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Mar 16, 2015

Analysis: Probe of Ackman team over Herbalife campaign may go nowhere-legal experts

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. authorities investigating
potential manipulation of Herbalife Ltd’s shares by
consultants working for billionaire investor William Ackman will
find it difficult to prove that false statements were
deliberately made to drive down the company’s value, securities
lawyers said.

In a probe that began last year, the FBI and the office of
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara have been examining
whether the consultants solicited people to file baseless
complaints with regulators regarding Herbalife, two people
familiar with the matter said. There is no indication that
Ackman himself is a target of the investigation.

Mar 14, 2015

Probe of Ackman team over Herbalife campaign may go nowhere: legal experts

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. authorities investigating potential manipulation of Herbalife Ltd’s shares by consultants working for billionaire investor William Ackman will find it difficult to prove that false statements were deliberately made to drive down the company’s value, securities lawyers said.

In a probe that began last year, the FBI and the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara have been examining whether the consultants solicited people to file baseless complaints with regulators regarding Herbalife, two people familiar with the matter said. There is no indication that Ackman himself is a target of the investigation.

Mar 12, 2015

Johnson & Johnson sues Glaxo over allergy ads as spring nears

NEW YORK, March 12 (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson
sued rival drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC on Thursday,
alleging that Glaxo is trying to unlawfully grab market share
with false advertising at the start of spring allergy season in
the United States.

Two Johnson & Johnson units, McNeil-PPC Inc and McNeil
Consumer Healthcare, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in
Manhattan. The lawsuit accuses Glaxo of making unsupported
claims about its allergy nasal spray Flonase at the expense of
McNeil’s drugs Benadryl and Zyrtec.

Mar 10, 2015

ACLU, Wikimedia file lawsuit challenging NSA mass surveillance

By David Ingram

(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency was sued on
Tuesday by an array of groups challenging one of its mass
surveillance programs that they said violates Americans’ privacy
and threatens communications worldwide by dissidents living
under oppressive regimes.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Maryland, where the
spy agency is based, said the NSA is violating U.S.
constitutional protections and the law by tapping into
high-capacity cables, switches and routers that move Internet
traffic through the United States.

Mar 10, 2015

NSA sued by Wikimedia, rights groups over mass surveillance

By David Ingram

(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency was sued on Tuesday by an array of groups challenging one of its mass surveillance programs that they said violates Americans’ privacy and threatens communications worldwide by dissidents living under oppressive regimes.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Maryland, where the spy agency is based, said the NSA is violating U.S. constitutional protections and the law by tapping into high-capacity cables, switches and routers that move Internet traffic through the United States.

Mar 6, 2015

New York attorney general seeks information on financier Epstein’s philanthropy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Attorney General’s Office
has sent letters to the charitable foundation of financier
Jeffrey Epstein seeking information on whether it is complying
with state registration requirements.

Epstein, 62, has been a tabloid sensation since allegations
arose in a court proceeding in December that he forced an
underage girl to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew,
prominent U.S. lawyer Alan Dershowitz, and other high-profile
men. Prince Andrew and Dershowitz have denied the allegations. A
lawyer for Epstein has called them old and discredited.

Mar 6, 2015

Exclusive: New York attorney general seeks information on financier Epstein’s philanthropy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Attorney General’s Office has sent letters to the charitable foundation of financier Jeffrey Epstein seeking information on whether it is complying with state registration requirements.

Epstein, 62, has been a tabloid sensation since allegations arose in a court proceeding in December that he forced an underage girl to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew, prominent U.S. lawyer Alan Dershowitz, and other high-profile men. Prince Andrew and Dershowitz have denied the allegations. A lawyer for Epstein has called them old and discredited.

Feb 18, 2015

U.S. says Saudi was bin Laden’s ‘man in London’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. prosecutor asked a jury on Wednesday to find a Saudi man guilty of conspiring with al Qaeda in the 1990s when he allegedly managed a training camp in Afghanistan and then served as Osama bin Laden’s agent in London.

Near the end of a month-long trial of Khalid al-Fawwaz, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Buckley told jurors in a closing argument that they had seen enough evidence to convict al-Fawwaz of four terrorism counts.

Feb 1, 2015

Exclusive: Some charities to refuse money from U.S. financier accused in sex case

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Some charities that have received money from U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein said they are reviewing their relationships with him or will decline to accept any future gifts from him in the wake of recent allegations he forced an underage girl to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew and other powerful men.

Epstein, 62, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to procuring an underage girl for prostitution and served a year in a Florida jail, has long burnished his reputation as a philanthropist through a series of foundations that he says have given millions of dollars to institutions ranging from Harvard University to a New York junior tennis league.

Jan 13, 2015

Despite Senate power shift, Obama seeks to shape U.S. judiciary

By David Ingram

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama plans to plow ahead with an effort to shape and diversify the U.S. judiciary, despite the ability of Republicans to block nominees now that they have a Senate majority, Obama’s in-house lawyer said on Monday.

White House Counsel Neil Eggleston said in a telephone interview that he hoped the Senate would confirm 75 nominees during Obama’s final two years in office, a number he said would be on pace with recent presidents, even when they faced a Senate controlled by the opposing party.