Lawsuits

stevecohensaccapitalThis December will mark five years since Patricia Cohen, Steve’s first wife, came back into his life with the fury of a thousand Preet Bhararas. To celebrate, he’s going to smother her with a pillow. Just kidding, that’s for year six. For five, he’s going with this: Read more »

HSBCAccording to lawsuits by two of her former subordinates, during her time as a senior vice-president and head of business development for North America, Eileen Hedges told another one of her subordinates, 27 year-old “Jane Doe,” to:

  • Dress provocatively on the job
  • “…have sex with male HSBC executives and clients at company-sponsored events”
  • Specifically, “have sex with an unnamed senior executive at the bank’s Mexico unit”

The boss of the year also allegedly:

  • “…falsely told co-workers that Doe was having sex with clients when they traveled to bank functions outside the U.S.”
  • “…told Doe about her own alleged extramarital affairs with HSBC executives.”1
  • “… attempted to pull down Doe’s blouse and expose her breasts in the presence of male HSBC employees.”

And the reason we now know all this is because, naturally, the subordinates who filed the lawsuits were (supposedly!) retaliated against by Hedges after complaining that her demeanor on the job was slightly less than professional. Read more »

As you may recall, a few years back, a couple of former Titan Capital Group assistants suggested via lawsuit that it was not appropriate for their boss to ask them to print out topless honeymoon shots of the his new wife and then to ask whether they liked them as much as he did. They additionally suggested that it was equally inappropriate for the boss’s brother, Marc Abrams, to say a few unkind things to one of them, who also happened to be his ex (including that she was a “dirty pig thief” and “rotten bitch” and so on).

Until about a week ago, Cristina Culicea and Danielle Pecile didn’t have much to show for their efforts, other than the photos, what with the lawsuit still pending. Then, news of the four-year-old lawsuit apparently made its way to Greenwich, and they at least got this: Read more »

As many of you know, a big part of a lot of people’s jobs on Wall Street is to entertain clients, often times at sporting events. Since the purpose of these outings is to foster relationships and kiss ass, one generally aims to put his or her best foot forward, and not do anything that might make the client embarrassed to be seen with you in public. For instance, even if you’re the type to engage in some serious heckling of players, you maybe dial it back a bit and leave go-to moves like repeatedly grabbing your crotch and shouting “Hey [object of derision], I got your foul shot right here” and then turning to your seat mate and smirking, as if to say “NAILED IT,” at home. So far to our knowledge, trader Anthony Rotondi did not pull out the crotch move one night last winter at the Garden, but he did apparently engage in some sort of behavior that resulted in a lesson learned. Read more »

Robert Bou-Simon–who sued BGC Partners last year over hazing rituals that included a bizarre wet-tee shirt contest and the fallout from refusing to participate in it– learned this the hard way. Read more »

Remember Deeb Salem? Goldman Sachs alum who worked at the firm as a mortgage trader for a number of years, despite numerous attempts by rivals to poach him and his self-described Michael Jordan-esque skills? Thought he was going to get paid $13 million in 2010 and told his mom to expect as much, only to be informed the number was more like $8.25 million? Sued the bank for the extra $5 million, demanding it make good on the promise he’d made to woman who’d give him life? He recently got some not great news. Read more »

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered PricewaterhouseCoopers to face a $1 billion lawsuit claiming that its bad accounting advice was a substantial cause of the October 2011 bankruptcy of MF Global Holdings Ltd, a brokerage run by former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in Manhattan said PwC’s advice on “repurchase-to-maturity” transactions through which Corzine bought $6.3 billion of European sovereign debt affected how MF Global implemented its strategy and in turn contributed to its alleged losses. “This line of causation gives rise to a plausible claim that PwC proximately caused harm to MF Global,” Marrero wrote. MF Global’s bankruptcy plan administrator sued PwC on March 28, accusing it of professional malpractice for having provided “flatly erroneous” accounting advice to the company. Corzine is not a defendant. [Reuters]

Or something. Read more »