In a much anticipated decision, on June 4 the Second Circuit vacated District Court Judge Rakoff’s rejection of a consent judgment approving a $285 billion settlement between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Citigroup.
You’d be forgiven if you’d forgotten at this point, but way back in Obama’s first term, the SEC once investigated and sued Citigroup for its involvement in a collateralized debt obligation deal.
On June 4, 2014, in a long-awaited but not unexpected opinion (here), the Second Circuit ruled that Southern District of New York Judge Jed Rakoff had improperly rejected the $285 million settlement of the SEC’s enforcement action against Citigroup.
U.S. District Judge Rakoff ruled on whether copying legal filings amounts to copyright infringement. His verdict: it does not.
Investors who lost money in the housing crisis may prefer to have their case heard by a hometown jury in state court, instead of as a federal securities fraud claim.
By the time you read this blog post, you undoubtedly will have seen one of the stories in the mainstream media reporting on the February 25, 2013 decision of Southern District Court Jed Rakoff ordering former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta to repay most of the legal fees the company incurred in connection with the government’s investigation and prosecution of Gupta.
Judge Rakoff issued an opinion with significant implications for parties litigating cases involving mortgage backed securities.
Judge Rakoff Not Going Out Quietly
In a story we’ve been following since the outset, on Monday, Judge Rakoff filed his brief before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. It is not every day that you see a federal judge litigating against two parties who were theoretically adverse before him. But that is precisely the framework of this appeal.
On August 13, 2012, appointed pro bono counsel for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York filed a brief in support of United States District Judge Jed S. Rakoff’s decision to reject a proposed $285 million settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Citigroup.
Judge Rakoff Approves the Picard/Wilpons/Mets Settlement: is It Now Really "Over" Under Yogi Berra’s Definition? – Installment 78
On May 31, 2012, Federal District Judge Jed S. Rakoff issued his much-anticipated and delayed Order approving the settlement agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”) between Madoff Trustee Irving Picard and the numerous defendants, constituting the Wilpon-Katz-Mets individual, business, family trust and charitable interests (collectively, the “Wilpons”).