Long sought by investor advocates, the new rule by the SEC makes it easier for shareholders to nominate directors of public companies.
Connecticut's attorney general alleges that Thomas Kannam's “golf outing of the century” in California, a Super Bowl outing, and a trip to the United Kingdom with his entire family to interview for a job at Cambridge University were flagrant abuses of both his power and of the university's endowment assets.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has privately proposed borrowing from CalPERS to help ameliorate California's $19 billion budget deficit.
In the first suit by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against a state for securities fraud, the regulator claimed that when New Jersey issued $26 billion in bonds between 2001 and 2007, it fraudulently and erroneously portrayed its pension funds as adequately funded.
As pension funds face intense scrutiny and speculation for improper influence of board members and execs, lawmakers have been considering disclosure for California's pension boards.
After the Sun-Times and its units filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2009, the company sold nearly all of its assets -- PBGC has stepped in to assume responsibility.
The $300 million pension has sued Hewlett-Packard and its former Chief Executive Mark Hurd, who was ousted from the company after a sexual-harassment-claim settlement, seeking a variety of governance changes and punitive damages for breach of fiduciary duty, mismanagement and waste of corporate assets, including the severance payment to Hurd.
Citing the scandal in the city of Bell, California Treasurer Bill Lockyer asked the state's largest pension to release data on the 100 highest state and local government salaries to avoid pay abuses.
The state retirement and pension system, which claims as estimated loss of $18 million, will represent complaints from investors nationwide.
A recent study by Towers Watson has shown that while legislation recently signed into law could provide a between $19 billion and $63 billion reduction in required contributions over five years, only one-quarter of employers are likely to seek relief.
In an 82-page ruling, Supreme Court Justice Lewis Bart Stone in Manhattan dropped some of the charges against Hevesi, which include felonies and misdemeanors of bribery, grand larceny, money laundering and fraud.
President Obama's signature on the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill gives the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) oversight of the roughly $600 trillion OTC derivatives market while forcing most swaps to be cleared on a regulated exchange.
Under the Public Records Act, the First Amendment Coalition (FAC) filed the suit against the pension demanding access to records revealing factors influencing CalPERS' financial commitment in 2006 to the Page Mill Properties II project.
Of the lawsuit's total penalty, the largest ever paid by a Wall Street firm, $15 million represents disgorgement of gains from the deal while the remaining is a civil penalty.
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner has ruled that the public has a right to know about county workers' pensions.