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