White Collar

  • September 19, 2017

    DOJ Urges High Court To Nix Atty's Client Bilking Appeal

    The government asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday not to hear an appeal brought by a former Houston defense lawyer who is serving a 15-year sentence after he was convicted for promising criminal defendants he could use government connections to get their charges dropped, arguing he raised no issues on appeal that merit the high court's review.

  • September 19, 2017

    Veon Must Face Investor Class Action, With Some Limits

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday ruled that European telecommunications company Veon Ltd., which admitted to paying bribes in Uzbekistan, can’t escape a proposed class action for failing to disclose its crimes to investors, finding that the suit was “in large part” strong enough to survive dismissal.

  • September 19, 2017

    Pharmacy Solely Liable For Meningitis Outbreak, Clinic Says

    A Maryland surgical center’s role in a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak is superseded by that of the pharmacy that made the tainted products, Box Hill Surgery Center LLC told a Massachusetts federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation Monday.

  • September 19, 2017

    Paxton Prosecutors Appeal Pay Ruling To Top Criminal Court

    Prosecutors in the felony securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday asked the state’s highest criminal court to enforce a trial judge’s order they should be paid $300 an hour for their work, saying a lower appellate ruling threatens the fair administration of justice.

  • September 19, 2017

    Judge OK's $4.5M Bond For Doc In Genital Mutilation Case

    Jumana Nagarwala, the Detroit emergency room doctor criminally charged in April with performing female genital mutilation on girls between the ages of 6 and 8 in Michigan, will be released on $4.5 million unsecured bond, a federal court spokesman announced Thursday.

  • September 19, 2017

    Ex-Worker Cops To Trying To Sell ‘As Seen On TV’ Co. Info

    A New Jersey-based former employee of a New York company that develops and markets “As Seen on TV” merchandise admitted on Tuesday to his role in a scheme in which he attempted to sell the company’s information to its competitors.

  • September 19, 2017

    NY Atty Takes Plea Deal Amid Claim He Threatened Witness

    After testing positive for cocaine and allegedly threatening a witness, a New York attorney reached a plea deal in the middle of his California federal jury trial Tuesday, agreeing to a 56-month sentence and admitting he forged documents to inflate damages in a $20 million contract suit and then lied to a federal judge.

  • September 19, 2017

    Lobster Thief Ordered To Fork Over $30M To South Africa

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday ordered a man who plundered South African lobster fisheries from 1987 to 2001 to fork over more than $30 million to the country, bumping up a previous restitution award after the poacher dodged his obligation to pay back victims of the overharvesting.

  • September 19, 2017

    Feds Seek 51-Plus Months For Ex-Hunton Atty's Tipping

    Federal prosecutors are calling a former Hunton & Williams LLP patent partner’s hints about an upcoming Pfizer deal an “inexcusable breach of trust” by someone professionally tasked with protecting corporate secrets, and asked for a sentence of at least 51 months following the lawyer’s March conviction in New York federal court.

  • September 19, 2017

    Territorial Tax Proposal Leaves Many Open Questions

    Most tax practitioners and congressional leaders predict tax reform will shift toward a territorial system in which companies are taxed only on their U.S. source income, but the specifics — and their impact on multinational companies — remain a huge area of uncertainty.

  • September 19, 2017

    Racer Blames Manager For Weather Fibs At $2B Fraud Trial

    Talk of the weather returned Tuesday to the Manhattan payday loan fraud trial of racer Scott Tucker and lawyer Timothy Muir, with Tucker’s defense team blaming a former manager for meteorological fibs that tricked callers into thinking the Kansas-based lending operation was on faraway tribal lands.

  • September 19, 2017

    Pharmacist Killed Patients By Shunning Safety, Jury Told

    Federal prosecutors told a jury in opening statements on Tuesday that a pharmacist’s stupefying recklessness caused a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak and amounted to second-degree murder.

  • September 19, 2017

    Prosecutors Seek 5-Year Fraud Sentence For Ex-Tech Exec

    The president of a California company that built electric vehicle charging stations should spend four to five years in prison for defrauding local and state governments out of grant funds, prosecutors told an Illinois federal judge on Monday, describing the scheme as “calculated and sustained.”

  • September 19, 2017

    KIT Fraud Suspect's Trial Delayed To Review Late Laptop Docs

    A New York federal judge Tuesday pushed back the looming fraud trial of now-defunct video technology firm KIT Digital Inc.'s ex-CEO, blaming both sides for the confusion over documents stored on a laptop that was glancingly disclosed to the defense, which in turn never responded to an offer to examine it.

  • September 19, 2017

    Ex-Atty Says No Conspiracy To Falsify Asylum Apps

    A former Chicago immigration attorney asked the Seventh Circuit to throw out his conviction for conspiring to submit false asylum applications for his clients Tuesday, arguing that the government failed to show how the plot had a single, unifying goal.

  • September 19, 2017

    King & Spalding Picks Up Deutsche Bank GC, SEC Vet

    King & Spalding LLP has hired the former Deutsche Bank general counsel who oversaw the bank's legal affairs during an array of scandals in the financial crisis era, who is also a former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement czar and former SEC general counsel, it said on Tuesday.

  • September 18, 2017

    Menendez Friend Blocked Access To Flight Data, Witness Says

    The son-in-law of a Florida ophthalmologist accused of bribing Sen. Bob Menendez with rides aboard his private jet requested that the Federal Aviation Administration block certain public access to the plane's flight data in the hours after FBI agents raided the physician's offices, according to testimony Monday at the doctor's and senator's trial.

  • September 18, 2017

    Madoff Trustee Blasts Merkin's 'Double Recovery' Claims

    The trustee for Bernie Madoff's defunct investment firm on Friday slammed efforts to prevent him from both seeking $280 million from disgraced financier J. Ezra Merkin and subordinating Merkin's claims against the estate at an upcoming trial over Ponzi scheme proceeds, saying this “double recovery” concern is off-base and premature.

  • September 18, 2017

    Ex-Dewey CFO Says It's Only Fair He Doesn't Serve Time

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders urged a New York judge on Monday to impose a no-jail sentence, arguing the prosecution's request for a four-year sentence is turning "a blind eye to reality" in comparing Sanders with major Ponzi schemers.

  • September 18, 2017

    Wilmington Trust Seeks Fed Reserve Docs Before Fraud Trial

    Wilmington Trust Corp. has told a Delaware federal court that the Federal Reserve is in possession of documents that could help the bank defend against charges it hid hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of overdue loans from investors and regulators.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • Obstruction And Why It Matters In Federal Investigations

    Lisa Krigsten

    Understanding obstruction of justice laws is vital to understanding federal government investigations both in and out of the political realm. Any company responding to a federal subpoena, or conducting an internal investigation, ignores this at its own peril, says Lisa Krigsten of Dentons.

  • Internal Investigations: 10 Ways To Be A Cyber Sleuth

    Caroline Sweeney

    Given the overwhelming complexity of today’s data environments, investigators must take advantage of a variety of technology tools to apply both tried-and-true and new analytical techniques to internal investigations. Investigators must also develop the mindset of a relentless and detailed forensic detective, says Caroline Sweeney of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

  • A Summer Update On FCPA: Part 2

    Michael Skopets

    One factor that has likely affected the overall pace of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement under the new Trump administration — including the number and duration of open investigations — is the turnover of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Department of Justice personnel, say Michael Skopets and Marc Bohn of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Enforcing Non-US Court Judgments In The US Can Be Difficult

    Rodney Page

    As business litigation becomes more international in scope, the ability to enforce a judgment across national boundaries is increasingly a key consideration in any litigation strategy. In the U.S., however, the multiple judicial systems among the states and federal system of courts add complexity to issues of enforcement for non-U.S. judgment creditors, say Rodney Page and Joseph Smallhoover of Bryan Cave LLP.

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • A Summer Update On FCPA: Part 1

    Michael Skopets

    July produced a small uptick in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement resolutions, including a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission settlement with Halliburton — the first corporate disposition entered into by the Trump administration — and three individual enforcement actions, say Michael Skopets and Marc Bohn of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • 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.