White Collar

  • August 06, 2020

    Sotomayor Blasts Court For Again Backing Jail In Virus Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted an order forcing a jail in Orange County, California, to take several measures to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in its facility, triggering a dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who has sounded the alarm on the vulnerability of prisoners during the pandemic.

  • August 06, 2020

    Airbus Investors Say $4B Corruption Deal Crushed Stock

    Defense contractor Airbus SE was hit with a proposed class action Thursday alleging company executives misled investors about corruption probes and a subsequent $4 billion settlement that led to multiple stock drops over a four-year period.

  • August 06, 2020

    Audi Ex-Execs Face Charges Over 'Dieselgate' In Germany

    German prosecutors filed fraud charges on Thursday against four former Audi staff members for fraud in the latest legal development in the "dieselgate" emissions test scandal that has cost Volkswagen billions of dollars in fines.

  • August 06, 2020

    NY AG Sues To Dissolve NRA Over Alleged Fraud

    New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association and remove its leaders, alleging the gun rights group had become a "breeding ground for greed, abuse and brazen illegality," while the NRA countersued in federal court.

  • August 06, 2020

    Consumer Lender Will Pay SEC $21.7M To End FCPA Probe

    Consumer lender World Acceptance Corp. will pay $21.7 million to resolve a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into the alleged bribery of government officials and union officials in Mexico.

  • August 05, 2020

    Judge Blasts Qualified Immunity As He Reluctantly Grants It 

    A Mississippi federal judge has begrudgingly granted qualified immunity to a police officer accused of violating a Black motorist's civil rights during a traffic stop, saying the U.S. Supreme Court should reconsider the legal doctrine that serves as de facto absolute immunity for law enforcement.

  • August 05, 2020

    NY Courts Consider Bigger Jury Pools, Livestreams For Trials

    As New York courts begin to resume trials during the coronavirus pandemic, a state commission issued a report Wednesday recommending that courts utilize bigger jury pools, check visitors' temperatures and consider livestreaming proceedings for spectators.

  • August 05, 2020

    Alleged Counterfeiter Seeks To Nix J&J Atty's Declarations

    An Illinois federal court should toss declarations entered by an attorney representing a Johnson & Johnson unit in litigation over purportedly counterfeit surgical devices, as the lawyer should not be allowed to serve both as a key witness and as counsel to a party in the same case, the company accused of selling the knockoff products has contended.

  • August 05, 2020

    Insurance Tycoon's Political Corruption Conviction Upheld

    A North Carolina federal judge on Tuesday upheld the convictions of an insurance company executive and his consultant found guilty of trying to bribe North Carolina's top insurance regulator with millions of dollars in political contributions in exchange for reduced scrutiny of the insurance magnate's businesses.

  • August 05, 2020

    Interpol Says Hackers Moving To Big Targets During COVID-19

    Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting major corporations and governments rather than individuals and small businesses as they exploit vulnerabilities stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, Interpol warned on Tuesday.

  • August 05, 2020

    LA Oil Co. Hit With Criminal Charges Over Leaky Wells

    Los Angeles has filed a slew of criminal charges against an oil and gas company over leaks at a shuttered production site neighbors say continues to cause health issues in violation of environmental and health regulations.

  • August 05, 2020

    Ex-Littler Atty Rejoins Firm After In-House Gig At NV Energy

    A former Littler Mendelson PC shareholder returned to the firm Wednesday after a decade in-house at NV Energy, where she represented the company in employment litigation while also counseling on compliance issues and conducting training sessions.

  • August 05, 2020

    Risk Of Breaching Sanctions Adds To Ransomware Headache

    Companies facing extortion demands from cybercriminals have encountered a new form of risk in recent months over whether paying such a ransom could violate sanctions issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, industry attorneys say.

  • August 05, 2020

    Houston Atty Gets 2 Years In Prison For $18M Tax Scheme

    A Houston attorney convicted of defrauding the Internal Revenue Service in an $18 million tax scheme was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison followed by two years of supervised release, according to court records.

  • August 05, 2020

    Ex-Guatemalan Official Charged With Drug Money Bribery Plot

    Guatemala's former economics minister was charged Wednesday in federal court in Miami with participating in a $10 million money laundering conspiracy that involved proceeds from the illegal drug trade that he allegedly used to bribe corrupt politicians in the Central American country.

  • August 05, 2020

    ComEd Pleads Not Guilty In Ill. Bribery Scheme

    Following its $200 million deal with prosecutors, Commonwealth Edison Co. pled not guilty Wednesday to a federal bribery charge alleging it arranged jobs and other benefits for allies of the Illinois House speaker in exchange for him supporting its push to change utility regulation.

  • August 05, 2020

    Rising Stars: Sullivan & Cromwell's Beth Newton

    Beth Newton of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has represented one of the world's largest oil companies in foreign bribery investigations and helped MUFG Bank out of a thorny regulatory quandary, putting her among the white collar practitioners named Law360 Rising Stars.

  • August 05, 2020

    Ex-Cooley Atty Charged In UK Corruption Plot

    A former Cooley attorney and his wife, an international anti-corruption expert, have been charged in connection with an alleged five-year corruption plot following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police's economic crime unit.

  • August 04, 2020

    SEC Said To Be Probing Kodak Stock Spike After Gov't Loan

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly investigating Eastman Kodak Co.'s disclosure of a $765 million government loan that sent its share price soaring, according to a news report published roughly a day after Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called for such a probe.

  • August 04, 2020

    Ex-Rep. Collins Wants Sentence Delayed 3rd Time Over Virus

    Former Rep. Christopher Collins asked a New York federal judge Tuesday to give him another two months of freedom before he has to report for his sentence on insider trader charges — his third time requesting a delay due to COVID-19, which he said has been "particularly acute and potentially disastrous" for prisons.

  • August 04, 2020

    Feds Charge Man With Swindling $1.6M For COVID Relief

    Federal prosecutors charged a Houston man Tuesday with allegedly conning his way into $1.6 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans, using the money to buy a $200,000 Lamborghini, a Rolex watch and trips to strip clubs.

  • August 04, 2020

    DC Circ. Tells Military Court To Review Al-Qaida Sentence

    A D.C. Circuit panel on Tuesday ordered a military court to reassess the life sentence facing al-Qaida's former head of propaganda, finding that the military court previously used the wrong "harmless error" standard in reviewing his case.

  • August 04, 2020

    Free COVID-19 Tests Are Not Kickbacks, HHS Watchdog Says

    Clinical laboratories aren't violating federal anti-fraud laws when they dole out free COVID-19 antibody tests to Medicare and Medicaid patients who are already getting other important blood tests, the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.

  • August 04, 2020

    LA Sued To Halt Developments Linked To Indicted Officials

    The AIDS Healthcare Foundation sued the city of Los Angeles on Tuesday in California court seeking to halt any real estate projects that two city councilmen indicted on federal corruption charges had a hand in approving, arguing the councilmen may have violated the of Political Reform Act of 1974.

  • August 04, 2020

    Ex-Uber Exec Levandowski Gets 1.5 Years For Google IP Theft

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup sentenced bankrupt former Uber Technologies Inc. executive Anthony Levandowski to 18 months in prison Tuesday after he pled guilty to one count in a criminal case alleging he stole self-driving car trade secrets from his former employer Google, a crime the judge called "massive in scale."

Expert Analysis

  • Pandemic May Change The Way We Design Our Courthouses

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    With access to courthouses currently curtailed, it is worthwhile to reflect on the design considerations that go into making these buildings work for the legal profession, and how the COVID-19 crisis might leave its imprint on these public spaces, says Elisabeth Ross at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Opinion

    McGirt Displays Gorsuch's Principled Stance On Tribal Rights

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    In McGirt v. Oklahoma, the majority opinion penned by Justice Neil Gorsuch represents a striking denunciation of how the U.S. has treated Native Americans and displays a clear understanding of tribes' perspectives and equal rights as American citizens under the law, says Billy Stratton at the University of Denver.

  • Mediator Confidentiality Promises Carry Serious Risks

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    A mediation agreement that promises to keep evidence confidential could result in a legal malpractice case for the mediator, and the risk has increased in the COVID-19 era of online sessions, says mediator Jeff Kichaven.

  • Reservation Ruling Shows Gorsuch's Tribal Rights Support

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma, declaring that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation lands are considered a reservation for purposes of the Major Crimes Act, solidifies Justice Neil Gorsuch's position as the court's emerging modern champion of tribal treaty rights, says Mike McBride at Crowe & Dunlevy.

  • Why FTC Needs High Court Win On Monetary Equitable Relief

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    To preserve the Federal Trade Commission as it currently functions, it is crucial for the agency to win two U.S. Supreme Court cases concerning its ability to obtain equitable monetary relief — despite recent legal trends not going the FTC's way, says Wayne State University professor and former FTC general counsel Stephen Calkins.

  • Opinion

    Dreamers Bring Important Perspective To Legal Industry

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for the time being, and at this critical time in our nation's history, there are several actions that every law firm can take to increase the visibility of Dreamers, say Regina Calcaterra, Isidora Echeverria and Montserrat Lopez at Calcaterra Pollack.

  • Helping Clients Overcome Financial Hurdles Mid-Litigation

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    In perilous economic times like these, abandoning litigation in progress could be a tempting cost-cutting measure for companies, but lawyers can help clients evaluate two alternative financial arrangements to stanch the bleeding from expenditures while preserving valuable litigation assets, say Charles Agee at Westfleet Advisors and Collin Cox at Yetter Coleman.

  • Inclusivity Considerations For Law Firms Reopening Offices

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    While most law firms will focus on ensuring physical office spaces are as safe as possible for attorneys and staff members, it's equally important to consider the impact office reopening decisions will have on a firm's culture of diversity and inclusion, says Manar Morales at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • What To Know About Reporting Employee Criminal Activity

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    Lesley Brovner and Mark Peters at Peters Brovner discuss the federal requirements for reporting employee criminal activity, the consequences for failure to report, and steps to minimize liability and the risk of defamation and discrimination claims from accused workers.

  • 3 Ways High Court's Liu V. SEC Ruling Curtails FTC Authority

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Liu v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission limited the Federal Trade Commission's authority in important ways, and the court's eventual decision in FTC v. Credit Bureau Center could prevent the regulator from seeking disgorgement or restitution altogether, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • FinCEN Guidance A Positive Step For Hemp Businesses

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    The recent Bank Secrecy Act guidance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network represents a major shift that should enable certain hemp-related businesses to receive better access to financial services, say Gregory Kaufman and Ben Marzouk at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • NY High Court Case Could Upend Litigation Finance Industry

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    A ruling in favor of the defendant in Fast Trak Investment v. Sax, a case recently accepted by the New York Court of Appeals, could enable borrowers to avoid repaying litigation funders by claiming state usury law violations, say attorneys at MoloLamken.

  • Opinion

    Criminal Contempt Charges In Donziger Case Are Excessive

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    We are deeply troubled by many aspects of a New York federal judge's criminal contempt case against human rights attorney Steven Donziger, including extraordinary and unfair pretrial home confinement, say retired U.S. District Judges Nancy Gertner and Mark Bennett.

  • 5 Compliance Lessons From Novartis' FCPA Settlement

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    Novartis' parallel settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to resolve criminal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act allegations emphasize risk points for life sciences companies, especially for repeat offenders, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • Associates Can Prioritize Biz Development Despite Pandemic

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    Although many traditional business development activities are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associates should seize the unique opportunities of this time to cultivate business by strengthening their personal and professional relationships, and developing new ones, says Jeremy Schneider at Jackson Lewis.

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