The United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that Ernesto Lujan, Jose Hurtado and Tomas Bethancourt have pleaded guilty in Federal Court to conspiring to breach the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, to breach the Travel Act, and to commit money laundering.
The United States' (US) largest bank JPMorgan Chase & Co (JP) has agreed to pay US$18.3 million to settle a 2007-initiated class action which claimed that JP and the Bear Stearns Companies Inc (Bear) lending unit failed to make proper disclosures regarding interest rates for certain mortgages known as option adjustable rate mortgages.
Former Australian Privacy Commissioner Malcolm Crompton has warned that Australian retailers implementing certain United States (US)-developed tracking systems to collect data about customers' shopping habits could be in breach of the Privacy Act 1988 No. 119 (Cth).
Judge Richard Seeborg in the United States (US) District Court for the Northern District of California has approved a US$20 million settlement by Facebook of a class action which claimed that certain advertisements displayed on Facebook's social network service breached users' privacy.
The United States' (US) largest bank JPMorgan Chase & Co (JP) has agreed to pay US$23 million to settle allegations that it mishandled client funds by investing them in notes from the now bankrupt Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc (Lehman).
The New York State (NY) Department of Financial Services (DFS) has made available Notice of Inquiry on Virtual Currencies (12 August 2013) from DFS financial services superintendent Benjamin Lawsky, advising that the DFS "has launched an inquiry into the appropriate regulatory guidelines that it should put in place for virtual currencies".
The Annual Report 2012 (undated - French language version available only) (the report) recently released by France's financial intelligence unit Traitement du renseignement et action contre les circuits financiers clandestins (Tracfin) advises firms to increase vigilance in selling vineyards to Chinese, Russian and Ukrainian buyers.
New Zealand-based dairy firm Fonterra Cooperative Group (Fonterra) chief executive Theo Spierings has apologised at a press conference regarding unfolding developments surrounding the discovery of bacteria with the potential to cause botulism that may have contaminated vast volumes of Fonterra products sold across seven countries.
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