White Collar

  • October 5, 2015

    Pa. AG's Staffer Says Grand Jury Testimony Prompted Firing

    A former top staffer for Pennsylvania state Attorney General Kathleen Kane filed suit against his ex-boss Monday, alleging he was fired for testifying before a grand jury about her potentially illegal leak of confidential information to the media.

  • October 5, 2015

    High Court Won't Hear $24M Laundering Forfeiture Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court will leave standing the Fifth Circuit’s decision that U.S. Tours and Remittances and its law firm cannot recover funds that were forfeited as part of a $24 million money-laundering prosecution against the company’s owner, denying on Monday a petition for a writ of certiorari.

  • October 5, 2015

    Feds To Rethink Insider Trading Strategy After Newman Snub

    Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has shown no interest in taking on a landmark insider trading appeal this term, federal prosecutors have to contend with a remade legal landscape that will force them to cut back on some cases, let go of others and figure out ways around the high standards for proving the crime.

  • October 5, 2015

    Drivers Fight Feds’ Stay Request In GW Bridge Class Actions

    Drivers and transportation companies engaged in consolidated class actions over the George Washington Bridge scandal don’t think the federal government should be able to halt the proceedings just yet, telling a New Jersey federal judge Monday the case should at least continue through the pleading stage.

  • October 5, 2015

    Justices Won't Hear Union Boss' Sealed FBI Affidavit Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a Pennsylvania union boss seeking to overturn a Third Circuit decision rejecting his petition to seal in state court a federally sealed FBI affidavit used to defend the Philadelphia Inquirer against his libel suit.

  • October 5, 2015

    SEC Points To Menendez Decision In House Subpoena Fight

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a New York federal judge Monday that a decision ordering U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez to face most of a criminal corruption case shows the agency can question a former House Ways and Means Committee aide in a health care insider-trading probe.

  • October 5, 2015

    Lawyers Weigh In On Supreme Court's Newman Rejection

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to consider the U.S. Department of Justice's appeal of the Second Circuit’s landmark Newman decision on insider trading. Here, attorneys tell Law360 why the cert denial is significant.

  • October 5, 2015

    High Court Won't Revive Stanford Victims' Claims Against SEC

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider an argument by victims of Robert Allen Stanford’s $7 billion Ponzi scheme that the Eleventh Circuit’s decision shielding the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from a negligence suit gives the agency blanket immunity.

  • October 5, 2015

    Jury Clears 4 Out Of 5 In NJ Tax Lien Bid-Rigging Case

    A federal jury on Friday returned verdicts of “not guilty” for four out of five defendants accused of violating the Sherman Act by rigging the bid process for tax lien auctions in New Jersey between 1998 and 2009, finding one New Jersey-based independent contractor guilty of conspiracy.

  • October 5, 2015

    Twin Brothers Get Prison For Hacking State Dept.

    Twin brothers who worked as contractors for federal departments were sentenced to prison in Virginia federal court Friday after they pled guilty to a host of charges related to hacking State Department and commercial Internet systems and stealing credit card, passport and other personal information.

  • October 5, 2015

    Swiss Banker Who Testified Against UBS Exec Avoids Prison

    A Swiss banker who cooperated extensively in the United States' unsuccessful prosecution of former high-ranking UBS AG executive Raoul Weil received probation and a $150,000 fine Monday in Florida federal court for his role in helping U.S. clients evade taxes.

  • October 5, 2015

    FCC Urged To Probe Lobbying For Prison Call Contracts

    An advocacy group urged the Federal Communications Commission in a letter made public Monday to investigate lobbying by prison call service providers as it considers an order that would place caps on the rates that inmates could be charged for phone calls, alleging abuse and corruption in the industry.

  • October 5, 2015

    High Court Knocks Down Madoff Victims’ Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a bid for review of a Second Circuit decision finding that early investors in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme can’t collect inflation or interest on their losses, paving the way for a $1.2 billion payout to victims.

  • October 5, 2015

    Swiss Court Denies Venezuelan Soccer Official's Bail Bid

    The Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland has denied a request by an indicted South American soccer official to be released on bail pending extradition proceedings in the U.S.’ wide-ranging soccer corruption case, finding that he is a flight risk, it was announced on Monday.

  • October 5, 2015

    Pa. Disciplinary Board Urged To Weigh Full Disbarment For AG

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s disciplinary board was urged on Monday to consider a full disbarment for the state’s embattled attorney general after she was slapped with additional charges last week for allegedly lying to a grand jury about her duty to protect the confidentiality of her office’s past investigations.

  • October 5, 2015

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Pays $14M Over Alleged China Bribes

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. on Monday agreed to pay $14 million to settle allegations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that its representatives in China bribed state-owned and state-controlled hospitals to boost prescription sales.

  • October 5, 2015

    Ex-Judge Denied Review Of Drug Ring Cover-Up Conviction

    A former Tennessee state judge sentenced to prison for lying about a painkiller distribution scheme to feed his drug addiction was denied U.S. Supreme Court review Monday despite his contention that he was prosecuted for statements that are no more criminal than gossip at a dinner party.

  • October 5, 2015

    Supreme Court Rejects Newman Insider Trading Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the federal government’s appeal of the Second Circuit’s landmark Newman decision on insider trading, rejecting the opportunity to rule on the thorny and divisive definition of what constitutes the crime.

  • 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.”

Expert Analysis

  • 3rd Circ. Reins In Damages For Disadvantaged Business Fraud

    David A. Vicinanzo

    Curtailing an aggressive loss theory that held defendants to more than the government’s loss in some fraud cases, the Third Circuit's recent decision in U.S. v. Nagle makes clear that when the government contracts for goods or services and receives them, the proper measure of loss is not the full value of the contract, say attorneys with Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • 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.