White Collar

  • December 8, 2017

    NJ Judge Accused Of Helping Fugitive Beau Must Face Trial

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to review the case of a Superior Court judge criminally charged with hindering the apprehension of her boyfriend when he was wanted for armed robbery and ordered the jurist to go to trial, according to an order released Friday.

  • December 8, 2017

    Mass. Man Detained On Investment Fraud Charges

    A Massachusetts resident was arrested and detained this week on charges that he ran a Ponzi-style investment fraud scheme for years, prosecutors announced Thursday.

  • December 8, 2017

    What Is 'Informational Injury'? The FTC Wants To Find Out

    The Federal Trade Commission is set to consider when a breach of consumers’ data becomes an “injury,” at a workshop companies and privacy hawks are watching for clues on what kinds of data breach lawsuits the agency will bring going forward.

  • December 8, 2017

    Atty To Shell Out $11.7M For Class-Action Finance Fraud

    A California federal judge on Thursday signed off on a tax lawyer’s $11.7 million disgorgement agreement for a scheme in which he raised money from investors to finance class actions, while not disclosing the risks of the suits and using many of the proceeds for personal use and to make Ponzi-like payments to earlier investors.

  • December 8, 2017

    US Says It Needn't Show Deutsche Traders Duped Libor Body

    Prosecutors seeking to convict two former Deutsche Bank traders on Libor rigging charges told a New York federal court Thursday that the case doesn't rely on proving the pair meant to deceive the U.K. banking organization that actually set the global lending benchmark.

  • December 8, 2017

    Ringleader Of Auto Insurance Scheme Convicted Of Fraud

    The ringleader of a fraudulent car insurance scheme has been convicted of grand larceny, insurance fraud and other crimes in New York state court for creating fake companies in an effort to get discounted insurance policies, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said Thursday.

  • December 8, 2017

    Judge Who Accepted Flynn’s Guilty Plea Recuses Himself

    The judge who accepted former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea to a count of lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia’s ambassador before the inauguration of President Donald Trump has recused himself from the case.

  • December 8, 2017

    Ex-Air Force Worker Admits Giving Bidders Contract Info

    A former U.S. Air Force employee pled guilty Thursday in Illinois federal court to allegations he accepted meals and baseball tickets and passed on confidential project pricing information to companies bidding on contracts at his base, information the U.S. Department of Justice said was used to secure work.

  • December 8, 2017

    Turkish Banker Knew Of US Concern Over Iran Ties, Jury Told

    A former Obama administration official responsible for financial security told a Manhattan jury Friday that Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker facing charges of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, attended many meetings where growing concerns in Washington over his bank's work with Tehran were aired.

  • December 8, 2017

    Aide To Pa. Congressman Admits Guilt In Campaign Probe

    A former political consultant for U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-Pa., pled guilty Friday to making a false statement to the FBI, following his indictment in a scheme involving an illicit $90,000 campaign contribution to Brady’s rival in a 2012 congressional primary that prompted him to exit the race.

  • December 8, 2017

    DOJ Tasks NC Prosecutor With Asset Forfeiture Oversight

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that a federal prosecutor from North Carolina is taking on a new role reviewing DOJ forfeiture rules and overseeing a controversial practice that empowers local law enforcement to seize property.

  • December 8, 2017

    Feds, SEC Say Broker Raised $2M In 25-Year Ponzi Scheme

    Federal prosecutors and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged a broker with running a $2 million Ponzi scheme in Pennsylvania federal court Thursday, saying Paul W. Smith fleeced investors over 25 years and cost victims more than $800,000 when the scheme collapsed.

  • December 7, 2017

    Eye Doc Blasts Feds' Loss Calculations Before Sentencing

    Counsel for a politically connected Florida ophthalmologist convicted of overbilling Medicare by $32 million urged a district court to toss the government's loss calculations Thursday as the sides made final arguments before sentencing, suggesting prosecutors have met the burden of proof for only $64,000 in false claims.

  • December 7, 2017

    Manafort Denies Defying Gag Order With Op-Ed Work

    Indicted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort vehemently denied Special Counsel Robert Mueller's accusations that he flouted a media gag order by “ghostwriting” an op-ed about his Ukrainian lobbying work, clarifying that he was only “editing” the piece to “ensure its accuracy” and that it would not prejudice the case anyway.

  • December 7, 2017

    VW Plea Deal Gives Investors Limited Win In Fraud Case

    A California federal judge hearing cases related to Volkswagen AG’s clean diesel scandal ruled Wednesday that investors cannot cite the automaker's plea deal and admissions to prosecutors as proof that dozens of its statements to investors were false or made with scienter, although he found they did contradict the automaker’s statements printed on its engines.

  • December 7, 2017

    IRS Agent Says Offshore Cos. Ferried Soccer Bribes

    A key IRS agent whose 2011 tax investigation led to the government's corruption probe of dozens of FIFA officials and soccer marketing executives testified at trial Thursday that the executives used offshore intermediary companies with U.S. bank accounts to funnel illicit payments to soccer federations and officials.

  • December 7, 2017

    2nd Circ. Grapples With Ex-NY Sen. Sampson's Convictions

    A Second Circuit panel appeared skeptical of arguments from both sides in appeals related to ex-New York State Senate Minority Leader John Sampson on Thursday, meaning the Brooklyn Democrat might not see his obstruction and lying convictions overturned or have to go to trial on revived embezzlement charges.

  • December 7, 2017

    Feds Blast Ex-Pharmacist's Acquittal Bid In Meningitis Row

    The government urged a Massachusetts federal court Wednesday to not acquit a pharmacist convicted of 77 counts including racketeering and mail fraud for manufacturing deadly drugs in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak, saying the arguments presented to support acquittal have been rejected by the court or rely on facts dismissed by the jury.

  • December 7, 2017

    K&L Gates Rips Claim It Aided Alleged Weinstein Cover-Up

    K&L Gates responded Thursday to allegations in a putative New York federal racketeering class action that claimed the firm helped cover up Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults, noting the firm is not named as a defendant and denying any links to an alleged Weinstein cover-up.

  • December 7, 2017

    Ex-Katten Atty Was Corporate Ace At Firm, Jury Hears

    A former Katten Muchin lawyer and mentor to ex-Katten partner and accused fraudster Evan Greebel on Thursday told a Brooklyn federal jury in the fraud trial of how Greebel was a rainmaker in the firm’s corporate department with multiple big league clients, as the defense sought to blunt the government's theory of motive. 

Expert Analysis

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Why Securities Lawyers Are The New Employment Lawyers

    Christopher Regan

    Whistleblower retaliation claims have a unique securities law slant and involve sensitive, unresolved areas that should cause all stakeholders to consider whether the typical employment lawyer is equipped to handle these cases, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • Opinion

    Trump Campaign Officials Likely Violated CFAA

    Peter Toren

    The publicly available evidence strongly suggests that certain Trump campaign officials had knowledge that Russian hackers had penetrated the Democratic National Committee computer system before this became publicly known, and sought political benefit from this. If that is true, there is probable cause to charge Trump officials, and maybe the president himself, with felony violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, says former... (continued)

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Prepare For Big Changes To FARA Enforcement

    Brian Fleming

    All signs point to the U.S. Department of Justice enforcing the Foreign Agents Registration Act more aggressively. In addition, multiple pending legislative proposals would strengthen FARA and expand the DOJ’s enforcement powers, says Brian Fleming, a member of Miller & Chevalier Chtd. and former counsel to the assistant attorney general for national security at the DOJ.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Gov't Use Of Travel Act To Charge Corruption Might Backfire

    Elizabeth Capel

    Federal prosecutors may be hoping that Travel Act charges against the NCAA basketball coaches and others avoid the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrowing of federal corruption statutes. But by using state corruption laws in these cases, federal prosecutors risk having McDonnell v. U.S. extend to state crimes and crippling local corruption prosecutions everywhere, say Elizabeth Capel and Brandon Fox of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.