Private equity firm J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC will swallow up British debt collector Cabot Credit Management in a deal with AnaCap Financial Partners LLP reportedly worth more than $1 billion, the firm's latest move to crack deeper into the U.K., the seller said Wednesday.
A New York state judge Tuesday declined to dismiss a $330 million suit accusing a Deutsche Bank AG affiliate of making false statements about the quality of loans underlying its mortgage-backed securities, saying the suit fell within the appropriate statute of limitations.
A Cleveland auto parts manufacturer's attorney told a New York state appeals court Wednesday that private equity firm Monomoy Capital Partners LP should face allegations it went behind the company's back to cut it out of a developing deal to buy another automotive supplier.
A New York bankruptcy judge gave AMR Corp. the green light Friday to sell more than $215 million in debt related to the Tulsa, Okla., airport, providing the company with a potential boost as it moves forward with its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
A New York state judge on Wednesday ordered New York City to extend housing assistance to certain residents rendered homeless by Superstorm Sandy past a planned end date of May 31, saying the city failed to properly inform the victims that it would soon stop paying for their hotels.
Citigroup Inc. has agreed to unload its Brazilian consumer finance operations to Brazil's largest private-sector bank, Itau Unibanco Holding SA, for roughly 2.8 billion reals ($1.38 billion) in cash, the companies said Tuesday.
Defunct Pfizer Inc. unit Quigley Co. Inc. now has a clearer path to exiting its eight-year bankruptcy after a holdout group of creditors moved Monday to reverse their votes and support the reorganization plan designed to resolve the company’s multibillion-dollar asbestos liability.
The National Football League recently took its sprawling insurance fight over former players' head injury suits to a New York appeals court, challenging a trial court's refusal to toss claims brought by a slew of insurance carriers.
Freddie Mac on Tuesday urged the Second Circuit to affirm the dismissal of a proposed class action accusing it of misleading investors, saying a trial judge properly found the government-backed mortgage buyer did not conceal facts that, once revealed, caused investor losses.
Disgraced Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez has avoided criminal charges for subjecting staffers to sexual harassment, but a Staten Island prosecutor criticized a top legislative leader — and the state attorney general's office — on Wednesday for bottling up the matter and approving a secret settlement.
The U.S. Department of Justice described Apple Inc. in documents released Tuesday as the “ringmaster” of an alleged conspiracy with major publishers to fix e-book prices, but Apple fired back, saying it had actually acted independently, in the interest of its own business.
The Second Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive a $62.5 million Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. suit alleging Goldman Sachs & Co. hid Fannie Mae’s exposure to toxic loans while underwriting the mortgage giant's securities deals in 2007, calling the case a "classic example of pleading fraud by hindsight."
Streaming Internet TV provider Aereo Inc. on Tuesday fired back against networks including NBC Studios LLC suing it in New York federal court for rebroadcasting their content without a license, citing the Second Circuit’s ruling that Aereo's service does not involve public performances of copyrighted shows.
Fortress Investment Group LLC on Monday objected to a $350 million bankruptcy exit loan proposed for Arcapita Bank BSC by Goldman Sachs International, arguing the Bahraini bank had passed over Fortress' offer of similar financing for the same amount on better terms.
The U.S. Trustee’s Office and Capstone Advisory Group LLC on Tuesday took their final swipes at each other over the trustee’s allegations of the firm’s ethical violations in GSC Group Inc.'s bankruptcy, a case the judge said was fraught with “massive, massive inattention to detail.”
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. CEO Lloyd Blankfein escaped having to testify in an investor class action accusing Goldman of using collateralized debt obligations to unload $1.2 billion in toxic subprime mortgage-related assets onto hapless investors, a New York federal judge ruled Tuesday.
A New York state judge on Friday threw out a $99 million lawsuit over allegedly defective mortgage-backed securities issued by Nomura Credit & Capital Inc., finding the majority investor in a loan trust waited too long to sue the bank for failing to repurchase securities.
A New York federal judge on Tuesday partially granted EMI record labels' motion to reconsider a 2011 ruling that found that defunct music storage service MP3TunesLLC was protected by safe harbor laws, saying the decision relied on another ruling that was later reversed.
The New York federal judge overseeing a racketeering suit related to a $19.2 billion Ecuadorean pollution judgment against Chevron Corp. on Tuesday upheld a magistrate's ruling that the company’s CEO and general counsel must give depositions, saying there was no legal reason to overturn the decision.
While buyouts for some New York homeowners smacked by Superstorm Sandy are still in the offing, the relocation program's scale has shrunk from the size initially envisioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, leading some environmentalists to lament the potential for a costly repeat of the hurricane's damage.
The recent Second Circuit decision in National Resources Defense Council v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration sets a concrete example of the potential of Administrative Procedure Act actions involving products that are not yet proven harmful, sounding a warning alarm for regulatory agencies and manufacturers, says Jesse Morris of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
The Second Circuit's recent decision in Summa v. Hofstra University provides a clear lesson to employers: When employers learn that their employee is being harassed, they need to not only quickly stop the harassment but also ensure that the harassed employee does not face retribution for raising the issue in the first place, say attorneys with Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.
Although the Ninth Circuit in UMG Recordings Inc. v. Shelter Capital Partners LLC has moved toward the Second Circuit’s more plaintiff-friendly interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s “right and ability to control” provision, both circuits have set a high evidentiary bar for plaintiffs to surmount in order to deprive a service provider of safe-harbor protection, say attorneys with Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Two major decisions — one from a New York state appeals court on a municipality's ability to regulate natural gas exploration through home rule powers and another from a state agency on whether health effects of high-volume hydraulic fracturing have been sufficiently addressed — are expected in the spring of 2013 and will largely determine the extent to which fracking will occur in New York state, say attorneys with Nixon Peabody LLP.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s fee recovery in the Gupta case adds to a growing line of cases allowing corporate crime victims to recover legal fees spent on internal investigations launched to uncover criminal activity. As white collar criminal defense lawyers evaluate whether to plead out their solvent white collar clients or roll the dice at trial, they need to be aware that their clients could be on the hook for these attorneys' fees, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
The Second Circuit recently held that Aereo Inc., which provides a service that streams local broadcast TV programming to subscribers, does not violate any copyrights of the broadcasters because the service does not constitute a transmission to the public. The broadcast industry now has three outs, with the Aereo case, the Cablevision case and the recent “Hopper” case, says Andrew Goldstein of Freeborn & Peters LLP.
Does cooperating really provide insider trading defendants with tangible benefits? Based on our analysis of cases in the past three years, cooperation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York yields significant benefit — cooperators on average received lower overall sentences than noncooperators, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Early neutral evaluation usually asks a retired judge to consider one party’s case, as if preparing to rule on summary judgment or presiding over a bench trial. Effective evaluation can supply a reality check on a case — it gives the lawyer the gift of seeing the case as others see it, says James Rosenbaum, a panelist with JAMS and former U.S. district judge for the District of Minnesota.
While the facts of FTC v. PCCare247 Inc. in the Southern District of New York are unique, this case and recently proposed Texas legislation may signal a U.S. trend toward considering, in appropriate circumstances, the use of social media to reach foreign litigants, says Jason Gonder of Haynes and Boone LLP.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed a state implementation plan requiring 36 states to revise their provisions governing excess emissions associated with emission unit or control device startups, shutdowns and malfunction events. The agency has effectively offered to split the difference between the goals of environmental groups and industry, says Stacie Fletcher of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.