Tag Archives: DOJ

Financial Daily Dose 7.1.2020 | Top Story: Airbus to Cut 15,000 Jobs in Effort to Weather Pandemic-induced Drop in Air Travel

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 1, 2020

French aircraft giant Airbus is cutting 15,000 jobs—the “largest downsizing in the company’s history”—as it prepares for a “lasting decline” in airline demand in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic – NYTimes and WSJ and MarketWatch More on the U.S.’s suddenly hot tech cold war with China, with the FCC on Tuesday designating Chinese telecomm … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.24.2020 | Top Story: Top German Court Upholds Antitrust Ruling Against Facebook Over Illegal Data Harvesting

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 24, 2020

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice upheld a decision by the country’s antitrust watchdog on Tuesday that “Facebook had abused its dominance in social media to illegally harvest data about its users”—a “major victory for proponents of tougher regulation of the world’s largest technology companies” – NYTimes and Law360 Meanwhile, here in the States, the DOJ … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.17.2020 | Top Story: Consumer Spending Surged 17.7% in May, but Economists Warn of Yearslong Recovery Ahead

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 17, 2020

May saw a huge jump in consumer activity to the tune of +17.7%, as Americans unleashed their pent-up demand. It was welcome news for markets and beyond, but “the underlying data presents a more complicated picture and shows just how arduous an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic will be” – NYTimes and WSJ and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.16.2020 | Top Story: Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision Protecting LGBTQ and Transgender Workers

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 16, 2020

On Monday, the Supreme Court delivered a surprising and monumental win for LGBTQ and transgender Americans, ruling 6-3 that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to protect “gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination.” The “vastly consequential” decision extended workplace protections to the millions of workers in states where, until yesterday morning, “it was … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.4.2020 | Top Story: DOJ Indicts Top Chicken Industry Execs Over Price-Fixing Allegations

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 4, 2020

The DOJ has begun the prosecutorial phase of its chicken price-fixing investigation with a one-count indictment accusing current and former senior execs at Pilgrim’s Pride and Claxton Poultry Farms—including their current presidents—of fixing prices and rigging bids from 2012 to 2017 – WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch and NYTimes and Law360 Movie theater chain AMC … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 5.19.2020 | Top Story: US Markets Surge on Hopes for Covid-19 Vaccine

BY: Michael D. Reif | May 19, 2020

Optimism over promising results for a coronavirus vaccine from Moderna helped drive stocks up on Monday after a rough go of it last week – WSJ and NYTimes and Bloomberg and MarketWatch Inside sources suggest that the DOJ is preparing to file “antitrust charges against Google as early as this summer . . . in … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 5.8.2020 | Top Story: U.S. and China to Resume Trade Talks

BY: Michael D. Reif | May 8, 2020

Deep breaths, people. It’s Jobs Report Friday – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch and Marketplace Still, as weekly unemployment claims show a slowing pace, stocks found enough good news to rally on Thursday, with the Nasdaq up enough to erase all of its 2020 losses. The Dow and S&P500 are still down roughly … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 5.1.2020 | Top Story: Latest Reporting Pushes US Jobless Count to 30 Million in Last 6 Weeks

BY: Michael D. Reif | May 1, 2020

Another round of unemployment reporting has pushed the newly jobless figure over 30 million in just the past 6 weeks, as the coronavirus continues to wreak economic havoc  in the U.S.  Even that staggering figure is inaccurate, though, as state-erected barriers to unemployment benefits have made undercounting rampant – NYTimes and WSJ With those numbers … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 3.3.2020 | Top Story: Promised Central Bank Action Halts Market Slide (for now)

BY: Michael D. Reif | March 3, 2020

Despite news of additional COVID-19-related deaths and infections in America, central bankers appear to have bought at least one day of peace for US markets, which posted strong gains on a late surge on Monday, breaking a week straight of losses – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch That said, all remains far from … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 2.24.2020 | Top Story: Wells Fargo to Pay $3 Billion to Resolve DOJ and SEC Investigations

BY: Juvian Hernandez | February 24, 2020

Wells Fargo & Co. agreed to pay a total of $3 billion to resolve criminal and civil investigations by the DOJ and SEC. Wells Fargo admitted “that it took millions in wrongful fees and interest, misused customer information and damaged customer credit ratings” in pursuit of sales growth. – Law360 U.S. equity futures slip as coronavirus … Continue reading