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  • Brocade Ex-CEO Gets 21 Months in Backdating Case Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 2:05 PM ET

    The former chief executive of Brocade Communications Systems was sentenced to 21 months in prison for orchestrating a scheme to tamper with the company's records of stock option grants.

  • Supreme Court Upholds Limits on Investor Lawsuits Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 2:41 PM ET

    The Supreme Court upheld a ruling that investors cannot sue third parties such as banks and accounts in cases of securities fraud.

  • Senate Subpoenas Four Wall Street Firms: WSJ Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 12:58 AM ET

    Four Wall Street firms have received subpoenas from US Senate investigators who are examining whether the firms improperly structured transactions to help hedge funds avoid dividend taxes, The Wall Street Journal reported on its website.

  • South Korean Prosecutors Raid Samsung Headquarters Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 9:00 PM ET
    Samsung Headquarters

    Agents from a special team of South Korean prosecutors investigating Samsung Group raided the conglomerate's headquarters building in Seoul, Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday.

  • Prosecutors Raid Samsung Chairman's Office Sunday, 13 Jan 2008 | 10:21 PM ET

    Prosecutors from a special team set up to investigate Samsung Group, South Korea's top business conglomerate, on Monday raided an office of Chairman Lee Kun-hee and homes of other executives, a team official said.

  • New York Launches Intel Antitrust Probe Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 1:32 PM ET

    The office of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said it launched a formal investigation into Intel to determine whether the world's biggest chipmaker violated state and U.S. antitrust laws to squeeze out its rival, Applied Micro Devices.

  • Warren Buffett, right, chairman of Berkshire Hathawy Inc., speaks to the media while Ron Ferguson, chairman and chief executive officer of General Re, listens in New York on Friday, June 19, 1998. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying General Re for $22 billion worth of stock, adding one of the world's leading insurers of insurance companies to its portfolio. Berkshire announced Friday after the stock market closed that it would let General Re operate independently of its other insurance operations,

    A criminal corporate fraud trial that could bring Warren Buffett to the witness stand for some tough questioning is now underway in a federal courthouse in Hartford, Connecticut.  Emphasis on could.  Here's why I have my doubts.

  • Murder Accusation Made in Tobias Estate Case Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 9:46 AM ET

    Attorneys for the brothers of hedge fund manager Seth Tobias say his wife killed him because "Seth was worth substantially more to (her) dead than he was alive, and she knew that."

  • Probe of Bear Stearns Hedge Funds Is Broadened Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 2:47 PM ET

    The U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn has broadened its investigation into the collapse of two hedge funds that Bear Stearns managed, CNBC has learned.

  • Buffett Won't Have to Turn Over Documents, Judge Says Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | 2:23 PM ET

    A federal judge overseeing the trial of four former executives at the General Re unit of Berkshire Hathaway said the reinsurer need not turn over some documents involving Berkshire Chairman Warren Buffett.

  • Buffett May Not Be Witness in AIG Fraud Case Tuesday, 1 Jan 2008 | 4:15 PM ET

    Prosecutors may not call Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett as a witness in a criminal trial of former officers of its General Re reinsurance unit, according to a court filing.

  • Court Orders Enron Prosecutors to Hand Over Notes Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 8:04 PM ET
    Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    A three-judge panel has ordered the Justice Department's Enron Task Force to hand over notes from its interviews with former Chief Financial Officer Andy Fastow.

  • Lawyers Get Big Payday in Tyco Case Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 12:35 PM ET

    Lawyers who won a class action suit against Tyco International and PricewaterhouseCoopers will be awarded 14.5 percent of the $3.2 billion settlement, plus nearly $29 million in expenses, a judge has ordered.

  • Norwich Union Fined $2.54 Billion Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 6:38 AM ET

    British insurance company Norwich Union was fined 1.26 million pounds (1.76 million euros; $2.54 million) on Monday for a data-protection failure that allowed criminals to cash dozens of policies held by customers.

  • SEC Sues Two Former Morgan Stanley Advisors Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 4:34 PM ET

    U.S. securities regulators sued two former financial advisers at Morgan Stanley Friday for defrauding at least 50 mutual fund companies and their shareholders.

  • Ex-newspaper Mogul Black Gets 6.5 Years in Jail Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 3:03 PM ET
    Conrad Black leaves a federal courthouse in Chicago on Januart 12, 2007.

    A judge sentenced former media mogul Conrad Black to 6-1/2 years in prison for obstructing justice and defrauding shareholders of one-time newspaper publishing giant Hollinger International.

  • T. Boone Pickens' Son Gets Probation in Fraud Case Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 1:33 PM ET

    A son of oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to take part in a substance abuse program for orchestrating a stock fraud scheme.

  • SEC May Have Missed Chance to Contain Crisis: WSJ Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 4:36 AM ET

    U.S. authorities at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York Attorney General's office probed mortgage securities pricing as early as 2005, perhaps missing a chance to contain the credit crisis, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

  • Buffett May Be Defense Witness In AIG Fraud Case Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 5:12 PM ET

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, slated to be called as a prosecution witness in the criminal fraud trial against five executives for allegedly helping American International Group inflate its reserves, may also be called as a defense witness by at least one of the defendants, CNBC has learned.

  • Buffett to Testify in AIG Fraud Case Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 7:12 AM ET

    Federal prosecutors intend to call billionaire investor Warren Buffett to testify against five former senior insurance executives charged with helping the American International Group to manipulate its financial statements through $500 million in phony transactions, according to court documents.