White Collar

  • November 12, 2019

    Mulvaney Drops Suit And Will Ignore House Subpoena

    Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney dropped his attempt to join a lawsuit over congressional subpoenas related to the impeachment inquiry Tuesday and told a D.C. federal judge he will instead rely on President Donald Trump’s order not to testify.

  • November 12, 2019

    Centra Tech Duo Wants Feds To Return $18.6M In Ether

    The co-founders of the defunct cryptocurrency company Centra Tech said Monday that its recent bid to have the government return $18.6 million worth of Ether to Centra Token purchasers is not, as prosecutors claim, a "trial ploy."

  • November 12, 2019

    WikiLeaks 'A Gift' To Trump Campaign, Gates Tells Stone Jury

    Former Trump campaign honcho Rick Gates testified Tuesday that the organization was thrilled to learn from Roger Stone about WikiLeaks’ plan to dump stolen emails to damage Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, bolstering prosecutors’ case that Stone lied to Congress about not speaking to anyone in the campaign about the controversial anti-secrecy group.

  • November 12, 2019

    HSBC Hong Kong Seeks Exit From 'Retread' Of Ponzi Suit

    HSBC's Hong Kong affiliate has asked a New York federal judge to dismiss claims that it aided a $37 million Ponzi scheme, saying the action was merely a "forum-shopping retread" of a case investors already lost in California.

  • November 08, 2019

    Law360 MVP Awards Go To Top Attorneys From 76 Firms

    The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360's 2019 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.

  • November 08, 2019

    Fusion GPS Target Says Judge Should 'Resign From Bench'

    A New York federal judge overseeing a human rights activist's suit over an alleged smear campaign run by Fusion GPS should "resign from the bench" and run for Congress, the activist told the Second Circuit, saying the judge was ignoring the law and enacting his own policy on racketeering claims.

  • November 08, 2019

    Fund Lost Millions In Mozambique Loan Fraud, Jury Told

    A former portfolio manager at AllianceBernstein on Friday testified of how the hedge fund lost millions of dollars from its stake in a Mozambican government-backed loan, which prosecutors say was tainted by a bribery scheme led by Privinvest executive Jean Boustani.

  • November 08, 2019

    Roger Stone Atty, Key Witness Clash Over WikiLeaks Contacts

    A star witness in Roger Stone's criminal trial lashed out at an attorney for the former Trump campaign adviser over the assertion that he misled Stone into believing he had personal connections with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose group released emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee's computer system.

  • November 08, 2019

    Ex-PwC Partner Tells Jury KPMG Met Auditing Standards

    A former PricewaterhouseCoopers partner testified Friday that KPMG's annual audits of Merrimack College met the professional standards for auditors, as the accounting giant began its defense in the Massachusetts jury trial over its alleged responsibility for not catching a $4.1 million student loan fraud.

  • November 08, 2019

    Trump To Appeal Tax Subpoena To High Court In Next Week

    President Donald Trump within the next week will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether his accounting firm is required to furnish his tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney, his legal team said Friday. 

  • November 08, 2019

    Florida Man Faces Fraud Charges Over Surfboard Scheme

    A Florida man's motorized surfboard investment scheme hit choppy waters when federal prosecutors and regulators slapped him with parallel actions claiming he stole $350,000 from investors — nearly all of the money raised — and spent the money on himself.

  • November 08, 2019

    Boies Sues Dershowitz For Defamation Over Epstein Fracas

    David Boies hit embattled lawyer Alan Dershowitz with a defamation lawsuit in New York state court Friday, saying the Harvard law professor left him no choice after lobbing a string of incendiary extortion allegations against him and the Jeffrey Epstein accusers he represents.

  • November 08, 2019

    Atty's Fraud Conviction May Lose China Native Asylum

    The Board of Immigration Appeals granted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's request to review a Chinese citizen's asylum case based on her former New York attorney's fraud conviction, saying that there is enough new evidence to reopen her case.

  • November 08, 2019

    Beck Redden Digs Into Depositions To Win $176M For HP

    Beck Redden LLP attorneys narrowed down evidence prepared by another firm in order to win a $176 million verdict for HP Inc. in a complex case alleging optical disk drive supplier Quanta was part of an industrywide price-fixing scheme.

  • November 08, 2019

    DOJ Indicts 15 Employees For Links To $140M Binary Scheme

    An indictment that was unsealed Friday alleges that 15 individuals, including two former company owners, orchestrated a scheme that marketed roughly $140 million in binary options, misleading investors about their investments and profiting off their losses.

  • November 08, 2019

    Ex-UN Diplomat Spared Prison For Taking $1.5M In Bribes

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced a former United Nations diplomat on Friday to time served and community service after he pled guilty to a bribery scheme involving top officials and millions of dollars, citing his early cooperation with prosecutors.

  • November 08, 2019

    Why Lawyer Behind Sports Anti-Doping Bill Doesn't Trust IOC

    House lawmakers greenlighted a bill last month that would make doping schemes in international sports a federal crime, a move that followed revelations in recent years about a massive state-sponsored Russian doping conspiracy. Here, attorney Jim Walden, who represents Russian doping whistleblower Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov and who helped draft the bill, discusses why the measure is necessary to stop rampant doping and corruption worldwide.

  • November 08, 2019

    NJ Town Seeks To Toss Judge's 'Audacious' Suit Over Arrest

    A New Jersey town sued by a judge over her arrest for allegedly harboring her fugitive ex-boyfriend urged a federal court to toss the discrimination case Friday, blasting the “audacity” of the jurist's attempt to rehash matters that were already examined by ethics authorities.

  • November 08, 2019

    Centra Tech Calls Investors' New Class Cert. Bid 'Improper'

    Centra Tech again challenged its investors' renewed attempt at class certification in their suit over a fraudulent initial coin offering, telling a Florida federal court Thursday that the investors sneakily attached nonparty subpoenas to their bid in a "presumptuous act" of "improper discovery."

  • November 08, 2019

    Pile Of Docs Ties Ex-BigLaw Atty To OneCoin's 'Cryptoqueen'

    Prosecutors showed a Manhattan jury dozens of documents tying former Locke Lord LLP partner Mark S. Scott to OneCoin founder Ruja Ignatova, also known as “Cryptoqueen,” on Friday in their $400 million money laundering case as a British investment pro told jurors that the ties were neither affirmatively disclosed nor actively disguised. 

  • November 08, 2019

    SEC's Cognizant Bribe Suit May Mean Differing Rulings

    A New Jersey federal judge expressed concerns over the risk of inconsistent rulings Friday if he lets a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit against the former president and chief legal officer of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. over an alleged bribery scheme move forward amid a related criminal case.

  • November 08, 2019

    Racetrack Not Liable In $1B DC Solar Ponzi Suit, Says Owner

    A lawsuit from SunTrust Equipment Finance & Leasing Corp. is improperly trying to hold International Speedway Corp. liable for an alleged $1 billion DC Solar Ponzi scheme, the racetrack owner told a Florida federal judge Thursday.

  • November 08, 2019

    'Attorney-Broker' Ponzi Suit Belongs In State Court: Investors

    A lawsuit involving an alleged attorney-broker running a Ponzi scheme was only removed to federal court to delay court proceedings and should be returned to the state court it was originally filed in, two real estate investors told a Texas federal judge.

  • November 08, 2019

    Saudi Citizens Charged With Smuggling Gun Parts Out Of US

    Federal prosecutors have accused three men of transporting firearm parts from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia in violation of federal laws that require a license to export goods, according to court filings.

  • November 08, 2019

    2nd Circ. Rejects Deutsche Bank Whistleblowers' Award Bid

    The Second Circuit declined Friday to overturn the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s denials of several whistleblower claims for portions of a $55 million fine paid by Deutsche Bank, ruling in part that the agency can cut out a whistleblower who submits useful information first but packages it in an impenetrable format.

Expert Analysis

  • DOJ's New FARA Enforcement Focus Could Be Far-Reaching

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    In light of the U.S. Department of Justice's recent dramatic increase in criminal enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a wide array of individuals and organizations whose conduct may be implicated by FARA should keep in mind several key compliance considerations, say Richard Beizer and Dalal Hasan of Crowell & Moring.

  • Roundup

    Pursuing Wellness

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    In this Expert Analysis series, leaders at some of the law firms that committed to the American Bar Association's 2018 pledge to improve mental health and well-being in the legal industry explain how they put certain elements of the initiative into action.

  • How BigLaw Is Adapting To Plaintiff-Side Litigation

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    While many have treated Kirkland & Ellis' recent creation of a contingency fee-based plaintiffs practice as market disruptive, it is another manifestation of forces that have been changing the business of BigLaw for some time, says Elizabeth Korchin at Therium Capital Management.

  • Whistleblower Initiatives Clarify CFTC Enforcement Priorities

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    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s recent whistleblower alerts on insider trading, foreign corruption, virtual commodities fraud and Bank Secrecy Act violations are an explicit attempt to boost the flow of information to the CFTC, and further incentivize cooperation to buoy its enforcement efforts, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • Series

    Pursuing Wellness: A Focus On Firm Holistic Health Training

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    Our most concerted efforts toward implementing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge, which we signed one year ago, have centered on educating attorneys and staff by including well-being components in firm trainings and professional development programs, says Andrew Glincher at Nixon Peabody.

  • Opinion

    THC Vaping Health Issues Warrant Safety Standards

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    Thus far, nine deaths and more than 500 cases of illness allegedly related to THC vaping have been reported across the U.S. Changing federal law's treatment of marijuana could be the most important step in the promotion of public safety in this arena, say Seth Goldberg and Justin Stern of Duane Morris.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

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    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

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    Judging A Book: Jackson Reviews 'When Should Law Forgive?'

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    Readers of Martha Minow's new book "When Should Law Forgive?" will be exposed to a refreshingly robust vision of justice that transcends myopic perspectives of wrongdoing and punishment, says U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the District of Columbia.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Steps Toward A Supportive Firm Culture

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    As an early advocate of the American Bar Association's year-old well-being pledge, we launched an integrated program to create and sustain a supportive workplace culture with initiatives focused on raising mental health awareness, embracing creativity and giving back to the community, says Casey Ryan at Reed Smith.

  • White Collar Cases And Trends To Watch At High Court

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    In the approaching U.S. Supreme Court term, white collar practitioners should follow Kelly v. United States for its potential to narrow criminal fraud law, along with three pending certiorari petitions, and the voting patterns of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, say Brook Dooley and Cody Gray at Keker Van Nest.

  • Series

    Pursuing Wellness: Mental Health Education As A Firm Priority

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    Our firm drives a holistic concept of well-being through educational opportunities, such as a series of expert-led workshops intended to address mental health and substance abuse issues that we vowed to fight when we signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge one year ago, says Krista Logelin at Morgan Lewis.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

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    Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

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    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

  • Utah Blazes Trail With Law Shielding Data From Gov't Search

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    Utah's recently enacted Electronic Information or Data Privacy Act and other states' laws that follow it will change long-standing practices in how companies that collect or store users’ personal data respond to law enforcement requests, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

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