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  • Bernie Madoff

    We knew immediately this was going to be the largest fraud ever, by a long shot. And it was. $18 billion. Almost ten times larger than any other Ponzi scheme. It became clear very early that the direct Madoff investors were doomed.

  • 'You Can Do Great Business Staying Clean': Siemens CEO Thursday, 9 Dec 2010 | 9:32 AM ET

    In late 2006, the German engineering giant Siemens, one of world’s largest companies, was engulfed in a corruption scandal.

  • Attorney: Stanford Too Drugged to Defend Himself Monday, 6 Dec 2010 | 10:53 PM ET
    Allen Stanford

    Newly released documents detail 12 years of fits and starts at the Securities and Exchange Commission as financier Allen Stanford was allegedly running a global Ponzi scheme.

  • Law

    The environmental group Greenpeace filed a lawsuit in US district court in Washington Monday accusing the Dow Chemical Company, a smaller chemical manufacturer, and several other defendants of engaging in a years-long campaign of corporate espionage against Greenpeace and other players in the environmental movement.

  • Partisan Rift Slows Product Safety Database Plan Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010 | 12:57 PM ET
    Drop Side Crib recalled by Jardine Enterprise

    On Wednesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is scheduled to vote to create a new, publicly accessible database of safety complaints that is intended to make it easier for consumers to learn about problems with a product, the New York Times reports.

  • Wells to Pay Citi $100M to Settle Wachovia Lawsuit Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 12:52 PM ET
    Wells Fargo

    Wells Fargo will pay Citigroup $100 million to settle a legal dispute over the contentious 2008 purchase of Wachovia, the companies said on Friday.

  • Foreclosure Fix Is Seen as Distant Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 | 10:59 AM ET
    Foreclosure

    Changing the face of foreclosure in America will take some time, several state attorneys general said Wednesday, cautioning that an agreement with major lenders over revamped foreclosure practices was not imminent. The New York Times reports.

  • Image Rights vs. Free Speech in Video Game Suit Tuesday, 16 Nov 2010 | 11:40 AM ET
    Sam Keller

    When Sam Keller, a former quarterback at Arizona State, sued the video game publisher Electronic Arts last year, he was seeking compensation for himself and other college athletes whose names were not used but whose images he contended were being illegally used by the company. The New York Times reports.

  • For Whistle-Blowers, Expanded Incentives Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 10:51 AM ET
    Linda Chatman

    Congress and financial-market regulators are revamping a reward system for whistle-blowers, offering big payouts for tips about a host of securities and commodity law violations, to be doled out from a new $451 million fund. The New York Times reports.

  • Do the Enemies of MERS Know What They Are Asking For? Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 10:41 AM ET

    The destruction of MERS will simply result in another bailout.

  • Large banks, hedge funds and private investors hungry for new and lucrative opportunities are pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into medical malpractice claims, divorce battles and class actions against corporations — all in the hope of sharing in the potential winnings.

  • Having sex on the copy machine is apparently just a part of a normal day at Chase Manahattan's South Richmond Hill, Queens Branch.

  • Get Ready for the Great MERS Whitewash Bill Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | 9:45 AM ET

    When Congress comes back into session next week, it may consider measures intended to bolster the legal status of a controversial bank-owned electronic mortgage registration system that contains three out of every five mortgages in the country.

  • Scrutiny Takes Toll on For-Profit College Company Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 | 11:48 AM ET

    Over the last few months, Kaplan and other for-profit education companies have come under intense scrutiny from Congress, amid growing concerns that the industry leaves too many students mired in debt, and with credentials that provide little help in finding jobs. The New York Times reports.

  • The Supreme Court seemed wary about a business-backed challenge that could make it almost impossible for consumers to band together to make claims against their cell phone carriers, cable providers and credit card companies.

  • Goldman Fined $650,000 for Disclosure Violation Tuesday, 9 Nov 2010 | 12:10 PM ET
    Fabrice Tourre, who is accused of fraud in a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit over a mortgage-linked investment, prepares to testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Investigations Subcommittee on Capitol Hill on April 27, 2010.

    Industry regulators have fined Goldman Sachs $650,000 for failing to disclose that two of its brokers, including the executive accused of leading the mortgage securities deal that brought civil fraud charges against the firm, were under investigation by the government.

  • At Legal Fringe, Empty Houses Go to the Needy Tuesday, 9 Nov 2010 | 10:25 AM ET
    Foreclosure

    Do-it-yourself house possession cases have been popping up all over the country — and these self-proclaimed owners play an odd role in a real-estate mess that never seems to end. The NYT reports.

  • Company Accused of Firing Over Facebook Post Tuesday, 9 Nov 2010 | 8:45 AM ET
    Facebook

    In what labor officials and lawyers view as a ground-breaking case involving workers and social media, the National Labor Relations Board has accused a company of illegally firing an employee after she criticized her supervisor on her Facebook page.

  • Feds Sue to Close Massey Mine in Kentucky Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 5:14 PM ET

    The U.S. Department of Labor wants a Kentucky coal mine owned by troubled Massey Energy  closed over a pattern of serious violations, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

  • Maine Police Stop Using Remington Rifles Friday, 29 Oct 2010 | 2:08 AM ET
    Remington Model 700 rifle

    The police department in Portland, ME, has become the latest law enforcement agency to stop using a popular sniper rifle over concerns the gun can go off without the trigger being pulled.