Fiduciary Duty

An appeals court in California upheld the denial of an anti-SLAPP motion brought by the former chairman of a Chinese transportation construction company who faces claims that he breached his fiduciary duty by allegedly accepting $19 million in bribes. The former chairman claimed the company is a “component of China’s military industrial complex involved in developing magnetic levitation military weapons.”

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Immigration Bribery

Jurors’ alleged misconduct during the trial of a senior U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney was not so serious that it affected the verdict, the Ninth Circuit ruled. The attorney, Constantine Peter Kallas, was convicted of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from immigrants who were promised they would be allowed to remain in the United States. 

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College Admissions Scandal

A federal court in Massachusetts ordered the government to respond to allegations of investigatorial misconduct in the college admissions bribery case against Lori Loughlin and other parents accused of rigging the system by paying people to pretend their kids were athletes. The defendants say the feds failed to disclose certain notes made by the scheme’s mastermind, Rick Singer, which claim he was aggressively pressured by investigators to “lie to elicit incriminating information from potential defendants.”

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Accused College Admissions Cheaters Attack Prosecutors

“Full House” Actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and other prominent parents urged a judge Wednesday to dismiss charges against them in the college admissions bribery case, accusing prosecutors of “extraordinary” misconduct.

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Ex-Peru President to Remain Jailed Pending Extradition in Bribery Case

Despite testimony that he is at “grave risk” of mental and physical decline in a semi-isolated jail unit, a federal judge on Wednesday refused to release a former Peruvian president on house arrest pending his potential extradition on corruption charges.

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