White Collar

  • February 13, 2016

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Dies At 79

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who served on the nation’s high court for almost 30 years, died on Saturday, the court's chief justice confirmed.

  • February 12, 2016

    Feds Ask If Arnold & Porter, Kobre Attys Have Conflicts

    Federal prosecutors said Friday that Arnold & Porter LLP and Kobre & Kim LLP attorneys representing a Florida eye doctor facing charges for allegedly bribing Sen. Robert Menendez as well as for Medicare fraud in a separate case may have conflicts that need to be addressed despite the lawyers' "professionalism and integrity."

  • February 12, 2016

    Border Patrol Sued Over Women's Bathroom Recordings

    A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent sued the federal government, several law enforcement agencies and a former supervisor who recently pled guilty to recording female agents in a San Diego office bathroom, saying the agencies failed to stop the “sexual predator."

  • February 12, 2016

    Hospice Exec, Nursing Director Cop To $9.5M Medicare Scam

    The former owner of a hospice care center and its director of nursing pled guilty to fraud charges Friday in Illinois federal court, admitting their roles in a $9.5 million Medicare scheme that involved billing for end-of-life care for people who were not terminally ill.

  • February 12, 2016

    NJ Doc Accused Of Bogus Insurance Claims Settles For $5M

    A Westfield, New Jersey, doctor and two of his companies have agreed to pay $5.25 million to resolve claims that they falsely billed federal health care programs for tests they never provided, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Friday.

  • February 12, 2016

    Apple Seeks Ruling On DOJ's Bid To Unlock IPhone

    Apple on Friday urged a New York federal judge to decide whether prosecutors can use a centuries-old statute to force the company to help them unlock a criminal suspect's iPhone, arguing that a resolution is vital because the issue is likely to be raised again in future cases.

  • February 12, 2016

    Lender Asks 11th Circ. To Revive Kluger Peretz Fraud Suit

    A lender urged the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday to reinstate its appeal of a Florida federal court decision tossing claims Kluger Peretz Kaplan & Berlin PL helped con man Edward Okun induce a $7 million loan, saying the suit raises important issues that shouldn’t be dismissed because of PACER problems.

  • February 12, 2016

    Ex-Assistant Gets 57 Months For Stealing From NBA Star

    The former personal assistant to retired NBA player Gilbert J. Arenas was sentenced by a Florida federal judge Friday to four years and nine months in prison for stealing more than $2 million from his employer and evading taxes.

  • February 12, 2016

    BigLaw Leader Clinches 2 Pro Bono Wins In 1 Day

    "All in a day's work" took on a new meaning for Susman Godfrey LLP co-managing partner Neal Manne when he served up not one, but two pro bono victories in one day, the first on behalf of a humanitarian organization working to place Syrian refugees in the U.S. and another for a client who was exonerated after spending more than 18 years on death row.

  • February 12, 2016

    Dewey Exec Rails Against DA In Bid To Dodge 2nd Trial

    The former chief financial officer of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP on Friday blasted opposition from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to his fight to escape a second criminal trial over accusations of defrauding the defunct firm’s financial backers, criticizing prosecutors' silence on crucial issues and efforts to portray the executive as a rich hothead.

  • February 12, 2016

    Insurer Continues Push For Bench Trial In Ponzi Scheme Row

    Continental Casualty Co. maintained Thursday that a New York federal judge should personally decide whether it “unreasonably delayed” its decision to rescind a policy issued to Marshall Granger & Co. LLP in light of a $2 million Ponzi scheme perpetrated by the firm's executives, claiming the judge could end the case in one fell swoop.

  • February 12, 2016

    Trust Seeks $20M Tax Refund Related To Madoff Losses

    A marital trust that lost money in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme filed suit against the federal government in Florida federal court Thursday, seeking a $20 million tax refund related to reported income that was found to be nonexistent after the scheme imploded.

  • February 12, 2016

    Shkreli, Kaye Scholer Atty Say SEC Case Can’t Wait

    Ex-CEO Martin Shkreli and the Kaye Scholer LLP partner accused of committing securities fraud with him fought back Thursday against prosecutors’ bid to halt the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit against them, saying the suit can’t wait for their criminal case.

  • February 11, 2016

    Ex-Rabobank Traders Can't Evade Libor-Rigging Convictions

    A New York federal judge on Thursday refused to toss guilty verdicts against two former Rabobank traders who allegedly committed conspiracy and wire fraud by rigging the London Interbank Offered Rate, finding the government didn’t unlawfully rely on protected testimony.

  • February 11, 2016

    Ill. Hospice Admin. Pleads Guilty In $9.5M Medicare Fraud

    An Illinois hospice administrator on Wednesday pled guilty to taking part in a scheme to alter patient records to justify billing Medicare for expensive care that wasn't given or necessary, leading to $9.5 million in losses.

  • February 11, 2016

    Yates Memo Fails To Trigger Charges In Morgan Stanley Deal

    Thursday’s $3.2 billion settlement with Morgan Stanley was touted by federal and state prosecutors as a major victory in their attempts to hold banks accountable for the 2008 financial crisis, but critics say the deal undermines recent proclamations that prosecutors would seek to take action against individuals.

  • February 11, 2016

    SEC To Confront Post-Newman World In IBM Stock Tip Trial

    A jury trial set to begin Tuesday in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission insider trading case stemming from a $1.2 billion IBM acquisition could offer clues on how the agency will litigate stock-tipping cases after the Second Circuit's Newman decision, attorneys say.

  • February 11, 2016

    NJ Paralegal Withdraws Guilty Plea In Immigration Scheme

    A New Jersey paralegal accused of collecting fees from immigration clients in exchange for filing fraudulent citizenship documents withdrew her guilty plea Thursday after a federal judge said he intended to reject the five-year probation sentence she sought over prison time.

  • February 11, 2016

    Ex-PSU Prez Slams Freeh, University Over Sandusky Probe

    Ex-Pennsylvania State University President Graham Spanier filed his long-awaited libel suit Wednesday against former FBI Director Louis Freeh and his law firm over a critical report on the alleged Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse cover-up, also hitting the university with a contract suit over a separation agreement.

  • February 11, 2016

    Oil & Gas Co. Wants To Suspend Contract Suit, Arbitrate

    Hyperdynamics Corp. unit SCS Corp. Ltd. asked a Texas federal judge Wednesday to suspend its lawsuit accusing a Tullow Oil PLC affiliate of quitting a West African drilling contract so the parties can proceed with emergency arbitration.

Expert Analysis

  • Amended Rule 26’s Proportionality Standard: The First 60 Days

    Gregory Brown

    While the removal of the familiar “reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence” standard suggests a departure from prior practice, the first opinions from the federal courts implementing amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(1) suggest otherwise, says Gregory Brown of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP.

  • Takeaways From Revival Of Pangang Trade Secret Prosecution

    Daniel Prince

    Last month, prosecutors filed a third superseding indictment against Pangang. The trade secrets case is particularly instructive for what it suggests about the U.S. Department of Justice’s views regarding the ongoing debate concerning the U.S. government’s ability to effect service on foreign corporations without a U.S. presence, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • How Does Skadden Stay No. 1?

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Analyzing the reasons why clients choose certain firms reveals a great deal about what is important and valued in the marketplace. Based on interviews with a random sample of over 600 heads of legal in the largest U.S. organizations, Elizabeth Duffy, vice president of Acritas US Inc., identifies the core brand drivers of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Compliance Thoughts From The International Cartel Workshop

    Robert E. Connolly

    I just returned from the International Cartel Workshop in Tokyo, where an extremely realistic, complex and fact-rich hypothetical cartel investigation played out over three days and demonstrated the power and cost of leniency, says Robert Connolly of GeyerGorey LLP.

  • OPINION: The Road To Partnership Must Keep Evolving

    Daniel L. Butcher

    In a recent Law360 article it was suggested that promotion to partner was a competition between associates and that taking maternity, paternity or family medical leave could impact an associate's chances at promotion. But this sort of ethos — which may have contributed to law firms’ success in the past — is not the best way to secure the industry's future, says Daniel Butcher, managing partner of Strasburger & Price LLP.

  • How Pharma Cos. Can Lessen The Risk Of Gov't Action

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    Certain actions, like off-label promotion, and violations of broad health care laws, like the Sunshine Act, can make life sciences companies and individuals targets of government enforcement action — but there are steps companies can take to minimize this risk, say attorneys at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

  • A Look At The DOJ’s Latest Offshore Tax Case

    Matthew D. Lee

    Several interesting conclusions can be drawn from the latest conviction in the U.S. government’s extensive crackdown on offshore tax evasion. First, the information that the government used to pursue Albert Cambata and his extensive trail of money transfers likely came from banks participating in the Swiss Bank Program or banks that have reached resolutions with the U.S. government, says Matthew Lee of Blank Rome LLP.

  • Yates Memo Creates A Privilege Paradox For GCs

    Ryan S. Hedges

    The U.S. Department of Justice's overly simplistic “facts are not privileged” pronouncement sets forth a new expectation for corporate investigations that will not be so easily achieved, say Ryan Hedges and Kirsten Konar of Vedder Price PC.

  • California Supreme Court In 2015: A Year In Transition

    Kirk C. Jenkins

    One year after the appointment of two new justices, the statistical evidence for any marked shift at the California Supreme Court is decidedly mixed, says Kirk Jenkins of Sedgwick LLP.

  • The Illinois Supreme Court In 2015: A Statistical Analysis

    Kirk C. Jenkins

    Last year, the Illinois Supreme Court's centrist justices were once again in the majority in most civil and criminal cases. Meanwhile, the court maintained its extraordinarily high rate of unanimity, while significantly decreasing the lag time between arguments and decisions, says Kirk Jenkins of Sedgwick LLP.