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The (Questionable) Legality of High-Speed “Pinging” and “Front Running” in the Futures Markets

The (Questionable) Legality of High-Speed “Pinging” and “Front Running” in the Futures Markets, by Gregory Scopino. Connecticut Law Review Volume 47 – Issue. February 2015. “Institutional investors complain that high-frequency trading (HFT) firms engage in high-speed “pinging” and “front running” of their orders for trades. By sending out lightning fast “ping” orders for trades thatContinue Reading

Federal Register Responds – When is this document going to publish?

“A question we get asked pretty often is “When is this document I read/heard about going to publish?” And the answer seems a bit secretive. According to 1 CFR 17.1: “…Upon receipt, each document shall be held for confidential processing until it is filed for public inspection.” So until the document is made available toContinue Reading

2013 Toxic Release Inventory National Analysis

“Tens of thousands of chemicals are used by industries and businesses in the United States to make the products on which our society depends, such as pharmaceuticals, clothing, and automobiles. Many of the chemicals needed to create these products are toxic, and while the majority of toxic chemicals are managed so that they are notContinue Reading

Persons Sentenced: Where Does Your Judge Rank?

“The number of persons sentenced by individual federal judges varies widely, with the top ranking judge in the nation — Robert C. Brack of New Mexico — having sentenced 6,708 defendants in just the last five years. This total is nearly 2,000 more than the next judge on the list. “It tears at my heart,”Continue Reading

Cybersecurity and Privacy Diligence in a Post-Breach World

Posted by Paul Ferrillo, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, on Sunday February 15, 2015 – The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. “Editor’s Note: Paul A. Ferrillo is counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP specializing in complex securities and business litigation. This post is based on a Weil Alert authoredContinue Reading

Law, Ethics, and Public Health in the Vaccination Debates: Politics of the Measles Outbreak

Gostin, Lawrence O., Law, Ethics, and Public Health in the Vaccination Debates: Politics of the Measles Outbreak (February 12, 2015). JAMA Online, February 2015. Available for download at SSRN: “This article explores the legal and ethical landscape of vaccine exemptions. While all states require childhood vaccinations, they differ significantly in the types of religiousContinue Reading

Untested unregulated chemicals in consumer products are hazardous to your health

“GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals is a method for comparative chemical hazard assessment. It is used by a wide range of professionals, governmental bodies, non-profits, businesses, formulators, and product developers, and anybody interested in assessing the inherent hazards of chemicals and their potential effect on human health and the environment.” “Diseases of our modern age areContinue Reading

Embezzlement, Whistleblowing, and Organizational Structure

Makowsky, Michael D. and Wang, Siyu, Embezzlement, Whistleblowing, and Organizational Structure (February 12, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “We build and test a theoretical framework which captures the key features of embezzlement and whistleblowing within different organizational structures. The model is a synthesis of an inverted public goods game and an ultimatum gameContinue Reading

The Target and Other Financial Data Breaches: Frequently Asked Questions

The Target and Other Financial Data Breaches: Frequently Asked Questions “In November and December of 2013, cybercriminals breached the data security of Target, one of the largest U.S. retail chains, stealing the personal and financial information of millions of customers. On December 19, 2013, Target confirmed that some 40 million credit and debit card accountContinue Reading

UN Human Rights Office launches a major online database of treaty body case law

“The UN Human Rights Office has launched a major public online database,, that contains all case law issued by the UN human rights expert committees, the Treaty Bodies. “The database is designed to be a key reference tool for scholars, lawyers, civil society organisations, governments and civil servants, our UN partners and the generalContinue Reading

Presidential Task Force Releases Implementation Plan for National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking

“Recognizing that wildlife trafficking is an urgent conservation and national security threat, the Departments of State, Justice, and the Interior today unveiled the Implementation Plan for the U.S. National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking. The agencies are Co-Chairs of the President’s Task Force on Combating Wildlife Trafficking, which comprises 17 federal agencies and offices. TheContinue Reading

EEOC Enforcement and Litigation Statistics 2014

EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2014 Enforcement and Litigation Data – Percentage of Claims Alleging Retaliation Reaches Record High, While Number of Charges Decrease “The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released a comprehensive set of fiscal year 2014 private sector data tables providing detailed breakdowns for the 88,778 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received. TheContinue Reading