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Feb 5, 2014

Bankers take fight over U.S. anti-tax dodge rules to appeals court

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Texas and Florida bankers’ groups are appealing the dismissal of a lawsuit they brought last year challenging rules meant to help the government implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), a law aimed at combating offshore tax evasion.

Enacted in 2010 and set to go into effect in July, FATCA will require foreign banks to disclose to the U.S. government information about Americans’ accounts worth $50,000 or more.

Jan 23, 2014

US Chamber to lobby for US-China deal after ‘Big Four’ defeat

Jan 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to
lobby U.S. officials to reach a diplomatic deal with China,
after a judge ruled that the Chinese units of the global “Big
Four” accounting firms should be suspended from auditing
U.S.-listed companies for six months.

Wednesday’s ruling results from the accounting firms’
refusal to provide the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
with audit documents for U.S.-listed companies based in China.

Jan 14, 2014

Dispute over foreign bank assets sent to New York’s highest court

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In a case with wide implications for the global banking industry, New York’s highest state court has been asked to decide if banks operating in the state can be forced to turn over to litigants assets held in their foreign branches.

At issue are two high-profile cases being heard by the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. The cases involve U.S. companies that are trying to reach assets held overseas by UK-based Standard Chartered Plc and Bank of China.

Jan 14, 2014

Dispute over foreign bank assets sent to NY’s highest court

NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Reuters) – In a case with wide
implications for the global banking industry, New York’s highest
state court has been asked to decide if banks operating in the
state can be forced to turn over to litigants assets held in
their foreign branches.

At issue are two high-profile cases being heard by the U.S.
2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. The cases involve U.S. companies
that are trying to reach assets held overseas by UK-based
Standard Chartered Plc and Bank of China.

Jan 13, 2014

California judge rejects challenge to U.S. consumer watchdog

NEW YORK, Jan 13 (Reuters) – A California federal judge has
spurned a constitutional challenge to the U.S. Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau, saying the new agency set up to aid
financial consumers does not interfere with the president’s
executive power as alleged.

In a ruling on Friday, U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton
said Congress did not restrict the president’s executive power
by providing that the CFPB’s director could only be removed for
good cause.

Dec 10, 2013

Clubby ties between U.S. CEOs and board audit committees: study

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Almost 40 percent of U.S. corporate directors with responsibility for monitoring the profit-and-loss ledger have social ties to the chief executive, a study says, making them look more like lapdogs than watchdogs.

Conducted by two accounting professors at Tilburg University in The Netherlands, the study reinforces long-held perceptions of a clubby culture on U.S. corporate boards, where members seldom challenge the executives they are meant to police.

Dec 3, 2013

U.S. appeals court affirms contempt judgment for anarchist

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal appeals court has upheld a contempt judgment against a self-described anarchist who refused to testify before a grand jury thought to be investigating a 2008 bomb explosion in New York’s Times Square.

Gerald Koch, 24, of Brooklyn was sent to jail in May after being found in civil contempt for refusing to testify, citing his rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Nov 12, 2013

Bankers’ lawsuit jeopardizes U.S. tax dodger crackdown: lawyers

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A court challenge by Texas and Florida bankers threatens to undermine a broad U.S. government crackdown on offshore tax avoidance and jeopardize a web of carefully crafted international agreements, tax lawyers said on Tuesday.

The Texas Bankers Association and the Florida Bankers Association, both industry groups, have filed a lawsuit attempting to block a new U.S. Treasury Department rule governing accounts held by foreigners in U.S. banks.

Oct 30, 2013

PwC gobbles up Booz & Co as Big 4 rebuild in consulting

By Dena Aubin and Kevin Drawbaugh

(Reuters) – PricewaterhouseCoopers said on Wednesday it agreed to buy Booz & Co., ratcheting up an aggressive move by large audit firms back into the lucrative consulting business more than 10 years after U.S. regulators tried to tease apart the two sectors.

PwC PWC.UL, one of the world’s Big Four audit firms, said it will buy corporate consultancy Booz for undisclosed terms. Subject to approval by Booz’s partners, the transaction was the latest in a string of similar acquisitions.

Sep 30, 2013

Bank of America in record settlement over ‘robocall’ complaints

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bank of America has agreed to pay $32 million to settle charges that it made harassing debt collection calls to customers’ cell phones, in what is believed to be the largest cash payout ever under a 1991 law meant to protect consumers from unwanted calls.

The settlement will resolve multiple proposed class action lawsuits filed on behalf of 7.7 million of the bank’s credit card and mortgage loan customers, according to court documents.