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  • September 12, 2018

    Feds Tell Justices Tribe's Elk Hunting Legal Under Treaty

    The federal government pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Crow tribe member’s conviction in Wyoming state court for illegal elk hunting, saying the tribe’s right to hunt on unoccupied land under a federal treaty was not wiped out by Wyoming's statehood. 

  • September 12, 2018

    3rd Circ. Backs Ambulance Co.'s Medicare Fraud Conviction

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday backed the convictions of a medical transport company and its owner for falsifying trip records in order to receive federal health care reimbursements, ruling that the documents at issue were material enough to influence Medicare’s decision-making authority.

  • September 12, 2018

    Former SDNY Judge Katherine Forrest Rejoins Cravath

    Former U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest of the Southern District of New York has returned to private practice with Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP after seven years on the federal bench, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • September 12, 2018

    Ponzi Schemer Must Face Billionaire Sex Offender's Claim

    A Florida judge declined Wednesday to dismiss a conspiracy claim against jailed Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein brought by billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in his racketeering suit against the former Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler PA partner who represented Epstein’s victims.

  • September 12, 2018

    Judge Tells SEC, Firm To Talk It Out In Tribal Bond Doc Fight

    A Manhattan federal judge expressed frustration at a hearing Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and an investment firm that has been fighting the regulator's subpoena for documents related to an alleged tribal bond scheme, saying the parties should just talk instead of litigating the issue further.

  • September 12, 2018

    Ex-Deutsche Traders Fire Back At Gov't Bid To Nix Experts

    Two former Deutsche Bank traders accused of rigging the London Interbank Offered Rate urged a New York federal court to deny the federal government’s motion to exclude the expert testimony of two men that they argue will show the bankers' trading positions did not benefit them at the expense of others.

  • September 12, 2018

    Boston DA Exits Post Early For Mintz Levin Gig

    Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, the top cop in four Massachusetts communities, including Boston, announced Wednesday he would be leaving his post three months ahead of schedule for a job at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC and its lobbying arm, ML Strategies LLC.

  • September 12, 2018

    United Technologies Settles SEC's FCPA Claims For $14M

    United Technologies Corp. agreed Wednesday to pay $13.9 million to settle the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act allegations that its elevator and aircraft engine businesses bribed foreign officials to win business.

  • September 12, 2018

    EU Plan Would Give EBA Bigger Anti-Money Laundering Role

    The European Commission on Wednesday proposed giving Europe’s banking regulator tough new powers to crack down on money laundering and terrorist financing, including the ability to step in when national authorities fall short. 

  • September 11, 2018

    ‘Brisbane’s Bernie Madoff’ Wants Redo In $89M Fraud Case

    A man convicted of using his California auto dealership to defraud banks out of $89 million before ditching the U.S. for Australia asked the Ninth Circuit at a hearing Tuesday to give him another shot at his case, arguing his 10-year sentence was improper and that he should have been allowed to withdraw his eleventh-hour guilty pleas.

  • September 11, 2018

    How A 'Lost Generation' Of Associates Bounced Back

    Caught in a whirlwind of firm dissolutions and layoffs, thousands of associates were thrust into one of the worst job markets in history a decade ago. While some have rebounded, others are still feeling the lingering effects of the financial crisis on their careers.

  • September 11, 2018

    Feds Nab First-Ever FATCA Conviction With Bank Exec's Plea

    The former head business officer and CEO of offshore Loyal Bank Ltd. on Tuesday admitted to setting up multiple opaque bank accounts for a purported stock fraudster in order to evade detection by U.S. authorities in violation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, the first conviction of its kind.

  • September 11, 2018

    Nigerian Gets 5 Years For Global Business Email Scam

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced a Nigerian national to five years in prison Monday for a lengthy campaign of emailing businesses around the world to extract payments after remarking that the defendant would potentially be able to resume lawbreaking after leaving federal prison and being deported.

  • September 11, 2018

    Eastern Shoshone Back Crow Hunting Rights At High Court

    The Eastern Shoshone Tribe has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a Crow tribe member's bid to overturn his Wyoming state court conviction for illegal elk hunting, saying his right to hunt on unoccupied lands can't be erased by statehood or the creation of a national forest.

  • September 11, 2018

    Financial Adviser Cops To Hiding Ecuadorian Oil Bribes

    A U.S.-based financial adviser pled guilty Tuesday in Florida federal court to his role in a bribery and money laundering scheme that allegedly helped an oil services contractor gain $27.8 million in business from Ecuador's state-owned oil company.

  • September 11, 2018

    Former Construction Exec. Gets 2 Years For Defrauding Feds

    A former construction company executive has been sentenced to two years behind bars for defrauding the federal government in connection with a $1.5 million roofing and air conditioning contract at a federal courthouse in Jackson, Tennessee.

  • September 11, 2018

    Akerman Adds Ex-Federal Prosecutor In Fort Lauderdale

    Akerman LLP said Tuesday it has added a former special counsel to the U.S. attorney as a partner in its fraud and recovery practice group in Fort Lauderdale.

  • September 11, 2018

    'Guccifer' Must Serve Time In US, Romanian Court Says

    A Romanian hacker dubbed Guccifer who claimed to have accessed former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email server must serve his four-year sentence in America after completing a seven-year term in his home country for similar crimes, a Romanian court held Monday.

  • September 11, 2018

    Atty's Sickly Brother Gets 9 Mos. For Role In Pump-And-Dump

    The brother of the California attorney convicted in a pair of pump and dump schemes the government says cost investors $1.5 million was sentenced in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to nine months in prison, despite a plea to avoid jail time due to serious health issues.

  • September 11, 2018

    CEO In Texas State Senator's Ponzi Case Gets 15 Years

    A Texas federal judge sentenced the former CEO of a fracking sand company to 15 years in prison Tuesday after he pled guilty to fraud charges related to a Ponzi scheme that also involved a state senator, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Expert Analysis

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Extra Protection For Press In Law Enforcement Investigations

    Thomas Barnard

    When the FBI seized a New York Times journalist’s phone and email records earlier this year, the press was outraged. The authority to seize documents from a reporter has a higher threshold of approval than for normal investigations, and the failure to follow those requirements has a unique statutory remedy, say Thomas Barnard and Macy Climo of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Tax Enforcers Unite Against International Tax Crime

    Kyle Womboldt

    In light of the launch of the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement alliance against transnational tax crime and money laundering, it is more important than ever for corporations and professional services firms to carefully manage their exposure to higher risk clients and business activity, say Kyle Wombolt and Jeremy Birch of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • Distributors Expose Health, Life Sci Cos. To FCPA Risks

    Mimi Yang

    All companies operating abroad should be aware of potential liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws, but health care and life sciences companies are at greater risk due to the nature of their products and their reliance on third-party distributors in international markets, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • 2 Strikes And You’re Out: The Litvak Saga Comes To An End

    Joon Kim

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, following reversals of two prior convictions, has moved to dismiss its remaining securities fraud claim against bond trader Jesse Litvak. While it can be difficult to prove misstatements are material as a matter of law, the government's move is certainly not a death knell for similarly grounded fraud charges, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.