LEGAL NEWS ROUNDUP

Joshua Burger-Caplan, CC’18

The new CEO of Wells Fargo, Tim Sloan, remains committed to “cross-selling,” which is the practice of selling related or complementary products to Wells Fargo customers. This commitment comes mere months after it was discovered that, facing high sales targets, employees of Wells Fargo used cross-selling to create fake accounts and credit cards without customers’ knowledge. The elevation of Sloan, who has worked at Wells Fargo for 29 years, has led some to criticize the bank for not being critical enough in examining its internal culture. Sloan has insisted that this is not the case, and promised to bring in independent culture consultants to evaluate the bank. (Source: The Financial Times)

U.S. District Judge Gerald Pappert of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Pennsylvania Republicans. The suit challenged a law that disallows poll watchers from observing voting in counties other than the county in which they are registered to vote. The Republicans challenging the law argued that it infringed on their rights under the First Amendment to participate in the political process. In the past, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has warned Pennsylvanians about voting fraud that may take place, and has said that he will only lose Pennsylvania if the election is stolen from him. (Source: Huffington Post)

Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina appears to have softened his stance on confirmation of a potential Supreme Court nominee should Hillary Clinton win the presidency, saying that he would “assess the record of any Supreme Court nominee.” On Saturday, October 29, he said at a private gathering that he would do his best to make sure that, should Hillary Clinton become president, she would not be able to confirm a new Supreme Court justice. Burr’s comments followed similar comments by Senators John McCain and Ted Cruz. McCain also walked back his remarks in the face of further media inquiry. (Source: Associated Press)