White Collar

  • August 16, 2017

    'Legal Innocence' Not Enough For Civil Award, Court Finds

    A Third Circuit ruling setting aside a man's murder convictions in New Jersey after he served more than 20 years behind bars was an insufficient basis to award him a civil judgment against the state under a wrongful incarceration statute, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.

  • August 16, 2017

    Ex-Ariz. Sheriff Arpaio Wants Contempt Conviction Nixed

    Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt by an Arizona federal judge last month, said Monday in a pair of motions that he deserves either a new trial or immediate acquittal on the grounds that there is no evidence he violated a clearly defined preliminary injunction.

  • August 16, 2017

    Poker Site, Cozen Hit With State Fraud Suit After Fed. Win

    Weeks after seeing their $900 million fraud suit against Full Tilt Poker and Cozen O’Connor tossed out of federal court, a putative class of poker players on Tuesday refiled their suit alleging the website operator illegally put its own players into games in California state court.

  • August 16, 2017

    Sen. Harris Beats Claim She Was Bribed To Block Health Deal

    A California federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a hospital system’s suit accusing Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., of bowing to a union’s demands and blocking the hospital’s planned merger with a nonprofit chain, finding that Harris was entitled to qualified immunity in making the decision.

  • July 17, 2017

    Poker Site, Cozen Get $900M Fraud Suit Thrown Out

    A California federal judge has dismissed a $900 million fraud class action against Full Tilt Poker that roped in Cozen O’Connor for representing the website, saying while the suit sufficiently pleads allegations of an illegal gambling business, it “founders” on the issue of how the defendants directly harmed the poker players behind the suit.

  • August 16, 2017

    Woman Cops To $2.25M Online Steroid Distribution Scheme

    A California woman pled guilty in Missouri federal court Wednesday to taking part in a $2.25 million drug-trafficking scheme involving the online sale of anabolic steroids to athletes and other customers across the U.S., while her co-conspirator received a three-year prison sentence for his role in the scheme.

  • August 16, 2017

    DBSI Ponzi Schemers' 9th Circ. Appeal Largely Rejected

    The Ninth Circuit affirmed the prison sentences of four men who were convicted of fraud for their roles in the DBSI Inc. Ponzi scheme on Tuesday, rejecting several challenges to jury instructions and evidence but reducing a “double-counted” $32 million restitution order by $3 million.

  • August 16, 2017

    Feds Say Ex-BofA VP, Others Made $5M From Insider Trading

    Manhattan federal prosecutors on Wednesday said seven people have been charged for their roles in a $5 million insider trading scheme, in which a former Bank of America vice president is accused of doling out confidential merger information he obtained from the bank.

  • August 16, 2017

    Judge Quashes ‘Fat Leonard’ Capt.'s Gin Distilling Dreams

    A retired Navy captain ensnared in the broad-reaching “Fat Leonard” bribery scandal may have watched his dreams of becoming a master distiller sail into the sunset, after a federal judge on Tuesday rejected his request to leave the country for what he said was a make-or-break meeting with potential investors in a potential gin operation.

  • August 16, 2017

    Nigerian Man Sentenced For $6.5M Hacking, Fraud Scheme

    A New York federal judge sentenced a Nigerian citizen on Wednesday to more than four years in prison for allegedly operating a fraud scheme that swindled millions of dollars from businesses in the U.S. and elsewhere.

  • August 16, 2017

    FIFA Defendants Can't Get All Doc Translations, Judge Says

    Prosecutors do not have to hand over full English-language translations of documents produced in the FIFA corruption case and can demand the return of draft transcripts from undercover recordings, a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled on Wednesday, despite concerns from defendants the government will spring evidence on them ahead of trial.

  • August 16, 2017

    Ex-US Atty Joins King & Spalding To Start Chicago Office

    After receiving a “tsunami of interest” from firms in the area, former U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon said Wednesday that he has opted to return to King & Spalding LLP and help the firm open a new office in Chicago.

  • August 16, 2017

    Calif. County Wants Suit Over Tribal Police Power Tossed

    A California county and two officials have each urged a federal judge to toss the Bishop Paiute Tribe's suit over the county's prosecution of a tribal police officer for allegedly assaulting a woman with a stun gun on tribal lands, saying the tribe is wrongly seeking to extend its law enforcement authority over non-Indians.

  • August 16, 2017

    Execs Look To Avoid Jail For Tribal Embezzlement Scheme

    Two executives of a Nevada-based company have urged a federal judge to sentence them only to probation for their admitted roles in a scheme to help tribal officials embezzle money from the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation and provide kickbacks to officials of its payday lender Plain Green LLC.

  • August 16, 2017

    Convicted Ex-Politician In Florida Denied Retrial

    A Florida federal judge refused to grant a new trial Wednesday for former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, who was found guilty of diverting money raised for a sham education charity and filing false tax returns.

  • August 16, 2017

    Tucker Arensberg Snags Atty For New White Collar Practice

    Tucker Arensberg PC announced Wednesday that it has tapped Goldberg Katzman PC criminal defense group chair Jerry Russo to come on board as the firm looks to launch a new white collar practice.

  • August 16, 2017

    Ex-Eaton Vance Trader Gets 18 Months For Fraud

    A former Eaton Vance trader was sentenced to a year and a half in prison Wednesday in Boston federal court for stealing $1.5 million from investors.

  • August 16, 2017

    JPMorgan Loses Bid To Appeal Petters Lawsuit

    A Minnesota federal judge on Wednesday denied JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s bid for an interlocutory appeal of a failed motion to dismiss a case alleging the bank aided businessman Thomas Petters’ $3.7 billion Ponzi scheme.

  • August 16, 2017

    Ex-NY Assembly Speaker Silver Gets April 2018 Trial Date

    Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is scheduled to have a second jury trial on corruption-related charges in the spring of 2018, pending no interfering developments from the U.S. Supreme Court, a New York federal judge said Tuesday.

  • August 16, 2017

    Upscale Insider Trading Fugitive, 79, Nabbed In Puerto Rico

    A 79-year-old Massachusetts man who had fled shortly before he was to report to prison for an insider trading scheme carried out on country club cocktail napkins was arrested by federal authorities over the weekend in Puerto Rico.

Expert Analysis

  • Escobar Provides New Grounds For Seeking Gov't Discovery

    Ethan Posner

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year in Escobar should alter the way the government, defendants and courts approach discovery into the government’s knowledge and deliberations in False Claims Act cases, say Ethan Posner and Noam Kutler of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • 2nd Circ. Throws Wrench Into FCPA Enforcement

    Nicholas Berg

    The Second Circuit's far-reaching ruling in Allen will immediately impact the U.S. Department of Justice’s ability to prosecute individuals implicated in international investigations. The decision is likely to impact the Lava Jato Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation, as well as shape the DOJ’s future cooperation with governments in Latin America, say Nicholas Berg and Lindsey Sullivan of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

  • The Spoofing Statute Is Here To Stay

    Clifford Histed

    With the Seventh Circuit’s recent affirmation of spoofing and fraud convictions against Michael Coscia in the first criminal prosecution under the spoofing statute, traders should keep in mind the different pieces of evidence that the government used to assemble the puzzle for the jury, say Clifford Histed and Gilbert Perales of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Series

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Insider Risks

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    As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.

  • Texts And Message Apps Are Changing Internal Investigations

    Jessica Nall

    The near-universal use of text messaging and other mobile communication platforms should prompt a major shift in how evidence is gathered and considered in internal corporate investigations, say Jessica Nall and Claire Johnson of Farella Braun & Martel LLP.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Act

    Kristin Jones

    As the role of law firm chief privacy officer becomes more prevalent and expansive, many CPOs are finding themselves in the midst of a delicate balancing act — weighing compliance with government regulations and client requirements on one side with the needs of firm business on the other, says Kristin Jones, chief privacy officer for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.

  • 8 Years Of Health Care Enforcement: Doing Less With More

    Michael Loucks

    Despite the allocation of an additional $708 million in health care enforcement resources between 2008 and 2016, increases in financial recoveries and the prosecution of individuals never materialized. Attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP explore what happened and what can be changed.

  • How The IPad Can Be A Litigator's Best Friend

    Paul Kiesel

    New mobile computing tools — both hardware and applications — are changing the technology paradigm for legal practitioners. In particular, the combination of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil and the LiquidText annotation app can revolutionize both trial preparation and courtroom litigating, says attorney Paul Kiesel, in his latest review of tech trends.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: CPO Vs. CISO

    Mark McCreary

    To understand the role of the law firm chief privacy officer — and why that person ought to be a lawyer — it’s important to distinguish the role they fill from that of the chief information security officer, says Mark McCreary, chief privacy officer for Fox Rothschild LLP.