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Obama’s Judicial Nominees Represent Corporate Interests, Not Public Interest Says Senator Elizabeth Warren

Senator Elizabeth Warren recently “called on President Barack Obama to nominate more judges to the federal bench who have backgrounds serving the public interest instead of corporate America,” as reported by Mother Jones. While 71% of Obama’s judicial nominations have worked as corporate attorneys, less than 4% have worked as public interest lawyers according to a report by the Alliance for Justice. Senator Warren framed the issue as follows: There is an intense fight going on right no...

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UBS Tax Fraud Kingpin and the UBS Politically Exposed People Program

On January 7, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, UBS Tax Fraud Kingpin Raoul Weil pled not guilty to the federal grand jury indictment alleging that, as the head of UBS’s global wealth management business, he conspired to hide the assets of thousands of wealthy United States clients worth $20 billion from the IRS. UBS bankers’ sales pitch to the wealthy U.S. clients included assurances that UBS had better lobbying possibilities in the United States than any other foreign bank, that UBS wou...

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Obamacare Uninsured against Healthcare Fraud

“The Affordable Care Act is the biggest new health care program in decades, but the Obama administration has ruled that neither the federal insurance exchange nor the federal subsidies paid to insurance companies on behalf of low-income people are ‘federal health care programs,’” which will exempt “subsidized health insurance from a law that bans rebates, kickbacks, bribes and certain other financial arrangements in federal health programs, stripping law enforcement of a powerful to...

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New York Times Endorses Clemency for Whistleblower Edward Snowden

On New Year’s Day, the editorial board of The New York Times published an editorial that persuasively and concisely argues for clemency for Edward Snowden and his recognition as a public interest whistleblower that “has done his country a great service.” Campbell Law wholeheartedly agrees with The New York Times’ support for Edward Snowden and opposition to our path towards an Orwellian surveillance state. Accordingly, their editorial entitled Edward Snowden, Whistle-blower is republi...

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House Passed Citigroup’s Bill to Deregulate Recession-Contributing Derivatives Trading

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed an 85-line bill entitled the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act of which 70 lines were drafted by Citigroup including two key paragraphs, according to emails reviewed by The New York Times, which marked the eighth bill passed by the House in 2013 designed to weaken the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. As explained by The Times, the bill is “part of a broader campaign in the House, among Republicans and business-friendly Democrats, to roll back elements of...

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ACLU Shines Light on Potential Collusion of Federal Gov’t and Bankers to Suppress Use of Eminent Domain to Assist Homeowners

On December 5, 2013, the ACLU and other nonprofit organizations filed a federal lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) against the Federal Housing Finance Agency ("FHFA"), which was created by Congress via the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 with a mandate to assist with the recovery of the housing market, as well as to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The lawsuit is styled as Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, et al. v. Federal Housing Finance Agen...

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Another Florida Attorney Convicted of Perpetrating Another Ponzi Scheme

Attorney Anthony Livoti, Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale was recently convicted by a Miami federal jury “of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and mail fraud” as “the result of Livoti’s participation in a scheme to defraud approximately 30,000 victims who invested in the viatical and life settlement company Mutual Benefits Corp. (MBC). “For nearly ten years, Anthony Livoti, Jr. used the prestige of his law license to further this massive, multi-mi...

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Bank of New York Mellon Settles $28 Million Whistleblower Lawsuit with Florida

On November 1, 2013, the State of Florida entered into a $28 million settlement agreement with The Bank of New York Mellon ("BNY Mellon"). This settlement concludes one of several lawsuits filed by a Delaware general partnership formed by several whistleblowers and their lawyers in other jurisdictions under the federal False Claims Act and several state false claims acts. Since 2005, the State of Florida entrusted its state pension fund to BNY Mellon, which is “the world's largest trust ban...

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Whistlelblower Lawsuits Leads to $2.2 Billion Settlement with Johnson & Johnson

The Attorney General’s Office of Florida released the following statement regarding the $2.2 billion settlement between Johnson & Johnson and the governments of 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States, of which the State of Florida will receive $18 million: Florida, 39 other states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government reached a global settlement with New Jersey pharmaceutical manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuti...

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Central Florida Attorney Back in Prison for Defrauding Elderly Clients

Disbarred-attorney Linda Vasquez and her former husband, Ross Littlefield, have been sentenced to federal prison for money laundering after admitting in a guilty plea to "defrauding 'vulnerable clients' to fund their other businesses, buy real estate, make car payments and finance an extravagant lifestyle," as reported by the Orlando Sentinel. Linda Vasquez (formerly known as Linda Littlefield) was only recently released from two years of incarceration in state prison for the former couple...

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