White Collar

  • February 21, 2017

    UN Bribery Suspect Complains Of Slow Evidence Production

    The legal team for Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng complained Monday that federal prosecutors seeking to convict the real estate developer of trying to bribe United Nations officials have been slow to produce key evidence, keeping up a theme of putting pressure on the government ahead of trial.

  • February 21, 2017

    EB-5 Fraudster Sentenced To 3 Years In $160M Scheme

    A Chicago-area man who admitted to defrauding Chinese investors out of $160 million through the federal government’s EB-5 visa program in a scheme prosecutors said was the largest EB-5 fraud to date was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday.

  • February 21, 2017

    Military Base Contractor Cops To Bribes, Kickbacks

    A subcontractor at two U.S. Army facilities pled guilty in New Jersey federal court to paying thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks to receive work and preferential treatment from prime contractors, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

  • February 21, 2017

    Feds Say They Can Point To Gambler's Apple, Clorox Trades

    Federal prosecutors filed two memorandums Friday in New York federal court seeking to prohibit prominent gambler Billy Walters from bringing evidence of “good acts” to defend insider trading charges and to allow them to proffer evidence of suspicious trades in Apple and Clorox stocks not at issue in the criminal case.

  • February 21, 2017

    Ex-Rabobank Trader Looks To Avoid Jail On Libor Guilty Plea

    A former Japanese yen derivatives trader for Dutch lender Rabobank, who was the first to plead guilty to participating in a conspiracy to manipulate the yen London Interbank Offered Rate, asked a Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday for a noncustodial sentence due to his “superlative” cooperation.

  • February 21, 2017

    Ohio High Court Suspends Atty For Rape Victim Bribery Plan

    The Ohio high court Tuesday handed an indefinite suspension to a Cleveland lawyer who went along with a scheme to offer “civil settlements” to sex assault victims in exchange for their support at their attacker’s sentencing.

  • February 21, 2017

    Ex-Gov't Atty Can Use Sexist Emails As Evidence, Judge Says

    A Washington federal judge will allow a former deputy criminal chief for the U.S. attorney’s office in Spokane to include crude emails from a male former colleague in her upcoming sex discrimination and equal pay trial against the U.S. Department of Justice, finding they are relevant to the case.

  • February 21, 2017

    Ex-FIFA Officials Can't Dodge Bribery Case, Judge Says

    The Brooklyn federal judge overseeing the government’s wide-ranging FIFA corruption case on Friday refused to throw out charges against a pair of South American soccer officials, rebuffing an extraterritorial jurisdictional challenge, but ordered prosecutors to turn over more information on allegedly tainted deals for soccer contracts.

  • February 21, 2017

    Feds Push Back At Exhibits In Meningitis Murder Trial

    Prosecutors on Monday asked a Massachusetts federal judge to exclude exhibits showing the layout of a compounding pharmacy linked to the deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak, saying that the diagrams — created by the defense team for a pharmacist facing murder charges — are misleading.

  • February 21, 2017

    2nd Circ. Again Denies Ex-Restaurateur's Bail In Ponzi Suit

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday denied for a second time a motion for bail by a liquor wholesaler and former restaurateur charged in an alleged $12 million Ponzi scheme hours after it heard arguments that the government moved the goal posts by ditching its original argument against bail only to come up with a new theory.

  • February 21, 2017

    Justices To Decide If Guilty Plea Ends Constitutional Claims

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to decide whether a defendant who pled guilty to violating federal law still has the right to challenge the law's constitutionality on appeal, an issue the petitioner claims could affect the majority of criminal cases.

  • February 21, 2017

    Supreme Court Won’t Review NYC Lawmaker’s Bribery Case

    An ex-New York City councilman’s request for the country’s top court to reconsider his bribery convictions over his role in two corruption schemes was among hundreds rejected by the justices on Monday.

  • February 21, 2017

    Shkreli, Ex-Katten Atty Seek To Split Criminal Cases

    Former Turing Pharmaceuticals Inc. CEO Martin Shkreli and his former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney have filed motions to sever their criminal securities fraud cases, saying their defenses will be at odds as Shkreli claims he relied on counsel while the attorney says he was kept in the dark.

  • February 20, 2017

    Ex-NJ DOT Chief Charged In Airline Bribery Case Dead At 62

    Former New Jersey transportation executive and lobbyist Jamie Fox, who carved himself a niche in the Garden State’s gritty political scene as both a public servant and private consultant before being charged in an alleged airline bribery scheme, died Monday at age 62.

  • February 17, 2017

    Jury Finds Man Traded On Inside Info About Sanofi Deal

    A Georgia federal jury found against one man and cleared another Friday after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused them of raking in $550,000 by trading on inside information about a pending acquisition by Sanofi Aventis SA in 2009.

  • February 17, 2017

    Auditor Reviewed Dewey's London Tax Docs, Jury Hears

    A defense attorney for ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders on Friday questioned the firm's former overseas finance director’s assertion that certain accounting maneuvers Sanders had pursued were improper, showing a New York jury evidence that outside auditors had reviewed the transactions.

  • February 17, 2017

    Trainer Rips Leading Questions At Ballplayer Smuggling Trial

    A trainer who, along with a baseball agent, is accused of helping Cuban ballplayers gain fraudulent entry into the United States objected Thursday to the government’s alleged use of leading questions during direct examinations of its witnesses during trial.

  • February 17, 2017

    Kuwaiti Cos. Can't Exit FCA Suit Over Service Process

    A Georgia federal judge on Friday declined for the time being to dismiss a False Claims Act suit brought against Kuwaiti companies contracted to feed U.S. armed forces in the Middle East, saying they have been sufficiently served.

  • February 17, 2017

    Sessions' National Security Focus Will Fuel Privacy Fights

    Jeff Sessions’ record of favoring what he sees as national security interests over personal privacy rights indicates the new attorney general will likely take an aggressive approach to gathering digital data, and in doing so he will almost certainly spur a new wave of court challenges to government prying.

  • February 17, 2017

    Ex-NJ Atty, Dad Indicted For Roles In $13M Ponzi Scheme

    A former attorney and his father have been indicted on federal criminal charges in New Jersey for their roles in a Ponzi scheme that allegedly involved swindling more than 40 clients out of roughly $13 million over a three-year period, authorities announced on Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Selling Access: Trump And The Legacy Of Bob McDonnell

    Randall D. Eliason

    With a green light from the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in McDonnell last year, President Donald Trump and his family are free to use access to Washington power as a bargaining chip in his private business dealings, says Randall Eliason, a former federal prosecutor.

  • Late Innings: Top Enviro Decisions From Final Days Of 2016

    Anthony B. Cavender

    December 2016 saw several major environmental decisions made by federal and state courts. Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP offers insight into these important cases and the impact they could have in 2017 and beyond.

  • Disregarded Entity Regs Confirm Global Transparency Push

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    In December, the U.S. Treasury Department issued final regulations greatly expanding the scope of Internal Revenue Code Section 6038A, and establishing new reporting requirements for domestic disregarded entities with one foreign owner. The rules expand the agency's ability to collect information about taxpayers, which it can then share with foreign governments, and use to enforce U.S. tax laws and prevent money laundering, say att... (continued)

  • Stingray Revealed: Cell-Site Trackers And The 4th Amendment

    Daniel Wenner

    The Seventh Circuit majority in U.S. v. Patrick contends it is not “a concrete case” about the Stingray. And it’s probably right. But the use — and potential abuse — of the Stingray raises concerns about what technology might be able to do. That is why Chief Judge Diane Wood took a different and perhaps more holistic tack, says Daniel Wenner, a partner at Day Pitney LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • 5 Things To Know About New DOJ-FTC Int'l Antitrust Guide

    Ethan E. Litwin

    The update to the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission guidelines for international antitrust enforcement reflects the agencies’ views on two critical issues that affect foreign entities — the scope of the extraterritorial application of U.S. antitrust law, and the circumstances under which comity concerns trump enforcement objectives, say Ethan Litwin and James Van Strander of Dechert LLP.

  • FCPA Expectations Under President Trump

    Roderick L. Thomas

    We are on the lookout for three signs that the Trump administration will enact changes in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement, say Roderick Thomas and Colin Cloherty of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • 10 Antitrust Trends And Developments To Watch This Year

    Howard Morse

    President Donald Trump’s competition policies are sure to top the headlines in 2017. We can expect renewed focus on the SMARTER Act, continued attention to the pharmaceutical industry, and hurdles for foreign investment in the U.S., say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • 1st Circ. Affirms Narrow Scope Of Federal Criminal Statutes

    Joshua S. Levy

    The First Circuit's decision last month in U.S. v. Tavares unexpectedly added real teeth to the “in furtherance of” requirement of the mail and wire fraud statutes, say Joshua Levy and Daniel Fine of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Considering 'Crime Of Violence' Vagueness At The High Court

    Michael Carlin

    In Lynch v. Dimaya, the U.S. Supreme Court will need to decide whether the “void for vagueness” standard in the immigration context is the same as the standard used in criminal cases. Adherence to precedent set by the court’s previous decision in Jordan v. de George would lead the court to apply the vagueness standard in this case in the same manner as in criminal cases, says Michael Carlin of the Law Office of Michael Carlin PLLC.

  • How Litigation Funding Is Bringing Champerty Back To Life

    John H. Beisner

    While some courts have declined to apply the common-law doctrine of champerty to invalidate third-party litigation funding agreements, two recent rulings by appellate courts in New York and Pennsylvania have brought renewed attention to champerty principles, casting doubts on the legality of certain forms of third-party litigation funding, say John Beisner and Jordan Schwartz of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.