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Donald Turnbull v. JPMorgan Chase & Co.: Complaint to Protect Against Retaliation in Fraud Cases

April 13, 2021 - Complaint to Protect Against Retaliation in Fraud Cases in Donald Turnbull, who alleges he was "fired ... from his job as a commodities trader because, by cooperating in good faith with a federal investigation into the Bank's trading practices" v. JPMorgan Chase & Co. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Whistleblowers International v. Global Litigation Consulting Services LLC et al: Notice of Removal

February 09, 2021 - Defendants' Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint seeking damages "for breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with business relations, breach of contract and declaratory judgment to set aside an unlawful and unethical contract entered into with Defendants to share the proceeds of a law firm with a non-lawyer independent contractor", in The Roberto Gonzalez Law Firm, d.b.a. Whistleblowers International, of the District of Columbia v. Global Litigation Consulting Services LLC, of Puerto Rico, and Christopher Piacentile, described as a resident of Puerto Rico and New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Coinsquare Ltd. et al: Settlement Agreement

July 16, 2020 - Settlement Agreement between the Ontario Securities Commission, in Canada, and Coinsquare Ltd., which "operates a crypto asset trading platform in Toronto"; Cole Diamond, Virgile Rostand, and Felix Mazer.

Coinsquare Ltd. et al: Statement of Allegations

July 16, 2020 - Statement of Allegations in a proceeding against Coinsquare Ltd., described as "a crypto asset trading platform located in Toronto"; Cole Diamond, Virgile Rostand, and Felix Mazer "to hold them accountable for their misconduct and to send a message to other market participants in the crypto asset sector that deceptive conduct will not be tolerated in Ontario’s capital markets", at the Ontario Securities Commission. The allegations include market manipulation and "a reprisal against an internal whistleblower".

Curtis Heffernan v. Dan Bilzerian et al: Whistleblower Retaliation Complaint

July 07, 2020 - Complaint alleging whistleblower retaliation, defamation, and wrongful termination regarding "a serious concern of financial fraud, investor fraud, deceptive accounting practices and tax evasion by Ignite", which "is in the business of selling cannabidiol, cannabis, and beverage products", in Curtis Heffernan v. Ignite International Ltd., of Wyoming; Ignite International Brands Ltd., of Canada, and Dan Bilzerian at the Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles.

Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Ltd. et al: Approved Judgment

June 05, 2020 - Approved Judgment of $11 million in favor of the plaintiff - a whistleblower - against his former employer, Ernst & Young, regarding a claim for negligence involving suspected money laundering by a client, Dubai-based precious metals dealer Kaloti Jewellery International DMCC, in Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Limited, Ernst & Young Europe LLP, Ernst & Young (EMEIA) Services Limited, and EYGS LLP at the High Court of Justice, London.

Dubai FSA v. Anna Waterhouse et al: Judgment

June 01, 2020 - Judgment in The Dubai Financial Services Authority v. The Commissioner of Data Protection and Anna Waterhouse, formerly "Head of Legal & Compliance Middle East and North Africa for Deutsche Bank AG", at the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts.

Jack Yang v. Bank of New York Mellon Corp. et al: Complaint

April 22, 2020 - Complaint by "a senior executive in the banking industry" against his former employer alleging retaliation for being a whistleblower about "the legality of Defendants' asset management services" in John 'Jack' Yang v. The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, described as a Delaware-domiciled "global financial services company" based in New York; Alcentra NY LLC,  described as a Delaware-domiciled "registered investment adviser" based in New York, and Alcentra Limited, described as a British asset manager based in London, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Ltd. et al: Judgment

April 17, 2020 - Judgment of $11 million in favor of the plaintiff - a whistleblower - against his former employer, Ernst & Young, regarding a claim for negligence involving suspected money laundering by a client, Dubai-based precious metals dealer Kaloti Jewellery International DMCC, in Amjad Rihan v. Ernst & Young Global Limited, Ernst & Young Europe LLP, Ernst & Young (EMEIA) Services Limited, and EYGS LLP at the High Court of Justice, London.

Bradley Birkenfeld v. Kevin Costner et al: Complaint (State Court)

April 01, 2020 - Complaint alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and intentional interference with advantageous or business relationship regarding Plaintiff's book 'Lucifer's Banker: The Untold Story of How I destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy' in Bradley C. Birkenfeld, a United States citizen residing in Malta who is best-known for whistleblowing on UBA AG, of Switzerland v. Leonard A. Lauder, described as "chairman emeritus" and former CEO of Estée Lauder cosmetics and fragrances firm, and Kevin M. Costner, described as "an American actor, director, producer, and musician", at the Circuit Court of the 15th Judicial Circuit, in and for Palm Beach County, Florida. Editor's Note: This complaint was filed at state court in Florida 12 days after a similar complaint was dismissed at federal court in Miami for "lack of jurisdiction".
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