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Dec 9, 2014

Defunct U.S. lender did not overcharge homeowners – lawyer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A mortgage lender and a mortgage
servicer that were owned by banks that became part of Wells
Fargo & Co did not cheat homeowners by charging
excessive fees, a defense lawyer told a Manhattan federal jury
on Tuesday.

Daniel Pollack, a lawyer for the two units, argued that The
Money Store, the lender, and HomEq Servicing, the servicer, did
not breach any contracts with homeowners.

Dec 4, 2014

Judge releases limited details of New York chokehold grand jury

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York grand jury that decided not to charge a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man heard testimony from 50 witnesses and considered 60 exhibits including four videos, a state judge said on Thursday.

The details were contained in a brief order from Stephen Rooney, a judge in the New York City borough of Staten Island who granted the request of local prosecutor Daniel Donovan to release publicly some details about the secret proceeding.

Dec 4, 2014

U.S. justice system makes it difficult to indict a cop

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A grand jury decision not to indict a New York policeman over a fatal chokehold underscores how difficult it is to charge an officer in the United States, even when the tactic appears to contradict police department policy and is caught on video.

Although Wednesday’s decision caught some Americans by surprise, indictments of police officers for excessive force are extremely rare for political, cultural and legal reasons.

Nov 26, 2014

Civil lawsuit may be only recourse for Ferguson teen’s family

By David Ingram and Joseph Ax

(Reuters) – Without a criminal indictment, Michael Brown’s family might have no better legal recourse than to sue local authorities for the African-American teenager’s fatal shooting by a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer.

After a St. Louis County grand jury decided on Monday not to indict officer Darren Wilson – and given the high bar to a federal criminal prosecution – the family may follow the path of other high-profile U.S. police shootings and file a civil lawsuit for wrongful death or civil rights violations.

Oct 29, 2014

Connecticut school defends keeping girl out over Ebola fears

By David Ingram

(Reuters) – A Connecticut school superintendent on Wednesday defended the decision to keep a 7-year-old girl out of class for three weeks out of concern that the girl might have contracted Ebola while attending a wedding in Nigeria.

Elizabeth Feser, superintendent of the Milford public schools, denied allegations that the girl’s family made on Tuesday in a federal anti-discrimination lawsuit that asked that she be allowed back into school.

Oct 28, 2014

Connecticut father sues after Ebola fears keep daughter from school

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The father of a Connecticut third-grader sued her local schools on Tuesday, saying his daughter was discriminated against and banned from school based on irrational fears of Ebola because she attended a family wedding in Nigeria.

Stephen Opayemi filed the lawsuit in U.S. district court in Connecticut and asked the court to order the schools in Milford, Connecticut to immediately permit his daughter to return to class.

Oct 24, 2014

U.S. judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law

Oct 24 (Reuters) – A federal judge issued a temporary
restraining order on Friday blocking a New Jersey law that would
have allowed legal betting on sporting events.

U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp gave the order orally in
court and planned to issue a written order later in the day,
according to his chambers.

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.