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Oct 14, 2014

Asiana Airlines to pay $55 million in U.S. price-fixing class action

NEW YORK (Reuters) – South Korea-based Asiana Airlines Inc has agreed to pay $55 million to settle allegations in a U.S. class action that it conspired with other airlines to fix rates for shipping air cargo, according to court papers filed on Tuesday.

The proposed settlement, which requires the approval of a judge, was filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.

Oct 10, 2014

Co-founder of indicted money exchange extradited to U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Spanish authorities have extradited to the United States a co-founder of the digital currency exchange Liberty Reserve to face charges that his creation was an unlawful money-laundering operation, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.

Arthur Budovsky, 40, arrived in New York on Friday and was scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

Oct 9, 2014

Pakistani woman acclaimed by Islamists allowed to end U.S. appeal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Pakistani neuroscientist whom Islamist militants have tried to free in proposed prisoner swaps with the United States was allowed on Thursday to withdraw what could be the last appeal of her conviction on U.S. charges of attempted murder.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan said that Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year sentence in a prison medical center in Texas, had “clearly and unequivocally” stated her intent to end the appeal.

Oct 3, 2014

Ex-N.Y. lawmaker ordered to prison for marriage fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former New York state lawmaker was sentenced on Friday to a year and a day in prison for entering into a sham marriage to gain U.S. citizenship and for lying about her assets when filing for bankruptcy.

Gabriela Rosa, 47, represented a northern Manhattan district in the New York State Assembly before resigning and pleading guilty to federal charges in June.

Oct 3, 2014

Bingham lawyers who grew through mergers face undoing by merger

NEW YORK, Oct 3 (Reuters) – In 2011, Boston-based law firm
Bingham McCutchen was hailed in a Harvard Law School case study
as a model of how lawyers can get rich by merging with other
firms.

Led by Chairman Jay Zimmerman, the 123-year-old firm had
emerged from roots in the local maritime industry to acquire at
least 10 other firms in little more than a decade. It opened
offices around the world, launched a splashy ad campaign and
represented clients in sectors ranging from Wall Street
litigation to telecommunications regulation.

Sep 27, 2014

Small-town U.S. politician emerges as unlikely foe of Modi

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A city council member from a Chicago suburb of 25,000 people is making for an unlikely antagonist of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, population 1.2 billion.

Joseph Whittington of Harvey, Illinois, worked with a group of New York lawyers to found a nonprofit and file a civil lawsuit that said Modi failed to stop anti-Muslim rioting in 2002. The suit was filed on Thursday in New York and seeks damages for crimes against humanity.

Sep 27, 2014

Lawsuit makes for awkward start to Modi’s big U.S. visit

NEW YORK/NEW DELHI (Reuters) РPrime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off his maiden visit to the United States as India’s leader on Friday, facing an unwelcome reminder of his once-strained relations with his host nation: a lawsuit alleging he failed to stop anti-Muslim rioting in 2002.

Washington and New Delhi brushed off the suit brought in a U.S. court on the eve of Modi’s arrival, saying it would not affect the visit, which includes an address at the U.N. General Assembly in New York and meetings with President Barack Obama.

Sep 26, 2014

Small-town U.S. politician emerges as unlikely foe of India’s Modi

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A city council member from a Chicago suburb of 25,000 people is making for an unlikely antagonist of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, population 1.2 billion.

Joseph Whittington of Harvey, Illinois, worked with a group of New York lawyers to found a nonprofit and file a civil lawsuit that said Modi failed to stop anti-Muslim rioting in 2002. The suit was filed on Thursday in New York and seeks damages for crimes against humanity.

Sep 26, 2014

Modi faces riots lawsuit as he kicks off splashy U.S. visit

NEW DELHI/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s high-profile trip to the United States will not be affected by a U.S. civil lawsuit over anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat, India and the United States said on Friday.

Modi and the Indian government could seek to have the suit dismissed and it could take a judge months to decide, but its timing – the lawsuit was filed on Thursday as Modi flew to the United States – could not be more awkward.

Sep 26, 2014

India’s Modi faces riots lawsuit as he kicks off splashy U.S. visit

NEW DELHI/NEW YORK, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi’s high-profile trip to the United States
will not be affected by a U.S. civil lawsuit over anti-Muslim
riots in a state he once led, India and the United States said
on Friday.

Modi and the Indian government could seek to have the suit
dismissed and it could take a judge months to decide, but its
timing – the lawsuit was filed on Thursday as Modi flew to the
United States – could not be more awkward.