White Collar

  • February 10, 2016

    Ralphs Tells 9th Circ. Noel Canning Shields Rehiring Docs

    Ralphs Grocery on Wednesday urged the Ninth Circuit to vacate a National Labor Relations Board decision forcing it to provide labor unions with documents from the company's audit of illegal secret rehiring of locked-out employees in 2003, arguing the high court's Noel Canning decision invalidates the ruling.

  • February 10, 2016

    Fla. Judge Denies Recusal Bid By Convicted Ponzi Schemer

    A Florida federal judge refused Wednesday to step down from the trial of a former vacation rental firm executive convicted for his role in a $300 million Ponzi scheme, a week after the executive accused him of bias.

  • February 10, 2016

    Ex-Bryan Cave Atty Admits Threat To Murder Ex-Coworker

    A former Bryan Cave LLP attorney admitted in Missouri federal court on Wednesday that he threatened to kill a former co-worker at the firm during a 2013 phone call, according to court filings and news reports.

  • February 10, 2016

    Ex-LA Sheriff Baca Admits Lying To Feds, Faces 6 Months

    Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca faces up to six months in prison after pleading guilty on Wednesday in California federal court to a felony criminal charge that he lied to federal authorities during their corruption investigation into the sheriff’s department.

  • February 10, 2016

    Bankrupt KaloBios Faces Fire For Employee Bonus Plan

    Investors suing KaloBios, which hit Chapter 11 weeks after its ousted CEO Martin Shkreli was charged with securities fraud, have taken aim at the embattled and bankrupt drug developer’s employee bonus plan, arguing it’s unnecessary for a company with uncertain prospects for any future revenues.

  • February 10, 2016

    Fla. Couple Must Pay $3M Over Precious Metals Scheme

    A Florida federal judge has ordered a Florida couple to pay nearly $3 million to settle charges by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission that they absconded with customer funds from illegal, off-exchange precious metals transactions, the commission announced Tuesday.

  • February 10, 2016

    NCAI, Women's Groups Back Reliance On Tribal Convictions

    The National Congress of American Indians and Native American women’s advocacy groups have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a Ninth Circuit ruling that threw out a Native American man’s federal domestic assault charges, with the NCAI arguing the tribal court convictions the prosecution relied on were fair.

  • February 10, 2016

    Proposed Hiring Would Give DOJ Extra Enforcement Firepower

    The U.S. Department of Justice's latest budget request would give the Antitrust Division enough money to add nearly 100 new attorneys, a move former DOJ attorneys say would not only help the watchdog rebound from the losses it suffered during sequestration and a hiring freeze but also put it well above historical levels amid a wave of transactions and complex cartel work.

  • February 10, 2016

    1 Exec Shakes Jail Time In W.Va. Spill Case, 1 Seeks Same

    One former Freedom Industries Inc. owner has received probation from a West Virginia federal judge for his role in a massive chemical spill in 2014, while a second has asked to be spared prison time as well, saying he had simply been negligent and not intended for the spill to occur.

  • February 10, 2016

    Pro Race Car Driver, Atty Charged With $2B Payday Loan Scam

    Professional race car driver Scott Tucker and one of his attorneys were arrested by the FBI on Wednesday and charged with running a $2 billion illegal payday lending operation involving Native American tribes that charged interest rates as high as 700 percent.

  • February 10, 2016

    Payday Lender Charged With $161M Fraud Scheme

    A Missouri man has been indicted by a New York grand jury with running a payday lending scheme that evaded state usury laws and collected over $161 million from hundreds of thousands of customers, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced Wednesday.

  • February 10, 2016

    FIFA Bribery Suspect Loses Bid For Pretrial Release

    Former FIFA official and bribery suspect Eduardo Li will stay in custody for now, a New York federal judge ruled Wednesday, after federal prosecutors said they were worried that Li could flee to his native Costa Rica.

  • February 10, 2016

    Axed Fraud Charge Is Haunting Surgeon, 7th Circ. Told

    A cardiac surgeon caught up in the 2011 bust of a Chicago-area weight loss chain's then-owner for alleged Medicaid and private insurance fraud asked the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to permanently remove the doctor's dismissed but still "burdensome" indictment from the record.

  • February 10, 2016

    Pennsylvania DA Says Phone Records Wrongly Released

    Pennsylvania's Centre County district attorney — embroiled with county officials and criminal defenders over an alleged smear campaign — told a state appeals court Wednesday prosecutors' offices are judicial entities under a transparency law and an injunction stating the county should not have released her phone records should stand.

  • February 10, 2016

    Victims Say HSBC Helped Finance 'Terrorist' Cartel Attacks

    HSBC Holdings PLC is facing claims that it financed terrorism by allowing a number of Mexican drug cartels to launder billions of dollars through its branches, according to the families of victims of three “horrific” attacks, who have sued the bank in Texas federal court.

  • February 10, 2016

    Oil And Gas Co. Must Arbitrate Contract Claims, Court Told

    An English oil company being sued in Texas federal court over an African drilling contract it allegedly quit because of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation into its U.S. partner asked a judge to throw the partner's case out on Tuesday, saying it failed to arbitrate the dispute as it had agreed to do.

  • February 10, 2016

    Embattled AG Kane Survives Ouster Vote In Pa. Senate

    A move to oust Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose law license has been suspended in the wake of criminal charges, failed to garner the required two-thirds majority in an initial vote in the state’s Senate on Wednesday.

  • February 10, 2016

    Miami Doc Pleads Guilty In $20M Medicare Fraud

    A Miami physician has pled guilty to accepting kickbacks in exchange for writing false prescriptions, as part of a $20 million scheme to defraud Medicare, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • February 10, 2016

    Feds Drop More Charges In $24M Iran Export Suit

    Federal prosecutors sought to dismiss charges against three companies Tuesday for allegedly violating Iran trade sanctions by importing microelectronics to the country, following a pair of pardons in the case amid a deal with Iran that freed several imprisoned Americans.

  • February 10, 2016

    Neb. Hotel Exec. Pleads Guilty To Unlawful Hiring

    A Nebraska hotel operator has pled guilty to charges he illegally employed an undocumented Mexican national by arranging for her to work under various aliases to avoid detection, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday. 

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Fraud Trends For 2016 In 1 Word: Technology

    Gerry Zack

    The photo of a cat that an employee emails may actually contain some of the organization's most sensitive information. Steganography — a technique for hiding something in plain sight — has become a standard practice for cybercriminals in the last year and will continue to gain momentum in 2016, says Gerry Zack of BDO USA LLP.

  • A Cautionary Tale About 'Other Acts' And Insider Trading

    Daniel Wenner

    Former Major League Baseball star Douglas DeCinces' recent strikeout in the Ninth Circuit is noteworthy for the government’s application of Rule 404(b) in an insider trading case. Both this tactic — which appears like "guilt by association" — and outcome could have serious implications for other defendants in insider trading prosecutions, say Daniel Wenner and Kenton Atta-Krah of Day Pitney LLP.