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Admissibility of social security disability determination as evidence of causation in a civil suit

USA - June 18 2012 Counsel defending serious toxic exposure or personal injury claims are often faced with a determination by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that the plaintiff is disabled

FCC v Fox: when major news organizations can’t get it right, what are broadcasters going to do?

USA - September 4 2012 On June 21, 2012, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in the highly anticipated case Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations, No. 10-1293, (FCC v Fox

Madoff spouses brought into Picard lawsuit

USA - May 31 2012 On May 4, 2012, the trustee liquidating Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities Inc., Irving Picard, revised his lawsuit against the Madoff family to add as defendants the spouses of Bernard Madoff’s two sons

Hedge fund manager settles Madoff claims with New York Attorney General

USA - July 31 2012 On June 22, 2012, a New York judge approved a settlement between Wall Street hedge fund manager J. Ezra Merkin and the New York Attorney General’s office, putting an end to the civil fraud case filed back in April 2009

Court of Appeals holds California courts lack jurisdiction to compel non-resident corporate employees to appear in California for deposition

USA - October 31 2011 In an important ruling for corporations sued in California, the Second Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal in Toyota Motor Corporation v. Superior Court (July 27, 2011) No. B225393, held under Code of Civil Procedure section 1989 that trial courts lack jurisdiction to compel non-resident witnesses to appear for deposition in California

Are the Court’s Majority Opinions Getting Longer in Civil Cases (Part I)?

USA - September 6 2016 Today, we begin a new topic in our analysis of the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision making - the average length of the Court’s majority, special

Divided Illinois Supreme Court Holds No Property Disputes Between Ex-Domestic Partners

USA - August 24 2016 In Blumenthal v. Brewer, the Illinois Supreme Court was asked to overrule its thirty-seven year old decision in Hewitt v. Hewitt and hold that

SEC targets accounting firms for China audits

China, USA - December 18 2012 The SEC has filed an administrative complaint against the China-based branches of the “Big 4” U.S. accounting firms and another accounting firm as a result of their refusal to release documents in connection with the SEC’s investigation of China-based companies that are listed on U.S. trading exchanges

JP Morgan sues supervisor of “London whale”

USA - December 18 2012 JP Morgan disclosed that it filed an October 22, 2012 lawsuit in the U.K. against Javier Martin-Artajo, the former supervisor of trader Bruno Iksil

Bank subsidiaries offer refuge to offshore clients in avoiding Dodd-Frank regulations

USA - December 18 2012 Due to an exemption in the Dodd-Frank Act, offshore bank clients may not be held to the same regulatory requirements for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market trading