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  • January 9, 2019

    Insys Founder Need Not Comply With Subpoena, Judge Rules

    Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor does not need to turn over his personal notes and other documents the government sought ahead of a trial for executives allegedly involved in an opioid kickback scheme, a federal judge in Boston ruled Tuesday, saying prosecutors failed to prove the records belonged to Insys and not to Kapoor himself.

  • January 8, 2019

    Weinstein Gets Ch. 11 Doc Access Pending NY Class Motion

    Ex-movie mogul Harvey Weinstein received permission in Delaware bankruptcy court Tuesday to use emails exchanged with accusers leveling sexual misconduct claims against him in his civil and criminal defense, but can't make them public for 48 hours to allow a proposed class of accusers time to seek additional restrictions in New York federal court.

  • January 8, 2019

    National Events To Consolidate Estates, Resolve D&O Dispute

    The debtor entities of defunct ticket brokerage National Events Holdings LLC will be substantively consolidated in bankruptcy to further liquidation proceedings and return money to creditors, a Chapter 7 trustee attorney said Tuesday, noting an agreement reached to settle with the company’s directors and officers insurer.

  • January 8, 2019

    Justices Mull Tribe's Hunting Right In Wyo. Nat'l Park

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday to decide whether to overturn a Crow tribe member’s state court conviction for hunting elk in Wyoming's Bighorn National Forest, with the justices largely concerned with whether earlier court rulings already settled the question of whether the tribe’s treaty right to hunt has expired.

  • January 8, 2019

    Convicted Judge Should Face Sanctions, Ill. Regulator Says

    The Illinois Supreme Court should discipline a former state court judge who was convicted and sentenced to prison for running a mortgage fraud scheme involving two Chicago investment properties, according to the state’s attorney regulatory commission.

  • January 8, 2019

    Gov't Can't Claim $1B Loss At Platinum Criminal Trial

    Prosecutors will not be allowed to introduce evidence of an alleged $1 billion in investor losses at next month's criminal trial for four former Platinum Partners executives accused of defrauding the hedge fund's investors, a New York federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • January 8, 2019

    11th Circ. Urged To Revive Ex-Air Force Officer's Guilty Plea

    The federal government urged the Eleventh Circuit on Monday to reverse a Florida court order that vacated part of a former U.S. Air Force officer’s guilty plea over an alleged $5.4 million bribery scheme involving government contracts, saying the officer was not misadvised by counsel over the plea's impact on his benefits.

  • January 8, 2019

    Manafort Accused Of Sharing 2016 Poll Data With Russian

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller has accused former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of lying to investigators about giving polling data from the 2016 elections to a former Russian intelligence official and business associate, an improperly redacted document filed by Manafort's attorneys revealed on Tuesday.

  • January 8, 2019

    Mortgage Fraud Mastermind Gets 13 Years In Prison

    A New Jersey man who copped to stealing nearly $1.5 million from financially distressed homeowners, investors and institutions was sentenced to over 13 years in prison Tuesday in Rhode Island federal court, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • January 8, 2019

    Grassley Ends Memorable, Divisive Tenure As Judiciary Chair

    Sen. Chuck Grassley handed off leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week after having shepherded a record number of federal judges and a criminal justice overhaul years in the making — accomplishments that sometimes divided colleagues and stoked partisan conflict that could outlast his chairmanship.

  • January 8, 2019

    Home Secretary To Mull Extradition For Cricket Match Fixer

    A London judge has asked Britain’s home secretary to decide whether to order the extradition of an Indian businessman accused of helping fix cricket matches involving South Africa’s team, paving the way for the British citizen to face criminal charges in India. 

  • January 8, 2019

    Fed Board, Immune To Shutdown, Scolds Texas Bank On AML

    One of the financial watchdogs that has been uninhibited by a weeks-long partial government shutdown, the Federal Reserve Board, on Tuesday ordered a rural bank in western Texas to improve its anti-money laundering program.

  • January 8, 2019

    Platinum Liquidators Can't DQ Curtis From Fraud Suit

    Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP won't be disqualified — at least not yet — from defending a former Platinum Partners founder against a suit brought by the hedge fund's liquidators over an alleged $1 billion fraud, despite having represented the fund in the past, U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff said Monday.

  • January 8, 2019

    Winklevoss Bros. Bitcoin Fraud Suit Survives Dismissal Bid

    A bitcoin entrepreneur and convicted felon must face fraud claims brought by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss that he swindled the twin brothers out of millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency, a New York federal judge ruled.

  • January 8, 2019

    Newly Elected Houston Judges Drop Bail Reform Challenge

    The 14 newly elected Democratic municipal court judges in Harris County, Texas — who were part of a "blue wave" that booted every one of their Republican predecessors from the bench — have dropped an appeal aiming to undo a federal judge's ruling that the cash bail system there is unconstitutional.

  • January 8, 2019

    Russian Lawyer Linked To Trump Charged With Obstruction

    Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, who represented Prevezon Holdings Ltd. in a high-profile Manhattan asset forfeiture fight and who later was linked to the campaign of President Donald Trump, was accused by federal prosecutors Tuesday of obstructing a tax fraud investigation into the real estate concern.

  • January 7, 2019

    Justices Poised To Finally Clarify Tribe’s Treaty Rights

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a Crow Tribe member's bid to upend his state court conviction for elk hunting in Wyoming's Bighorn National Forest, a case that should see the justices clear up confusing precedent going back to the 1800s and determine how strongly the tribe's treaty rights stack up against Wyoming's statehood.

  • January 7, 2019

    NJ, Gov. Campaign Accused Of Mishandling Rape Claim

    A New Jersey housing official on Monday launched a lawsuit alleging the state and the campaign of Gov. Phil Murphy mishandled her claim that she was raped by a former campaign staffer who later got a high-ranking position within the administration.

  • January 7, 2019

    Convicted Wilmington Trust Execs Seek Bail During Appeal

    Four Wilmington Trust Corp. executives sentenced to three- to six-year prison terms in December for false reporting practices that crippled their bank sought bail pending appeal late Friday, with all raising multiple challenges to government claims they falsified past-due commercial loan status disclosures.

  • January 7, 2019

    Chancery Issues Arrest Warrants For Chinese Tech Execs

    A Delaware Chancery judge issued arrest warrants Monday for two Chinese nationals serving as executives for ZST Digital Networks Inc. who were found to be in contempt for not complying with a series of court judgments arising from a books and records suit filed by a shareholder.

Expert Analysis

  • Will High Court Resurrect The Nondelegation Doctrine?

    William Araiza

    Gundy v. U.S. is a case that hinges on the nondelegation doctrine. The oral argument featured U.S. Supreme Court justices seemingly stretching to find the “intelligible principle” required to legitimate a congressional delegation of authority to a federal agency, says William Araiza of Brooklyn Law School.

  • FinCEN Tightens The Net On Illicit Real Estate Deals

    Thomas Delaney

    Geographic targeting orders released this month indicate that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network remains concerned about money laundering risks in the real estate sector — and the anonymity of transactions that use virtual currency, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • A New Proposed Metric For Defense Co. Corruption Risk

    Howard Weissman

    In Transparency International’s draft approach to its 2019 Defense Companies Anti-Corruption Index, there are three broad areas that may be problematic for companies, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.

  • Justices May Struggle To Agree On Rule 10b-5 Scope

    Arthur Greenspan

    Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument in Lorenzo v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which could clarify the range of liability under Rule 10b-5. But Lorenzo will be decided by an eight-justice court — a circumstance that might significantly affect how the case gets resolved, say Arthur Greenspan and Jacob Taber of Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP.

  • FCPA Compliance 1 Year After DOJ Revised Policy

    Jack Sharman

    It has been a year since the U.S. Department of Justice made its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act pilot program permanent. The policy and the government's expectations indicate that the FCPA doesn't always connote mystery and complexity, say attorneys with Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC​​​​​​​.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

    Jessica Cox

    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Q&A

    BigLaw Alums Q&A: Mark Migdal's Lara O'Donnell Grillo

    Lara O’Donnell Grillo

    BigLaw firms tended to be inflexible, with methods that were inconsistent with how I wanted to practice law. There were many time-wasting aspects of the practice, says Lara O’Donnell Grillo of Mark Migdal & Hayden.