofA’s Merrill Admits Misleading Customers, to Pay $42 Million SEC Fine

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The SEC said Merrill falsely told customers that more than 15.8 million orders worth over $141 billion had occurred in-house, reports Reuters.

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Citigroup Agrees to Pay Fine Over State Libor Probes

Citigroup Agrees to Pay Fine Over State Libor Probes

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The accord is the latest development in probes by governments around the globe into manipulation of benchmark interest rates, reports Bloomberg.

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Dallas Attorney Indicted for Allegedly Stealing From Client

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Walter Thomas Finley is charged with felony theft in a case involving the trust fund of an East Texas woman. 

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Defrauded Students of For-Profit Schools Will Stay Indebted, Judge Rules

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A proposed class of borrowers had asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim to revive an Obama-era policy that promised full debt forgiveness to students defrauded by the now-defunct, for profit Corinthian Colleges, reports Courthouse News Service.

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Wells Fargo Not the Only Bank to Have Created Unauthorized Accounts – But Regulator Won’t Identify Others

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The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency found “bank-specific instances of accounts being opened without proof of customer consent” as part of a review of more than 40 banks, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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SEC Litigator Jessica Matelis Rejoins Foley in Washington, D.C.

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Jessica Matelis, who most recently served as a senior counsel in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, is joining Foley & Lardner LLP’s Washington, D.C. office.

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Goldman Sachs Vice President Charged With Insider Trading

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Woojae “Steve” Jung, a 37-year-old Korean citizen, is charged with trading illegally on confidential information relating to upcoming transactions and merger negotiations that he was privy to through his job, reports Reuters.

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Seizures, Regulatory Scrutiny Follow Cryptocurrency Hype

Seizures, Regulatory Scrutiny Follow Cryptocurrency Hype

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State and federal authorities are picking up the pace of investigations into cryptocurrency markets, digital investment promotions and so-called initial coin offerings.

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Square Paid Big for a Super Star Tech Lawyer, Then She Quit After 16 Months on the Job

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Business Insider reports Hillary Smith joined Square in 2016 with an $8 million compensation package. She’ll stay on as an employee at the company through September to manage the transition.

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A Lawyer for Payday Lenders Is Confirmed for FTC Job

A Lawyer for Payday Lenders Is Confirmed for FTC Job

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Andrew M. Smith was part of the legal team that in 2012 defended AMG Services, the payday lender founded by the convicted racketeer Scott Tucker.

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GC and CEO of Bank That Hid Drug Cash Face U.S. Criminal Probe

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Bloomberg reports California bank branches near the Mexican border became a pipeline for the profits of organized crime starting in 2009, according to the Justice Department.

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Banks Cannot Skirt Contract Remedies in Data Breach Suit Against Retail Merchant

Banks Cannot Skirt Contract Remedies in Data Breach Suit Against Retail Merchant

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The financial institutions sought to recover some of their costs from the grocery store chain that was allegedly responsible for the loss of the data.

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Look Before You Sign … the Pitfalls of Personal Guaranties

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Any potential guarantor should read a proposed guaranty agreement carefully and understand each contractual provision. Often the terms can be negotiated, even if a business entity is a startup and has limited assets and income, according to Ward and Smith.

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With Its 2018 Tax Cut, Wells Fargo Could Pay Its $1 Billion Fine 3 Times and Still Have Cash to Spare

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The Washington Post reports that the tax cut is expected to boost Wells Fargo’s profits by $3.7 billion, according to a Goldman Sachs report.

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Wells Fargo Faces $1 Billion Fine to Settle Loan Abuses

Wells Fargo Faces $1 Billion Fine to Settle Loan Abuses

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Reuters reports that Wells Fargo & Co. has been offered a penalty of $1 billion by regulators to resolve outstanding investigations related to auto insurance and mortgage lending abuses, the third-largest U.S. bank by assets said on Friday.

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May 3 Live Event: Explore the Value of ESOPs By Studying a Proven Implementation

May 3 Live Event: Explore the Value of ESOPs By Studying a Proven Implementation

Event, May 3, 2018, 2:30-6 p.m., NYC
ESOPs, when properly done, can position a company for financing, allow for acquisitions, help attract and retain top talent in a competitive environment and create wealth for owners and employees.

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Enforcement Actions at Consumer Watchdog Agency Halt Under Trump

Enforcement Actions at Consumer Watchdog Agency Halt Under Trump

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has not recorded a single enforcement action against banks, credit card companies, debt collectors or any finance companies whatsoever since a Trump appointee took over.

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PwC Faces Largest-Ever Auditor Malpractice Damages Verdict

PwC Faces Largest-Ever Auditor Malpractice Damages Verdict

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The judge in the case has already ruled that PwC had been professionally negligent in not detecting the criminal fraud that led to the failure of Colonial Bank Group in 2009.

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JPMorgan Juror Says Doomed $8 Billion Award Was Message to Bank

JPMorgan Juror Says Doomed $8 Billion Award Was Message to Bank

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Bloomber reports that the jury award was the largest of 2017 and the ninth-largest in U.S. history.

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