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White Collar

  • September 11, 2018

    Nigerian Gets 5 Years For Global Business Email Scam

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced a Nigerian national to five years in prison Monday for a lengthy campaign of emailing businesses around the world to extract payments after remarking that the defendant would potentially be able to resume lawbreaking after leaving federal prison and being deported.

  • September 11, 2018

    Eastern Shoshone Back Crow Hunting Rights At High Court

    The Eastern Shoshone Tribe has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a Crow tribe member's bid to overturn his Wyoming state court conviction for illegal elk hunting, saying his right to hunt on unoccupied lands can't be erased by statehood or the creation of a national forest.

  • September 11, 2018

    Financial Adviser Cops To Hiding Ecuadorian Oil Bribes

    A U.S.-based financial adviser pled guilty Tuesday in Florida federal court to his role in a bribery and money laundering scheme that allegedly helped an oil services contractor gain $27.8 million in business from Ecuador's state-owned oil company.

  • September 11, 2018

    Former Construction Exec. Gets 2 Years For Defrauding Feds

    A former construction company executive has been sentenced to two years behind bars for defrauding the federal government in connection with a $1.5 million roofing and air conditioning contract at a federal courthouse in Jackson, Tennessee.

  • September 11, 2018

    Akerman Adds Ex-Federal Prosecutor In Fort Lauderdale

    Akerman LLP said Tuesday it has added a former special counsel to the U.S. attorney as a partner in its fraud and recovery practice group in Fort Lauderdale.

  • September 11, 2018

    'Guccifer' Must Serve Time In US, Romanian Court Says

    A Romanian hacker dubbed Guccifer who claimed to have accessed former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email server must serve his four-year sentence in America after completing a seven-year term in his home country for similar crimes, a Romanian court held Monday.

  • September 11, 2018

    Atty's Sickly Brother Gets 9 Mos. For Role In Pump-And-Dump

    The brother of the California attorney convicted in a pair of pump and dump schemes the government says cost investors $1.5 million was sentenced in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to nine months in prison, despite a plea to avoid jail time due to serious health issues.

  • September 11, 2018

    CEO In Texas State Senator's Ponzi Case Gets 15 Years

    A Texas federal judge sentenced the former CEO of a fracking sand company to 15 years in prison Tuesday after he pled guilty to fraud charges related to a Ponzi scheme that also involved a state senator, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • September 11, 2018

    Care Worker Convicted Of Sexually Abusing Immigrant Teens

    A former youth care worker at a center housing unaccompanied immigrant children has been convicted of sexually abusing nine teenage detainees in Arizona federal court.

  • September 11, 2018

    Jailed Chinese Billionaire Gets Back Most Of $20M Cash Bail

    The U.S. government returned $17.2 million to imprisoned billionaire Ng Lap Seng on Tuesday, cutting a check for most of the $20 million the Chinese real estate magnate pledged in 2015 as part of a massive bail package in the run-up to his bribery conviction.

  • September 11, 2018

    Travelers Flips $5M Award In Evidence Tampering Case

    Reversing a Nebraska federal court, the Eighth Circuit ruled Tuesday that a unit of The Travelers Cos. doesn't need to pay $5 million toward a default judgment against a Douglas County Sheriff's Office investigator who tampered with evidence in a murder case, finding the insurer's policy excludes indemnification for criminal acts.

  • September 11, 2018

    Fla. Doc Gets 20 Years For 'Hospice-Level' Opioid Scripts

    A Florida doctor will serve almost 20 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of selling prescriptions for the opioid painkiller oxycodone, at "hospice-level" doses, without first seeing if the patients actually needed it.

  • September 11, 2018

    Digital Token Seller Can't Slip Securities Fraud Charges

    A Brooklyn federal judge on Tuesday rejected an alleged fraudster's argument that he couldn't be charged with securities fraud because the digital tokens he sold were not securities, saying only a jury can resolve that question and clearing the way for prosecutors to press forward to trial.

  • September 11, 2018

    Ex-SFO Head To Join Slaughter & May's Investigations Team

    The Serious Fraud Office's former director will join Slaughter and May as a senior consultant in October to counsel clients on regulatory investigations, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • September 10, 2018

    IRS Agent Can't Ditch Bathroom Search Row, 9th Circ. Says

    An IRS agent violated a suspect’s wife’s Fourth Amendment rights by following her into the bathroom and watching her urinate during an authorized search of her home, a Ninth Circuit panel found Monday, saying the intrusion was too severe and unreasonable to be protected by qualified immunity.

  • September 10, 2018

    Israeli Sales Exec. Can't Dodge Binary Options Fraud Case

    A Maryland federal judge on Monday denied a bid to dismiss an indictment accusing the CEO of an Israeli sales and marketing company of participating in a conspiracy to defraud U.S.-based investors in “binary options,” saying the government adequately stated its claims and is not improperly prosecuting extraterritorial conduct.

  • September 10, 2018

    Real Estate Investors' Attys Want $33M Of $100M CBRE Deal

    Attorneys for a class of real estate investors who recently agreed to a $100 million settlement with property management giant CBRE over a multimillion-dollar embezzlement asked Monday for a one-third cut of the settlement as attorneys’ fees, arguing that the case was complex and risky and produced a great result for the class members.

  • September 10, 2018

    Can BigLaw Avoid Another Associate Purge?

    The legal industry has shown some caution in rebuilding its pool of associates after the dramatic layoffs of thousands during the last recession. But have firms done enough to survive the next?

  • September 10, 2018

    N. Korean Cyber Charges Show Cos. How To Catch A Hacker

    The U.S. government's move to charge a North Korean government-backed computer programmer with the Sony hack and the spread of the destructive WannaCry virus not only highlights investigators' growing aptitude for tracing and linking threats but also provides companies with insight into how to detect such red flags, attorneys say.

  • September 10, 2018

    Atty Gets 15 More Years For Fleeing US After $550M Scam

    A former Social Security disability lawyer who previously got hit with a 12-year sentence in absentia for his part in a $550 million fraud scheme received an additional 15-year sentence in Kentucky federal court for fleeing the country and retaliating against an informant, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • DOJ Expands Efforts To Encourage FCPA Self-Reporting

    James Gatta

    The U.S. Department of Justice's announcement last week that it intends to apply its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act corporate enforcement policy to successor entities in M&A marks a continuation of its recent efforts to incentivize disclosure and cooperation. However, uncertainty still remains, say James Gatta and Derek Cohen of Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • Opinion

    Kavanaugh Is The Wrong Choice To Check Autocratic Power

    David Driesen

    In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Trump administration's travel ban, the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the high court could further jeopardize our democracy. Kavanaugh’s deference to executive authority may embolden a president inclined to use national security rationales to restrict freedom, says David Driesen, a professor at Syracuse University College of Law.

  • A Rare Statute-Of-Limitations Victory Against The SEC

    Joseph Dever

    Earlier this month, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suffered a major setback to its core enforcement principle that no statute of limitations bars the agency from filing cases for permanent injunctions. The decision in SEC v. Cohen is important to defense counsel for a couple of reasons, say Joseph Dever and Matthew Elkin of Cozen O'Connor PC.

  • Jones Day Case Highlights Questions Of Atty Privilege Abroad

    Ana Reyes

    Germany’s highest court ruled this month that prosecutors may review the Jones Day documents they seized related to the firm’s representation of Volkswagen. This is a stark reminder that American litigators need to be aware of how attorney-client privilege laws abroad can impact litigation in the United States, say Ana Reyes and Matthew Heins of Williams & Connolly LLP.

  • Sentencing May Change With 2 Kennedy Clerks On High Court

    Alan Ellis

    Should Judge Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, he and Justice Neil Gorsuch — both former clerks for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy — will likely lead the court to finally rein in "relevant conduct" for federal sentencing, say criminal defense attorneys Alan Ellis and Mark Allenbaugh.