A San Diego court on Monday reportedly sentenced Bob Filner to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for sexually harassing women during his brief stint as the city’s mayor.
The former assistant city manager of Bell, Calif., was convicted late Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court on 11 of 13 charges of corruption in a scandal that nearly bankrupted the city and took down its highest officials.
Federal authorities have charged 18 current and ex-Los Angeles County deputy sheriffs with illegally beating jail inmates and visitors at downtown LA jail facilities as part of an allegedly widespread corruption scandal, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.
A New Jersey school board attorney and the panel's outside counsel were among those indicted Monday for allegedly covering up a bogus application that a onetime official's wife submitted for a federally funded free lunch program, according to acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.
Former SAC Capital Advisors LP portfolio manager Michael Steinberg yelled at a consultant and made him cry when he suspected the consultant might have been supplying insider information, Steinberg's attorney said at an insider trading trial Monday.
A New York federal judge on Friday held that the trustee liquidating Bernard Madoff’s investment firm’s estate may only assert certain claims against feeder funds on behalf of the firm’s customers if the claims are validly assigned to him.
A New York appellate court's move to uphold prison time for a man who recorded sex partners without their knowledge, and later threatened to make the images public, extends "revenge porn" criminal liability beyond "peeping Tom" crimes but leaves cases involving the consensual sharing of images up for debate, experts say.
The leader of the largest tax refund scheme in history involving Original Issue Discount tax forms was ordered to pay almost $3 million in restitution Monday, adding to his 14-year prison sentence handed down in September.
A German engineering firm will pay $32 million to resolve allegations it breached the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing Nigerian government officials in an effort to score a $387 million natural gas pipeline contract, federal officials announced Monday.
A former NASA contractor on Friday lost his bid for a new trial or to overturn his conviction on charges that he provided satellite technology to Iran, violating trade and money laundering law.
Ex-Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin urged a state appeals court on Wednesday to overturn her February corruption conviction on grounds that prosecutors had unconstitutionally slapped her with charges for noncriminal violations of internal judicial rules governing the use of court staff for political work.
Swiss banks had until Monday to decide whether they are going to participate in a U.S. program that requires them to disclose their cross-border activities to avoid possible criminal prosecution for aiding American tax dodgers.
A divided Second Circuit on Monday explained its recent decision to reverse the municipal bond bid-rigging convictions of three former General Electric Co. officials, ruling prosecutors had improperly characterized the alleged scheme as a continuing conspiracy to evade the statute of limitations.
A New York federal court on Friday sentenced two former Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. executives to three years’ probation after they pled guilty to manipulating company records to thwart an expected stock-options backdating investigation by federal authorities.
A Texas grand jury indicted a former executive of a state cancer prevention institute on one felony charge stemming from alleged improprieties in an $11 million grant awarded to a pharmaceutical research firm, the Travis County District Attorney’s office said Friday.
An Ohio accountant was sentenced to more than three years in prison Friday for his role in filing fraudulent income tax refunds totaling more than $8.8 million and using the money to convince others to invest in a real estate venture.
A former Goldman Sachs Inc. trader who pled guilty to fraudulently building an $8.3 billion futures position on Friday received a nine-month prison sentence and was ordered to pay back the $118 million his illicit trades cost the firm.
A California federal judge overseeing multidistrict price-fixing litigation against lithium-ion battery manufacturers on Friday ordered Panasonic Corp. to hand over documents used in a separate grand jury investigation that led Panasonic subsidiary Sanyo Electronics Co. Ltd. to plead guilty to antitrust charges and pay $10.7 million.
An attorney convicted in Pennsylvania’s “kids for cash” kickback scandal sued a business associated with his former partner in building juvenile detention facilities in state court on Thursday, alleging that the partner swindled him out of his interest in the two facilities.
A Virginia federal judge on Friday sentenced a former U.S. Department of State contract specialist to two years in prison and her husband to 18 months on fraud and money laundering charges for allegedly funneling nearly $53 million in government contracts to a company they controlled.
The first criminal case ever prosecuted under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act against Duke Energy reinforces the importance of developing voluntary compliance mechanisms in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reduce bird mortality — and raises the possibility that more enforcement actions could be on the horizon, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.
In light of the proposed e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, businesses need to set themselves up to efficiently respond to discovery and requests for information from their counsel by implementing and following document-control policies as part of normal business practices. The failure to do so will eventually consume vast amounts of employee time, say Steven Cvitanovic and Colin Murphy of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.
The fact that some prominent judges have rejected binding plea agreements between corporations and the government means that companies negotiating plea agreements should be more prepared than ever to answer questions about why the binding sentence they are proposing is not only fair for the parties but for the general public as well, say Diana Lloyd and Jacqueline Mantica of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has generally not concerned itself with improper conduct involving embargoed countries. But the SEC’s complaint in the recent Weatherford International Ltd. case suggests that the agency takes the position that inaccurate accounting of transactions with embargoed countries can result in violations of the Exchange Act, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
If it’s the holiday season — a time for charity and good deeds — it must also be the time for nonprofit scandals, mismanaged money and outright fraud. The United Way of America and Progressive Policy Institute cases offer many lessons that boards of charities should take to heart, says Terry Lenzner of Investigative Group International.
Because Latin American countries differ substantially from one another, there is no effective one-size-fits-all approach to anti-corruption compliance in the region. That said, companies doing business in the region should be aware of a number of recurring compliance concerns that may lead to an increased risk of violating the FCPA or other applicable anti-bribery laws, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
In many instances, the very businesses still facing time and budgetary constraints that hamper employee understanding of compliance must now add a new layer of comprehension in 2014. The stage is set for a banner enforcement year for regulatory bodies worldwide, says Veta Richardson, president and CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
A new avenue of recovery has just been opened to Madoff victims. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York recently announced that the Madoff Victim Fund would begin accepting claims. Those who lost money invested with Madoff — indirectly or directly — should be aware of several aspects of the MVF so they can maximize their recovery, say James Masella and Jeremy Weinberg of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.
Mandated law student pro bono programs have not worked in championing the causes of social justice for those unable to afford counsel. States would be far better off using their resources to insist on a legislative solution to a very troubling and persistent deficiency in the allocation of legal resources, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.
Remarks from U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission officials at the 30th International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act reaffirmed the heightened risk of prosecutions — and particularly the increased potential for multijurisdictional investigations — at a time when some observers have perceived diminishing support for anti-corruption enforcement, say Taylor Phillips and Eli Richardson of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.