Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, told a Manhattan jury Friday he was not in on any lawbreaking, taking the witness stand on a day that was punctuated by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman’s sharp critique of the defense’s aggressive handling of a former Istanbul cop.
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Turkish Banker Denies Guilt As Judge Rips Cross Of Ex-Cop

Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, told a Manhattan jury Friday he was not in on any lawbreaking, taking the witness stand on a day that was punctuated by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman’s sharp critique of the defense’s aggressive handling of a former Istanbul cop. Read more »

Mobile Content Exec Convicted In $100M Scheme

The former CEO of a mobile content company was convicted Friday on eight counts linked to a $100 million scheme to place unauthorized charges on consumers' phone bills, prosecutors announced, yielding a retrial win after a former jury deadlocked. Read more »

Ex-Frequent Flyer Program Exec Charged With $2M Fraud

An executive for a New York-based global airline frequent flyer alliance was charged in federal court Thursday with defrauding the company of $2.2 million in non-business-related credit card expenses, federal authorities have announced. Read more »

Senate Confirms US Attys For Pa., Mass.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Scott W. Brady, corporate counsel for Federated Investors, as the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and Andrew Lelling, a longtime federal prosecutor, as the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts. Read more »

Special Master Says Uber Should Have Produced Letter

The special master in Waymo’s self-driving car trade secrets suit against Uber said Friday that a letter detailing an ex-Uber employee’s allegations against the company should’ve been produced during discovery, in a report released the same day the 37-page letter — and its claims of corporate espionage and evidence destruction — was unsealed. Read more »

MVP: Dechert's Andrew Levander

Dechert LLP’s Andrew J. Levander steered Takata to a $1 billion settlement in a criminal case over potentially fatal air bag inflators and represented Fox News in sexual harassment litigation over the past year, earning him a spot among Law360’s 2017 White Collar MVPs. Read more »


Manafort To Get Off House Arrest If He Pledges Real Estate

Indicted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort will be let off of house arrest once he signs agreements to forfeit four properties allegedly worth over $11 million if he does not show up to court, among other conditions, a D.C. federal judge ruled Friday. Read more »

DOJ Atty Says Surveillance Program Vital For US Security

A high-level Justice Department official warned Thursday of grave threats to national security if Congress fails to extend authorization for a controversial surveillance program or significantly rolls it back, saying communications between foreign individuals abroad collected through the program have thwarted terrorist plots and saved American lives. Read more »


Calif. Investment Adviser Gets 3½ Years For Bilking Clients

A Beverly Hills, California, investment adviser on Friday was sentenced to 3½ years in prison for using his business, Broidy Wealth Advisors LLC, to withdraw excess management fees and misappropriate stock held in trusts, costing his clients more than $1.5 million. Read more »

Pa. Man Cops To Celator Insider Trading Scheme

A Pennsylvania man on Friday copped to his role in an insider trading conspiracy that profited from nonpublic tips about Celator Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s cancer drug and the company’s impending $1.5 billion sale, prosecutors said. Read more »

Broker With Criminal Past Fights Detention On Ponzi Charges

A Boston magistrate judge hesitated Friday to release a Cape Cod resident charged with spending the last five years defrauding investors, apprehensive of the man’s criminal history. Read more »

Houston Software Co. CEO Pleads Not Guilty In $32M Fraud

The founder and chief executive officer of a Houston software development company pled not guilty Thursday in Texas federal court of charges of playing a role in a $32 million securities and wire fraud scheme by lying to investors. Read more »

SEC Settles With 2 Over $370K Insider Trading Scheme

A former Arizona employee of a semiconductor company and his friend who both copped to securities fraud for what federal prosecutors alleged was an insider trading scheme that netted almost $370,000 have agreed to fork over some of that money to settle related civil claims brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Read more »


Ex-Fla. Congressman Wants Judge Recused In FEC Suit

Former U.S. Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., requested a new judge in a Federal Election Commission suit alleging the ex-lawmaker secretly contributed funds to his main Democratic opponent's primary challenger in a 2012 campaign, saying Thursday the judge revealed preconceived opinions about Rivera in a related criminal case. Read more »


The Biggest New Jersey Cases Of 2017

New Jersey’s federal and state courts served as key legal battlegrounds in the health care, competition and consumer protection realms this year, and hosted white collar prosecutions that ended with a congressman’s mistrial and a lawyer facing prison time. Here’s a look at four notable cases that taught lawyers a thing or two in 2017. Read more »


Former NY Mortgage Bank VP Duped Funders, Feds Say

Federal prosecutors in New York have accused a former vice president of a Long Island mortgage bank of defrauding several warehouse lenders out of more than $12 million, alleging that he falsified documents, held on to funding for mortgage loans that never closed and got some loans funded multiple times.  Read more »


Ex-IRS Atty Cops To 'Breaking Bad,' Shipping Meth In Mail

A former attorney for the Internal Revenue Service and onetime Debevoise & Plimpton LLP associate who “broke bad” admitted on Friday to conspiring to ship distribution levels of methamphetamine to Long Island, New York, from his apartment in Washington, D.C. Read more »

Atty Charged With Fraud, Extorting Payment At Gunpoint

A Staten Island attorney was arraigned and held without bail Friday on charges he conducted a scrap metal fraud and lured a co-conspirator to his law office where the man was threatened at gunpoint over an alleged $10,000 debt related to the scheme, according to prosecutors. Read more »


Brothers Will See Jail Time Over Turtle Trafficking

Two brothers who admitted to trafficking alligator snapping turtles can’t escape without a bite, a Texas federal judge held Friday, ordering them to serve 21 months and 16 months in prison, respectively, for illegally taking and selling members of the threatened species. Read more »


FIFA Suspends Brazil Soccer Prez Named In Corruption Case

The FIFA Ethics Committee on Friday suspended Brazilian soccer association President Marco Polo del Nero, who is named in the sweeping FIFA corruption case, a move that brings further scrutiny to the man as he has evaded U.S. courts. Read more »


Health Hires: Holland & Knight, EBG, Quarles, Ciitizen

Over the last few weeks, Holland & Knight LLP, Epstein Becker Green, Quarles & Brady LLP and medical records startup Ciitizen have grown their health care and life sciences teams with pros from Laredo & Smith LLP, LifePoint Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more »


Employers' Insurance Issues For Sexual Harassment Claims

With daily revelations of sexual assault committed by public figures, employers are renewing their focus on employment practices liability insurance. However, the extreme social sensibility associated with sexual assault claims may complicate recovery, and employers should consider three key issues when seeking recovery under EPLI forms, says Micah Skidmore of Haynes & Boone LLP. Read more »


Jurors Should Have An Active Voice In Trials

We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three jury system improvements that will give jurors an active voice and role in our civil and criminal jury trials. Read more »


Bringing Order To The Court In College Hoops

In an open letter to Condoleezza Rice, chairwoman of the newly formed Commission on College Basketball, fraud prevention specialist Jesse Morton of Stout Risius Ross LLC proposes that the NCAA adopt a compliance framework similar to that outlined in the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Read more »

Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, and stating my biases upfront, it is possible for me to look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on the pros and cons of one version of alternative fees, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC. Read more »


2nd Circ. Gets Kozinski Sex Probe Amid New Reports

Federal court leaders moved quickly Friday to answer accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior by U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, sending a misconduct investigation to an oversight council at the Second Circuit amid new reports that brought the total number of public accusers to 15. Read more »

IRS Floats Tiered Partnership Rules Under New Audit Regime

The IRS on Friday released highly anticipated guidance on a new partnership tax audit regime to address, among other things, how tax adjustments should be taken into account by so-called tiered partnerships that have pass-through entities as partners. Read more »

Litigation Attorney Hiring To Tick Up In 2018

Litigation is expected to be a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster legal hiring market during the first six months of 2018, a survey of 200 law firm and corporate legal department hiring professionals has found. Read more »

Law Firm Diversity Is Uneven Across US Cities

African-American and other minority lawyers continue to be underrepresented in U.S. law firms, a nationwide report released Thursday has found, but the failure to build a diverse workforce is much more stark in some cities, such as Boston, than in others, such as Miami. Read more »

Social Media Can Create Confidentiality Exception, ABA Says

The fact that a piece of information about a former client is publicly available doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not subject to the lawyer’s duty to keep their confidences close, according to a Friday opinion from the American Bar Association. Read more »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Experts shared with Law360 tips for helping employers keep the holiday festivities merry while limiting their legal risk, President Donald Trump tapped the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Chai Feldblum for a new term and two Senate Democrats challenged the National Labor Relations Board's new general counsel. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed this past week. Read more »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read more »


A Chat With Orrick COO Laura Saklad

In this new monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The first conversation is with Laura Saklad, chief operations officer for Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Read more »

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