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New Zealand's Securities Commission is to issue civil proceedings against Nuplex Industries Limited and several present and former directors in the SC's first "continuous disclosure" case and papers are being filed at The High Court in Wellington this morning. The company is dual-listed in NZ and Australia.

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David B. Stocker, a lawyer in Phoenix, Arizona, pleaded guilty on11 March 11, 2009, in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia., for his participation in a stock manipulation conspiracy known as a "pump-and-dump" scheme. On 12 March 2010 (yes, a year later) Stocker has been sentenced.

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The UK's Lloyds Banking Group took on a huge loan book when it took over the rapidly imploding HBOS group that included Halifax and Bank of Scotland. Halifax was the UK's largest mortgage lender. And now it's offering a helping hand to those who can afford to pay off their loans more quickly.

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In what should have been a surprise, Henry "Hank" Paulson has impressed few with his admissions that he threatened Bank of America that regulators would become interested in the company if it did not take over Merrill Lynch.

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Australia's Bendigo Bank is following California State, Singapore Airlines and Malaysian bank CIMB in asking its staff to take unpaid leave to help tide it over the current crisis.

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Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission has severely reprimanded Selina & Co Limited and reprimanded a director who, despite having responsibility for compliance matters, paid only nominal attention to those duties. It's the case that created new resolve at the SFC that compliance failures would no longer be dealt with by reprimand only.

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