White Collar

  • July 2, 2015

    Och-Ziff Seeks Toss Of Securities Suit Over FCPA Inquiries

    Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC urged a New York federal judge on Thursday to dismiss class action allegations it artificially inflated stock prices by hiding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations into multimillion-dollar payments it made in Africa, saying plaintiffs' complaint doesn't lay out enough specific facts pointing to bribery.

  • July 2, 2015

    Cardinals Fire Scouting Director Amid Hacking Probe

    The St. Louis Cardinals have fired scouting director Chris Correa in connection with the hacking scandal that has resulted in a federal investigation into whether the team illegally accessed the internal database of the Houston Astros, an attorney hired by the team confirmed Thursday.

  • July 2, 2015

    Doctor Tied To Sen. Menendez Scandal Gets Bail In Fla. Case

    A wealthy Florida eye doctor facing criminal charges for allegedly bribing his close friend U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., was granted bail in a separate Medicare fraud case in Florida, with an $18 million bond agreement reached Thursday set to end his roughly 11-week detention.

  • July 2, 2015

    Jersey Shore Pizza Shop Owners Cop To Tax Evasion

    The owners of an iconic Jersey Shore eatery on Thursday admitted to committing tax evasion in other crimes against the Internal Revenue Service during their rise and fall at Manco & Manco Pizza, which still operates in four locations.

  • July 2, 2015

    JPMorgan Asks FCC To Back LightSquared Bid Despite Felony

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. urged the Federal Communications Commission in a filing made public Thursday not to block its bid to take an equity interest in LightSquared Inc. following a recent antitrust settlement, saying the relevant conduct was not communications-related and had been rectified.

  • July 2, 2015

    2nd Circ. Gives Convicted Ex-NY Sen. More Time For Motion

    The Second Circuit has given some convicted criminals more time to move for their sentences to be vacated, including a former New York state senator convicted of corruption, saying Thursday that a conviction isn't considered final if a substantive restitution question is still pending.

  • July 2, 2015

    Perry Says High Court Ruling Kills Abuse-Of-Office Charges

    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry this week told a state appeals court that a criminal case decided at the end of the U.S. Supreme Court term “unambiguously repudiates” an essential theory of the prosecutor’s abuse-of-office charges against him.

  • July 2, 2015

    Rabobank To Improve Anti-Money Laundering Efforts

    The Federal Reserve announced on Thursday that the New York branch of Dutch lender Rabobank has agreed to increase its anti-money laundering compliance after an examination of the bank revealed it wasn’t up to scratch.

  • July 2, 2015

    4 Charged With Smuggling Minors To Work At Egg Farms

    A federal grand jury has charged four people for their involvement in an alleged scheme to smuggle Guatemalan minors into the U.S. so they could de-beak chickens and clean coops at egg farms in Ohio, according to an indictment unsealed on Wednesday.

  • July 2, 2015

    Blackwater Guards Want Settlement Info To Curb Restitution

    Three Blackwater Worldwide guards sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their roles in a deadly 2007 shooting in Iraq asked a D.C. federal judge Wednesday to subpoena settlement details their victims reached with their former employer in order to mitigate sought financial restitution.

  • July 2, 2015

    DOJ Nets Another Swiss Bank Tax Confession

    U.S. Department of Justice deals with Swiss banks accused of breaking U.S. tax code continue to roll in, as yet another European bank agreed on Thursday to pay penalties for helping American taxpayers hide assets overseas.

  • July 2, 2015

    Ex-DOD Contractor Gets 2.5 Years, $1M Fine In Bribery Case

    A former Defense Department contractor faces two and a half years in prison and a $1 million fine after being sentenced on charges he attempted to bribe government officials to win contracts in an Ohio federal court Wednesday.

  • July 2, 2015

    US Asks Switzerland To Extradite Arrested FIFA Officials

    The United States on Wednesday asked Switzerland to hand over seven high-level FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges in a dawn raid of the officials’ hotel in Zurich in May ahead of the global soccer governing body’s congress.

  • July 2, 2015

    Imprisoned Ex-White House Atty Michael Farren Disbarred

    The D.C. Court of Appeals has disbarred J. Michael Farren, a former attorney in the two Bush administrations who was sentenced in September to 15 years in Connecticut state prison for trying to murder his wife.

  • July 2, 2015

    Rakoff To Gupta: Newman No Escape Hatch For You

    The conviction of former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. board member Rajat Gupta will stand despite a December decision that redrew the lines for insider-trading prosecutions, New York federal judge Jed Rakoff ruled Thursday, calling Gupta's arguments “too late and too little.”

  • July 2, 2015

    The Biggest NJ Court Decisions Of 2015: Midyear Report

    The U.S. Supreme Court has already left its mark on 2015, but the New Jersey Supreme Court has issued several heavyweight opinions of its own, from allowing Gov. Chris Christie to cut more than $1 billion in pension funding to cementing potential new hurdles for discrimination and whistleblower plaintiffs. Here are seven state appellate decisions that attorneys say will have a significant impact.

  • July 2, 2015

    Ex-Fund Manager Back To Jail For $10M In Unpaid Judgments

    A New York federal judge ordered defunct hedge fund ThinkStrategy Capital Management LLC's founder, who owes the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and others nearly $10 million in judgments, back to jail until he pays his debts, ruling Wednesday he did not prove an inability to pay.

  • July 2, 2015

    Securities Probe Of Texas AG May Lead To Fraud Charges

    Special prosecutors tasked with investigating Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for alleged securities violations said Thursday they have found evidence of possible securities fraud that would constitute a first-degree felony and will present evidence to a grand jury within the month.

  • July 1, 2015

    5 Sentenced In Fla. For $25M Health Care Fraud Scheme

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday sentenced five people to a collective 13.5 years in prison for their roles in a $25 million health care fraud scheme that involved recruiting individuals in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic to enroll in Medicare and Medicaid plans.

  • July 1, 2015

    Consultant Linked To Dallas Bribery Scheme Pleads Guilty

    A consultant accused of helping funnel money to a powerful Dallas County commissioner as part of a long-running bribery scheme to obtain government contracts on Wednesday pled guilty to a conspiracy charge.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding Compliance Red Cards After FIFA Scandal

    Jeff Severson

    Sports marketing companies were central to the criminal conduct described in the FIFA indictment, which raises issues about how both sports marketing companies and sponsors can avoid being taken advantage of and steer clear of entering into contracts with organizations that engage in bribery and corruption, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Casinos Can No Longer Gamble On FinCEN Compliance

    Travis Nelson

    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's comments at the Nevada Bar Association’s Bank Secrecy Act Conference in Las Vegas and recent enforcement actions against casinos reflect FinCEN’s expectation that casinos and card clubs be held to the same high compliance standards as their much more pervasively regulated bank counterparts, say attorney at Reed Smith LLP.

  • Texting With An Informant: Lessons From Pa. Wiretap Ruling

    Lathrop B. Nelson III

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently addressed whether text messages sent on an iPad were covered under the Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act. Although Commonwealth v. Diego arose in the context of guns and drugs, the opinion nonetheless has implications for the use of informants and technology in a wide range of government investigations, says Lathrop Nelson of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

  • DOJ Sends Warning To Political Campaigns And Super PACs

    Robert Higdon

    It doesn’t get much worse than having your mother lie for you, being turned in by your own party and receiving an active federal prison sentence. But, while all the political operatives in the country get a good laugh at Tyler Harber’s expense, we should not miss the importance of the prosecution. It is the first of many investigations into the world of big money politics, says Robert Higdon, a partner at Williams Mullen and former... (continued)

  • The Top 3 New Do’s And Don’ts For Law Firm Websites

    Stephan Roussan

    In legal marketing circles, there are few topics peddled about more than “hot tips” for improving your law firm’s website. Google it. You’ll find more advice than you could ever digest. However, there are larger trends in technology, culture and user behavior that are impacting firms in very significant ways and are not being talked about nearly as much as they should be, says Stephan Roussan, founder of consulting and web developm... (continued)

  • What High Court Said About Warrants In Hotel Records Ruling

    Roger Hillman

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Los Angeles v. Patel is consistent with the trend of the current court to limit those circumstances in which a warrantless search may be permitted. The court recognizes that current technology has made the process for law enforcement to obtain a warrant much less cumbersome and time-consuming than in the past, says Roger Hillman of Garvey Schubert Barer.

  • A Few Lessons From FCPA Trial Of Ex-PetroTiger CEO

    Marsha Gerber

    The trial of former PetroTiger Ltd. CEO Joseph Sigelman came to an abrupt end last week after prosecutors agreed to a plea agreement that appears to include terms favorable to the ousted executive. The case garnered widespread interest in part because criminal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases are rarely tried — this was only the fourth FCPA prosecution in as many years to progress all the way to trial, say attorneys with Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Takeaways From 11th Circ. Ruling On Cell Tracking

    Stephen Corso

    Because historical cell tower location information reveals a user’s general location during past calls, defendants and privacy advocates have argued, and some judges have ruled, that the government must have probable cause and a warrant under the Fourth Amendment to acquire it. But the Eleventh Circuit in U.S. v. Davis recently joined the Fifth Circuit in rejecting this argument, say Stephen Corso and Pierre Grosdidier of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Best Practices For Avoiding Spoliation

    Paul D. Steinman

    Motions for sanctions based on spoliation of evidence have become increasingly common, and a company that is not prepared to defend against a claim of spoliation may find itself forced to choose between an unfavorable settlement offer or the imposition of sanctions that could prevent it from prevailing on its claims or defenses, say Paul Steinman and Thomas Sanchez of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Canada Anti-Corruption Law May Affect FCPA Enforcement

    James Koukios

    Canada’s new Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act increases the likelihood of extractive-sector-focused anti-corruption investigations in Canada, in the United States and farther abroad, say James Koukios and Lauren Navarro of Morrison & Foerster LLP.