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  • NEW YORK, July 16- The Federal Housing Finance Agency disclosed on Thursday that it paid two law firms over $373 million since 2010 to pursue litigation against several banks over mortgage-backed securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial crisis. Stefanie Johnson, an FHFA spokeswoman, said its hiring of private law firms "has been a...

  • NEW YORK, July 16- The Supreme Court was definitive in its decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide, but what is far from clear is whether U.S. companies must offer corporate benefits to same-sex spouses. In a Reuters survey of 60 large U.S. employers, nearly half said they were already providing benefits to same-sex spouses before the Supreme Court ruling...

  • NEW YORK, July 13- Former top executives at defunct law firm Dewey& LeBoeuf, including chairman Steven Davis, conspired to falsify income statements in an attempt to forestall its collapse in 2012, the firm's former finance director testified Monday in New York. Francis Canellas, expected to be the key prosecutorial witness at the criminal trial of Davis,...

  • NEW YORK, July 10- A U.S. judge has rejected Brazilian state-run oil producer Petrobras' effort to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that years of corruption, including bribery, caused more than $98 billion of its stock and bonds to be overvalued. Shareholders led by England's Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd alleged that Petrobras, whose formal name is...

  • NEW YORK, July 9- A former associate of Bernard Madoff avoided prison on Thursday for his role in perpetuating the fraudster's massive Ponzi scheme because of his extensive cooperation with prosecutors. Paul Konigsberg, 79, a lawyer and accounting firm executive, pleaded guilty in June 2014 to charges of conspiracy and falsifying books and records.

  • FACTBOX-Contenders to be Barclays chief executive Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 8:48 AM ET

    Morzaria was born in Uganda and moved to Britain in 1971. The British citizen, who graduated in computer science and accounting from Manchester University, is a qualified chartered accountant. He has also worked at Credit Suisse and SG Warburg. Colm Kelleher, Morgan Stanley president of institutional sales: 3/ 1.

  • *Toshiba set for profit writedowns, may seek credit line- sources. TOKYO, July 9- An independent investigation of Toshiba Corp's accounting irregularities is looking at the role played by top officials, people familiar with the matter said, a move that could force a management overhaul at the Japanese conglomerate. Toshiba has been unable to close its books for...

  • TOKYO, July 9- An independent investigation of Toshiba Corp's accounting irregularities is looking at the role played by top officials, people familiar with the matter said, a move that could force a management overhaul at the Japanese conglomerate. As the probe has widened from looking into accounting errors at Toshiba's infrastructure business to...

  • Canadian law firm Gowlings, Britain's WLG to merge Wednesday, 8 Jul 2015 | 8:42 AM ET

    TORONTO, July 8- Canadian law firm Gowlings has agreed to merge with Britain's Wragge Lawrence Graham& Co LLP in a deal that could lead to further international expansion, the two firms said on Wednesday. It will have more than 1,400 lawyers in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Both operate in the United Kingdom, Russia and China, but Gowlings...

  • WASHINGTON, July 6- Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will return as a partner at the law firm he had left to become the nation's top law enforcement official, his new employer said in a statement. Holder, who led the Justice Department from 2009 to 2015 and was one of President Barack Obama's longest-serving cabinet members, will return to Covington& Burling,...

  • NEW YORK, July 1- A U.S. judge has refused to dismiss Allied Irish Banks Plc's lawsuit accusing Citigroup Inc of helping rogue currency trader John Rusnak rack up a $691 million loss. District Judge Deborah Batts in Manhattan said government-controlled AIB may pursue a variety of fraud claims against Citigroup in its lawsuit seeking $500 million of...

  • *Accounting changes to increase 2014 loss to 1.745 bln riyals. DUBAI, June 28- Saudi Arabia's Etihad Etisalat will book further losses for 2014 after a regulator-led investigation into accounting errors at the company, it said in a statement on Sunday. The Capital Market Authority launched an investigation into the firm last November after Mobily, 28 percent...

  • CHICAGO, June 25- U.S. regulators will likely allow CME Group Inc to close most of its open outcry futures pits as planned next month, despite last-minute calls from a handful of traders and brokers for an extended review, industry lawyers said on Thursday. "This controversy is best addressed during an open comment period in which all interested parties can...

  • CHICAGO, June 24- CME Group Inc's plan to close most of its futures pits next month is facing its first organized opposition from a small group of Chicago traders and brokers who have hired a law firm to push regulators to give more time for review. Lawyers from Katten Muchin Rosenman sent a letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on behalf of the group,...

  • June 24- Two large New York law firms failed to persuade a federal judge to throw out a malpractice lawsuit seeking to force them to pay creditors of imprisoned swindler Allen Stanford for aiding the Texas financier's $7.2 billion Ponzi scheme. Stanford, 65, is serving a 110- year prison term following his March 2012 conviction for scheming to sell fraudulent...

  • June 24- Two large New York law firms failed to persuade a federal judge to throw out a malpractice lawsuit seeking to force them to pay creditors of imprisoned swindler Allen Stanford for aiding the Texas financier's $7.2 billion Ponzi scheme. Stanford, 65, is serving a 110- year prison term following his March 2012 conviction for scheming to sell fraudulent...

  • U.S.-Canadian man charged with $300 million fraud Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 5:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK, June 23- A dual U.S. and Canadian citizen was arrested on Tuesday and criminally charged with allegedly manipulating the stocks of numerous publicly traded U.S. companies, and laundering about $300 million of profit through at least five offshore law firms. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, said Gregg Mulholland, 45, was arrested at Phoenix...

  • WILMINGTON, Del, June 15- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that bankruptcy attorneys must bear the expense of defending their fees, which could make it harder for lawyers to get paid for their often-costly Chapter 11 work. Baker Botts was eventually awarded $117 million for its work, which was considered particularly successful because creditors were...

  • NEW YORK, June 15- Plaintiffs suing General Motors Co over a series of safety-related recalls last year have accused it of working with a law firm and claims-management company to conceal an ignition-switch defect linked to 114 deaths. The allegations came in an amended complaint filed late Friday in Manhattan federal court, where more than 200 lawsuits have...

  • BRUSSELS, June 11- The lawyer who last year forced Google to remove links to defamatory information about him worldwide, is now hoping to convince the European Commission to introduce rules to make it easier for others to remove harmful information online. Dan Shefet, a Danish lawyer based in Paris, met a key EU policymaker on Monday to discuss his proposals for...