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Jan 11, 2015

U.S. prosecutors seek longer sentences for Madoff aides

NEW YORK, Jan 10 (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors plan to ask an
appeals court to review the prison sentences given to five
former employees of Bernard Madoff, after earlier questioning
whether the sentences were too short, according to court
filings.

In filings late on Friday in U.S. District Court in
Manhattan, prosecutors gave notice that they would be appealing
the sentences to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New
York but did not elaborate further.

Jan 10, 2015

U.S. judge rules Haitians cannot sue U.N. for cholera epidemic

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thousands of Haitians killed or sickened by a cholera epidemic that they blame on U.N. peacekeepers cannot sue the United Nations in a U.S. court because the U.N. has legal immunity that only it can waive, a judge has ruled.

In a decision late on Friday, Judge J. Paul Oetken of U.S. District Court in Manhattan dismissed a lawsuit filed by human rights lawyers seeking compensation for the cholera victims.

Jan 10, 2015

U.S. judge denies bail hearing for banker in Switzerland

NEW YORK, Jan 9 (Reuters) – A U.S. court will not hold a
bail hearing for a Swiss banker wanted for allegedly helping
Americans avoid taxes as long as he fails to appear in person, a
U.S. judge ruled on Friday.

Judge Victor Marrero of U.S. District Court in Manhattan
wrote in an opinion that granting Stefan Buck a hearing in his
absence while he remained in Switzerland would encourage others
to flee prosecution.

Dec 23, 2014

Talk of ‘wings on pigs’ threats on police tests U.S. speech rights

By David Ingram

(Reuters) – The point-blank killing of two New York policemen and protests against the use of excessive force by officers have raised the question of whether people can be prosecuted for words of violence directed at police in social media and on the streets.

Compared with other countries, the United States has a strong guarantee of speech rights even when the speech displays racism, hatred or violence. State laws, though, generally make it a crime to communicate a specific threat against a police officer or anyone else.

Dec 18, 2014

U.S. sues former MoneyGram exec, seeks $1 million penalty

LOUIS, Dec 18 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities sued
MoneyGram International Inc’s former chief compliance
officer on Thursday, seeking a $1 million civil penalty and to
hold him personally responsible for failing to stop fraudulent
telemarketers from using the money-transfer firm’s services.

The lawsuit against Thomas Haider was filed in U.S. District
Court in Manhattan and appeared to be the first time the federal
government has sued an individual executive for compliance
failures related to money laundering. The lawsuit was
unprecedented, said one of Haider’s attorneys, Ian Comisky.

Dec 18, 2014

U.S. charges three in Europe with trying to sell arms to Colombian rebels

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three men were arrested in Europe this week on U.S. charges that they conspired to sell military-grade weapons for use against Americans in Colombia, federal prosecutors in New York said on Wednesday.

All three were charged with conspiracy to kill officers and employees of the United States and with conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a Colombian rebel group, according to the indictment that was previously sealed.

Dec 16, 2014

Ex-Sony employees sue, claim company failed to protect data

By David Ingram

(Reuters) – Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc has been sued in a class action by two people who described themselves as former employees and accused the company of failing to protect employee data.

The lawsuit against Sony Corp’s Hollywood movie studio, filed on Monday in federal court in Los Angeles, alleged that Sony failed to both secure its computer network and to stop hackers.

Dec 15, 2014

Tech companies support Microsoft in overseas data fight with U.S.

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Corporate lobbyists, news
organizations and academics joined forces with Microsoft Corp
on Monday in the software company’s legal battle with
the U.S. government over access to customer data stored
overseas.

The diverse set of interests filed briefs with a federal
appeals court in New York, urging it to reverse a judge’s order
that Microsoft turn over emails from a data center in Ireland.
They argued that turning them over would jeopardize the future
of international cloud computing.

Dec 15, 2014

Diverse allies rally for Microsoft in overseas data fight

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Corporate lobbyists, news organizations and academics joined forces with Microsoft Corp on Monday in the software company’s legal battle with the U.S. government over access to customer data stored overseas.

The diverse set of interests filed briefs with a federal appeals court in New York, urging it to reverse a judge’s order that Microsoft turn over emails from a data center in Ireland. They argued that turning them over would jeopardize the future of international cloud computing.

Dec 12, 2014

Ex-officer at digital money exchange given five years in prison

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former technology officer was sentenced on Friday to five years in prison for helping to operate Liberty Reserve, a former digital currency exchange that U.S. authorities say was used by drug traffickers and other criminals for money transfers.

The sentence was the maximum allowed under U.S. law for Mark Marmilev, 35, who in September pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business. He was also ordered to pay a $250,000 fine.