Legal / Fraud

Truck Dealership Sues CIT Group in Trademark Dispute

Bloomberg reported that CIT Group is being sued in a trademark dispute by an IL-based truck dealership, which does business as CIT Group Inc., and CIT Group Leasing. read more

Bloomberg: Icahn Loses Bid to Fast-Track Dell Lawsuit

Bloomberg reported that Delaware Chancery Court Judge Leo Strine Jr. denied Carl Icahn’s bid to speed up proceedings in a lawsuit against computer maker Dell. read more

SEC Charges JPMorgan Traders in 'Whale' Losses

The SEC charged former JPMorgan traders, Javier Martin-Artajo and Julien Grout, with fraudulently overvaluing investments in order to hide massive losses in a portfolio they managed. read more

London Whale Resurfaces in Potential U.S. JPMorgan Case

Bloomberg reported that Bruno Iksil, the former JPMorgan trader whose bets caused more than $6.2 billion in losses last year, is now central to any U.S. charges against his former colleagues. read more

NY A.G. Sues Western Sky Financial for Usury Law Violations

New York A.G. Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office has filed a lawsuit against Western Sky Financial for violations of NY’s usury laws. The companies have been charging interest rates from 89% to more than 355% to thousands of NY consumers. read more

JPMorgan Said to be Near Settlement on 'London Whale' Loss

Bloomberg reported that JPMorgan Chase is negotiating final terms of a deal with regulators to end a yearlong probe of derivative bets that led to the bank’s biggest trading loss ever. read more

SEC Charges Bank of America With Fraud in RMBS Offering

The SEC charged Bank of America and two subsidiaries with defrauding investors in an offering of residential mortgage-backed securities by failing to disclose keys risks and misrepresenting facts about the underlying mortgages. read more

Reuters: U.S. Says States' S&P Suits Belong in State Courts

Reuters reported that the U.S. government, which is pursuing a $5 billion lawsuit accusing S&P of misleading investors, asked a federal judge to move similar cases by 15 U.S. states and the District of Columbia back to state courts. read more

JPMorgan to Pay $410MM to Settle Energy Market Case

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it approved an agreement under which JP Morgan Ventures Energy will pay $410 million in penalties for allegations of market manipulation stemming from the company’s bidding activities in electricity markets. read more

Former UBS Execs Get Prison Terms for Muni Bond Fraud

The Wall Street Journal reported that three former UBS executives who were convicted on fraud and conspiracy charges related to the bidding for contracts for the investment of municipal bond proceeds were sentenced to prison terms and fined. read more

Bankruptcy Judge to Determine Detroit Protections

Bloomberg reported that Detroit’s police and fire pensions lost a bid that would delay the city’s $18 billion bankruptcy. read more

SEC Charges City of Miami With Muni Bond Offering Fraud

The SEC said it has charged the city of Miami and its former budget director with securities fraud in connection with several municipal bond offerings and other disclosures made to investors. read more

McKenna Advises Element Financial on Truck Leasing Acquisition

McKenna Long & Aldridge announced it advised Element Financial in its acquisition of Bush Truck Leasing from its founder, Michael Bush. read more

City of Detroit Files Largest Muni Bankruptcy in History

The Detroit Free Press reported that the City of Detroit has filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, ranking the event as the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. read more

Reuters: Judge OKs U.S. $5B Fraud Suit Against S&P

Reuters reported that a U.S. federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government may pursue its $5 billion civil fraud lawsuit accusing S&P of misleading investors by inflating credit ratings. read more

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