LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom
Judge Drops Charges In Enron Case

HOUSTON - (AP) A judge on Thursday dismissed charges against a third defendant in a problematic Enron-related case marred by overturned convictions and flawed legal theory. The motion by prosecutors to have charges against former Merrill Lynch executive James A. Brown dismissed was granted just days...

John Bevilacqua Joins Fulbright From Merrill Lynch

NEW YORK - A securities litigator with experience working in-house for two of the world's largest financial advisors has joined Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.'s global litigation practice as senior counsel. John Bevilacqua comes to Fulbright's New York office after spending the past eight...

Thoughts About WikiLeaks And Executive Liability

Though it quickly recovered, Bank of America's share price declined earlier this week on speculation that the company is the bank whose internal documents WikiLeaks intends to post on the Internet at some future date. According to news reports , the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has asserted that...

SEC Reaches $137M Settlement With Bank Of America Subsidiary In Municipal Bond Investigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A former subsidiary of Bank of America Corp. that is now part of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith LLP on Dec. 7 agreed to a $137 million settlement of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into allegations of bid rigging during the investment of proceeds...

N.Y. Trustee Seeks $1 Billion From 7 International Banks

NEW YORK - (AP) Seven global banking institutions enabled disgraced financier Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme by "creating and offering derivative investment products linked to various Madoff feeder funds," a court-appointed trustee alleged Wednesday. Trustee Irving Picard announced a lawsuit...

Madoff Lawsuit: Mets Owners Owe Victims $300 Million

NEW YORK - (AP) The owners of the Mets turned a blind eye to Bernard Madoff's massive fraud, reaping $300 million in false profits and using a large chunk to run the team, according to a lawsuit unsealed Friday. The lawsuit claims the owners were so dependent on the disgraced financier's. . ...

Merrill Lynch/Bank of America Subprime-Related 'Double Derivative' Lawsuits Dismissed

In a March 29, 2011 order ( here ), Southern District of New York Judge Jed Rakoff granted the defendants' motions to dismiss a pair of subprime-related derivative lawsuits that had been brought against certain directors and officers of Merrill Lynch. Because the plaintiffs -- former shareholders...

Renewed Dismissal Motions In Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Litigation Denied In Part, Granted In Part

The facts and circumstances surrounding Bank of America's credit crisis-induced acquisition of Merrill Lynch remain among the highest profile and most controversial events during the global financial crisis. In a July 29, 2011 opinion ( here ), Southern District of New York Judge Kevin Castel granted...

AIG Sues Bank Of America For $10 Billion Over Mortgages

NEW YORK - (AP) More trouble piled up for Bank of America Corp. on Monday, as American International Group Inc. sued it for more than $10 billion, saying the bank cheated it by selling residential mortgage-backed securities that were overvalued. The suit comes on top of similar suits, which together...

Allstate Sues Goldman Sachs Over Toxic Investments

(AP) Allstate Corp. is suing Goldman Sachs Group Inc. claiming the broker fraudulently sold it more than $123 million in mortgage-backed securities in 2006 and 2007, before the housing market collapse sent the investments' value plunging. The insurer claims in a lawsuit filed in New York that the...

Bank Of America To Pay $2.43 Billion To Settle Securities Class Action Lawsuit

NEW YORK - In what is being called the largest settlement of a credit-crisis-related securities class action lawsuit, Bank of America Corp. (BoA) has agreed to a $2.43 billion settlement on claims that it and certain of its executive officers and directors misrepresented the company's business and...

$2.43 Billion BofA/ Merrill Lynch Merger Results In Largest Credit-Crisis Class Action Settlement

In what is by far the largest settlement of a credit crisis-related securities class action lawsuit, Bank of America has agreed to pay $2.43 billion to settle the suit filed against the company and certain of its directors and officers in connection with the bank's financial crisis-driven acquisition...