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In a speech Friday, Acting SEC Chair Michael Piwowar said securities regulation “often” has failed to serve the investors the agency is meant to protect. (AP)

Acting SEC Chair Sets Sights On Disclosure Avalanche

Acting U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Michael Piwowar said Friday that the agency should focus on what he called the “forgotten investor” and take a second look at policies like disclosure requirements, high corporate penalties and accreditation rules he says have adversely impacted investors.

  • Citigroup Confirms SEC Probe Over Foreign Hiring Practices

    Citigroup Inc. revealed Friday that it is under investigation for foreign government referral hiring practices in connection with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in what appears to be part of an ongoing enforcement sweep targeting Asian investment banks.

  • After Rare Mandamus Order, Google Patent Case Leaves Texas

    A Texas federal judge on Friday transferred a patent case against Google Inc. to California court after the Federal Circuit granted a rare writ of mandamus a day earlier, finding in a split decision that the initial ruling had unfairly weighted the transfer factors against the technology giant.

  • Google Strikes $22M Deal To End AdWords 'Dead Sites' Action

    Google Inc. struck a $22.5 million settlement with a proposed class of advertisers who claim the tech giant placed their purchased ads on unused or inactive websites, bringing an end to a nearly nine-years-long litigation in California federal court, according to a Thursday court filing.

  • 4th Circ. Won't Take New Look At Ex-Massey CEO’s Conviction

    The Fourth Circuit refused Friday to rehear former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship’s appeal of his conviction for conspiring to violate mine safety laws before a 2010 coal mine explosion that killed 29 people, declining to re-examine claims that that the jury was given faulty instructions.

  • Trans Student To Push Forward In High Court Bathroom Fight

    Counsel for the transgender student challenging a policy barring him from using the boys’ bathroom at his high school said Friday he intends to push forward with his case in the U.S. Supreme Court after the high court asked both sides how they wanted to proceed.

  • Lehman Brokerage Trustee Seeks OK For $228M Distribution

    Lawyers handling claims brought by creditors of Lehman Brothers Inc., the failed investment bank’s broker-dealer unit, asked a New York bankruptcy court on Friday to approve as much as $228 million in new distributions to unsecured creditors, saying asset sales and cost reductions had freed up more funds.

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Transgender Attorneys Blaze Trail To Equality

By Ed Beeson

Lawyers in BigLaw and beyond have found that being transgender won’t stop them from being successful, but that doesn’t mean the profession is always a haven.