Category Archives: Legal

Unsealed Documents Reveal Former White House Officials Violated Fannie/Freddie Conservatorship Rules, Apparently to Advance Bank-Enriching “Reforms”

The Administration has refused to turn over over 12,000 documents in a lawsuit against how the government operated Fannie and Freddie in their conservatorship. The major bone of contention is that Treasury stripped them of all profits, which damaged the remaining private shareholders. But the unsealing of a small batch of government records shows why […]

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SEC Official Defends Weak, Selective Enforcement When Agency Records Show Private Equity Firms Thumb Nose at Agency

Yesterday, we looked at a section of a Stanford Law School conference at the end of March. The panel on pre-IPO funding included the SEC/s head of enforcement, Andrew Ceresney. In the question and answer section, Ceresney and a member of the audience, Marc Fagel, the former regional director of the SEC’s San Francisco office, […]

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“John Doe’s Manifesto”: Panama Papers Source Blasts Lack of Media Interest, Calls for Prosecutions, Whistleblower Protection

Martha r flagged a new story at Suddeusche Zeitung from “John Doe,” the source for the Mossack Fonseca revelations, on what he intended to accomplish and what he feels needs to be done. I’m posting on his manifesto to encourage you to read it in full and circulate it. The whistleblower, John Doe, states his […]

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Lessons from Iceland, Where Offshore Created an Onshore Bubble Free of Rules and Regulations

In Iceland, the rapid growth of offshore, meaning tax evasion, along with harmful, even criminal, practices produced a massive boom and bust.

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