White Collar

  • March 16, 2018

    A Chat With Littler Info Chief Durgesh Sharma

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Durgesh Sharma, chief information officer at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • March 15, 2018

    Feds Tell 7th Circ. House Rules Fair Game In Schock Case

    Prosecutors have urged the Seventh Circuit to reject ex-Rep. Aaron Schock's bid to shut down the government's fraud case against him on separation of powers grounds, setting up a showdown over whether "ambiguous" internal House rules can be used as a shield or a sword in government corruption cases.

  • March 15, 2018

    Gun 'Just Went Off,' Atty Said After He Shot Wife, Jury Told

    A former Fisher Phillips partner who shot his wife told one of the nurses treating her afterwards that the gun was in his hand and "just went off," the nurse testified Thursday in the Atlanta trial over murder charges against the attorney.

  • March 15, 2018

    3 Fla. Home Health Co. Owners Charged With Medicare Fraud

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday announced the arrests of three Miami-area owners of a now-defunct home health agency on charges of orchestrating a scheme that defrauded Medicare through their business.

  • March 15, 2018

    5th Circ. Affirms 2 Convictions In BP Oil Spill Fraud Case

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday upheld the convictions of two consultants accused of inflating the number of claimants in a $2.3 billion settlement in the BP PLC Deepwater Horizon litigation, rejecting their argument that a separate trial was necessary after the other defendants turned on them.

  • March 15, 2018

    Manafort Disputes Criminal Charges, Attacks Mueller Probe

    Paul Manafort on Wednesday made his latest move to defeat a slew of money laundering and foreign lobbying charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, saying in court filings that Mueller’s appointment improperly gave him a “blank check” to investigate anything arising from the Russia investigation, however attenuated.

  • March 15, 2018

    Ex-Manager Testifies Bribes Were ‘Open Secret’ At Georgeson

    A 25-year veteran of Wall Street sat behind a witness stand in Boston on Thursday and told a federal jury that four of his closest co-workers at a leading corporate advisory firm bribed a shareholder representative for confidential data.

  • March 15, 2018

    'Recidivist Offender' Behind $5.8M Ponzi Scheme, Mass. Says

    Massachusetts securities regulators took action against a private investment firm on Thursday for allegedly fleecing investors of about $5.8 million and hiding that its portfolio companies were failing and one of its principals had past run-ins with the law.

  • March 15, 2018

    Manager Of Fraudulent Hedge Fund Cops To $22M Scam

    A former hedge fund manager pled guilty to securities fraud in New York federal court on Thursday in the face of accusations that he’d basically run a $22 million Ponzi scheme, and that the investor money not lost in the market was spent on his own expenses.

  • March 15, 2018

    Pa. Atty Gets 33-Month Prison Term For Defrauding Client

    A former Pittsburgh-area attorney was sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison Wednesday after copping to charges that he stole more than half a million dollars from a client with dementia and used the money to run a newspaper he owned.

  • March 15, 2018

    Poker Player's Ticket Ploy Shafted Investors $6M, DOJ Says

    A professional poker player allegedly fleeced investors out of $6.2 million in a scheme to resell tickets to major sporting events and used the funds for gambling at Las Vegas casinos, federal prosecutors in California announced Thursday after a grand jury indicted him on two counts of wire fraud.

  • March 15, 2018

    Ex-Siemens Exec Admits To $100M Argentine Bribery Ploy

    A former Siemens AG executive on Thursday copped to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act over his role in a massive $100 million bribery scheme in which several employees of the German conglomerate conspired to bribe Argentine officials to secure a $1 billion contract to produce national identity cards.

  • March 15, 2018

    Illinois Futures Trader Charged With Defrauding Investors

    An Illinois futures trader with a long history of run-ins with regulatory agencies has been arrested and charged with criminal fraud in Chicago federal court for allegedly scheming to rip off investors by lying about his brokerage business and creating false financial statements.

  • March 15, 2018

    Treatment Program Owner Gets 11 Years For $175M Scheme

    A California state judge on Wednesday sentenced the co-owner of a Los Angeles drug and alcohol treatment facility to 11 years in prison in relation to a $175 million billing scheme involving insurance fraud, identity theft and money laundering.

  • March 15, 2018

    Telco Claims Witness Tampering In $500M Mexico Arbitration

    A former officer of Mexico's telecommunications regulator was bullied into not testifying in a $500 million arbitration accusing Mexico of destroying a telecommunication company's business, and now the telecom wants his testimony for use in a witness-tampering complaint, according to documents filed Wednesday in D.C. federal court.

  • March 15, 2018

    Ex-McKinsey Consultant Gets 2 Years In Expense-Fraud Plot

    A former McKinsey & Co. Inc. director was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday after admitting to a nearly $600,000 expense-fraud scheme he ran with a State Farm employee.

  • March 15, 2018

    Yacht Sharing Club Exec Cops To Investment Fraud Scheme

    The head of a company that intended to launch a membership-based yacht sharing club pled guilty to a conspiracy to commit fraud charge in Connecticut federal court Thursday, admitting he lied to investors about how their money would be used to fund the now-sunk operation.

  • March 15, 2018

    Calif. Man Arrested Over Alleged Massive Raptor Poach

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday that a man from Lassen County was arrested after his 80-acre property was allegedly found strewn with more than 125 dead birds, amounting to what the department called “likely the largest raptor poaching case in known” state history.

  • March 15, 2018

    Feds Seek To DQ Atty In Venezuelan Bribery Case

    Federal prosecutors on Wednesday urged a Texas federal judge to disqualify a defense lawyer for a former Venezuelan government official indicted for his alleged role in a bribery scheme involving the country’s state-owned oil giant, citing the lawyer’s previous representation of a co-defendant in the case.

  • March 15, 2018

    US Unveils New Russia Sanctions For Cyberattacks

    The Trump administration on Thursday announced new sanctions on several Russian individuals, companies and intelligence agencies, in retaliation for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and carrying out other cyberattacks.

Expert Analysis

  • How Settling With The Gov't Is Costlier Under New Tax Law

    Marvin Kirsner

    A provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act greatly expands the scope of the disallowance of deductions for fines and penalties paid to government agencies. This will make it costlier for a company to settle claims of violation of laws and regulations brought by federal, state or local agencies, or even foreign governments, says Marvin Kirsner of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • The Art And Science Of Investigative Questions: Part 5

    David Dolkas

    In the final article in this five-part series, longtime trial lawyer David Dolkas discusses Level One and Level Two investigative questioning.

  • 3 Lessons From Sinovel's Trade Secret Theft Conviction

    Justus Getty

    One of the key takeaways from a Wisconsin federal court's recent decision in U.S. v. Sinovel Wind Group is that the most serious threats to a company’s trade secrets can often be internal rather than external, says Justus Getty of Duane Morris LLP.

  • The Art And Science Of Investigative Questions: Part 4

    David Dolkas

    In the fourth article of this five-part series, longtime trial lawyer David Dolkas discusses the Sawatsky method and, specifically, the importance of asking who, what, when, where, why and how questions.

  • The Art And Science Of Investigative Questions: Part 3

    David Dolkas

    In the third article of this five-part series, longtime trial lawyer David Dolkas contrasts tough questions with tough-sounding questions and discusses which are likely to elicit more information from a source or witness.

  • Where White Collar Enforcement Is Heading

    Gregory Morvillo

    Expect regulators and prosecutors to make cases in industries that are beginning to generate enormous amounts of new revenue, while using the same investigative tools they’ve used for decades, say Gregory Morvillo and Amy Walsh of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • Practicality Is A Driving Force In High Court Microsoft Case

    James Kitchen

    Absent new legislation or a major reformation of the mutual legal assistance treaty process, victory in the Microsoft case at the U.S. Supreme Court may be vital for the government when it comes to its ability to conduct investigations in the fast-paced world of electronic data and cybercrime, says James Kitchen of Jones Day.

  • The Art And Science Of Investigative Questions: Part 2

    David Dolkas

    When lawyers question sources and witnesses, they need to know which portion of the person’s brain is answering each question. For purposes of asking questions, longtime trial lawyer David Dolkas divides the brain into two parts: the red brain and the blue brain.

  • Exploring Limits Of Anti-Kickback Law Employee Safe Harbor

    Geoffrey Kaiser

    There is a view shared by some compliance professionals that the employee safe harbors of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute permit employers to do that which the law fundamentally prohibits — pay for referrals. However, it is far from clear that this is a safe or wise interpretation, says Geoffrey Kaiser of Rivkin Radler LLP.