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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.