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Biglaw Firm Hit With $500 Million Malpractice Suit

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Plaintiffs claim that Reed Smith failed to bring a case against the rating agencies — Standard & Poors, Moody’s, and Fitch Ratings — in a timely manner, resulting in claims being dismissed.

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Dentons Associate Duped into Transferring $2.5 Million to Fraudster’s Account

Dentons Associate Duped into Transferring $2.5 Million to Fraudster’s Account

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A decision in a Toronto court revealed that the associate sent the money from a property sale to a Hong Kong bank account after he received emails requesting the transfer in a business deal.

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A Top 10 Verdict in Texas

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A team of lawyers with Boyd Powers & Williamson alleging deceptive business practices against BBVA Compass Bank won a $98 million verdict for their client, a real estate developer who was working to build three luxury subdivisions in Tarrant County, Texas.

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Lawyer Whose Boozy Brag Led to Insider Trades Can’t Ditch Verdict

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Robert Schulman was a Washington-based partner with Hunton & Williams, now Hunton Andrews Kurth, working on a patent dispute involving King Pharmaceuticals when he learned of the potential merger of King and Pfizer in August 2010.

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Implementing the New Revenue Recognition Standard – What Private Companies Need to Do Now

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With the effective date for the new revenue standard fast approaching, many private companies have still not taken important steps towards implementation, writes Robert S. Miller, CPA, CFE, partner, Samet & Company, PC.

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Subpoenas Issued to Trump Organization in Emoluments Lawsuit

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Reuters reports the Trump Organization Inc., the president’s privately owned real estate company, and related corporate entities received the subpoenas.

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Justice Department Charges 4 Over Panama Papers Tax Schemes

Justice Department Charges 4 Over Panama Papers Tax Schemes

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Those charged include a former investment manager, a former U.S. resident, an American accountant and a Panamanian lawyer, reports The Washington Post.

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Dallas Cryptocurrency CEO Faces Charges of Scamming Investors Out of $4 Million

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Jared Rice Sr.’s arrest followed his indictment on three counts each of securities fraud and wire fraud, according to The Dallas Morning News.

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Roetzel Represents C.S.I. Enterprises, Inc. in $600 Million Acquisition by Edenred

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Roetzel & Andress LPA represented C.S.I. Enterprises, Inc., a leading global corporate payments technology company, in its agreement with Edenred, a Malakoff, France-based company.

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Tesla Loses a Senior Lawyer Just as SEC Tightens Grip

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Bloomberg is reporting that an experienced securities lawyer has left Tesla Inc. just as the company needs one under its fraud settlement with U.S. regulators.

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Ex-JPMorgan Trader Pleads Guilty in Six-Year Spoofing Plot

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A former precious-metals trader said to have worked at JPMorgan Chase & Co. admitted he engaged in a six-year spoofing scheme that defrauded investors in futures contracts with the help of his colleagues and bosses, Bloomberg Law reports.

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Forex-Rigging Settlements Yield $300M for Class Counsel

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The settlement is the third largest antitrust class action settlement in history, according to plaintiffs.

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CEO Allegedly Stole Millions From Low-Income Customers to Pay for a Ferrari, a Private Jet and a Florida Condo

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American Broadband’s chief executive, Jeffrey Ansted, was held personally liable for the alleged misconduct as the FCC accused him of embezzling aid money and using it to pay for luxury goods such as an $8 million private Cessna jet.

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‘Frack Master’ of Texas Oil Fame Pleads Guilty to Massive Fraud, Faces Up to 12 Years in Prison

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Christopher Faulkner, the former CEO of Dallas-based Breitling Energy, became a star in business circles for his high-profile media appearances defending hydraulic fracturing or fracking, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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Ten Key Issues in Addressed Lease Agreements for Companies

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An understanding of the unique features of equipment lease contracts should help a company work with its bank to structure and document a mutually acceptable lease agreement, according to a Steptoe & Johnson post.

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K&L Gates Under Fire from Texas Company in Malpractice Suit

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Bloomberg Law reports that K&L Gates LLP is facing a $100 million legal malpractice suit from a Texas semiconductor company, Quantum Materials Corp., over an alleged conflict of interest.

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HSBC to Pay $765 Million in Settlement Over Pre-Crisis Mortgage Bonds

HSBC to Pay $765 Million in Settlement Over Pre-Crisis Mortgage Bonds

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Housing Wire is reporting that HSBC will pay $765 million to the federal government as part of a settlement that covers the bank’s mortgage bond activities in the run-up to the housing crisis.

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Contract Roulette: The Top Five Agreements That Get Businesspeople into Trouble

Contract Roulette: The Top Five Agreements That Get Businesspeople into Trouble

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You can do a lot of damage with a signature, warns Jack Garson of Garson Law LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. You can go broke.

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Elon Musk’s SEC Settlement Could Have Gone So Much Worse

Elon Musk’s SEC Settlement Could Have Gone So Much Worse

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The SEC’s initial suit sought to bar the CEO from becoming an officer or director for any public company, perhaps for life, according to Wired.

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Three Charged in $364M Scheme That Paid for Splurges on Diamonds, Bugattis and Mansions

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A federal grand jury has indicted three men for what officials describe as a $364 million Ponzi scheme to defraud investors, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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