Venezuela’s First Lady’s Nephews

Two nephews of Cilia Flores, the First Lady of Venezuela, were properly convicted of conspiracy to import cocaine, the Second Circuit ruled. The two were seeking to raise $20 million in drug proceeds to fund their aunt’s 2015 campaign for a place in the Venezuelan National Assembly, according to the ruling.

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Chicken Prices

Investors’ securities fraud complaint against Sanderson Farms was properly dismissed, the Second Circuit ruled. The investors claimed that an underlying antitrust conspiracy to manipulate chicken prices resulted in false and misleading filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission but they did not provide sufficient details about the underlying acts or misstatements. 

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Hacking Scheme

Diplomatic immunity precluded jurisdiction in a case brought by Elliot Broidy, the former deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee, against a UN official, the Second Circuit ruled. Broidy claimed his computer had been hacked and that the official had been paid by Qatar to participate in the hacking scheme.

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Controversial Second Circuit Pick Moves to Full Senate Vote

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a controversial nominee to the Second Circuit over objections from Democrats about his reluctance to answer questions about issues he worked on while serving as a lawyer in the White House.

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