White Collar

  • October 30, 2020

    'Project Runway' Weinstein Survivor Files Damages Suit

    A former production assistant on "Project Runway" who testified at convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein's trial earlier this year filed suit on Friday against the fallen Hollywood mogul in New York federal court.

  • October 30, 2020

    Lori Loughlin Starts 2-Month 'Varsity Blues' Prison Sentence

    Actress Lori Loughlin reported to a California correctional facility Friday to begin serving her two-month sentence for her role in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

  • October 30, 2020

    Pa. Woman Gets 8½ Years For Filing 900 Fake IRS Returns

    A Philadelphia woman was sentenced to 8½ years in prison and ordered to pay more than $2.3 million in restitution for her role in an "astounding" scheme filing more than 900 fraudulent income tax returns, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced Friday.

  • October 30, 2020

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Disbarred After Conviction Over Crypto Scam

    A New York state appellate court has disbarred former Locke Lord LLP corporate partner Mark S. Scott after his conviction last year on charges related to a $393 million cryptocurrency scam.

  • October 30, 2020

    Up Next At High Court: LGBTQ Rights, Juvenile Lifers

    Despite the looming threat of election litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court will plow ahead with its regular business the week of Nov. 2, including hearing a major First Amendment case involving a Catholic foster care agency that refused to work with same-sex couples, as well as an important test of the Supreme Court's position on juvenile life sentences.

  • October 30, 2020

    Ex-KPMG Partner Deserves Over 2 Years For Fraud, Feds Say

    The government on Friday recommended a prison sentence of 27 to 33 months for ex-KPMG partner Thomas Whittle, who pled guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy in a scheme to funnel inside information about a financial watchdog's plans to inspect particular KPMG audits.

  • October 30, 2020

    Venable And Conman Must Face $11M Facebook Fraud Suit

    The Third Circuit has revived an asset manager's fraud lawsuit against Venable LLP and a convicted con artist over a failed Facebook investment that landed him prison time, ruling Thursday that a Pennsylvania federal court ignored the manager's dissatisfaction with his counsel.

  • October 30, 2020

    NY Construction Co. Pleads Guilty In $3.1M Overbilling Plot

    A Northeast subcontractor has agreed to pay $3.1 million to the federal government and several states to settle a flurry of civil and criminal charges stemming from a bill-padding scheme that involved government-funded projects.

  • October 30, 2020

    NY Landlord Wants Feds Sanctioned Over Forfeiture Action

    A Rochester landlord accused of running a $500 million real estate fraud urged a New York federal court on Thursday to sanction the government for allegedly violating court-ordered forfeiture agreements just weeks after the judge tossed a 114-count indictment due to prosecutors' discovery "missteps."

  • October 30, 2020

    Should GCs Fear The DOJ's Power To Bankrupt?

    Federal prosecutors took unprecedented action in a criminal plea deal with OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma that forced the beleaguered corporation to dissolve, and now general counsel across the country wonder if they should be concerned for their companies.

  • October 30, 2020

    Air Charter Co. Execs Can't Get Out Of Prison Over Virus

    Two co-founders of a defunct public air charter operator who were convicted of stealing millions in passenger payments can't get out of prison over fears of contracting COVID-19 after a New Jersey federal judge found their "risk of serious illness or death is not substantially higher" simply because they're behind bars at certain facilities.

  • October 30, 2020

    MVP: Steptoe & Johnson's Brian Heberlig

    One of the first lawyers to handle a federal jury trial impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Steptoe & Johnson LLP's Brian Heberlig was part of a defense team that helped exonerate an Iranian banker in a case marred by allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, earning him a spot among Law360's 2020 White Collar MVPs.

  • October 30, 2020

    'Varsity Blues' Mom Can't Cut Sentence Over 'Exit Quarantine'

    A three-week "exit quarantine" required of a California woman before she can leave prison doesn't warrant shortening her seven-month sentence in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case, a Massachusetts federal judge said Thursday.

  • October 30, 2020

    Saudi Co. Gets $340M Unfrozen In PDVSA Fight Amid DOJ Suit

    A judge has unfrozen $340 million owed by oil business PDVSA Servicios SA to a Saudi energy company under an arbitration award as prosecutors in the U.S. and Malaysia attempt to seize the assets in a worldwide hunt for money embezzled in the 1MDB scandal.

  • October 29, 2020

    Feds Press Justices To Weigh Tribal Police Authority

    The federal government has pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to take up its bid to overturn a Ninth Circuit decision approving the suppression of evidence obtained by a Crow tribal police officer in a highway stop, calling the ruling an "unprecedented, unwarranted, and unworkable curtailment of the sovereignty of Indian tribes."

  • October 29, 2020

    Disbarred Atty Pleads Guilty To Stealing 9/11 Victim Funds

    A disbarred New York attorney pled guilty to stealing nearly $1 million that had been awarded from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund to his former client, a police officer who responded to the terrorist attacks almost 20 years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • October 29, 2020

    2 More Ex-EBay Workers Cop To Cyberstalking Charges

    Two more former eBay workers on Thursday admitted to participating in a cyberstalking scheme to harass a Massachusetts couple who ran an e-commerce blog, bringing to five the number of defendants in the case who have entered guilty pleas.

  • October 29, 2020

    Senator Asks Mnuchin for Sanctions on Russian Officers

    Bob Menendez, ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Wednesday, calling for sanctions against Russian military officers from an intelligence unit that interfered with the 2016 presidential election.

  • October 29, 2020

    10th Circ. Axes Navajo Tribe Member's Double Jeopardy Claim

    The Tenth Circuit in a published decision has upheld a Colorado district court's ruling that a Navajo man's criminal indictment by the Ute Mountain Ute tribe doesn't mean that he was subject to double jeopardy when later indicted on federal charges.

  • October 29, 2020

    Texas Court Backs Atty's Win Over Property Theft Claims

    A Texas state appellate court on Wednesday upheld a jury's ruling that an attorney didn't steal over $400,000 worth of his client's property while representing him in a case that led to a federal money laundering conviction.

  • October 29, 2020

    Accusers Say Weinstein Ch. 11 Plan Devalues Their Claims

    Women who haven't settled their sexual misconduct allegations against former film mogul Harvey Weinstein objected Thursday in Delaware bankruptcy court to the Chapter 11 plan disclosure statement for Weinstein's movie studio, saying it devalues their claims.

  • October 29, 2020

    CFTC Spells Out Staff Procedure For Fine Reductions

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a memo to its enforcement division staff Thursday detailing the scenarios used to recommend reduced fines when firms cooperate, the latest effort the commission says will provide more transparency in its examinations and enforcement actions. 

  • October 29, 2020

    Legal Chiefs See Compliance Warning In Goldman FCPA Case

    Goldman Sachs' record FCPA settlement for its role in a $1.6 billion bribery scheme should serve as an example of what happens when red flags by a company's compliance department are ignored, while also underscoring the need for better training and more resources for the compliance team.

  • October 29, 2020

    Pa. AG Hopeful Pushes Back On Office's Activist Stance

    As she looks to unseat Josh Shapiro as Pennsylvania's top prosecutor this fall, Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl LLC partner Heather Heidelbaugh is pushing a back-to-basics look for an attorney general's office she says has become focused on scoring political points in policy disputes with the Trump administration.

  • October 29, 2020

    Ex-Ohio House Speaker's Allies Cop To Bribery Scheme

    Two associates of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder pled guilty to racketeering charges Thursday for their roles in a bribery scheme in which Householder allegedly pocketed millions of dollars in exchange for passing a controversial $1 billion nuclear energy bailout.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Adelman Reviews 'Mass Incarceration'

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    William Pizzi's argument in "The Supreme Court's Role in Mass Incarceration" that the U.S. Supreme Court is responsible for the high rate of incarceration is compelling, but his criticism overlooks the positive dimensions of the criminal procedure decisions under Chief Justice Earl Warren, says U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman of the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

  • Persuasion Skills Attys Can Learn From Political Speeches

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    The tools of powerful political speeches — those with soaring rhetoric that convinces and moves listeners — can be equally applicable to oral advocacy, case strategy and brief writing, say Lauren Papenhausen and Julian Canzoneri at White & Case and former presidential speech writer Dave Cavell.

  • Roundup

    Reforming The FEC

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    As Election Day nears, three former commissioners of the Federal Election Commission discuss the biggest issues facing the FEC, which has been without a quorum since July. 

  • Opinion

    Reflections On My 1st Judicial Election Amid Racial Tensions

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    Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Benham looks back at the racial barriers facing his first judicial campaign in 1984, and explains how those experiences shaped his decades on the bench, why judges should refrain from taking political stances, and why he was an early supporter of therapeutic courts that deal with systemic problems.

  • Opinion

    Reforming The FEC: Bipartisan Compromise Is Essential

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    As the Federal Election Commission faces the weighty issues of campaign finance, foreign nationals in American politics, and interaction with courts and other agencies, the commissioners must effectively manage partisan conflicts in the decision-making process to achieve consensus and ensure the agency's smooth functioning, says former FEC Commissioner Robert Lenhard at Covington.

  • Weighing Litigation Vs. Arbitration Amid Court Disruptions

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    Parties must determine whether arbitration is better than litigation for their disputes amid pandemic-induced court delays by answering five key questions and understanding the importance of a clearly tailored arbitration clause, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • Opinion

    Reforming The FEC: Effective Commissioners Are Needed

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    The Federal Election Commission's dysfunction — leading to an explosion in secret spending and rigged campaign financing — could be mitigated if presidents prioritized the nomination of commissioners committed to the agency's mission rather than deferring to party leaders in Congress, says former FEC Commissioner Trevor Potter at Caplin & Drysdale.

  • How Attys Can Guard Against Rising Settle-And-Sue Claims

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    Certain precautions can help lawyers avoid post-settlement malpractice claims and create a solid evidentiary defense, as settle-and-sue lawsuits rise amid pandemic-induced dispute settlements, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher at Munger Tolles.

  • Opinion

    Reforming The FEC: Rulemaking Obligations Must Be Fulfilled

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    The Federal Election Commission has collectively failed to minimize uncertainty in the law by abandoning rulemaking, resulting in large swaths of political activity, including fundraising and foreign national participation in elections, left ungoverned by clear regulation, says former FEC Commissioner Karl ​Sandstrom at Perkins Coie.

  • Opinion

    Don't Rush To Judgment On Election Cyberattack Attribution

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    Before jumping to conclusions on the likely perpetrators of election cyberattacks, consider data breaches' intricate anatomy, the circumstantial nature of digital forensic evidence, and the extraordinary level of guesswork involved, says cybersecurity consultant John Reed Stark.

  • Law Firm Tips For Attracting, Retaining Attys During Pandemic

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    Steps law firms can take to attract and keep the best lawyers amid the pandemic include diversifying expertise to meet anticipated legal demands, prioritizing firm culture, and preparing for prospective partners' pointed questions, says Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey.

  • Perspectives

    Finding A Path Forward To Regulate The Legal Industry

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    Gerald Knapton at Ropers Majeski analyzes U.S. and U.K. experiments to explore alternative business structures and independent oversight for law firms, which could lead to innovative approaches to increasing access to legal services.

  • 5 Tips For Overcoming Online Jury Selection Challenges

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    Online voir dire presents logistical hurdles — such as inattentive jurors, technological limitations and the inability to question all prospective jurors at the same time — but there are ways attorneys can improve the process, says Rick Norris at Dentons.

  • Series

    Lawyering While Parenting: A Day In A Dad's Pandemic Life

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    Christopher Jennison shares a view of his life working from home as a Federal Aviation Administration attorney preparing to first-chair a trial while splitting child care responsibilities with his lawyer wife.

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    Lawyering While Parenting: A Day In A Mom's Pandemic Life

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    Josephine Bahn shares a view of her life working from home as an attorney at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation while splitting child care responsibilities with her lawyer husband.

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