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Firm Fined for Inadequate AML Compliance Program

09 Apr 2014
Written by World Watch

The United States (US) Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has made available Letter of acceptance, waiver and consent (28 February 2014) submitted by Gilford Securities and accepted by FINRA on 3 April 2014.

Published in Anti-Money Laundering

The United States (US) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it has reached settlements with the following individuals (both filed 31 March 2014) in separate insider trading cases:

Published in Insider Trading

Tobacco Company Reports on Labour Practices

03 Apr 2014
Written by World Watch

Tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI) has released its Progress Report 2013 - Agricultural Labor Practices (undated), which details PMI's progress in implementing its agricultural labour practices (ALP) program, launched in 2011, that aims to "progressively eliminate child labor and other labor abuses found on all farms where [PMI] source[s] tobacco".

Marvell Technology Group Ltd (Marvell) has announced that it intends to appeal the United States (US) District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania judgment, handed down on 31 March 2014, in a patent-related dispute brought by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) against Marvell.

The United States (US) House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee (the Committee) has made available a memorandum (30 March 2014) from its majority staff to its Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation (the Subcommittee) regarding the Subcommittee's hearing The GM Ignition Switch Recall: Why Did It Take So Long? that was held on 1 April 2014.

Published in Consumer Protection

The following state and county authorities in the United States (US) state of New York have announced that Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) has resolved their investigations into breaches of criminal and insurance law by Metlife subsidiaries:

Nitric Acid Manufacturer to Reduce Emissions

26 Mar 2014
Written by World Watch

The United States (US) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice (DoJ) have jointly announced that concentrated nitric acid manufacturer LSB Industries has agreed to "reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides ... by meeting emission limits that are among the lowest for the industry in the nation".

The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that Wal-Mart Stores East has agreed to pay US$363,419 and "commit to significant injunctive relief" to settle charges that it breached federal law by "allowing a co-worker to sexually harass Jamie Wells, an intellectually disabled employee".

The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that a federal court judge has held that farm labour contractor Global Horizons is "liable for the pattern or practice of harassing, discriminating, and retaliating against hundreds of Thai workers in the US, in [breach] of federal anti-discrimination laws".

The United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that two individuals have pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit criminal copyright infringement in relation to a scheme that "distributed more than one million copies of copyrighted apps with a total retail value of more than [US]$700,000".

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