Category: Law

Robert Spangenberg Rejoins BU Law School Faculty

Contact: Richard Taffe, 617-353-4626 | (Boston) — Robert L. Spangenberg, a pioneering champion of legal rights for the poor and advisor to states and bar associations on the subject of legal aid for the indigent, is returning to the Boston University School of Law faculty after four successful decades of working to improve the […]

Ex-Madoff employees arrested

Two former employees of Bernard Madoff have been arrested and charged with securities fraud in connection with Madoff’s Ponzi scheme to defraud investors of billions of dollars. Law professor Tamar Frankel, an authority on securities law and author of “Trust and Honesty: America’s Business Culture at a Crossroads,” says a massive fraud like this cannot […]

Ponzi schemer pleads guilty

Nevin Shapiro pleaded guilty to running an $880 million multi-state Ponzi scheme.  Law professor Tamar Frankel, an authority on securities law and author of “Trust and Honesty: America’s Business Culture at a Crossroad,” says to expect more and larger Ponzi schemes. “It is no use telling investors that ‘if the offering is too good to […]

Calif. gay-marriage ruling challenge

A federal appeals court this week considers a request to ban the resumption of same-sex marriages in Californina that would be based on a federal judge’s ruling which said the state had no constitutional right to block such marriages — which happened when voters approved Proposition 8 last year.  Gay-marriage opponents want them to be put […]

Arizona's immigration battle

Protesters stormed the streets of Phoenix objecting to Arizona’s new immigration law, most of which was struck down by a federal court judge who ruled that the bulk of the law intruded on federal responsibilities for immigration control.  Law Professor Susan Akram, an authority on immigration law, says the only way to keep states and […]

EU antitrust probe of IBM

Euopean Union regulators launched two antitrust investigations against IBM, the world’s biggest provider of computer services, for allegedly abusing its dominant position on the mainframe computer market.  IBM says it’s cooperating with the EU probe and that it suspects the complaint is being driven by its largest competitors, led by Microsoft.  Law Professor Keith Hylton, an […]

Hearing on AZ immigration law

A federal judge in Phoenix is hearing arguments from the state, the feds, and civil rights groups over whether Arizona’s controversial new immigration law — requiring officers to check a person’s immigration status if there’s a “reasonable suspicion” that the person is here illegally — should take effect next week.  Law Professor Susan Akram, an […]

Madoff trustee sues "feeders"

The trustee overseeing the liquidation of the estate of convicted swindler Bernie Madoff (r.) has sued 25 feeder funds and 19 individuals for wrongly enriching themselves from the multi-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme for which Madoff is serving a 150-year sentence in federal prison.  Law Professor Tamar Frankel, a securities law authority and author of “Trust and Honesty: […]