White Collar

  • October 2, 2015

    Feds Call In Mine Safety Attys As Blankenship Trial Begins

    West Virginia’s U.S. attorney has conscripted two Department of Labor mine safety lawyers as special prosecutors for the trial of former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship, new filings revealed Thursday, as jury selection began on charges he mandated safety shortcuts before a 29-death mine explosion.

  • October 2, 2015

    Utah County Fights Tribe's Bid To Halt Prosecutions

    A Utah county on Thursday attacked a tribe’s bid for preliminary injunctions in prosecutions against individual tribal members on disputed territory, saying that some of the cases are moot and characterizing the tribe’s arguments of being denied due constitutional process as irrelevant material that “litter the record.”

  • October 2, 2015

    Ex-Midamar Manager Sentenced In False Halal Export Case

    The former operations manager of halal food distributor Midamar Corp. was sentenced on Thursday to three years of probation, after pleading guilty this year to conspiracy for falsely certifying that certain products complied with Islamic slaughter requirements before shipment to Muslim countries.

  • October 2, 2015

    Navy Official Indicted For Steering $1.6M Silencer Deal To Bro

    A U.S. Navy intelligence official has been indicted for allegedly arranging to use $1.6 million in Navy funds to purchase unlicensed weapons silencers from his brother.

  • October 2, 2015

    Kaplan Fox, Kahn Swick To Lead Eletrobras Investor Suit

    A New York federal judge consolidated two putative investor class actions against Brazilian state-run power company Eletrobras on Thursday, naming Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP and Kahn Swick & Foti LLC lead counsel.

  • October 2, 2015

    NJ Staying Out Of Feds’ Bid To Halt Bridge Class Actions

    The New Jersey attorney general’s office won't fight prosecutors' bid to stay consolidated putative class actions over the George Washington Bridge scandal, saying Thursday it takes no position on U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman's arguments that a stay is necessary to protect the integrity of a related criminal proceedings.

  • October 2, 2015

    Honey Execs OK’d To Exit Smuggling Suit In $3M Settlement

    An Illinois federal judge granted final approval Friday to a $3 million settlement over an alleged scheme to smuggle Chinese honey into the U.S., allowing the former heads of U.S. honey importer Groeb Farms to exit a class action that claims $180 million worth of harm to the domestic honey market.

  • October 2, 2015

    Coca-Cola, Visa, McDonald's Urge FIFA Prez To Step Down

    FIFA sponsors Coca-Cola, Visa and McDonald's on Friday called on embattled FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter to step down immediately new criminal allegations against him in order to help the soccer governing body rebuild credibility amid a wide-ranging corruption investigation.

  • October 2, 2015

    CFTC Says Judge Needn't Recuse Over Trader's Fear Claims

    A former trader convicted of threatening to murder regulators is battling the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission over a bid for the recusal of a New York federal judge he says is afraid of him, with the CFTC recently saying the trader has already tried to get the judge tossed for frivolous reasons.

  • October 2, 2015

    Dilworth Paxson Adds Ex-Asst US Atty In Philly

    Dilworth Paxson LLP announced Friday that it had landed a former federal prosecutor to join its white collar and corporate investigations practice group in Philadelphia as of counsel.

  • October 2, 2015

    2nd Pa. Justice Faces Renewed Scrutiny Over Porn Email Link

    Pennsylvania’s embattled attorney general is turning up the heat on a state Supreme Court justice over pornographic and other offensive material he purportedly received and sent from a private email account.

  • October 2, 2015

    Chicago Atty Cops To $11M Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    A Chicago attorney has pled guilty to participating in a mortgage loan scheme that defrauded Bank of America, Wells Fargo and other firms of at least $11 million.

  • October 2, 2015

    Former NFL Player Gets Prison In Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    A New Jersey state judge on Friday imposed a five-year prison sentence on former NFL player Irving Fryar and gave his mother three years of probation over defense attorneys' objections that a jury's guilty verdict in the duo's mortgage fraud trial went against the weight of evidence.

  • October 1, 2015

    Justices Take Death Row Appeal Over Judge's Recusal Choice

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday that it would review the case of a Pennsylvania death row inmate who says he was denied due process when a state high court justice didn't recuse himself from the inmate's appeal, even though he authorized pursuit of the the man's death sentence as a prosecutor.

  • October 1, 2015

    Geico Suit Over Kickbacks Paused For Ringleader Sentencing

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday refused to toss Geico's suit accusing the owners of a group of outpatient care facilities of defrauding the insurer in a kickback scheme, but agreed to stay the proceeding until the alleged ringleaders are sentenced in a related criminal suit.

  • October 1, 2015

    VW, Kirkland Face DOJ Push For Individual Prosecutions

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP faces the formidable task of defending Volkswagen after the company admitted to using software blatantly designed to trick emissions tests, and experts say the attorneys' job here is more delicate as this is perhaps the first major corporate scandal since the U.S. Department of Justice signaled its desire to prosecute individual company executives.

  • October 1, 2015

    DOJ Individual Plan Won't Mean Big Changes, Official Says

    U.S. Department of Justice antitrust enforcers will integrate the new agencywide policy to more aggressively pursue individuals, but companies should not expect to see any “dramatic” changes from the watchdog’s current prosecution program, DOJ official Renata Hesse said Thursday.

  • October 1, 2015

    DOL Lets Credit Suisse Manage Pensions After Criminal Plea

    The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday granted Credit Suisse AG’s request for a waiver to manage roughly $2 billion in pension funds despite pleading guilty last year to aiding tax evasion.

  • October 1, 2015

    Madoff Trustee Can't Claw Back Foreign Transfers, Cos. Say

    Dozens of investment companies that withdrew funds from Bernie Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme before it collapsed asked a New York bankruptcy court Wednesday to toss the Madoff trustee’s clawback bid because the transfers took place outside the U.S.

  • October 1, 2015

    Sports Drink Co. Exec Gets 6 Years For $9M Fraud Scheme

    An Ohio man convicted of defrauding investors, including R & B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, of $9 million through a sports drink company and using the money buy luxury items and weapons was sentenced to more than six years in prison by an Ohio federal court on Thursday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Expert Analysis

  • It May Not Always Be Safe To Follow Advice Of Counsel

    Steven A. Shaw

    The recent Southern District of New York decision in United States v. Wells Fargo Bank is one of the very few addressing whether an individual civil defendant can present an advice of counsel defense using information his employer asserts to be protected by attorney-client privilege, say Steven Shaw and Luke Meier of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Lessons From Avon's FCPA-Related Settlements

    Riyaz Dattu

    When Avon Products Inc. first learned about potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act problems in China, it simply directed that internal control measures be instituted at the subsidiary, with no follow-up on the compliance initiatives. By the time Avon began a full-blown internal investigation, much of the damage had been done, say Riyaz Dattu and Sonja Pavic of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

  • Current Capacitor Investigation May Be Tip Of Large Iceberg

    Robert Connolly

    The Antitrust Division’s grand jury investigation of the massive capacitors industry had been relatively quiet until the U.S. Department of Justice's recent announcement of criminal charges against NEC Tokin Corp. The first guilty plea changes the question from "Was there a capacitor cartel?" to "How deep does this go?” says Robert Connolly, a partner with GeyerGorey LLP and former chief of the Antitrust Division’s Philadelphia field office.

  • Caldwell Remarks Clarify Yates Memo's Purpose

    Richard Smith

    Although the U.S. Department of Justice's recent memo on the prosecution of individuals is termed “guidance,” statements made by Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell at a conference last week make it clear that the new memo will carry with it a new approach to the DOJ’s corporate resolutions, say attorneys with Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • OPINION: Paul Harvey, RIP


    After recently hearing a young trial lawyer start his opening statement with the Paul Harvey approach, I feel motivated to set out the reasons why defense lawyers should not use this technique anymore, says Dr. Ross Laguzza of R&D Strategic Solutions.

  • DOJ Targets D&O: Yates Memo's Impact On Insurance Claims

    Susan R. Huntington

    The U.S. Department of Justice's new enforcement policy holding individual corporate executives accountable for corporate wrongdoing in both criminal and civil cases will likely increase the costs associated with claims under director and officer insurance policies, say attorneys at Day Pitney LLP.

  • 10 Marketing Tips From A Young Partner Perspective

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    No one ever told you in law school that once you received the highly coveted associate job in a big firm, that to really succeed at that job and climb the ranks quickly you need to take on a second job — marketing, says Richard Segal of Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine PL.

  • OPINION: Have Big Law Firms Lost Their Way?

    Dennis R. Suplee

    My hope is that this article will not be seen as a rant by a senior trial lawyer. The truth is that some things get worse with the passage of time and it should be fair to comment upon such deterioration, says Dennis Suplee, a partner and former chairman of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

  • Strategies For Drug Cos. Facing Parallel Gov't Investigations

    David Robbins

    The recent settlement of federal civil and criminal proceedings involving Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. shows how intragovernmental cooperation between criminal and civil investigative processes handicaps companies in their legitimate defense, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Anticipating Criminal Charges Against Volkswagen

    Linda Dale Hoffa

    In the past year, Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors LLC were criminally investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice. Both companies entered into deferred prosecution agreements, and no individuals were criminally charged. After its stunning admissions this week, Volkswagen likely will not be as fortunate as its competitors in avoiding indictment — for two reasons, says Linda Dale Hoffa of Dilworth Paxson LLP.