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  • Dirty Little Secrets: Inside the Panama Papers

    Under the mantle of its “Naked Truth” investigative documentary series, Fusion was chosen by the the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) as one of only two US English-language partners -- and the only one to produce a full-length video documentary -- for its investigation into the Panama Papers, a leak of more than 11.5 million documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.
  • Cash & the Court

    A reporter's curiosity about campaign contributions to judicial candidates from six law firms — five from outside Arkansas — leads to a 17 month-long investigation and results in revelations that raise questions about the impartiality of the state's Supreme Court. http://www.arkansasonline.com/cashandthecourt/
  • The Global Heist

    A two-year Wall Street Journal investigation uncovered a $6 billion international scandal, sprawling from Hollywood to Saudi Arabia to the prime minister of Malaysia, through Wall Street banks, white-shoe law firms and holes in the financial system.
  • The secret world of government debt collection

    CNNMoney’s report, The Secret World of Government Debt Collection, exposes an industry rife with political corruption, aggressive tactics and legal loopholes. In this world, forgotten tolls can snowball into hundreds of dollars in debt and unpaid speeding tickets can land people in jail. We found that thanks to legal exemptions, collectors working for government agencies typically don’t have to follow the main federal law that regulates the debt collection industry, and state consumer protection laws often don’t apply either. All of this opens the door for steep fees that other debt collectors couldn’t dream of charging, and allows them to threaten consequences as dire as arrest. The report focused on one of the industry’s biggest players, Texas-based law firm Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson. Through our reporting, we uncovered this little-known firm’s massive influence and controversial political ties. For example, Linebarger spends more on state lobbying than Texas giants Exxon and Halliburton, and it pours millions of dollars into political campaigns. It even has current elected officials on its payroll and has become entangled in multiple bribery scandals. CNNMoney discovered it is also currently linked to an ongoing FBI investigation. But Linebarger continues to rake in lucrative government contracts, making its top executives and founders rich while the debtors it goes after are left scrambling to pay its steep fees. And because firms like Linebarger are powered by government agencies, consumers are left with little recourse.
  • Police Informants

    The NYPD released, for the first time, data about how much it pays police informants and for what sorts of crimes. The original public records request and appeal was outright rejected by the NYPD and the writer was unable to finance a court action as a freelancer, so she applied for legal assistance via a pro bono clearinghouse operated by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. The media law firm Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz agreed to take up the case and filed a lawsuit against the NYPD on her behalf, resulting in an out-of-court settlement for the data she sought, more than two years after filing her original records request.
  • "Sheriff's Legal Deal"

    Our series of stories will save New Orleans taxpayers at least $1 million dollars every year. Our stories pushed the local sheriff to change a longstanding contract with a local law firm.
  • Sex Abuse

    A groundbreaking investigation of alleged sexual abuse at Yeshiva University High School for Boys in New York. The stories, published in December, revealed how the leaders of a respected religious institution failed to act on repeated warnings that two of its top staff members had physically, sexually and emotionally abused students for years. The first story, published December 13 online (December 21 in print) had immediate impact. The two men accused of abuse were forced to step down from their posts in Israel. Rabbi George Finkelstein resigned as a director of a major synagogue in Jerusalem. Rabbi Macy Gordon was put on indefinite leave from his teaching job in Israel. More and more students called the Forward with their own, horrifying tales. As a result, Yeshiva University hired an international law firm to conduct an investigation and former students turned to lawyers raising the possibility of a civil lawsuit. Meanwhile, Yeshiva University remains under pressure to explain how abuses could have continued for so long and been so widespread and no one was called to account.
  • Football Injuries-The Clay Rush Story

    The serious nature of concussion injuries that are commonly suffered in amateur, collegiate and professional sports is beginning to become clear to the medical and legal community. A fine example of that problem is former Colorado Crush Arena Football Player Clay Rush, who suffered several devastating injuries in professional play, with, what turned out to be woefully insufficient medical oversight. Clay now suffers from a traumatic brain injury and is unemployed. He lives with severe headaches, hyper-sensitivity to his environment, visual issues, dizziness, balance issues, and signs of decreased cognitive abilities. If Clay’s concussion had been managed properly by medical personnel, he would have healed with no lasting symptoms. He could have enjoyed life with his wife and two daughters. Instead, he lives his days in pain. His life has changed drastically, from football stud and family man to a man who struggles with a brain injury every day. We examine the work by his attorneys at the law firm of Fleishman and Shapiro to bring Clay Justice.
  • Scapegoat: The Chino Hills Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper

    Scapegoat is the true story of the horrific Chino Hills murders -- the highest profile crime in San Bernardino County history. It shows how law enforcement ignored eyewitness information implicating three white men as the perpetrators in order to pin the crime on Kevin Cooper, a recently escaped black prisoner from the nearby prison in Chino, California. It shows how his public defender lost the case before the trial even began and how the justice system has failed Cooper at almost every turn. It also shows the heroic work of an international law firm headquartered in San Francisco that adopted Cooper's case pro bono just three months before his scheduled execution in 2004 and won him a stay and how lawyers from this firm continue to appeal his wrongful conviction.
  • Cashing In

    During a period of tight city finances, Memphis was outlaying a yearly average of as much as $2,300 per day on attorneys fees. Nealry $8 million across 22 law firms was payed out by taxpayers in a four year time frame. WREG-TV uncovered that many of these lawyers were personal friends of the mayor, and the station's requests for budget items were purposefully stalled and stonewalled until serious actions of litigation against the city were threatened.