White Collar

  • November 24, 2015

    Real Life 'Suits' Plot Unravels In Case Of Fake Boston Atty

    On his website, David Corazza claimed to be a Harvard-educated entertainment attorney, but it turned out he was none of those things — he wasn’t even really David Corazza, according to charges filed in Massachusetts state court Tuesday ripped straight from the law firm-centric TV show “Suits.”

  • November 24, 2015

    Union Calls For DOJ Probe Over Wal-Mart Worker Surveillance

    The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union on Tuesday urged the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Wal-Mart Stores Inc. amid a report that the retailer spied on workers organizing for higher wages amid Black Friday strikes in 2012.

  • November 24, 2015

    White Collar MVP: Shearman & Sterling's Stephen Fishbein

    With victories that include securing the Second Circuit reversal of Todd Newman’s insider trading conviction that sent a shock through the industry, recently cemented when the U.S. Supreme Court wouldn’t hear a challenge, Shearman & Sterling LLP’s Stephen Fishbein has carved a berth among Law360’s 2015 White Collar MVPs.

  • November 24, 2015

    Fla. Gov't Contractor Pleads Guilty To Income Tax Fraud

    A Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based government contractor who leased Russian aircraft to the U.S. Air Force for training purposes pled guilty on Tuesday to filing false income tax returns.

  • November 24, 2015

    'Stressed Out' Juror Wants Out Of Sheldon Silver Graft Trial

    A juror in the corruption trial of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver asked to be excused from the panel shortly after deliberations began Tuesday, citing her discomfort and stress stemming from her "different opinion/view" of the case.

  • November 24, 2015

    Defunct For-Profit College's CEO Guilty Of Stealing From Gov't

    A Florida federal jury on Tuesday found the owner of a defunct Miami-based for-profit chain of schools guilty of stealing government money by submitting fraudulent documents on behalf of students in order to get access to federal financial aid programs.

  • November 24, 2015

    Bryan Cave Partner To Be Asked About Skelos Jury Concerns

    The Bryan Cave LLP partner who has raised concerns about jurors prematurely discussing evidence in the graft trial of former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam will be back in court next week so that U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood can ask her about what she heard.

  • November 24, 2015

    Disbarred Vegas Lawyer Cops To $5M Investment Scam

    A disbarred former attorney pled guilty in Las Vegas federal court Tuesday to participating in a $5 million fraud scheme orchestrated by a Swiss investment firm whose name is an acronym for "Make a Lot of Money."

  • November 24, 2015

    Ex-Hospital CFO, Docs Guilty In $580M Referral Billing Scheme

    Four people, including the former chief financial officer for a Long Beach, California, hospital at the center of a health care fraud and kickback scheme, have reached plea agreements admitting to being involved in the nearly $600 million billing scheme over spinal surgeries, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

  • November 24, 2015

    Pa. House Resolution Would Probe Impeachment For Kane

    A Pennsylvania state representative announced his plan Tuesday to float a resolution that would begin an investigation into whether embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane should face impeachment over criminal charges she’s facing for allegedly lying to a grand jury about her role in leaking confidential investigative material to the press.

  • November 24, 2015

    Jury Convicts Disbarred Atty For Role In Fraud Scheme

    A New Jersey federal jury convicted a disbarred attorney on money laundering and wire fraud charges Tuesday over a conspiracy to dupe individuals into investing in purported ticket-resale and real estate ventures and then using the money to pay off illegal gambling debts and personal expenses.

  • November 24, 2015

    Ill. US Atty To Join Armstrong Teasdale

    A U.S. attorney in Illinois will join Armstrong Teasdale LLP and focus on commercial class actions and whistleblower cases after stepping down at the end of this year, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • November 24, 2015

    Exec's Son Takes Stand In Ex-Bryan Cave Atty's Fraud Trial

    Convicted fraudster Calvin R. Darden Jr. told jurors Tuesday in the fraud trial of former Bryan Cave LLP attorney Harvey Newkirk that he and Newkirk created a litany of fake documents that associated them with Darden's wealthy father in a failed effort to buy Maxim magazine with millions of dollars in borrowed money.

  • November 24, 2015

    Pa. Lawmakers Seek Special Prosecutor For Porn Email Probe

    A group of Pennsylvania legislators joined state Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, on Tuesday in calling for an independent prosecutor to investigate how a judicial ethics board handled complaints that state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin sent and received emails including pornographic and racially charged material.

  • November 24, 2015

    Ex-NY Sen. Gets House Arrest For Lying In Corruption Probe

    Former New York state Sen. Thomas Libous, one of several prominent Albany lawmakers ensnared in a wide-ranging corruption investigation, was sentenced Tuesday to six months of house arrest on federal charges of lying to the FBI about his son's work at a Westchester County law firm.

  • November 24, 2015

    No Sign Sandusky Victims Paid To Testify, Prosecutor Says

    The Pennsylvania attorney general's office is unaware of any compensation that alleged victims of ex-Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach and convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky may have received to coerce their testimony during his criminal case, according to a prosecutor's letter unsealed Monday.

  • November 23, 2015

    Justices Asked To Flip FCA Intent Ruling In State Farm Case

    A criminal defense lawyers organization urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to reverse the Fifth Circuit's ruling that State Farm submitted a fraudulent Hurricane Katrina claim, saying the False Claims Act's intent requirement wasn't met because there was no proof that any of the insurer's employees knew the claim was false.

  • November 23, 2015

    Bryan Cave Atty Calls Skelos Judge With Concern Over Jurors

    The graft trial of former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam took an unusual turn Monday when the judge fielded a phone call in open court from a Bryan Cave LLP partner who worried that jurors may have been discussing evidence.

  • November 23, 2015

    Dad In $723M Scheme Hasn't Shown Harm, 2nd Circ. Says

    The Second Circuit on Monday rejected a protest from a hedge fund Ponzi schemer's father to the distribution taking place in the wake of the $723 million scheme, saying he can't point to other distributions as evidence he's been harmed.

  • November 23, 2015

    Health, Life Sciences Cos. Have Most IP Theft Issues: Report

    Health care, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies have the most widespread intellectual property theft issues of all industries surveyed for a global fraud report, despite the fact that these are the least likely businesses to be affected by any type of fraud, the report said.

Expert Analysis

  • Paris Attacks Underscore Debate In Apple Warrant Case

    Susan Feibus

    Just a few weeks ago, the Obama administration said it would not seek statutory authority to compel tech companies to provide the keys to encrypted communications. But following the Paris attacks the issue is again front and center. Judicially, the debate also continues as a federal magistrate judge in New York weighs a government request for Apple Inc. to unlock an iPhone. Nixon Peabody partner Susan Feibus recaps the debate.

  • New Federal Rules Acknowledge It’s Time To Drop The 'E'

    Gregory Leighton

    The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 are designed to usher in a new era in the U.S. litigation system, this time acknowledging that what was once known as “e-discovery” is now just discovery. The amendments are sweeping in scope, but none is more important than the revised Rule 37(e), say Gregory Leighton and Eric Choi of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP.

  • FinCEN Expands Data Collection Geography Beyond Banking

    Heather A. Kabele

    Over the last 15 months the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has issued five geographic targeting orders aimed at data collection that reach beyond the traditional banking sector into the armored car, common carrier and fashion sectors, says Heather Kabele at Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • Yates Memo May Help Gov't Get Foreign-Based Evidence

    Daniel Prince

    The process for obtaining foreign-based evidence that is outside the scope of a federal grand jury subpoena may become less complicated to the extent prosecutors condition cooperation credit under the Yates memorandum on the production of information that is housed overseas, including, for example, by a foreign affiliate, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Is The Risk Of Director Liability Really A 'Myth'?

    Michael W. Peregrine

    The conclusions of a recent scholarly article, “Seven Myths of Boards of Directors,” questioning the realistic financial liability exposure of corporate directors are persuasive and may offer comfort to many board members. But the data on which the authors rely is based on out-of-pocket payments in civil litigation. And the universe of risks confronting directors is increasingly from more diverse sources, says Michael Peregrine of ... (continued)

  • 3 Ways Technology Is Changing Law Office Designs


    A growing number of attorneys and firms are eschewing tradition by embracing technology to change not only the way we work, but also the way we organize our offices, says Anthony Johnson, founder and CEO of American Injury Attorney Group.

  • 13 Key Business Objectives For Corporate Legal Departments

    Joe Kanka

    Over the past 35 years, Joe Kanka has experienced the corporate legal department from many angles, including management positions at a major law firm litigation support center, two legal staffing companies, and inside AT&T and Bell Atlantic. Here, he shares his 13 key business objectives that corporate legal departments must strive for in today’s business environment.

  • A Little-Known Powerful Tool To Fight Calif. Insurance Fraud

    Shawn Hanson

    There is little case law interpreting the California Insurance Frauds Prevention Act, but several rulings issued over the last 18 months have confirmed the statute’s expansive reach and potential for significant recoveries, say Shawn Hanson and Maria Ellinikos at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • HIPAA Lessons From The Warner Chilcott Settlement

    Ellen L. Janos

    Now that the government has brought criminal charges under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act against Warner Chilcott employees as well as a physician practice owner for alleged unlawful access to, and disclosure of, patient medical records, providers and vendors should re-examine their existing HIPAA policies, says Ellen Janos of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Yates Sees Compliance Officers As DOJ's 'Crucial Partner'

    Linda Dale Hoffa

    Quite remarkably, Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates' speech Monday placed significant emphasis on the importance of a culture of compliance and responsibility in corporations, and her desire to prevent corporate crimes, says Linda Dale Hoffa, co-head of Dilworth Paxson LLP's white collar and corporate investigations practice group and a former federal prosecutor.