White Collar

  • March 16, 2017

    Kan. Chemist Charged With Illegally Storing Hazardous Waste

    Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged the owner and operator of a Lenexa, Kansas, chemical lab of unlawfully storing hazardous waste as well as obstructing an agency proceeding, the U.S. attorney’s office said in an announcement.

  • March 16, 2017

    Coin.mx Jury Homes In On Bitcoin Fraud Evidence

    Jurors weighing bribery charges against New Jersey pastor Trevon Gross and Florida tech expert Yuri Lebedev in connection with Coin.mx, a shuttered bitcoin-dollar exchange, completed a fourth day of deliberations Thursday after asking for evidence related to fraud charges Lebedev faces.

  • March 16, 2017

    USA Gymnastics Prez Resigns Amid Doctor Sex Abuse Row

    The president and CEO of USA Gymnastics resigned on Thursday amid a scandal over sexual abuse allegations against a former team doctor, one week after a U.S. Olympic committee recommended he step down from the post.

  • March 16, 2017

    Investors Say VW's Admissions Of Guilt Are Proof Of Intent

    A proposed class of Volkswagen AG investors on Wednesday told a California federal court to resolve some of their claims accusing the automaker of scheming to cheat emissions standards, arguing that the company acknowledged the truth of certain claims when it agreed to plead guilty to civil and criminal charges.

  • March 16, 2017

    NC Judge Pleads Guilty Ahead Of FBI Beer Bribery Retrial

    A North Carolina state court judge, who recently won a retrial for allegations that he bribed an FBI agent with beer and money to spy on his wife, pled guilty on Thursday to one of the charges as part of a plea deal.

  • March 16, 2017

    VW Slams German Prosecutors After Jones Day Office Search

    A search of Jones Day’s Munich office prompted harsh criticism from Volkswagen AG on Thursday, as the automaker promised to take action over a probe into the law firm hired to conduct an internal investigation of the company in the aftermath of its diesel emissions scandal.

  • March 16, 2017

    Atty’s Ex Can't Dodge Claim He Hacked Firm Accounts

    A California federal judge said Thursday she won't toss a Monterey-based law firm's suit alleging its managing partner's ex-husband hacked into the firm’s bank accounts to interfere with their divorce proceedings, saying the ex-husband’s anti-SLAPP bid should fail because significant portions of the “shocking” allegations don't involve protected speech.

  • March 16, 2017

    Good Conduct Can't Cut Blagojevich's Jail Time, Gov't Says

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich may well be a changed man after five years in federal prison, but that doesn’t change the serious nature of his crimes or the much-needed deterrent effect of the stiff sentence he received for them — twice, according to federal prosecutors who urged the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to reject Blagojevich’s second appeal of his sentence.

  • March 16, 2017

    ‘Greed And Fraud’ At Deadly Pharmacy, Murder Trial Jury Told

    A Massachusetts pharmacist’s shocking and extreme disregard for human lives caused the worst pharmaceutical disaster in American history and the deaths of 25 of people during the 2012 meningitis outbreak, federal prosecutors told a jury in closing arguments in Boston Thursday.

  • March 16, 2017

    Pittsburgh Woman Cops To Embezzling $13M From Own Co.

    A Pennsylvania woman pled guilty in federal court Wednesday to charges that she siphoned $12.97 million from her company over 16 years in one of the biggest employee embezzlement cases in state history.

  • March 16, 2017

    Trump Spares Treasury Financial Crimes Units From Cuts

    President Donald Trump’s Thursday budget blueprint proposes a raft of spending cuts, but anti-terror and financial security efforts at the U.S. Department of the Treasury appear to have been spared from reduced funding.

  • March 16, 2017

    Fla. Couple Cops To Insurance Fraud At Sober Homes

    A Florida husband and wife who own several sober homes and drug treatment facilities pled guilty Wednesday to running a health care fraud scheme in which they billed insurers for residents who didn’t need or receive care or were actively using drugs and paid kickbacks to residents and owners of other homes.

  • March 16, 2017

    De Blasio Will Not Face Federal Fundraising Charges In NY

    The acting top Manhattan federal prosecutor on Thursday announced that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will not face federal criminal charges following an investigation into claims of fundraising misconduct.

  • March 16, 2017

    Businessman Gets Nearly 20 Years For $14M Ponzi Scheme

    A Mexican businessman who told investors he was a licensed investment broker and energy market expert was sentenced by a federal judge in Texas on Wednesday to 19.5 years in prison for perpetrating a $14 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded more than 100 investors.

  • March 15, 2017

    Yahoo Hack Charges Boost Feds' Profile For Future Victims

    Federal prosecutors on Wednesday showcased their skills and appetite for tackling nation-state cyberthreats with an unprecedented indictment of Russian intelligence officials on charges of stealing data from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts, a case that may make businesses more willing to cooperate with government investigations, attorneys say.

  • March 15, 2017

    Ex-EDNY Prosecutors In Running For US Atty Amid Vacancy

    While all eyes may be on Manhattan, things are getting interesting in New York's Eastern District, where several attorneys, including a handful of alumni, are in the running to take over as U.S. attorney after Robert Capers was pushed out along with other holdovers from the Obama administration. Here, Law360 looks at four potential candidates for the post.

  • March 15, 2017

    For Caterpillar, Federal Raid May Mean More Than Tax Trouble

    The IRS has challenged six years of tax returns filed by Caterpillar, but tax troubles may be the least of the construction equipment giant’s problems after a massive surprise raid by federal enforcement authorities signaled the possibility of more serious financial crimes.

  • March 15, 2017

    Paxton Prosecutors, Defense Trade Barbs Over Trial Delay

    Prosecutors in the felony securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday accused him of unleashing “10 pages of sound and fury” to distract from their request to delay his forthcoming trial until they are paid for their work.

  • March 15, 2017

    3rd Circ. Orders Redo Of CPA's Tax Fraud Prison Sentence

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday vacated a certified public accountant's four-year prison sentence for his scheme to pocket money from bogus tax refunds he got for his clients, ruling that a New Jersey federal court failed to address a dispute over the government's tax loss calculation.

  • March 15, 2017

    Ex-Oppenheimer Adviser Gets 6 Months For Insider Trading

    A former investment adviser for Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. on Wednesday was handed a six-month prison sentence by a Manhattan federal judge on insider trading charges for using information gleaned from a friend and Pfizer Inc. employee to purchase stock in acquisition targets.

Expert Analysis

  • Preparing For DOJ's International Investigations

    Lara Kroop Delamarre

    It is not unreasonable to fear a possible investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice regardless of the nationality, location or business of a company or individual. The DOJ not only has the determination and resources to pursue white collar cases worldwide, but it has the benefit of increasing international cooperation, says Lara Kroop Delamarre of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • State AGs Can Enforce Emoluments Clause Against Trump

    Jed Shugerman

    Many argue that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution's emoluments clause, because foreign states and officials are making payments to Trump through his businesses. Quo warranto — an obscure legal procedure previously used by "birthers" against President Obama — empowers state attorneys general to pursue Trump's business entities for emoluments clause violations, says Jed Shugerman of Fordham University Law School.

  • Demystifying International Extradition

    Amy Jeffress

    There were many high-profile news stories in 2016 about individuals fighting extradition to or from the United States. Given the complexity and sensitivity of the issues involved, extradition is time-consuming, often taking years. The process by which the U.S. evaluates hundreds of extradition requests each year may be unfamiliar to many practitioners, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Law Firm Margin Improvement: The Long Game

    Jack Diggle

    For all the lessons learned since 2008, it's surprising that margin management remains so tactical, rather than an ongoing strategic endeavor, for law firms. The firms that will survive and thrive must invest in ongoing margin-improvement capability, which will combine enhanced business- and change-management skills and take a long-term view to drive out the more difficult changes, says Jack Diggle of Elevate Services Inc.

  • DOJ Criminal Division In 2016: Fraud Section Rising

    Kevin B. Muhlendorf

    A brief year-in-review document recently released by the U.S. Department of Justice provides a useful overview of what the Criminal Division’s largest litigating section accomplished in the last year and important hints at what the future holds for individuals and entities whose activities come within the Fraud Section’s broad reach, says Kevin Muhlendorf, a partner at Wiley Rein LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • 2017 Check-Up: Is Your Law Firm Positioned For Success?

    William G. Johnston

    Over the next few weeks, a slow trickle of news about one measure of law firm success — law firm financial results — will gradually become a flood as more firms open up about their performance in 2016. Law firm leaders would be wise to focus on nine factors that determine success, says law firm management consultant William Johnston.

  • The Missing Key To 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    Tripp Haston

    Unlike other forms of commerce and unlike in other nations, litigation investment and funding in the U.S. is largely unregulated with few disclosure requirements. Where darkness exists, ignorance and mistrust breed. Disclosure and transparency in litigation investment and funding is the first and proper step to better understand this opaque dynamic in the U.S. civil justice system, says Tripp Haston of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.