Article: Jury Awards AMS Sensors $86M In EDTX Trade Secrets Trial

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Jury Awards AMS Sensors $86M In EDTX Trade Secrets Trial

Ryan Davis, 16 April 2021

An Eastern District of Texas jury determined Friday that Renesas should pay damages of nearly $85.9 million in a trade secrets and contract suit brought by rival light sensor maker AMS Sensors, although a Renesas attorney insisted the award will ultimately be much lower.

The jury reached its verdict after deliberating for about seven hours over two days following a damages retrial that began April 5 in Sherman, Texas, before U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant III.

A jury in a previous trial found in 2015 that Renesas Electronics America Inc. misappropriated AMS Sensors USA Inc. trade secrets and breached a confidentiality agreement after the two companies, which have both made light sensors for Apple’s iPhone, met to discuss a merger but never reached a deal. The Federal Circuit vacated the damages award in that case in 2018, leading to a retrial solely on damages.

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Article: JPMorgan is set to pay US$1B in record spoofing penalty

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JPMorgan is set to pay US$1B in record spoofing penalty

Ben Bain, Tom Schoenberg and Matt Robinson, 23 September 2020

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is poised to pay close to US$1 billion to resolve market manipulation investigations by U.S. authorities into its trading of metals futures and Treasury securities, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.

The potential record for a settlement involving alleged spoofing could be announced as soon as this week, said the people who asked not to be named because the details haven’t yet been finalized. The accord would end probes by the Justice Department, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission into whether traders on JPMorgan’s precious metals and treasuries desks rigged markets, two of the people said.

A penalty approaching US$1 billion would far exceed previous spoofing-related fines. It would also be on par with sanctions in many prior manipulation cases, including some brought several years ago against banks for allegedly rigging benchmark interest rates and foreign exchange markets.

Spoofing typically involves flooding derivatives markets with orders that traders don’t intend to execute to trick others into moving prices in a desired direction. The practice has become a focus for prosecutors and regulators in recent years after lawmakers specifically prohibited it in 2010. While submitting and then canceling orders isn’t illegal, it is unlawful as part of a strategy intended to dupe other traders.

It couldn’t be determined whether New York-based JPMorgan will face additional Justice Department penalties in court. Previous spoofing cases have been resolved without banks or trading firms pleading guilty to criminal charges. However, when prosecutors filed cases last year against individual JPMorgan traders they painted a grave picture of its precious metals desk, saying it operated as an illicit enterprise within the bank for almost a decade.

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