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The United States Department of Justice (DoJ), the US Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have jointly announced that William Pomponi has pleaded guilty for "his participation in a scheme to pay bribes to foreign government officials".

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has announced that the Court of Justice (CJ) has handed down its decision in C-421/13 Apple v DPMA ECLI:EU:C:2014:2070 (10 July 2014), finding that the interior layout of Apple's flagship stores "may, subject to certain conditions, be registered as a trade mark".

The New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has announced the settlement of charges that Apple "participat[ed] in a price-fixing conspiracy that ... raised the prices of [e]-books sold to consumers in New York and throughout [the United States]".

Published in Competition

Coca-Cola and WWF Report on Global Partnership

16 Jul 2014
Written by World Watch

The Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola) and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) have jointly released the Annual Review 2013 (undated) of their global partnership.

The United States Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has announced that it has barred former equity trader Kenneth Allen from the securities industry for trading shares in Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) after learning that the company was "close to announcing a secondary public offering of its securities".

Published in Insider Trading

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has commented on the social network service provider's role in a recently published study that examined the transfer of emotional states by "reducing the amount of emotional content in [Facebook users' view of their friends' content]" (further information).

Published in Consumer Protection

Goldman Sachs Group (GS) has filed a complaint in a New York state court against Google after a GS contractor accidentally emailed "highly confidential brokerage account information" to a stranger's account with Google's webmail service Gmail. Reportedly, the contractor sent a report to a "gmail.com" account when it was intended for a "gs.com" account.

Published in Information Security

The United States Financial Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has announced that it has accepted (30 June 2014) Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing's (GS) consent to the entry of findings by FINRA.

Published in Financial Integrity

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) and the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) have jointly announced that France-based bank BNP Paribas has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to breach US economic sanctions laws by processing billions of US dollars' worth of transactions through the US financial system on behalf of sanctioned Sudanese, Iranian, and Cuban entities.

Published in Anti-Money Laundering

Mark Jackson, the former chief executive officer (CEO) of oil and gas services company Noble, and a Noble subsidiary director James Ruehlen have agreed to settle claims that they took part in a bribery scheme aimed at obtaining import permits for oil rigs in Nigeria.

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