October 27, 2021

US: EFF sues for release of data on decryption requests

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By Cheryl Miller, The Recorder SACRAMENTO — Digital liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the U.S. Department of Justice Tuesday for documents that may shed light on how many times—if ever—the federal government has sought a secret court order forcing companies to decrypt consumers’ information. The Freedom of Information Act complaint, filed in the U.S. District […]

Goldman Sachs Pays $5 Billion in latest mortgage settlement

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By Sue Reisinger, From Corporate Counsel Federal prosecutors today announced a $5 billion deal with the Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to resolve claims over Goldman Sachs’ misconduct in packaging and selling mortgage-backed securities from 2005 to 2007. Such misconduct was widespread among financial institutions at the time and led to the economic collapse of 2008. […]

IRS/DOJ Summons seeks to break Singapore Bank Secrecy on Non-Resident’s Account

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By Scott D. Michel & Mark E. Matthews From Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered In late February 2016, the Justice Department filed an action in federal court to compel UBS’s branch in Miami to produce bank records of a Singapore account purportedly owned by a taxpayer who lives in China and is under IRS audit. With […]

2015 environmental year in review

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Authors Byron Taylor, David T Buente Jr, Roger R Martella Jr, Judith M Praitis Contributed by Sidley Austin LLP Environment & Climate Change USA Litigation developments Rulemaking and policy developments Enforcement developments Biotechnology developments Whether the issue was climate change, air quality standards or water jurisdiction, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) landmark rulemakings dominated the environmental headlines in 2015. This […]

American charged with defrauding Caribbean immigrants

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From Carib News The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says an American had been arrested and charged with defrauding Caribbean and other immigrants. The DOJ said Helaman Hansen, 63, was arrested after a US federal grand jury returned a 13-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, 11 counts […]

DOJ probing Irish ‘Bad Bank’ deal involving Brown Rudnick

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By Jennifer Henderson, from The Am Law Daily The U.S. Department of Justice has reportedly landed on Project Eagle. The code name for the April 2014 transaction, which saw Brown Rudnick advise private-equity giant Cerberus Capital Management on its $1.82 billion acquisition of a $7.5 billion property portfolio from the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), […]

Airline seats antitrust case heads for takeoff

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By Sue Reisinger, From Corporate Counsel More than 75 class action lawsuits have been filed across the country so far against the four major airlines that are the targets of an antitrust investigation by the Department of Justice, which is exploring whether the airlines kept ticket prices high by limiting the number of available seats. […]

US seeks power to seize your overseas clients’ data on cloud servers

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Microsoft “Ireland” case raises fears as appeal nears By Rebekah Mintzer, From Corporate Counsel Widespread adoption of cloud computing has been a game changer for many businesses. However, the high-profile data privacy case that pits Microsoft Corp. against the U.S. Department of Justice may be a prelude to stormy weather. The case, which will be […]

[US] DOJ Inspector General says access to information is stymied

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By Jenna Greene, From Legal Times, Faced with FBI stonewalling and lack of prompt access to documents, U.S. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told the House oversight committee on Tuesday that his ability to do his job is being impeded. “The status quo cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely,” Horowitz told members of the […]

U.S. removes names from no fly list for the first time

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By Jessica Plautz From Mashable The U.S. government has removed seven people from the No Fly List following a decision by a U.S. district court that the procedures in place for challenging placement on the list was unconstitutional. The Department of Justice sent a letter to the ACLU Friday with the names of those removed […]