White Collar

  • April 26, 2018

    Menendez Admonished By Ethics Committee Over Doc's Gifts

    A U.S. Senate ethics committee “severely admonished” U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Thursday for accepting gifts from a Florida eye doctor without obtaining the panel’s approval and failing to publicly disclose them, while also using his elected position to advance the physician’s interests.

  • April 26, 2018

    Corporations Must Help Fight Cyber Threats, Deputy AG Says

    Amid concerns about the nation’s cybersecurity and threats from foreign hackers, American corporations should cooperate with the U.S. Department of Justice to defend against criminal activity, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a conference of corporate and insurance defense attorneys Thursday.

  • April 26, 2018

    Man Is Convicted Of Trying To Kill Texas Judge In Ambush

    A man accused of being the leader of a group that carried out fraud and racketeering schemes was convicted by a Texas federal jury Thursday for his role in a crime spree that culminated in the November 2015 attempted murder of State District Court Judge Julie Kocurek.

  • April 26, 2018

    Ex-NJ Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno Joins Connell Foley

    Former New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has joined Connell Foley LLP as a partner in its corporate and business law, white collar, and other practice groups, the firm announced on Thursday.

  • April 26, 2018

    Pharmacy Owner Gets 15 Years For Role In $100M Scheme

    The owner of a group of Florida pharmacies was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years in prison and ordered to give up $54.5 million in restitution after he pled guilty to his role in a $100 million scheme involving bogus insurance reimbursements for prescription drugs.

  • April 26, 2018

    Florida Broker-Dealer Charged In 'Shell Factory' Fraud

    Federal prosecutors charged a South Florida securities broker-dealer Thursday with participating in a scheme to issue shares in fraudulent shell companies and then sell them to investors at a profit.

  • April 26, 2018

    5th Circ. Affirms Convictions In Tax Co.'s $2M Ponzi Scheme

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the November 2016 convictions of two tax preparers accused of running a $2.1 million Ponzi scheme, saying jurors in the case had not been misled by the indictment's use of the word “victim.”

  • April 26, 2018

    $1.5B Stanford Trial Against Proskauer Postponed

    A $1.5 billion trial against Proskauer Rose LLP stemming from a former partner's representation of entities affiliated with the $7 billion R. Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme has been put on hold days before it was set to begin, a Texas federal court confirmed Thursday.

  • April 26, 2018

    Kendall Brill Snags 2 Crowell & Moring White Collar Attys

    Two Crowell & Moring LLP white collar partners, whose experience includes successfully defending an executive accused of bribing Mexican officials, an accused double agent and Lockheed Martin Corp. in a $400 million False Claims Act suit, have joined Kendall Brill & Kelly LLP.

  • April 26, 2018

    Ex-Judge At Bracewell To Hear Cohen's Privilege Claims

    Former federal judge Barbara Jones of Bracewell LLP was appointed special master Thursday to hear disputes among federal prosecutors, President Donald Trump and Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen over potentially privileged materials seized from Cohen by the FBI.

  • April 26, 2018

    NJ Atty Disbarred Over Conviction In $5M Investment Plots

    New Jersey’s highest court has disbarred a lawyer based on his conviction for taking part in two fraudulent investment schemes totaling more than $5 million after a disciplinary panel rejected his claims of being an inexperienced attorney who was duped by a co-conspirator.

  • April 26, 2018

    Fraudster's $62M IRS Penalty Challenge Tossed By 2nd Circ.

    A convicted tax shelter promoter saw his challenge to a $62 million Internal Revenue Service penalty tossed by a Second Circuit summary order on Wednesday after a panel affirmed a lower court's judgment in favor of the agency.

  • April 26, 2018

    Ill. Sheriff Wants Attys Sanctioned After Backpage's Plea

    An Illinois county sheriff facing a First Amendment suit filed by Backpage.com asked a federal judge to slap the classified ad site and its counsel with sanctions Thursday, saying the CEO’s admission that the site enabled prostitution means its whole suit was based on lies.

  • April 26, 2018

    Ex-Olympic Gymnast Jordyn Wieber Sues Over Nassar Abuse

    Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber has joined a number of others in alleging former team doctor Larry Nassar wasn’t properly monitored by organizations including USA Gymnastics, allowing him to leverage his position and abuse hundreds, according to a complaint removed to California federal court Wednesday.

  • April 26, 2018

    Ex-Nuke Lab Officer Gets 3 Years For $2.3M Contract Fraud

    A former procurement officer at a New Mexico nuclear research and development facility must spend three years in prison for fraudulently winning a U.S. Department of Energy contract and laundering a portion of the $2.3 million she was paid, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • April 25, 2018

    Michael Cohen To Plead 5th In Stormy Daniels Case

    President Donald Trump’s embattled longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen said in California federal court filings Wednesday that he plans to plead the Fifth Amendment in adult film star Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit against his client, citing an ongoing criminal investigation related to the FBI’s raids on his home and office earlier this month.

  • April 25, 2018

    ICE Agents Crash Court To Detain Student, Upsetting Judge

    United States immigration agents sat in the back of a Boston courthouse Wednesday as an international student who has admitted visa fraud and is seeking asylum was being sentenced, and detained her when she left the building, upsetting a federal judge who condemned U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s rare encroachment on the courts.

  • April 25, 2018

    NY AG Drops Bid-Rigging Claim Against Upstate Developer

    A real estate developer who was accused by New York’s attorney general of colluding with the president of a state university to rig a dormitory construction project has had the charge against him dropped as part of a nonprosecution deal, according to court papers and his attorney.

  • April 25, 2018

    SDNY Judges Say Berman To Stay On As Manhattan US Atty

    Interim Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman will stay on as top prosecutor for the Southern District of New York unless replaced by the Trump administration, Chief Judge Colleen McMahon said Wednesday, ending speculation about the coming expiration of his temporary White House appointment.

  • April 25, 2018

    McNees Wallace Hires Atty With Gambling Industry Expertise

    Pennsylvania firm McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC has hired an of counsel attorney with experience in the gambling industry to join its litigation, public sector, white collar defense and internal investigations practice groups.

Expert Analysis

  • Cosby’s Conviction And How #MeToo Is Changing Legal Cases

    Ross Kramer

    Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction on Thursday after a retrial in Pennsylvania demonstrates how the #MeToo movement is having a profound impact on the legal landscape. The Cosby proceedings provide a perfect case in point because of the stark contrast between his first trial in June 2017 and his retrial in April 2018, say Ross Kramer and Suzanne Jaffe Bloom of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Comparing Corp. Criminal Liability In US, UK, France: Part 2

    Mark Srere

    This article, the second in a series about corporate compliance from attorneys from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, considers deferred prosecution agreements and other enforcement tools of prosecutors in the U.S., U.K. and France.

  • Crypto Set To Drive Demand For Traditional Services: Part 2

    Izzy Nelken

    There is speculation that smart contracts may enable technology to replace the practice of law. However, disputes will almost certainly arise as a result of the innate characteristics of smart contracts, requiring seasoned legal representation, say Collin Starkweather, a principal at Charles River Associates, and Izzy Nelken, a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange's product development committee.

  • Comparing Corp. Criminal Liability In US, UK, France: Part 1

    Mark Srere

    The first article in a two-part series by attorneys from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP considers the current position on corporate criminal liability in the U.S., U.K. and France.

  • Crypto Set To Drive Demand For Traditional Services: Part 1

    Collin Starkweather

    The widespread adoption and increasing regulation of virtual currencies and related technologies will give rise to the need for individuals with expertise in traditional fields, such as financial services and tax, say Collin Starkweather, a principal at Charles River Associates, and Izzy Nelken, a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange's product development committee.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • A Setback For FCPA-Based Securities Class Actions

    Mauricio España

    The Southern District of New York's recent dismissal of a securities class action against Embraer provides hope that not every Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement will give rise to expensive private litigation, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Highlights Of ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting: Part 1

    Shylah Alfonso

    The American Bar Association’s 66th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. Attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer some key takeaways from those sessions.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.