Especially in the area of corporate investigations, there is a trend to criminally prosecute conduct that doesn't deserve such sanctions. Practices that need reform should be a focus for regulators, but criminal charges are not the right vehicle to obtain systemic change, says Michele Hirshman, a leader in Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's litigation department.
The president of Tri-Star Holdings Inc., a purported gold mining company, has pled guilty to charges he offered kickbacks to a pension fund fiduciary for buying millions of shares in the company at inflated prices.
Irving Picard, the trustee responsible for trying to collect billions of dollars pilfered in Bernard L. Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, filed a $60 billion fraud suit Friday against Austrian financier Sonja Kohn, whose Bank Medici AG was implicated in the fraud and taken over by Austrian authorities last year.
Federal prosecutors have hit Medtronic Inc. with a subpoena requesting information related to the sales, marketing and reimbursement support practices of its neurostimulation products, a development that follows the launch of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation earlier this year into Medicare claims for the company's defibrillators.
A Colorado fine arts company that says it lost more than $19 million in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme has sued the federal government, claiming the money was lost because of "gross negligence" on the part of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
A lawyer for a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. computer programmer accused of stealing high-frequency trading system code told jurors in closing arguments Thursday that the federal government's case “doesn't fly,” reiterating arguments that the defendant merely violated a confidentiality policy.
Three former executives at UBS AG were indicted Thursday for their alleged participation in fraud schemes and bid-rigging related to contracts in the municipal bond market.
A former Valspar Corp. chemist who pled guilty to stealing trade secrets worth as much as $20 million from the Chicago-based paint maker has received a sentence of 15 months in federal prison.
A federal judge sentenced a former KBR Inc. supervisor in Afghanistan to more than three years in prison Thursday for taking about $200,000 in subcontractors' so-called illegal gratuities, which a judge characterized as bribes.
The federal government has challenged a move by former Frontier Holdings Inc. CEO Jeffrey Wallace Edwards to have charges that he swindled dozens of investors out of $7.4 million thrown out because of prosecutorial misconduct.
A federal appeals court panel has clarified that its decision in a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit brought by Norex Petroleum Ltd. applies only to private civil actions under the law and not to criminal RICO actions, a move that comes in response to government concerns that the ruling could have limited its power to apply RICO extraterritorially.
Admitted Ponzi schemer and former hedge fund manager Arthur G. Nadel, who was slapped with a 14-year prison term in October, has filed a notice in federal court to preserve his opportunity to lodge an appeal.
The trustee working to round up assets for victims of Bernard Madoff has shot off another round of adversary suits in his ongoing litigation spree, this time targeting seven global banks for more than $1 billion in recoveries for their alleged connections to Madoff's massive fraud.
An Italian court has reportedly convicted Parmalat SpA founder Calisto Tanzi of orchestrating the massive fraud that led to the dairy giant’s bankruptcy, sentencing him to 18 years in prison.
Cybercrime, financial fraud cases arising from the financial meltdown above and beyond traditional banking cases, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases, and health care fraud investigations featuring more state and federal cooperation should all be areas of increased activity for white collar practitioners in the future, says Mark E. Beck, a leader in Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's white collar practice group.
Western Titanium Inc. is fighting to exclude the U.S. government’s witnesses as the trial over the metal supplier’s alleged military contracting fraud enters its 20th day.
The European Commission on Wednesday proposed that all member states have a minimum prison sentence for what it called the most serious violations of financial services rules, including insider trading and other market manipulation.
The trustee of the now-defunct Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC and his British counterpart have filed a complaint for $80 million in recoveries from parties connected to Madoff's London operation, as well as complaints against UBS AG for $555 million and a Madoff feeder fund tied to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Accused swindler Kenneth Marsh is challenging a magistrate judge’s decision to impose additional bail requirements that prevented the head of investment company Gryphon Holdings Inc. from leaving prison and preparing a defense in the $20 million fraud case.
Federal prosecutors told jurors on Wednesday that a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. programmer charged with stealing high-frequency trading code, who claims taking the code was nothing more serious than a breach of a confidentiality agreement, previously faced a lawsuit for running Internet game sites that allegedly infringed copyrights for “Wheel of Fortune.”