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White Collar

  • December 6, 2018

    Ex-Travel Finance Pro Gets 18 Months For $2.3M Theft Spree

    A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday sentenced former finance executive Randy Wang to 18 months in prison for using the corporate credit card of his former employer, OneWorld Management Co., to go on a $2.3 million electronics shopping spree, hiding the purchases and reselling the goods for cash.

  • December 6, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Ogletree's Evan Moses

    Ogletree's Evan Moses uses unconventional strategies to boost the firepower of his class action practice, including a homegrown Monte Carlo algorithm, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 6, 2018

    Ex-Tesco Execs Acquitted Of Financial Fraud In Blow To SFO

    A London judge instructed jurors on Thursday to acquit two former Tesco executives accused of fraud and false accounting in a scandal that wiped nearly £2 billion ($2.6 billion) off the supermarket chain’s value, dealing a blow to the Serious Fraud Office’s prosecution.

  • December 5, 2018

    Huawei Executive Sought By US Is Detained In Canada

    The chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies is in Canadian custody at the request of the United States, Canadian authorities said Wednesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    3 Men Connected To Global Pump & Dump To Plead Guilty

    Three defendants connected with the alleged mastermind of a global pump-and-dump scheme are expected to plead guilty in Boston federal court to conspiring to commit securities fraud, according to plea agreements that have been filed. 

  • December 5, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Wants Part Of Stanford Ponzi Claim Axed

    Greenberg Traurig LLP told a Texas federal judge on Tuesday that recent precedent from the Fifth Circuit dooms a claim that it actively participated in convicted Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford’s plan to dupe investors out of billions of dollars.

  • December 5, 2018

    Feds Must Show Equifax Insider 'Used' Breach Info To Trade

    A Georgia federal judge has said the insider trading case against a former Equifax executive should go forward, but said prosecutors will have to show that he "used" inside information about a data breach at the consumer credit bureau when he cashed in stock options.

  • December 5, 2018

    Tribal Authority Key Issue As Justices Mull Okla. Reservation

    The U.S. Supreme Court has probed the federal government, the state of Oklahoma and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation on how much the tribe’s jurisdiction might expand if its historical reservation still exists, and worries that disruption in a huge part of Oklahoma could spur a ruling that hems in tribes’ criminal and civil authority over non-Indians, experts say.

  • December 5, 2018

    Techie, Pastor Ask 2nd Circ. To Ax Bitcoin Fraud Convictions

    A Florida tech expert and a New Jersey pastor urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to reverse their convictions over a purported scheme to co-opt a small credit union into facilitating unlawful bitcoin transactions, citing errors with key witnesses.

  • December 5, 2018

    AI Helping IRS Detect Tax Crimes With Fewer Resources

    Under the weight of budget cuts and decreasing staff, the Internal Revenue Service may be finding its salve in artificial intelligence technology to detect criminal tax activities more efficiently.

  • December 5, 2018

    Convicted Developer Asks To Be Freed From Supervision

    A former real estate developer urged a New Jersey federal judge Wednesday to terminate his supervised release following his prison stint for diverting money from an affordable housing project for personal and other unauthorized purposes, saying he lives “a simple, law-abiding life” and such supervision is no longer necessary.

  • December 5, 2018

    Petrobras Takes Immunity Fight In EIG Suit To The High Court

    Brazil’s state-owned energy giant Petrobras asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to reverse the D.C. Circuit’s ruling that it cannot claim sovereign immunity in fending off claims from funds managed by EIG Global Energy Partners LLC that it is responsible for losses from a failed drilling venture.

  • December 5, 2018

    Sen.'s Bid To Protect Mueller Again Delays Vote On Judges

    Once again, the Senate Judiciary Committee has canceled a Thursday meeting and delayed votes on Third, Fourth, Sixth and Ninth Circuit judicial nominees as a standoff with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., over an unrelated bill to protect the Mueller investigation continues.

  • December 5, 2018

    Colombian Gets 15 Years For Role In Fatal Smuggling Scheme

    A Colombian man was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Florida federal court for his role in purporting to smuggle three Cubans into the United States, leading to the rape and death of one of the individuals and the death of a second, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    2 Iranians Charged Over Ransomware Attack In Atlanta

    Two Iranian men who were indicted last week in New Jersey for an international scheme that involved using malware to extort hospitals, cities and public institutions are now facing charges in Georgia over the damage they did in Atlanta, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Soccer Body Wants 2nd Go At FIFA Corruption Restitution

    The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football has asked a New York federal judge to reconsider an order denying it restitution from former soccer officials convicted in the sprawling FIFA corruption scandal.

  • December 5, 2018

    Medtronic To Pay Over $50M To Settle Medical Device Claims

    The world's largest medical device maker, Medtronic PLC, will pay $50.9 million to settle kickbacks and other claims against two companies it owns, including nearly $18 million related to the allegedly reckless marketing of a product designed to treat brain defects, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and a statement from the company.

  • December 5, 2018

    NY Jury Convicts Hong Kong Doc Of Bribing African Officials

    A Manhattan federal jury quickly convicted Hong Kong-based nonprofit boss Chi Ping Patrick Ho Wednesday of bribing officials in Chad and Uganda to assist Shanghai-based conglomerate CEFC China Energy Co. Ltd. in its efforts to win Africa energy- and banking-sector deals.

  • December 5, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Kilpatrick Townsend's Kate Gaudry

    Kilpatrick Townsend’s Kate Gaudry has used data analytics to supercharge her patent prosecution practice, uncover winning strategies for portfolio management and expose a secretive U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program, earning her a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Flynn Gave 'Firsthand' Info, Could Avoid Time, Mueller Says

    Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia's ambassador, provided "firsthand information" about the contact between President Donald Trump's team and Russian officials and should be sentenced leniently, special counsel Robert Mueller said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • 5th Circ. Weighs In On Sentencing Enhancements

    Mario Nguyen

    ​​Escaping sentencing enhancements​ is​ highly unlikely, and the defendant convicted of bank fraud in U.S. v. Miller is no exception​.​ But​ ​t​he Fifth Circuit’s opinion clarifies some legal standards and provides insight into the application of ​these ​enhancements​, says Mario Nguyen of Locke Lord LLP.

  • When Realities Test The Limits Of Your FCPA Program

    Joseph Moreno

    Experienced practitioners are well-aware of the dangers of having a one-size-fits-all Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance policy that is oblivious to the realities of the company’s risk profile and business activities. Attorneys with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP offer tips on when to be flexible and when to stand your ground.

  • Hospitality Rules And Risks: Considerations For Defense Cos.

    Howard Weissman

    ​New ​guidelines ​from the ​International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct ​establish general principles for ​aerospace and defense companies on acceptable practices related to providing business courtesies and hospitalities.​ In our experience, companies fall into three broad groups on this issue, say Howard Weissman and Lina Braude of Baker McKenzie.

  • Inside The SEC’s Outsider Trading Program: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    Empowered by the latest malware and online intrusion weaponry, cyberattackers engaging in outsider trading schemes pose a serious threat to the integrity of the global financial marketplace. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has the expertise, experience and wherewithal to deter this rising menace, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • ​Compliance Remains A Key DOJ Priority

    Leslie Caldwell

    Commentators have hailed a new U.S. Department of Justice policy as signaling a softening in the Criminal Division's use of corporate monitors. But it is worth noting what the Benczkowski memo does not change, say former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Leslie Caldwell and Christopher Ting of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Inside The SEC’s Outsider Trading Program: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    When the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sheepishly announced last year that stolen EDGAR information may have been used in a securities fraud scheme, the commission learned firsthand that outsider trading should be a top enforcement priority. Unfortunately, the SEC appears to have ignored that powerful lesson, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.