White Collar

  • August 26, 2016

    Ex-Exec 'Enforcer' Gets 1 Year In Hospital Kickback Scheme

    An Illinois federal judge sentenced a Chicago hospital's former chief operating officer to a year in prison Friday for his role as the “enforcer” in a massive kickback scheme involving referrals of patents covered by Medicare and Medicaid, court records show.

  • August 26, 2016

    Fla. Investment Advisers Plead Guilty To $2.2M Fraud Scheme

    Two Miami investment advisers pled guilty Friday to conspiring to commit securities fraud, admitting they stole more than $2.2 million of investor funds to spend on luxury vehicles for themselves, according to court records.

  • August 26, 2016

    ACLU Says Feds' Gag Order On Microsoft Makes No Sense

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday shot back at the government’s attempt to get rid of Microsoft’s challenge to gag orders that prevent service providers from telling customers about law enforcement demands for user data, arguing that the stance that consumers shouldn’t be notified “makes no constitutional sense.”

  • August 26, 2016

    Influential Women In Securities Law: Helen Kim

    Helen Kim’s determination in extracting the general counsel of Refco Inc. from a mess of litigation after the broker’s collapse, a process that took over a decade to finally complete, was one of many victories that made the Thompson Coburn LLP partner one of Law360’s Influential Women in Securities Law.

  • August 26, 2016

    Fed. Claims Won't Halt Navy Base Contract For Appeal

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims refused to stay a U.S. Navy base services contract while a decision upholding the contract's award to Louis Berger is challenged, saying Friday the rival bidder is unlikely to win on appeal and a delay would harm the Navy.

  • August 26, 2016

    Chicago Official Latest To Pin Acquittal Bid On McDonnell

    A former city of Chicago transportation official convicted of accepting gifts and bribes from a red-light camera operator asked an Illinois federal judge to reconsider his conviction Friday, saying prosecutors didn’t meet standards set by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

  • August 26, 2016

    Gov't Says Biofuel Exec Can't Shake $56M Fraud Conviction

    The federal government told an Indiana federal judge Friday that a former biofuel company executive convicted of hiding a $56 million fraud scheme should not be acquitted, saying there was more than enough evidence to prove the charges against him.

  • August 26, 2016

    Ex-Reuters Editor Asks 9th Circ. To Undo Hacking Conviction

    Reuters' former social media editor Matthew Keys has urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn his conviction for helping a hacker group break into the Los Angeles Times’ website and alter content, arguing that prosecutors introduced “irrelevant and highly prejudicial” evidence and damages theories at trial. 

  • August 26, 2016

    Feds Ask For Delay To Decide Whether To Retry McDonnell

    Prosecutors on Friday asked the Fourth Circuit for three more weeks to decide whether or not to pursue charges against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark June decision that vacated and remanded his bribery conviction, and redefined the standard for corruption charges.

  • August 26, 2016

    NH Man Cops To Hacking Charges In ‘Sextortion’ Scheme

    A New Hampshire man pled guilty Thursday to federal charges he hacked the online accounts of nearly a dozen women and threatened to release sexually explicit photos of the victims unless he was provided with more photos, according to federal prosecutors.

  • August 26, 2016

    Va. Couple Cops To $20M 'Visa-For-Sale' Indian Worker Scam

    A Virginia couple pled guilty Thursday to federal charges they operated a $20 million “visa-for-sale” scheme that established U.S. shell companies purportedly in need of Indian workers for jobs that did not exist, according to federal prosecutors.

  • August 26, 2016

    3 Indicted As Feds Crash Bogus Vehicle Investment Ring

    The promise of riches from compressed natural gas technology turned out to be a lot of hot air, prosecutors in North Carolina said Friday in announcing the indictment of three men who allegedly swindled more than $2.5 million from 140 investors, many of them elderly.

  • August 26, 2016

    Feds Fail To Halt Discovery In Gambler's Insider Trading Case

    A New York federal judge on Friday denied Manhattan federal prosecutors’ bid to halt discovery in civil proceedings against a prominent sports bettor and a former Dean Foods Co. board member over an insider trading scheme tied to pro golfer Phil Mickelson, finding that a stay would disadvantage the defense.

  • August 26, 2016

    Alleged Sandusky Victim Can't Pursue Private Criminal Case

    A Pennsylvania appeals court sided with state prosecutors on Thursday when it ruled that an alleged victim of convicted child abuser Jerry Sandusky waited too long to pursue a private criminal complaint against the former Penn State University assistant coach.

  • August 26, 2016

    Feds Urge 3rd Circ. To Deny Rehearing Bid In Menendez Case

    Federal prosecutors on Thursday urged the Third Circuit to reject U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s request for full circuit review of a decision upholding charges he unlawfully assisted a Florida eye doctor in exchange for gifts and political contributions, saying an examination into whether his alleged acts are protected from judicial scrutiny was properly done.

  • August 26, 2016

    PwC Reaches Deal Amid $5.5B Taylor Bean Trial

    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has reached a midtrial settlement of claims brought by the trustee for Taylor Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. that the accounting giant allegedly made possible a $5.5 billion fraud at the bankrupt mortgage lender, an attorney for the trustee said Friday.

  • August 25, 2016

    MetLife Owes For Elderly Woman's Lost Savings, Jury Told

    An elderly woman who was among hundreds of investors claiming MetLife agents tricked them into buying unregistered securities from an alleged $216 million Ponzi scheme urged a California jury Thursday to find the insurer liable for the loss of her life savings, adding that MetLife should also pay punitive damages.

  • August 25, 2016

    Fla. Finance Atty Pleads Guilty To Helping Hide 'Drug Money'

    A Tampa, Florida, attorney who specialized in financial and tax matters pled guilty after being caught in a sting by the Drug Enforcement Administration to structuring financial transactions to avoid currency reporting requirements, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida announced Wednesday.

  • August 25, 2016

    Wilmington Trust Investors Oppose Delay Of Criminal Trial

    Shareholders suing Wilmington Trust in Delaware federal court asked the judge presiding over a separate criminal fraud case against the bank Wednesday to deny the bank's request to delay the start of trial until September 2017, saying the bank has had enough time to review the millions of documents in the case.

  • August 25, 2016

    $62M Avon FCPA Settlement Gets Approval, Fees Cut 40%

    Attorneys for a shareholder class that reached a $62 million settlement with Avon Products Inc. last year over claims that it hid violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act will get $11.2 million in attorneys’ fees under final terms approved by a New York federal judge on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Defining Attorney-Client Relationships In The Electronic Age

    Elizabeth Fitch

    As technology has advanced, the ways in which attorneys communicate with clients, potential clients, former clients and the public has created new and ill-defined issues relating to whether an attorney-client relationship exists. Attorneys Elizabeth Fitch and Theodore Schaer discuss the often nebulous yet hazardous concepts that could lead to malpractice issues.

  • 4 Reasons Law Firm Business Development Initiatives Fail

    Adam Donovan

    By understanding four common reasons why law firm business development initiatives fail, we can more accurately define success, avoid pitfalls, and improve return on investment, says Adam Donovan, senior manager of patent business strategy at Fish & Richardson PC.

  • 5 Key Takeaways From Key Energy’s FCPA Settlement

    Michael Volkov

    Key Energy had adopted a code of conduct, a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-corruption policy, and a procurement policy, but made no effort to ensure that these policies were enforced in Mexico. Companies continue to fall short on the compliance front by relying on local country managers, says Michael Volkov, a former federal prosecutor.

  • The Psychological Edge Of Relieving Stressed Jurors

    Roy Futterman

    To guide overwhelmed jurors toward a calm, logical defense verdict in a high-stakes case, an attorney can apply the same psychological techniques that were developed in the treatment of substance abuse, says Dr. Roy Futterman, a clinical psychologist and director at DOAR Inc.

  • Export Penalty Guidance: A View From The Inside

    Kim Carlson

    On July 22, a final rule on export penalty guidance from the Bureau of Industry and Security became effective. Kim Carlson of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP sat down to discuss the implications with Troy Shaffer, a senior global trade adviser with the firm’s international trade group and retired special agent of the BIS Office of Export Enforcement.

  • From BigLaw To Your Own Firm: 4 Tips For Legal Startups

    Russell Shinsky

    Highly successful attorneys who are thinking about leaving the safe haven of a large law firm to go out on their own face a number of issues specific to the legal profession. Russell Shinsky, chairman of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP's law firms industry group, shares four pillars of a successful startup law firm.

  • 4 Communications Fundamentals For High-Stakes Litigation

    Michael J. Gross

    The court of public opinion can mete out judgments as harsh as those rendered by a court of law, which is why communications professionals and attorneys should be working together to protect their clients’ reputation and advance their legal objectives as litigation proceeds, as well as when decisions or settlements are reached, say Michael Gross and Walter Montgomery at Finsbury.

  • 9th Circ. Ruling Strikes Blow Against Feds In War On Pot

    Michael Chernis

    Although the Ninth Circuit's ruling in United States v. McIntosh affirms that the federal government can no longer prosecute medical marijuana suppliers and other individuals who are in full compliance with state medical marijuana laws, it leaves some areas where the feds can still take action against marijuana businesses, says Michael Chernis at Chernis Law Group PC.

  • The Lambis Case And The Future Of 'Stingray' Evidence

    Abraham J. Rein

    The decision in U.S. v. Lambis is part of a larger story of mounting attempts to constrain the government’s use of "stingrays," a technology whose use by law enforcement was largely unknown to the public as recently as 2011, says Abraham Rein, an associate with Post & Schell PC who was part of the team that won the Facebook speech case, U.S. v. Elonis, before the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • CFAA Clarity From 9th Circ. Password-Sharing Decisions

    Hanley Chew

    Coming less than two weeks apart in July, the Ninth Circuit's decisions in U.S. v. David Nosal and Facebook v. Power Ventures provide some guidance — at least in the Ninth Circuit — concerning when password-sharing is permissible under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, say Hanley Chew and Sebastian Kaplan of Fenwick & West LLP.