Criminal Contempt Charges

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied Steven Donziger’s motions to disqualify all of the judges in the district from presiding over his case, disqualify the special prosecutors, and dismiss the six criminal contempt charges he’s facing in a dispute arising from his role in obtaining a multibillion-dollar judgment against Chevron in Ecuador for dumping oil waste in the Amazon rainforest. 

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Digital Currency

A federal court in Texas found two people involved in an alleged multi-million dollar digital currency investor fraud scheme in contempt of court and ordered them jailed until they comply with the court’s previous orders. The defendants claimed in court documents that the Securities and Exchange Commission is “illegitimate,” and “actively resisted” the commission’s pre-litigation investigation.  

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Lawyer for Russian Firm Apoplectic as Contempt Sanction Looms

A Trump-appointed judge said Monday there is a strong likelihood that the Russian firm charged with funding interference in the 2016 presidential election has failed to comply with a government subpoena, a legal botch likely to trigger a contempt-of-court finding.

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Loan Servicing

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a contempt sanction against Ocwen Loan Servicing in a case brought by debtors who claim they suffered severe emotional distress by receiving letters and phone calls from the company about the home they had abandoned to foreclosure before filing for bankruptcy. A bankruptcy court had concluded the company violated the debtors’ discharge injunction.

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