Wednesday, February 25, 2009

More Complications in the UBS Case

SFL here, still filling in while David does his "trial lawyer" thing.

More on UBS --

Now Judge Gold has a Swiss federal court to possibly contend with:

UBS was sued on Tuesday in a Swiss federal court by wealthy American clients seeking to prevent the disclosure of their identities as part of a tax-evasion investigation by the United States Justice Department.

The lawsuit accuses UBS and Switzerland’s financial regulator, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, or Finma, of violating Swiss bank secrecy laws and of conducting what Swiss law considers illegal activities with foreign authorities. It also named Peter Kurer, the chairman of UBS, and Eugen Haltiner, the chairman of Finma, as defendants.

The suit, filed by a lawyer in Zurich, Andreas Rued, on behalf of nearly a dozen American clients, underscores the growing clash between Swiss banking secrecy laws and those of the United States. Tax evasion is not considered a crime in Switzerland. Disclosing client names under Swiss law is a criminal offense and can expose bank executives and officers to fines, prison terms and other penalties.
Oh no -- foreign law possibly impacting our legal process again? Remember that whole Supreme Court controversy a few years back?

Me neither, but Judge Scalia probably does.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just goes to show how up for sale doj is. Let's see...criminal defendant goes to prison because she won't help feds nail husband for 50000 mortgage fraud. Ubs conspired with richest americans to defraud irs of billions and they don't even have to make a full disclosure before getting a non pross? FUCK!