Whistleblower Lawsuit Dismissal Won by JP Morgan

JPMorgan Chase won the dismissal of a recent U.S. whistleblower lawsuit. The former vice president claimed the bank ignored client’s potential fraud activities. This case is following the major case involving a Ponzi scheme operated by Bernard Madoff, a former client of JPMorgan.

Sharkey’s Termination Ruled Legitimate

Jennifer Sharkey, a former JPMorgan employee, claimed that her termination was a result of speaking out about arfd-jpm-blog480 client’s possible fraudulent activity. She claimed that bank executives ignored her concerns about possible money laundering by an Israeli client in early 2009.
Sharkey’s lawsuit has been dismissed twice. First, Judge Robert Sweet said Sharkey failed to prove her termination was for whistleblowing, while JP Morgan demonstrated her termination was performance related. Sweet dismissed her claim a second time because he ruled that her claim did not meet the standards for whistleblower protection. (2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act).

After a decision by the court to reverse Sweet’s ruling, he stated that she did not even qualify under the new protection act standards and he would dismiss her case again. His ruling comes after a SOX law which states that the exact crimes and codes must be reported to OSHA first and that these claims be known by her employer. The courts first overruled the defendants’ motion to dismiss. Later Sweet moved to dismiss under allegations that Sharkey did not report the allegations properly. Thus, he maintained, the case she filed did not fall under the federal courts jurisdiction due to her negligence in filing the reports correctly.

A Related Case in 2009, The Madoff Millions

Sharkey’s case was filed just weeks after the major million-dollar scheme was exposed. Madoff used JPMorgan for over 20 years to launder money for his investors over $150 million. By January 2014, JPMorgan agreed to pay restitution totaling $2.6 million to both the victims and the U.S. government under allegations they failed to report suspected financial crimes by Madoff’s investment firm.jp-morgan

Jennifer Sharkey’s case is based on a complaint Sharkey filed in October of 2009 to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). She alleged JPMorgan was violating the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and filed a suit with the federal district courts. Sharkey believed that the client in question was violating federal securities laws, engaging in bank and mail fraud, and laundering money. This is after several reports made by her to JPMorgan Employees. Sweet’s Sharkey’s Lawyer, Lawrence Pearson, has indicated a third appeal.

 

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Washington County Sued by ACLU over Citizens Unlawful Detainment

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enton County in Washington State was recently sued by the American Civil Liberties Union for the unlawful detainment and forced labor of citizens who owed court fines, stating that this practice only amounts to a modern-day debtor’s prison designed to make the poor even poorer.BentonMNFire

Benton County has long been alleged to involve itself in practices such as sending people to jail without first determining if they can afford their fines. The practice was detailed in a report back in 2014 and drew objections from judges over defendants’ rights. One of these rights is the right to speak up about the affordability of the fines during court proceedings.

“The misnomer is that we’re imposing jail time without any due process rights,” Judge Joseph M. Burrowes says, “We are following the law. We are doing what is just and fair.”

Prosecutor Andy Miller Does Not Agree

Speaking before the judges about this practice over two years ago, Miller claims that the judges hand out the sentence without even the presence of the prosecutor.

The current lawsuit was filed in Yakima County Superior Court and is a Miller closing statementpart of an even longer campaign about the civil rights of poor defendants. The ACLU published a report back in 2010, examining the methods by which courts impose fines in other states, noting some fines even compound with interest and late fees, which further creates debt for the impoverished. Failure to pay these fines results in more fines, more jail time, and more arrests. It all leads to an unprecedented number of minority and impoverished people being incarcerated for minor violations.

A Promise to Reform

Another county facing similar lawsuits, in DeKalb, Alabama, agreed to reform after federal lawsuits. Other cities are following suit by cutting ties with commercial and for-profit probation companies, who threaten jail time for non-payment of fines.

reformACLU Staff Attorney, Nusrat Choudhury, noted that the practice is becoming alarming, especially since the recession. Many jurisdictions are being more aggressive to make the income. These jurisdictions may “operate somewhat differently in different places. The bottom line is the same: There are people being jailed because they are poor,” she said.

“We Told You [that] You would Get Sued” Commissioner James Beaver said.

The cost of jail time for unpaid fines is reimbursed by the cities, rather than the counties . This lawsuit seeks to create a constitutional system where defendants can make arrangements to pay out the fines, rather than face unjust jail time in a downward cycle of poverty.

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Immigration Law – Deportation

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mmigration law determines who is and is not eligible to enter or remain in the U.S. legally. It reflects a compromise immigration-lawbetween Americans who do not want new immigrants in our country and Americans who welcome them. As a result, immigration law is not always consistent, logical, reasonable, or fair. Immigration law is always changing. History shows that even if you cannot become legal now, if you work in the U.S. for a long time without any major trouble, you may become eligible for permanent residence when an “amnesty” program occurs. The last partial amnesty program ended on April 30, 2001. Fin out the way of deportation avoiding in the article below.

  • How to avoid deportation

Immigration agents usually aren’t out hunting illegals. More often, they simply wait for illegals to come to them via the criminal justice system. To avoid deportation, you should avoid being arrested. If you are arrested for a state crime, Colorado police officers are required to report you to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if they believe you are illegal. Here are some tips:

If you do have contact with the police, never give a fake name or false identity documents. You will be charged with a felony crime, such as “Criminal Impersonation” or “Forgery,” or at least a misdemeanor called “False Reporting.” You will be arrested and reported to immigration authorities. It is better to show the police your Mexican driver’s license or matricula consular card, rather than showing them a fake ID, including a fake Mexican ID.

Do not drive while your driver’s license is revoked or suspended. It is a traffic misdemeanor to drive without a valid Colorado driver’s license. Sometimes, police officers will just give you a ticket for this offense, directing you to go to court. On the other hand, if you keep getting traffic tickets, you will eventually have your driving privilege suspended or revoked by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) even if you never had a driver’s license in the first place. If you are caught driving after you have been suspended or revoked, then you will be arrested!

Never, ever, drink and drive. If a police officer suspects that you have been driving drunk, the officer will arrest you rather than simply giving you a summons to go to court.

Stay away from cocaine and other illegal drugs. Even a simple traffic stop can turn into an arrest if the officer finds out you have illegal drugs. Even a tiny amount found in your pocket or vehicle will result in an arrest, a felony prosecution, and often deportation. Federal officials immigrant youths with convicted criminals, including sex traffickers and human smugglers, then refused to remove them even after a ubs whistleblower alerted officials.

immigration-law (1)Always show up for court appearances, even for minor traffic matters. The courts will not turn you over to immigration authorities if you show up for court. On the other hand, if you don’t show up for court, the judge will issue an arrest warrant. The next time you have any contact with police, you will be arrested. You will then be reported to ICE and placed in deportation proceedings – a big price for not taking care of a traffic ticket.

Avoid fighting with your spouse. If a police officer has to respond to a disturbance at your house, he may be required to arrest whomever he believes started the fight or argument. There doesn’t even have to be any physical altercation. For example, even if the police believe that you were just yelling at your spouse, then the officer may make an arrest under the domestic violence laws in Colorado.

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