Every intern’s worst nightmare is what’s called ‘the magic roundabout’, which is when you get a taxi to drive you home at 7am and then it waits for you while you shower and change and then takes you back to the office.A financial-industry intern, speaking anonymously to the Evening Standard • Discussing the kind of crazy work hours that interns in the high-paced industry often find themselves working. The industry’s practices are getting fresh scrutiny after an intern in London died last week, apparently deprived of sleep for days on end, while doing one of these “magic roundabout” shifts. The intern, a German student named Moritz Erhardt, worked for Merrill Lynch.
$2.43 bil. the cost of a legal settlement between Bank of America and shareholders source
This time the piper pays: A group of shareholders and investors alleged that Bank of America misled them in 2008 regarding the institutional health of Merrill Lynch, prior to its acquisition by BofA, hiding huge losses mounting on the floundering bank’s record. This is the largest class-action settlement to emerge from the financial crisis, and there’s a reason if companies seem so eager to settle – doing so can limit further action that might be taken by attorneys general, in this case New York AG Eric Schneiderman.
Defendants were engaged in a massive scheme to manipulate and deceive investors, like AIG, who had no alternative but to rely on the lies and omissions made.A legal complaint filed by AIG • Revealing that the company, which still has a freaking massive taxpayer bill to pay off, plans to sue Bank of America for $10 billion dollars, claiming “massive fraud” on the mortgage debt AIG insured while the companies Countrywide and Merrill Lynch were still independent. (To put it simply, AIG feels that the companies lied about the quality of the debt, making them sound better than it was.) AIG is still working on paying back roughly $182.3 billion in bailouts, so the $10 billion would help. source (via • follow)