White Collar

  • March 22, 2017

    US, Investors Ask 9th Circ. To Toss Malaysian Hotel Appeal

    The U.S. government and investors in a midtown Manhattan hotel that allegedly was partly financed with money embezzled from a Malaysian investment fund have told the Ninth Circuit that a court-approved agreement only sets the framework for a potential sale and isn’t subject to appeal.

  • March 22, 2017

    Chiropractor Fraudulently Billed For $10M, Prosecutors Say

    A Chicago chiropractor has been indicted on charges of submitting more than $10 million in false bills to Medicare and insurance companies, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

  • March 22, 2017

    Jury Convicts Drug Return Co., CEO In $116M Fraud Case

    A Pennsylvania federal jury on Wednesday convicted a drug refund company, its CEO and its chief financial officer on charges that they stole $116 million worth of refunds from pharmaceutical manufacturers and then obstructed a subsequent investigation into the scheme.

  • March 22, 2017

    Philly DA Pleads Not Guilty To Bribery, Fraud Charges

    Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams pled not guilty Wednesday to a federal indictment accusing him of accepting over $100,000 in gifts and services in exchange for taking actions on behalf of his benefactors, and was released on a $50,000 bail.

  • March 22, 2017

    VimpelCom Investors Say Foreign Bribery Suit Has Mettle

    VimpelCom Ltd. shareholders asked a New York federal judge on Tuesday not to dismiss their securities fraud case, saying their claims that the multinational mobile phone giant hid its multiyear bribery scheme in Uzbekistan to inflate the company stock price pass legal muster.

  • March 22, 2017

    Army Employee Accused Of Taking Bribes For NJ Contracts

    A U.S. Army employee was charged Wednesday with accepting more than $150,000 in bribes from two individuals in exchange for his assistance with securing contracts for renovation projects at military facilities in New Jersey, acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

  • March 22, 2017

    Border Smartphone Searches Need A Warrant, 4th Circ. Told

    The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other advocacy groups have urged the Fourth Circuit to side with a man convicted of illegally smuggling firearms parts out of the country, a conviction based in part on a border search of his smartphone without a warrant.

  • March 22, 2017

    Pharmacist Convicted Of Racketeering, Cleared Of Murder

    A Massachusetts pharmacist was convicted Wednesday of a wide-ranging racketeering scheme for selling deadly drugs, but was cleared of murder charges stemming from the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak.

  • March 21, 2017

    Big Internet Cos. Fell For $100M Email Scam, DOJ Says

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced Tuesday that it has brought criminal charges against a Lithuanian man who used an email scam to successfully defraud two multinational internet companies out of $100 million.

  • March 21, 2017

    Ex-PSU Boss's Reporting Failure Enabled Sandusky, Jury Told

    Ex-Penn State University president Graham Spanier went to trial in Harrisburg on Tuesday facing arguments that his failure to report a suspected child abuse incident involving Jerry Sandusky more than 15 years ago had allowed the former coach and now-convicted child molester to continue victimizing young boys.

  • March 21, 2017

    Feds Seek To Block Agent, Trainer From Ballplayer Funds

    The federal government on Monday asked a Florida federal judge to block a baseball agent and an athletic trainer recently found guilty of smuggling Cuban ballplayers into the United States from receiving money from a group of foreign players or their family members.

  • March 21, 2017

    Ex-Dean Foods Chair Lists Years Of Insider Tips To Gambler

    New York federal prosecutors in the insider trading trial of prominent gambler Billy Walters led their star witness, a former Dean Foods chairman and current government cooperator, through his litany of shame as he told the jury he had tipped inside information to Walters so many times that he couldn’t count.

  • March 21, 2017

    Ex-Dewey Atty Tells Jury Of $6.9M Fee Error On Firm's Books

    A former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP lawyer and current Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner on Tuesday told a Manhattan jury of his discovery of a $6.9 million discrepancy on the law firm’s books, while a defense attorney jabbed at his credibility over Twitter-related sanctions in a separate action.

  • March 21, 2017

    Caribbean Bank Says Regulator Used It Like A ‘Piggy Bank’

    Failed National Bank of Anguilla and a Caribbean financial regulator were sued Monday by a bank subsidiary for allegedly raiding $175 million from the unit's private deposits to prop up NBA before its bankruptcy, then illegally transferring the money to Bank of America NA.

  • March 21, 2017

    Pinnacle Affiliate To Pay $5M To End Gov’t Theft Charges

    An affiliate of low-income housing developer Pinnacle Housing Group Inc. will pay $5.2 million in forfeiture and fines to resolve charges that it stole government grant money by inflating the cost of construction work on four Florida projects.

  • March 21, 2017

    Administrator Gets Over 2 Years For $20M Hospice Fraud

    An administrator who served as the second-in-command at a now-defunct Illinois hospice chain was sentenced to more than two years in prison Tuesday for her role in a multiyear fraud that cost Medicare $20 million.

  • March 21, 2017

    JPMorgan Whistleblower Pushes For Snarky Judge's Removal

    A former executive at JPMorgan Chase & Co. who claims the bank fired her for flagging possible fraud pushed on Monday for the recusal of a New York federal judge who has said he "wouldn't wish this case on [his] worst enemy."

  • March 21, 2017

    Bharara Will Take Post At NYU Law School

    Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara will join the New York University School of Law next month as a distinguished scholar-in-residence, the school said Tuesday, marking the first major commitment by the white collar prosecutor after he was sacked earlier this month.

  • March 21, 2017

    Ex-Honduran Soccer Head Granted $650K Bond Reduction

    A federal judge in Brooklyn on Tuesday granted a request by the former president of Honduras Rafael Callejas, who pled guilty to charges in the U.S. FIFA corruption case last year, to withdraw $650,000 in assets from from his bond package to pay legal and other expenses, a day after he made the request arguing that he has complied with all conditions of release.

  • March 21, 2017

    Philly DA Hit With Federal Corruption Charges

    Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams on Tuesday was hit with a federal indictment for allegedly accepting gifts and favors from two unidentified business owners in exchange for an appointment as a special adviser, a promise to intervene in a criminal case and other official actions.

Expert Analysis

  • Views From The Bench On Sentencing Representation: Part 8

    Alan Ellis

    What can you do if faced with the government argument that a lesser sentence for your client would depreciate the seriousness of the offense and promote disrespect for the law? In my recent interviews with federal judges in Nevada, Massachusetts and New Jersey, they all agreed: Demonstrate that your client is essentially a good person and rehabilitatable, says criminal defense attorney Alan Ellis.

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • Will Pena-Rodriguez V. Colorado Apply To Civil Cases?

    M. Christian King

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week in Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado that no-impeachment rules must yield to the Sixth Amendment's right to an impartial jury in a criminal investigation. Though Pena-Rodriguez has much to recommend to the civil side of the jury system, the analysis in the opinion may not be easily extended, say M. Christian King and Wesley Gilchrist of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Don't Bet On Unsupported Worldwide Order To Secure Assets

    Lincoln Caylor

    The approach by the English Court of Appeal in Saleh v. U.K. Serious Fraud Office is welcome from an asset-recovery perspective. Parties seeking to freeze or seize assets in a foreign jurisdiction should not be hamstrung by a blindly made order rendered without evidence or argument, says Lincoln Caylor of Bennett Jones LLP.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Uptick In Coordinated US-Brazil Anti-Corruption Enforcement

    Jason Jones

    The coordinated efforts of U.S. and Brazilian enforcement authorities were on display recently in a number of major corporate anti-corruption resolutions. Corporations doing business from, or within, Brazil must be mindful of a few key cross-border considerations, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • In The Associate Lateral Market, All Law Firms Are Not Equal

    Darin R. Morgan

    When associates contemplate a potential lateral move, there is a common misconception that all law firms are the same. It may seem that one law firm is just like the next, but if you dig deeper, you may discover unique attributes at some firms that may be more appealing and improve your professional satisfaction significantly, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Export Control Enforcement In The Wake Of ZTE Resolution

    Michael Casey

    The $892 million combined penalty against Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp., which is subject to court approval and would balloon to $1.19 billion if ZTE violates the terms of its settlement agreements, represents the largest fine and forfeiture imposed to date in an export control case. Attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP review the settlements and discuss the implications for future sanctions and export control enforcement.

  • Whistleblower Protections Vs. Confidentiality Obligations

    Debra S. Katz

    The case law related to confidential, proprietary or potentially privileged information that supports whistleblowers’ legal claims is not uniform. However, two recent decisions from California federal courts demonstrate that courts are willing to apply a proper balancing of interests when issues of confidentiality obligations arise in whistleblower retaliation cases, say Debra Katz and Aaron Blacksberg of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • Reflections From A Mock Trial

    Lora Brzezynski

    Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.