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John Roberts’ wife made millions from elite law firms, major companies: Whistleblower docs

  • May 8, 2023

A whistleblower from the legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa says Jane Sullivan Roberts, the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, was paid $10.3 million in commissions over seven years from her job as a headhunter at the company, where she placed attorneys with law firms—including at least one that argued a case before the Supreme Court after the placement was made.

Sullivan Roberts was paid the money between 2007 and 2014, having taken a job with the company two years after her husband was confirmed to the Supreme Court, according to a report out Friday from Business Insider.

The whistleblower, Kendal Price, said in a sworn affidavit in December that he believed “at least some of [Roberts’] remarkable success as a recruiter has come because of her spouse’s position.”

Price’s complaint was reported on earlier this year by Politico and The New York Times, and Insider published new documents regarding the case.

“When I found out that the spouse of the chief justice was soliciting business from law firms, I knew immediately that it was wrong,” Price, who worked alongside Sullivan Roberts from 2011-2013 at Major, Lindsey & Africa, told Business Insider. “During the time I was there, I was discouraged from ever raising the issue. And I realized that even the law firms who were Jane’s clients had nowhere to go. They were being asked by the spouse of the chief justice for business worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and there was no one to complain to. Most of these firms were likely appearing or seeking to appear before the Supreme Court. It’s natural that they’d do anything they felt was necessary to be competitive.”

Insider noted that a spokesperson for the Supreme Court told The New York Times in a

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Wells Fargo to pay $300 million to settle car insurance suit

  • February 13, 2023

Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to pay $300 million to settle a lawsuit claiming it improperly charged customers for unneeded auto-collision protection insurance — and hid the practice from investors.

The deal was announced Tuesday by the law firm that sued the bank after a New York Times investigation revealed that about 274,000 customers were put into delinquency and almost 25,000 vehicles were wrongfully repossessed.

“While we disagree with the allegations in this case, we are pleased to have resolved this legacy issue,” a bank spokesperson said in a statement.

Wells Fargo stopped charging customers for the insurance but didn’t tell investors, according to a statement issued by Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP. The law firm filed a securities-fraud class action alleging that the bank’s stock traded at artificially inflated prices.

Wells Fargo disclosed in a regulatory filing that it had been aware of the problem since 2016, the year before the wellsfargo-unwanted-auto-insurance.html” class=”omnitrack inline-paragraph-link” data-omnilocation=”articlebody” data-omnilink=”editorial-link”2017 New York Times story, according to the statement.

Attorneys for the investors are now seeing court approval of the settlement.

“When companies conceal widespread abusive or unfair business practices that harm their customers, investors often get injured, as well,” Scott H. Saham, a lawyer representing the class, said in the statement.

The case is Purple Mountain Trust v. Wells Fargo & Company, 3:18-cv-03948, U.S. District court for the Northern District of California (San Francisco).

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