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Jun 17, 2015

Exclusive – Blatter hires U.S. lawyer for corruption probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter has hired a high-powered U.S. lawyer to represent him as a corruption probe rocks football’s global governing body, a person familiar with the matter said.

Blatter recently retained Richard Cullen, the chairman of the law firm McGuireWoods and a former U.S. federal prosecutor, said the person, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Jun 17, 2015

FIFA’s Blatter hires U.S. lawyer for corruption probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter has hired a
high-powered U.S. lawyer to represent him as a corruption probe
rocks soccer’s global governing body, a person familiar with the
matter said.

Blatter recently retained Richard Cullen, the chairman of
the law firm McGuireWoods and a former U.S. federal prosecutor,
said the person, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Jun 17, 2015

Exclusive: FIFA’s Blatter hires U.S. lawyer for corruption probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter has hired a high-powered U.S. lawyer to represent him as a corruption probe rocks soccer’s global governing body, a person familiar with the matter said.

Blatter recently retained Richard Cullen, the chairman of the law firm McGuireWoods and a former U.S. federal prosecutor, said the person, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Jun 6, 2015

U.S. judge for FIFA trials is familiar with organized crime cases

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. judge presiding over the corruption cases of indicted soccer officials may not have been able to pronounce the name of soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, during a secret hearing in 2013, but he does know how to oversee a proceeding that involves organized crime.

    U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie in Brooklyn, New York, has spent some of his nearly three decades on the bench handling mobster trials. A defendant was found murdered in one of the cases, and in another the head of a crime family walked the streets in a bathrobe as he faked a mental illness to try to avoid standing trial. 

Jun 5, 2015

FIFA hires ex-U.S. prosecutor as its lawyer in bribery probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World soccer’s governing body FIFA has
hired a former New York prosecutor to represent it as senior
officials face bribery and corruption charges in a U.S. court, a
person familiar with the matter said.

William Burck, a partner at the law firm Quinn Emanuel
Urquhart & Sullivan, was retained within the past month, said
the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Jun 3, 2015

Analysis – Long arm of U.S. law may struggle to reach all FIFA defendants

NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors may find it difficult to get a number of the people they have charged in the FIFA bribery scandal to face the music. Several cannot be found, and the authorities in some countries may not agree to extradition requests.

Of the nine current and former FIFA officials and five corporate executives indicted for running a criminal enterprise that involved more than $150 million (£97.8 million) in bribes, the whereabouts of three Argentines and one Brazilian remain unknown. Another two former FIFA officials in the Americas – one in Paraguay and the other in Trinidad and Tobago – are expected to resist extradition to the United States.

Jun 3, 2015

Long arm of U.S. law may struggle to reach all FIFA defendants

NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors may find it difficult to get a number of the people they have charged in the FIFA bribery scandal to face the music. Several cannot be found, and the authorities in some countries may not agree to extradition requests.

Of the nine current and former FIFA officials and five corporate executives indicted for running a criminal enterprise that involved more than $150 million in bribes, the whereabouts of three Argentines and one Brazilian remain unknown. Another two former FIFA officials in the Americas – one in Paraguay and the other in Trinidad and Tobago – are expected to resist extradition to the United States.

May 29, 2015

Nike seen avoiding charges in football bribery probe – lawyers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nike Inc may be able to avoid U.S. charges over any involvement in bribery payments to win football sponsorships, but could face penalties if U.S. prosecutors decide to clamp down on the global sportswear giant, lawyers with expertise in the subject said.

Although Nike has not been named or charged with any wrongdoing, the company was swept into the corruption scandal that engulfed football’s governing body FIFA when a U.S. indictment released on Wednesday described apparent kickback payments linked to a landmark 1996 Nike deal in Brazil.

May 29, 2015

Nike seen avoiding charges in soccer bribery probe – lawyers

NEW YORK, May 29 (Reuters) – Nike Inc may be able to
avoid U.S. charges over any involvement in bribery payments to
win soccer sponsorships, but could face penalties if U.S.
prosecutors decide to clamp down on the global sportswear giant,
lawyers with expertise in the subject said.

Although Nike has not been named or charged with any
wrongdoing, the company was swept into the corruption scandal
that engulfed soccer’s governing body FIFA when a U.S.
indictment released on Wednesday described apparent kickback
payments linked to a landmark 1996 Nike deal in Brazil.

May 6, 2015

Boxing fans accuse Pacquiao of concealing injury

By David Ingram

(Reuters) – Boxer Manny Pacquiao has been sued in several
U.S. courts by people who said they paid to watch him fight
Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the “Fight of Century” but felt
defrauded by Pacquiao’s failure to disclose a pre-bout shoulder
injury.

At least five lawsuits were filed against Pacquiao on
Tuesday in federal courts in California, Illinois, Nevada and
Texas. The lawsuits seek compensation under laws meant to
protect consumers and ask for status as class actions on behalf
of ticket buyers, pay-per-view television viewers and people who
gambled on the fight.