Breaking News: Brown Questions Wells Fargo CEO on Forced Arbitration

STUMP APPEARS BEFORE SENATE PANEL: Wells Fargo & Co. Chief Executive John Stumpf, under fire before the Senate Banking Committee about a fake account scandal, sidestepped today a question regarding the bank’s stance on forced arbitration. Here is an account from The Los Angeles Times, which said Wells Fargo customers trying to sue over fake accounts have encountered […]

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Ex-Justice Eakin is Fined, Can Keep His Pension

Pennsylvania’s Court of Judicial Discipline concluded that former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin undermined public confidence in the judiciary. It fined him $50,000 in an ethics case arising from lewd emails, and permitted him to keep a $153,000 annual pension, The Allentown Morning Call reported. “The common thread of the emails — with their […]

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Philadelphia Inquirer Takes Stock After Eakin Resignation

Two articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer reflect on the state of the courts after Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin resigned last week rather than face his upcoming trial in the Court of Judicial discipline (see Gavel Grab). In “Flawed ethics reviews, sharp criticism, and a justice’s path to resignation,” staff writers at the Philadelphia Inquirer recount the […]

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Citizens Voice: Eakin Case Represents Need for Reform

Following Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin’s decision to retire on Tuesday (see Gavel Grab) the Citizens Voice Editorial Board argues that the case reflects a wider need to bring reform to a court system that has been dogged by scandal in recent years. The newspaper writes that Eakin “became the third justice in four years to […]

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Mediator Brought in to Eakin Ethics Proceedings

A tribunal considering charges of ethics violations against Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin (see Gavel Grab) has brought in a veteran lawyer, Richard Sprague, to explore a negotiated agreement that could mean Eakin would not be tried publicly. The Philadelphia Inquirer broke the news, and it also reported there was criticism of the latest […]

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Suspension Will Be Weighed for PA Justice Eakin

Justice Michael Eakin of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has been told he may be suspended from the bench over raunchy emails. He received this information from the court that handles judicial misconduct cases, The Associated Press reported. Eakin, who has apologized, will have a chance to respond before the court makes a decision. It was […]

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