The Supreme Court of New Jersey on Tuesday published a decision with ramifications for criminal prosecutions statewide, ruling that trial judges can reseat jurors disqualified because of their race, thereby preventing litigators from “jury shopping” on racial grounds.
A U.K. court on Wednesday shot down the newspaper industry’s effort to derail a new press regulation package approved by politicians that same day amid revelations of the first guilty pleas from journalists in the phone-hacking and bribery investigation that has rocked British media since 2011.
A New York federal judge on Tuesday made it easier for the attorney tasked with liquidating Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC’s bankruptcy estate to recover $8 billion from recipients of customer money from Madoff feeder funds.
Controversial former NFL player Freddie Mitchell will serve 37 months in prison for his role in the filing of more than $2 million in false tax refunds for clients including NBA player Drew Gooden, a Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday.
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Monday revived a petition from an ex-Duane Morris LLP client and former Rite Aid Corp. executive who was convicted in the Rite Aid accounting fraud scandal of the early 2000s who is preparing to sue the firm for allegedly mishandling his cases.
A former soldier and a civilian employee of contractor Fluor Inc. were sentenced in a Colorado court to prison Monday for helping steal more than $1 million in fuel from an Army base in Afghanistan.
The former president of a defunct chemical company was sentenced to a year in prison by a Texas federal judge on Monday for failing to protect an employee from inhaling a poisonous gas that caused his death.
Former U.S. Navy contractor Precision Image Corp. will pay $300,000 and its owner will serve a prison sentence after pleading guilty to providing the Taiwanese government with sensitive military circuit board technology in violation of U.S. export control laws, prosecutors said Monday.
Dutch lender Rabobank on Tuesday became the latest major bank to settle allegations it manipulated Libor, agreeing to pay over $1 billion in civil and criminal fines and announcing that its CEO had resigned in the wake of the scandal.
Former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., was sentenced Monday to three years in prison on charges he tried to extort a mining company into buying land from a former business partner who owed him money.
The Fifth Circuit on Monday affirmed a district court’s denial of a convicted Medicare fraudster’s attempts to dismiss an indictment on the grounds that it violated the double jeopardy clause of the U.S. Constitution, finding that the allegations in the most recent suit covered a separate conspiracy.
Philadelphia traffic court judge Michael Lowry, under federal indictment for his participation in an alleged ticket-fixing scandal, will receive pay during his suspension, the state's Court of Judicial Discipline ruled Friday.
New Jersey's Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear Essex County's appeal of the state attorney general’s refusal to defend the county in a lawsuit over property that was allegedly damaged after being seized as part of a criminal investigation by the county’s prosecutor.
A former student of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday over his alleged scheme to steal fellow students' financial aid through identity theft and other tactics, according to federal prosecutors.
A New Jersey federal judge on Friday tossed without explanation a consolidated class action accusing several tax companies of bid-rigging the auctions for municipal tax liens, which the defendants argued had failed show any plausible evidence that such a conspiracy existed.
A Texas judge sentenced a disbarred Dallas personal injury attorney on Thursday, who is accused of stealing millions of dollars' worth of settlement money from his clients, to 25 years in prison after he pled guilty to three felony charges earlier this week.
Medical technology firm Stryker Corp. has agreed to pay $13.2 million to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit alleging its subsidiaries bribed public health officials overseas to secure business, a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, authorities said Thursday.
A former Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. executive on Wednesday was sentenced in New Jersey federal court to 366 days in prison for insider trading after admitting to purchasing stock options in a biotechnology company he knew BMS was preparing to acquire.
The Second Circuit on Wednesday upheld the insider trading conviction of former expert networking consultant Winifred Jiau, rejecting claims that the government improperly gathered evidence from her recorded phone conversations with a hedge fund manager.
ATM manufacturer Diebold Inc. has agreed to pay $48 million to resolve civil and criminal allegations that its subsidiaries violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing Chinese and Indonesian banking officials to win business, authorities announced Tuesday.
President Obama seems to be of the view that if law school were reduced to two years, students would incur two-thirds of the expense of attending law school, be burdened by two-thirds of the debt they currently have, and be generally economically better off than they are today after three years of law school. Most startling about the president’s proposal, however, is that he did not discuss the educational effect of his suggestion on the students or the effect on their clients, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.
A special task force of the American Bar Association recently proposed to the United States Sentencing Commission substantial amendments to the U.S. sentencing guidelines for economic crimes. While there is work to be done to make the proposals more concrete, this would represent the most significant philosophical shift in sentencing in white collar cases since the inception of the sentencing guidelines — even if they are adopted only in part, say Daniel Levy and Sachin Bansal of McKool Smith PC.
When it comes to preventing cyberattacks, the U.S. government can’t protect its own networks, let alone those of large law firms. And when it comes to deterring and punishing intruders, our government offers even less. We have to do more than play defense. We didn’t reduce street crime by requiring pedestrians to buy better body armor every year, says Stewart Baker, a partner with Steptoe & Johnson LLP and former assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
What should an attorney do in the middle of a deposition if her client answers in a way that suggests a misunderstanding of the question or sudden memory loss? She will likely want to confer with her client at the next available opportunity, but her ability to do so without waiving privilege will depend, in part, on where the deposition is taking place, say attorneys with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Supply conditions in the auto industry have become conducive to cartels. Since at least the early 1990s, the supplier relationship has changed from one based almost entirely on personal relationships to one where huge contracts can be lost if the offered price is just a few pennies too high. Perhaps the pressure to stay in business and a newfound ability to reach a consensus with the few real competitors has been too great a temptation, says Steven Cernak of Schiff Hardin LLP.
Litigation is typically the single largest line item in the general counsel’s budget. Yet it was long considered exempt from client demands for lower costs and greater certainty. Until now. The past few years changed this perception, leaving some litigators at a loss for how to address client demands for greater predictability, transparency and value. Expert witnesses remain an untapped resource, say consultants Jane Kidd and Marcie Borgal Shunk.
Although the government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis are occasionally conflated, they have distinct effects on government operations and on parties interacting and transacting with the government, says Boris Bershteyn, of counsel with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and former general counsel of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Canada's recent prosecution of the first individual ever convicted under the Canadian equivalent to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act shows that now more than ever, if your company receives a knock on the door from U.S. regulators regarding alleged violations of the FCPA or another federal law touching on international business, your company may also receive a visit from foreign regulators, say Steven Pelak and Jason Prince of Holland & Hart LLP.
While the result in the recent decision of St. Paul Mercury Insurance Co. v. Miller is a noteworthy departure from other decisions ruling that claims brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. as a receiver do not trigger insured v. insured exclusions, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia's opinion is seriously flawed for several reasons, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.
Given that there is no apparent legal requirement to conduct a data breach response investigation in a particular way — and only vague guidance provided by HIPAA and the PCI Data Security Standards — companies may be tempted to reduce the scope of the enterprise impact assessment to what they consider the bare minimum. This approach should be resisted for two important reasons, say Kim Peretti of Alston & Bird LLP and Jason Straight of Kroll Advisory Solutions.