Susan Beck's Summary Judgment

Former SEC Lawyer Speaks Out on Agency's Failings

By Susan Beck |

An investigation of the SEC's case against Goldman Sachs revealed James Kidney as a rare voice willing to criticize his own agency. After a retirement speech last month that made waves on Wall Street and in Washington, Kidney elaborated on his concerns in an extensive interview.

Time to End the Waiting Game in Second Circuit Citigroup Case

By Susan Beck |

It took U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff just six weeks to reject Citigroup's $285 million settlement with the SEC. So why is the Second Circuit taking so long to decide whether Rakoff was right?

The Courts, Not DOJ, Should Decide If JPMorgan Deal Is Fair

By Susan Beck |

Better Markets' lawsuit challenging the Justice Department's $13 billion deal with JPMorgan is probably doomed to fail. But that doesn't mean the Wall Street watchdog is wrong to blast the DOJ for bypassing judicial scrutiny in its record out-of-court settlement.

Fifth Circuit to BP on Oil Spill Deal: Live With It

By Susan Beck |

The court told BP and its lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis and Gibson Dunn that the company has no one to blame for the Deepwater Horizon claims process but itself.

Stephen Glass

Free Stephen Glass!

By Susan Beck |

Bar associations should stop trying to judge moral character, and focus on punishing lawyers who actually harm their clients and the courts.

Companies Can Make Outlandish Legal Arguments, Too

By Susan Beck |

Every year the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform lists its top 10 most ridiculous lawsuits. But corporate America has its own tendency to clog the courts with dubious arguments and endless litigation.

JPMorgan Deal is Bittersweet Victory for Picard

By Susan Beck |

More than three years after JPMorgan pooh-poohed Irvng Picard's claims that it turned a blind eye to Madoff's fraud, the Baker & Hostetler partner won a measure of vindication.

Posner's Book Gives Insights, But Could Reveal More

By Susan Beck |

I wish "Reflections on Judging" were a better read. It's frustrating that Posner doesn't devote more of his book to real-life events, instead of theory.