C. Ryan Barber

Richard Cordray Invoked Bob Dylan to Lift CFPB's Spirits

C. Ryan Barber

Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, turned to Bob Dylan to lift agency staffers' spirits after a federal appeals court ruling found fault with the independence of the Obama-created agency.

BlackRock Pays $340K Penalty Over Separation Agreements That Restricted Tipsters

C. Ryan Barber

BlackRock Inc., the New York-based asset management firm, will pay $340,000 to resolve claims the company improperly used separation agreements to force employees to waive their ability to obtain any whistleblower awards. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has hit several companies in recen

US Appeals Court Dodges Scope of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection

C. Ryan Barber

A federal appeals court on Friday dodged a question that has divided two other circuits: Does a whistleblower need to bring a tip directly to regulators to be protected under the Dodd-Frank Act?

SEC Makes Exception to 'In Writing' Requirement for Whistleblower Tips

C. Ryan Barber

From the earliest days of its whistleblower program, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission made clear that a phone call is not enough. But the agency isn't always a stickler. On Friday, it made an exception for a whistleblower who, in that one-year interim period, didn't provide the SEC with i

LabMD Presses Challenge to Scope of FTC's Cyber Authority

C. Ryan Barber

Setting the stage for a fresh test of the Federal Trade Commission's power to police online security, a now-defunct medical laboratory on Tuesday urged a U.S. appeals court to overturn an agency ruling that blamed lax data-protection practices for the exposure of nearly 10,000 patients' personal inf

Why Brock Turner's Famous Mug Shot Is Having a Supreme Court Moment

C. Ryan Barber

Famed civil rights activists. Notorious gangsters and the Kennedy assassins. A former football star whose murder trial continues to transfix the country. An ex-Stanford swimmer whose six-month sentence for sexual assault drew nationwide attention.

Historic Mug Shots Line New Supreme Court Brief as Court Weighs Privacy Dispute

C. Ryan Barber

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to weigh a dispute over mug shots, a new amicus brief, backing the Detroit Free Press in its suit, presents a collection of historic and contemporary booking photos. The brief, filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, included the photos to argue

LabMD Presses Challenge to Scope of FTC's Cyber Authority

C. Ryan Barber, The National Law Journal

Setting the stage for a fresh test of the Federal Trade Commission’s power to police online security, a now-defunct medical laboratory on Tuesday urged a U.S. appeals court to overturn an agency ruling that blamed lax data-protection practices for the exposure of nearly 10,000 patients’ personal in

SEC Alleges California Lawyer Duped Foreign Investors

C. Ryan Barber

Securities regulators accused a Newport Beach, California, lawyer on Tuesday of fueling a luxury lifestyle through a scheme that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from foreign investors who wanted to speed up their immigration to the United States.

AMC to Sell Some Georgia Theaters to Clear Way For Carmike Deal

C. Ryan Barber, The National Law Journal

Federal antitrust enforcers on Tuesday approved, with concessions, AMC Entertainment Holding Inc.’s proposed $1.2 billion acquisition of rival Carmike Cinemas Inc., a purchase the U.S. Justice Department said would have otherwise threatened to raise ticket prices in parts of Florida, Georgia, New Je

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