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  • Williams Scott& Associates LLC wrongly threatened people with arrest, used aliases such as "Investigator Ace Rogers" and tried other tricks to collect at least $4.1 million from consumers whose debt it bought for pennies on the dollar, prosecutors said. The company was owned by John Williams of Norcross, Georgia, who authorities said went on to operate a new debt...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 13- An information technology engineer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich& Rosati pleaded guilty on Thursday to insider trading based on information he learned while working at the prominent Silicon Valley law firm. Dimitry Braverman, 41, pleaded guilty in New York federal court to one count of securities fraud, two years after another Wilson Sonsini...

  • NEW YORK/ SAO PAULO, Nov 13- A director of U.S. nutrition company Herbalife is among 12 people charged in a years-old Brazilian embezzlement case that has never been mentioned in Herbalife public disclosures, according to court documents and company filings. Herbalife has become one of America's most closely-watched companies after billionaire investors...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 12- A federal appeals court ruled in favor of Goldman Sachs Group Inc in a lawsuit accusing the Wall Street investment bank of negligence for arranging the $580 million sale of a married couple's speech-recognition company to Lernout& Hauspie, which soon collapsed in an accounting fraud. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Wednesday...

  • Open vs. shut: The 2 headed coin of transparency Sunday, 9 Nov 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Two studies offer different conclusions about whether big companies offer too little disclosure about their operations, or perhaps too much.

  • COPENHAGEN, Nov 7- The world's largest ship fuel supplier OW Bunker said it had filed for bankruptcy after an alleged fraud cost it at least $125 million and banks refused to provide new credit lines for it to cover its bills. OW Bunker, the third-largest company in Denmark by revenue, owes 13 banks $750 million. It filed for bankruptcy at the probate court in Aalborg...

  • SINGAPORE/ COPENHAGEN, Nov 7- Traders and shipping companies scrambled to source fuel and take over supply contracts on Friday after Danish marine fuel supplier OW Bunker said a suspected fraud at its Singapore subsidiary had pushed it to the brink of bankruptcy. The alleged fraud at Singapore- based Dynamic Oil Trading is potentially one of the biggest...

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 7- Traders and shipping companies scrambled to source fuel and take over supply contracts on Friday after Danish marine fuel supplier OW Bunker said a suspected fraud at its Singapore subsidiary had pushed it to the brink of bankruptcy. The alleged fraud at Singapore- based Dynamic Oil Trading is potentially one of the biggest financial market...

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 7- Traders and shipping companies scrambled to source fuel and take over supply contracts on Friday after Danish marine fuel supplier OW Bunker said a suspected fraud at its Singapore subsidiary had pushed it to the brink of bankruptcy. The alleged fraud at Singapore- based Dynamic Oil Trading is potentially one of the biggest financial market...

  • Do you know what your company is doing? Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 1:49 AM ET

    The 124 largest publicly traded companies are opaque, with few fully revealing their holdings or anti-corruption steps, Transparency International said.

  • The judge said the investors failed to present any false statements or actionable omissions by Paramount, and that its alleged misstatements were not material. The ruling came after the investors, including a unit of Allianz SE, finished submitting evidence of Paramount' s liability in the non-jury trial in the case, which had been pending since 2008..

  • District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan ruled that the evidence failed to support the investors' claims and dismissed the case, a Paramount spokesman said. "We are gratified by the decision," said Robert Lawson, a Paramount spokesman. The investors had been seeking $16 million to $24 million in damages from Paramount, which is owned by Viacom Inc, said James...

  • Oct 30- A Southern California law firm has sued Kimberly-Clark Corp for more than $500 million, alleging that the Kleenex tissue maker committed fraud by marketing and selling some of its surgical gowns as protection against Ebola. Law firm Eagan Avenatti said it filed a class-action lawsuit in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, stating that Kimberly-Clark had...

  • Oct 30- A Southern California- based law firm has sued Kimberly-Clark Corp for more than $500 million, alleging that the Kleenex tissue maker committed fraud by marketing and selling some of its surgical gowns as protection against Ebola. Law firm Eagan Avenatti said it filed a class-action lawsuit in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, stating that...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 28- The U.S. and Securities Exchange Commission on Tuesday added more than a dozen relatives of Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly to a long-running securities fraud lawsuit against the brothers to bolster its efforts to collect some $300 million. The filing was expected, as the SEC and the relatives continue to dispute whether hundreds of...

  • LONDON, Oct 28- Britain's Serious Fraud Office has filed criminal charges against Noel Cryan, a former employee of UK brokerage Tullett Prebon, as part of a sprawling and drawn-out global investigation into the manipulation of benchmark interest rates. U.S and UK prosecutors have now charged 18 as part of the investigation into the manipulation of Libor,...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 27- The United States on Monday joined a lawsuit accusing New York City and Computer Sciences Corp of defrauding Medicaid into making millions of dollars of improper reimbursements by exploiting a computerized billing system that the company designed. The U.S. attorney for Manhattan, Preet Bharara, said some of these services might have been...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 27- The United States on Monday joined a lawsuit accusing New York City and Computer Sciences Corp of defrauding Medicaid into making millions of dollars of improper reimbursements by exploiting a computerized billing system that the company designed. The U.S. attorney for Manhattan, Preet Bharara, said the fraud led to the city and Computer...

  • LONDON, Oct 23- Britain's Serious Fraud Office has asked the government for an extra 26.5 million pounds to help fund complex inquiries such as financial benchmark manipulation and top corruption cases. Its biggest and costliest cases remain the investigation into the manipulation of Libor interest rates, an inquiry into circumstances surrounding...

  • Oct 22- Texas tycoon Sam Wyly, who filed for bankruptcy this week, is trying to exhaust his fortune through exorbitant spending to impede the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's collection of a $198.1 million fraud claim against him, the regulator told a U.S. judge on Wednesday. During a hearing in Dallas bankruptcy court, a lawyer for the SEC criticized...