White Collar

  • August 07, 2020

    Bail Denied For Alleged Ghosn Escape Accomplices

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday declined to release a former Green Beret and his son while they battle extradition to Japan for allegedly helping Nissan's former CEO escape that country, ruling that they have neither proven that they're being held illegally, nor have they shown any unusual circumstances to warrant release.

  • August 07, 2020

    Snowden Hit With Discovery Sanction Over Tell-All Book

    Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden was sanctioned in Virginia federal court on Friday for his deliberate "wholesale refusal to respond to discovery" related to his memoir released in September, which the court said contained classified information.

  • August 07, 2020

    Ill. Mayor Charged With Bribery Plot, Filing False Tax Returns

    Federal prosecutors lobbed bribery charges Friday against the mayor of a Chicago suburb who they say requested and accepted cash, campaign contributions and other benefits from a red-light camera company that had been serving the municipality.

  • August 07, 2020

    Texas AG's Recusal Bid Challenged In Securities Fraud Case

    The special prosecutors bringing felony securities fraud charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told a Harris County District Court judge on Friday to ignore a recusal motion lodged by the attorney general's defense team a day earlier as untimely.

  • August 07, 2020

    White House Seeks 2022 Cutoff In China Listings Crackdown

    A White House task force issued policy proposals on Thursday that would give Chinese companies until 2022 to either comply with U.S. audit requirements or get delisted from U.S. exchanges.

  • August 07, 2020

    11th Circ. To Rehear Epstein Victims' Lawsuit

    The 11th Circuit on Friday vacated an April panel decision and said it will rehear en banc a petition from an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein that argues a non-prosecution agreement between the billionaire sex offender and federal prosecutors violated her rights under the Crime Victims' Rights Act.

  • August 07, 2020

    Surgical Device Co. Says J&J Shouldn't Have Seized Products

    A company that a Johnson & Johnson unit has accused of selling purportedly counterfeit versions of surgical devices told an Illinois federal court Friday that a seizure order of 1.27 million of its products should not have been granted, saying the subsidiary has shown "little, if any, evidence of the ballyhooed pervasive counterfeiting scheme."

  • August 07, 2020

    NJ Exec, Employee Arrested On Export Fraud Charges

    Two employees of Englewood, New Jersey-based electronic component supplier America Techma Inc. were arrested Thursday on conspiracy charges related to unlawful exports, wire fraud and money laundering allegations, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced.

  • August 07, 2020

    Judge Hems In WilmerHale U. Mich. Abuse Investigation

    The University of Michigan may continue its investigation into sexual assault allegations against a former sports doctor but must receive court approval for any communications with potential victims, a federal judge ruled Thursday after plaintiffs raised concerns about the WilmerHale-led review.

  • August 07, 2020

    Former Angels Staffer Gave Tyler Skaggs Fentanyl, Feds Say

    A former communications director for the Los Angeles Angels has been accused of distributing fentanyl that may have caused the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs last year, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Friday in Texas federal court.

  • August 07, 2020

    Ex-Pa. Biofuel Exec Gets 7 Years After Fraud Conviction

    A disgraced former Pennsylvania biofuel executive was sentenced to seven years in federal prison Thursday after being convicted on charges that he used his company to bilk the government out of tens of millions of dollars' worth of industry subsidies.

  • August 07, 2020

    Dallas Real Estate Developer Cops To Bribing Council Member

    A Dallas real estate developer has pled guilty to bribing a city council member over several years in order to win a forgivable loan of $650,000 from the city for his apartment complex project.

  • August 07, 2020

    Employee Of 'Varsity Blues' Mastermind Strikes Plea Deal

    A former employee of William "Rick" Singer, the mastermind of the "Varsity Blues" college admissions cheating scandal, agreed to plead guilty Friday after being charged with fraudulently taking online classes for students.

  • August 07, 2020

    MD Who Gave Patient Info To Drug Rep Can't Nix Conviction

    The First Circuit on Thursday affirmed the conviction of a Massachusetts gynecologist of sharing her patients' private medical information with a sales representative at Warner Chilcott, then lying about it to federal agents.

  • August 07, 2020

    No Safari In Tanzania For Indicted Chicken Exec, Judge Says

    A chicken company executive indicted in an alleged price-fixing plot can't take a summer trip to Tanzania, a Colorado federal magistrate ruled after prosecutors voiced worries that the defendant's plans for a safari hunt could instead lead to a manhunt.

  • August 07, 2020

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen a U.K. insurance technology company take aim at PwC after an acquisition went south, a major cruise line sue to curb travelers' insurance claims, and the U.K.'s criminal investigator file for civil recovery from a real estate company. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • August 07, 2020

    Full DC Circ. Says House Can Sue For McGahn's Testimony

    The D.C. Circuit ruled Friday that the U.S. House of Representatives may demand testimony from former White House Counsel Don McGahn.

  • August 07, 2020

    US, UK Investigators End Unaoil-Linked Graft Probes Into KBR

    Investigators in the U.S. and Britain have dropped their corruption probes into KBR Inc. over the engineering company's dealings with Unaoil, the oil consultancy accused of bribing government officials around the world to secure contracts on behalf of dozens of businesses.

  • August 06, 2020

    Start Date For First 'Varsity Blues' Trial Delayed Until February

    A Massachusetts federal judge in the "Varsity Blues" case on Thursday delayed the September start of the first group of parents facing trial until February after federal prosecutors and the parents both agreed they wanted the trial date pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • August 06, 2020

    Dechert Says UAE Suspect's Confession Wasn't Coerced

    Despite his claims to the contrary, a trio of Dechert lawyers in London say a former United Arab Emirates investment fund executive "willingly" participated in an investigation they led and that he confessed to committing fraud, according to a filing made public Thursday.

  • August 06, 2020

    DOJ Seeks $70M In Properties Tied To Ukraine Bank Fraud

    The U.S. government is trying to seize commercial real estate properties in Louisville, Kentucky, and Dallas valued at a combined $70 million, which it claims in suits filed Thursday were acquired using funds misappropriated from one of Ukraine's largest banks.

  • August 06, 2020

    Feds Charge 9 With $24M Virus Relief Loans Fraud Scheme

    Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced charges against nine Florida and Ohio individuals for allegedly trying to scam the Paycheck Protection Program out of more than $24 million in loans, one of the biggest fraud cases yet involving the coronavirus relief program for small businesses.

  • August 06, 2020

    9th Circ. Upholds Dismissal Of Cliven Bundy Criminal Case

    The Ninth Circuit has affirmed a judge's midtrial dismissal of charges against cattleman Cliven Bundy following revelations of exculpatory evidence, saying prosecutors' evidentiary misconduct was "flagrant," even if unintentional or a result of failures at other agencies.

  • August 06, 2020

    Feds Say Ex-Celadon COO Can't Party On Mexican Beach

    Prosecutors urged an Indiana federal judge to reject a "frivolous" request made by an ex-Celadon Group Inc. executive to travel to Mexico for "nothing more than to party with his friends" while he faces criminal securities and accounting fraud charges in the U.S.

  • August 06, 2020

    Holistic Texas Biz Offered Bogus COVID-19 Tests, Feds Say

    Prosecutors in Texas announced Thursday that a federal judge has temporarily halted allegedly fraudulent coronavirus testing being administered by a masseuse at her holistic health care facility.

Expert Analysis

  • How Pandemic Is Affecting The Pace Of Judicial Opinions

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way judges work, but how has it impacted the volume of work product they generate? Ben Strawn and Omeed Azmoudeh at Davis Graham investigate using data from the PACER federal courts registry.

  • Congress' Power To Regulate Presidential Pardons Is Limited

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    As a policy matter, there is little reason to applaud President Donald Trump's offer of clemency to his close confidant Roger Stone, but the House Democrats' response to date will likely fail, says Harold Krent at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

  • How Contractors Can Reduce Antitrust Risk Amid COVID-19

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    Given coronavirus-related supply chain strains and the U.S. Department of Justice's increased scrutiny of public procurement, government contractors should implement internal controls to prepare for antitrust enforcement inquiries and independent whistleblower claims, say advisers at FTI Consulting and BakerHostetler.

  • Opinion

    DOJ 'Taint Teams' Pose Privilege Risks For Defendants

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's new Special Matters Unit may resolve some of the concerns regarding the agency's so-called taint teams reviewing potentially privileged material, but defense attorneys must stay vigilant as taint teams' inherent conflict of interest remains, say Jim Brochin and Pat Linehan at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • 6 Steps For Law Firms Looking To Improve Their Culture

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    The COVID-19 crisis represents an inflection point for law firm culture, and smart firm leaders will take advantage of this moment to build innovation-welcoming environments that support partners, associates, business services teams and clients alike, say Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Legal and Kathleen Pearson at Pillsbury.

  • Virtual Courts Amplify Lawyers' Corporate Spokesperson Role

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    Greater access to virtual court proceedings during the pandemic means an increased likelihood that legal arguments will jump from the courtroom to the court of public opinion, so counsel must tailor statements with the client's reputation in mind, says Mike Dolan at Finsbury.

  • 4 Tax Questions To Ask Before Signing An Enviro Settlement

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    In light of recently proposed IRS regulations, companies facing government environmental enforcement actions that want to deduct related payments must ask several key questions before finalizing any settlement agreement or court order, say Monty Cooper and Teresa Abney at Crowell & Moring.

  • Law Firms Must Note Pandemic's Outsize Impact On Women

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    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, gender roles in many families have reverted to scenes from the 1960s, and law firms have a huge opportunity — indeed a business imperative — to avoid the mistakes of the past, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

  • General Motors RICO Ruling Is Case Study In Proximate Cause

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    A federal district court's recent dismissal of General Motors' Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims against Fiat due to lack of proximate cause offers the potential RICO plaintiff an occasion to reflect on strategies to avoid a similar fate, says Dylan Smith at Freeborn & Peters.

  • Complying With China's New Human Genetic Resources Law

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    In light of China's new law criminalizing the endangerment of national human genetic resources, companies doing business in the country have six months to identify legal risks and develop an effective compliance program, say Wei Huang and Wendy Zhou at Tian Yuan.

  • The 'Rocket Docket' Show Goes On Despite Setbacks

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    After 11 years as the fastest civil trial court in the land, the Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket is now tied for second place among the nation's 94 district courts, but the court has moved swiftly to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis and continues to dispense justice safely and efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Opinion

    Fla. Jury Selection Success Shows Viability Of Remote Trials

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    The success of a Broward County, Florida, court earlier this month in conducting jury selection online is a true testament of faith in the jury system, and there is no doubt trials can be conducted via a video platform during the pandemic, says Chief Judge Jack Tuter of Florida's 17th Judicial Circuit.

  • Opinion

    Pandemic Lays Bare The Inequities Inherent In The Bar Exam

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    The outrage over the life-altering consequences of decisions being made around state bar exams during the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the classism built into the exam, and the legal profession should take this moment to reevaluate how new attorneys are licensed, say Naomi Shatz and Katherine Dullea at Zalkind Duncan.

  • Understanding The 5 Stages Of Mediation In A Virtual World

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    Mediation is a process with defined stages, but the rise of virtual mediation may inject changes into each stage that may soon spread to in-person mediations and influence the expectations of participants, says Wynne Carvill at JAMS.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Get A Pay Raise

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    Federal jurors are being paid less than minimum wage, and state laws on jury pay range from inadequate down to nonexistent, so Congress should require fair compensation in both federal and state courts, says attorney R. D. Kelly.

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