White Collar

  • December 13, 2017

    Consultant Pleads Guilty In Pa. Pay-To-Play Cases

    A political consultant indicted for his role in two pay-to-play schemes in the Pennsylvania cities of Reading and Allentown entered guilty pleas in both cases Tuesday, after initially indicating he would fight the federal charges.

  • December 12, 2017

    Jury To Decide If MD In Fraud Trial Is Insane Or Criminal

    Federal prosecutors delivered closing arguments Tuesday in the criminal trial of a doctor accused of billing insurers for never-provided services and laundering money with her surgeon boyfriend, telling California jurors the suspect ran a demanding practice and cannot credibly claim that a mental defect caused her actions.

  • December 12, 2017

    5th Circ. Says CFAA Covers IT Worker's Electronic Sabotage

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday upheld the conviction of a former information technology manager for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by engaging in an electronic sabotage campaign against his then-employer, rejecting his argument that his conduct fell outside the statute because his job gave him the authority to access and "damage" the company's computer system.

  • December 12, 2017

    Broward Health Execs Charged For Conspiring To Ax CEO

    Five North Broward Health District executives were hit Tuesday with criminal charges by a state attorney alleging violations of Florida’s open government laws for supposedly holding secret meetings at which they decided to terminate the former interim chief executive.

  • December 12, 2017

    Defense, Gov't Clash Over Money Trail In FIFA Case

    Attorneys for the former South American soccer officials accused of conspiring to accept bribes from sports marketing executives argued Tuesday that prosecutors had shown no proof that any of the funds they showed flowing among various offshore accounts ever actually wound up in their clients' pockets.

  • December 12, 2017

    Subway Bombing Suspect Incites Family Migration Backlash

    After a Bangladeshi man was charged in Manhattan federal court Tuesday with detonating a bomb in a New York City subway station, the White House and Republican lawmakers alike called for an end to the family-based immigration mechanism that brought him to the U.S.

  • December 12, 2017

    SEC Knocks Trader's DQ Bid Over Alleged Privilege Breach

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a New York federal court on Monday that its attorneys didn’t purposely look at privileged documents belonging to a foreign day-trading firm accused of manipulative trading and that, even if they did see a couple of those documents by accident, it hasn’t affected the case.

  • December 12, 2017

    Hastert Barred From Internet For 2 Years During Probation

    Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert can’t use the internet or have contact with anyone under 18 except under certain conditions over the next two years, according to a list of new conditions imposed on the politician for his post-prison release Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    NJ Man Charged With Armed Cryptocurrency Robbery

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said Tuesday that a New Jersey man has been indicted for stealing more than $1.8 million worth of the cryptocurrency Ether through the physical theft of a digital wallet.

  • December 12, 2017

    Audi, Bosch Say Gas-Vehicle Emissions Suit Is Too Vague

    VW, Audi and Bosch urged a California federal court Monday to throw out a proposed class action alleging they conspired to install illegal “defeat devices” in various gasoline-fueled vehicles, saying the drivers bringing the suit are attempting to piggyback off similar cases over diesel-fueled vehicles.

  • December 12, 2017

    Ill. Doctor Gets 14 Mos. For Illegal Drug Distribution

    An Illinois doctor who pled guilty last year to several counts of illegally distributing hydrocodone was sentenced Monday to 14 months in prison.

  • December 12, 2017

    Banc Of Calif. Says Board Never Heard Shareholder Claims

    Banc of California Inc. urged a California federal judge on Monday to toss a shareholder suit alleging four of its directors used a scandal tying top executives to an admitted fraudster to wrest control of the bank, saying the shareholder failed to bring his complaints to the bank’s board before filing suit as required by law.

  • December 12, 2017

    11th Circ. Affirms Patient Recruiter Conviction In $2M Fraud

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday upheld the conviction of the owner of a Miami-area consulting and staffing company who was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a $2.3 million Medicare fraud scheme that saw him refer patients to home health care agencies in exchange for kickbacks.

  • December 12, 2017

    Armored Truck Contractor Denied Move To Medical Prison

    The former CEO of a now-defunct military contractor that provided faulty armored trucks can’t transfer to a medical prison for treatment of his prostate cancer and can't shake a filing by prosecutors arguing that the jury rightfully convicted him, a Virginia federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    Atty Must Appeal Sentence At Criminal Court, Panel Says

    A defense attorney who was sentenced to six months in jail after being found in contempt of court can only challenge the punishment before the Court of Criminal Appeals — Texas' highest criminal court — an appellate panel held Monday, ordering a district court to toss challenges the attorney lodged there.

  • December 12, 2017

    Turkish Banker Disputes That Iran Warning Made Him Nervous

    A former Obama administration official on Tuesday told a Manhattan jury that Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker accused of helping Iran dodge U.S. sanctions, was “taken aback” and “sweating” when directly warned against helping Tehran, which was disputed by the defense because the former official could not back up his account with notes from the time.

  • December 12, 2017

    Mass. Vending Co. Owners Sentenced For Illegal Gaming

    The owners of vending machine company Four Star Vending in North Andover pled guilty and were sentenced for running an illegal gaming and money laundering scheme that netted the largest seizure in the history of Massachusetts' money laundering statute, the state’s attorney general said Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    'McDonnell' Can't Upend Ex-Pa. County Official's Conviction

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in McDonnell v. United States limiting the scope of federal bribery law cannot be used to upset an ex-Pennsylvania county official’s conviction in a pay-to-play scheme, a federal judge agreed Monday.

  • December 12, 2017

    Judge Won't Help Out Convicted Analyst's Firm On Legal Fees

    A New York federal judge has refused a request by MSD Capital LP to change the forfeiture-restitution balance in the case of a convicted insider trader who had been an analyst there, saying Monday he didn’t have jurisdiction since there’s now an appeal, and it wouldn’t have changed things this late in the game regardless.

  • December 12, 2017

    Onetime Fund Manager Stole $10M From Investors, Feds Say

    A sometime TV pundit who held himself out as an investment manager after regulators stripped him of his registrations and the state of Illinois barred him from dealing in securities was charged with defrauding investors out of $10 million, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • How Lying To The US Government Can Land You In Jail

    Wilfredo Ferrer

    Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos and many others have not been charged with the crimes for which they were being investigated. The reasons why prosecutors make charging decisions are complex and case-specific. Regardless, the extraordinary scope of Section 1001 can easily ensnare the unwary, say Wifredo Ferrer and Michael Hantman of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: The Strange Case That Started It All

    Burton Wiand

    At the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in April 1978, we filed a case against Page Airways and envisioned the trial of a precedent-setting enforcement action that would have defined Foreign Corrupt Practices Act standards at an early stage. Instead, the matter was settled under circumstances that I am sure are unique in SEC history, says Burton Wiand of Wiand Guerra King PA.

  • 4 Tips For Defending Against Tribal RICO Claims

    Rob Roy Smith

    In the last decade, tribal entities and officials have increasingly become the subjects of civil suits alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Frivolous RICO claims cannot necessarily be prevented, but following certain tips and strategies can make navigating such claims much more manageable, say Rob Roy Smith and Rachel Saimons of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • Are Private Sector WTO Litigators At Risk Under Logan Act?

    Alan Price

    Renewed interest in our national security laws, and particularly their restraints on U.S. citizen engagement with foreign governments, suggests that U.S. lawyers would be wise to evaluate the risks associated with the Logan Act before representing foreign governments in disputes against the U.S. government before foreign tribunals, say members of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • FinCEN Expands Anti-Money Laundering Targeting Orders

    John Rollins

    As signaled by its continued extension and expansion of its Geographic Targeting Program, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network will keep the high-end real estate industry firmly in its crosshairs, and may target additional segments of the U.S. real estate sector next, say John Rollins and Ahmed Eltamami of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

  • Regulators, Whistleblowers And The Paradise Papers

    Adam Pollock

    Clients of "Paradise Papers" law firm Appleby Global should now expect that tax authorities in the U.S., the U.K. and elsewhere will closely scrutinize the leaked documents for evidence of tax evasion. And individuals with inside information that sheds further light on these cases stand to reap sizable rewards by filing qui tam actions, says Adam Pollock of Ford O'Brien LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • Anti-Corruption In Mexico: Reasons For Cautious Optimism

    Nicholas Berg

    Implementation of Mexico’s anti-corruption enforcement regime has suffered a series of setbacks and delays. However, the recent resignation of Mexico’s attorney general signals a potential victory for anti-corruption activists in their demands for a truly independent prosecutor — a central pillar of Mexico’s anti-corruption reform efforts, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.