White Collar

  • April 20, 2018

    'Smallville' Actor Booked On Claim Of Cult Sex Trafficking

    “Smallville” Actor Allison Mack was arrested Friday for her role in NXIVM, a purported self-help organization that some have called a cult, as she and the group’s founder face claims of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy in New York federal court, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • April 20, 2018

    DOJ Investigating AT&T, Verizon For Possible Collusion

    AT&T and Verizon are under investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice over their potential coordination with a telecommunications standards organization to keep customers from easily switching carriers, multiple media outlets said Friday.

  • April 20, 2018

    Michael Cohen Says FBI Raid Must Pause Stormy Daniels Row

    Counsel for longtime President Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen urged a California federal judge Friday to stay adult film star Stormy Daniels' suit over her agreement to keep quiet about a purported affair with Trump, arguing that the recent FBI raid of Cohen's office leaves him unable to defend the suit without imperiling his Fifth Amendment rights.

  • April 20, 2018

    Fired FBI Deputy McCabe Getting Legal Defense Fund

    Andrew McCabe’s lawyer announced Friday the creation of a legal defense fund for the fired FBI deputy director and frequent target of President Donald Trump who is now considering civil litigation against the administration even as federal prosecutors mull a referral for criminal charges.

  • April 20, 2018

    Janssen Escapes Whistleblower Suit Over Off-Label Opiods

    A California federal judge Thursday nixed a False Claims Act suit accusing Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutical NV of using unlawful marketing practices to boost off-label sales of its opioid prescription drugs, saying a change of the pseudonym for the whistleblower who filed the suit violated the FCA’s first-to-file doctrine.

  • April 20, 2018

    Calif. Woman Faces New Immigration Services Fraud Claims

    A woman charged with running a fraudulent immigration services business from her home in Montebello, California, was charged Thursday with 64 additional felony counts, bringing the total number of felony counts she faces to 112, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

  • April 20, 2018

    Windups, Jury Charge Loom In Wilmington Trust Trial

    Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys shipped 173 pages of jury-instruction proposals Friday to a federal judge hearing a criminal case in Delaware against four Wilmington Trust executives accused of hiding hundreds of millions of dollars in bad loans, with the words “past due” appearing 159 times.

  • April 20, 2018

    GWB Scandal Figures Challenge Statute’s Reach In 3rd Circ.

    Two former associates of ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will call on the Third Circuit during oral arguments Tuesday to rein in prosecutors’ novel application of an anti-theft and anti-bribery statute to criminalize their alleged scheme to reduce local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as an act of political revenge.

  • April 20, 2018

    Lawyers Spar Over Bid To DQ Atty In Corruption Case

    An attorney for an indicted former Massachusetts senator slammed a move by federal prosecutors to disqualify his co-counsel or examine his files related to defending the politician, telling a federal judge Friday what the government is asking for is unprecedented.

  • April 20, 2018

    2nd Circ. Affirms SEC’s $26M Win Over Ponzi Schemer

    The Second Circuit on Friday affirmed the lower court’s decision to grant the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s summary judgment bid for a nearly $26 million judgment against convicted Ponzi schemer Francisco Illarramendi, saying the former hedge fund adviser’s claim he was denied the counsel of his choice was unevidenced.

  • April 20, 2018

    Lauded Trial Lawyer Billy Martin Joins Barnes & Thornburg

    Well-known in both the civil and criminal arenas, William “Billy” Martin has been named a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • April 20, 2018

    Driver Of Big Rig 10 Immigrants Died In Gets Life Sentence

    A truck driver has been sentenced to life in prison for smuggling immigrants across the Texas border in conditions that led to the deaths of 10 of them as they were found locked in the back of his tractor trailer rig, according to the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday.

  • April 20, 2018

    Third Person Charged With Fraud In $25M Crypto Card Plot

    Prosecutors charged a third Floridian on Friday in Manhattan federal court with defrauding investors out of more than $25 million using an initial coin offering, saying he and two others falsely touted the ICO as funding a cryptocurrency debit card linked to Visa and Mastercard.

  • April 20, 2018

    Dean Foods Wants $45M Disgorged By Gambler Billy Walters

    Dairy company Dean Foods Co. wants the disgorgement of nearly $45 million in profits it says prominent gambler Billy Walters earned in an insider trading scheme with the company’s former chair, Tom Davis, from whom Dean is also seeking millions in damages in a Texas state court suit.

  • April 20, 2018

    Heiress Accused Of Inheritance-Tax Dodge Gets Pretrial Win

    A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday awarded pretrial relief to an art consultant charged with dodging taxes on a $4 million inheritance, holding that statements made by her on tax returns, as well as her lawyer's statements in a related fight over government demands for foreign bank records, can't be used against her at trial.

  • April 20, 2018

    Calif. Stalking Offense Not Enough For Deportation, BIA Says

    The Board of Immigration Appeals ruled Friday that a Peruvian man convicted of stalking under California law was not removable, finding the state law's definition of the crime is overly broad and would include offenses that would not warrant deportation.

  • April 20, 2018

    5 Charged In Alleged $31M Slip-And-Fall Fraud Scheme

    Federal authorities in New York City announced on Thursday the indictment of five people who allegedly attempted to rake in $31 million from an insurance fraud operation in which "victims" were recruited to fake slipping and falling, coached on how to feign injuries and even paid to undergo unnecessary surgeries.

  • April 20, 2018

    UK Judge Slams SFO Over Legal 'Errors' In DPA Case

    A judge at the High Court in London has criticized the Serious Fraud Office over its conduct after it failed to obtain full notes from lawyers’ interviews with former employees at a company that secured a deferred prosecution agreement from the agency.

  • April 19, 2018

    Microsoft Customer Data Demands Drop To Record Low

    Microsoft received nearly 23,000 requests from law enforcement agencies around the world for access to its customers' data in the second half of 2017, the lowest total since the tech giant began publicly reporting such figures five years ago, according to a transparency report released Thursday.

  • April 19, 2018

    Fla. Exec Pleads Guilty In $150M Brazilian Investment Scheme

    A Florida executive pled guilty Thursday to orchestrating a $150 million investment fraud scheme that swindled investors by raising money to factor accounts receivable in Brazil but instead used the funds to pay other investors and to pay commission to brokers.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • The Many Challenges Facing Venezuela Bribery Suit: Part 2

    Richard Cooper

    Resolution of the standing issues raised in the U.S. bribery suit brought by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA may have implications not just for this case, but for whether PDVSA may be bound by the Venezuelan government to any future debt restructuring, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • The Many Challenges Facing Venezuela Bribery Suit: Part 1

    Richard Cooper

    The documents filed thus far in the U.S. bribery suit brought by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA make clear that the standing issues in this case are complicated. The case also presents questions as to whether it will have implications for financial creditors of PDVSA and the republic, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Opinion

    There Is Middle Ground For US Lawyers On AML Regimes

    Matthew O'Hara

    The American Bar Association continues to oppose legislation that would impose certain European Union and U.K. anti-money laundering requirements on U.S. lawyers. The ABA should further consider its approach to this issue as there is a viable middle ground that protects privileged communications and confidential information while advancing the interests of the legal profession, says Matthew O’Hara of Freeborn & Peters LLP.

  • The Curious Case Of Trump Atty Suspicious Activity Report

    Hdeel Abdelhady

    Federal law prohibits the disclosure of the existence of suspicious activity reports. So how did the existence of a SAR linked to the president’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, become public? asks Hdeel Abdelhady of MassPoint Legal and Strategy Advisory PLLC.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.