White Collar

  • January 6, 2017

    Pa. Attorney General-Elect Creates Ethics Job Post-Scandal

    In an effort to clean up the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General after a disgraced ex-attorney general was convicted on perjury charges, the state’s newly elected top law enforcement official on Friday appointed an ethics reform expert as the office’s first-ever chief integrity officer.

  • January 6, 2017

    Florida Doctor Wants Light Sentence For $11M Fraud

    A Florida ophthalmologist who received $11 million from Medicare and private insurers for testing and treating more than 700 patients for an eye disease he knew they didn't have has told a federal court that prosecutors' proposed 40-year sentence is excessive given his actual offense and history.

  • January 6, 2017

    Drug Wholesaler Cops To $100M Prescription Meds Fraud

    The owner of a Utah-based wholesale distribution company on Friday admitted to fraudulently distributing to pharmacies over $100 million worth of prescription drugs that he bought on the black market.

  • January 6, 2017

    Chiropractor, Family Admit To $29M Health Care Fraud

    A Chicago-area chiropractor and two members of his family who worked at his clinic admitted to running a six-year, $29 million scheme to defraud Blue Cross Blue Shield and several other health insurers Friday.

  • January 6, 2017

    3 Ex-Paskenta Officials Indicted On Embezzlement Charges

    Three former Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians officials were hit with a 69-count indictment in California federal court on Thursday accusing them of embezzling at least $6 million in tribal funds, making false statements to federal agents and either filing inaccurate tax returns or failing to file any at all.

  • January 6, 2017

    Stanford Says Trump Justice May Be Key To Ponzi Appeal

    Convicted Ponzi schemer Robert Allen Stanford has asked the U.S. Supreme Court for another shot at challenging his 110-year prison sentence for running a $7 billion securities fraud racket, saying an expected new justice named by President-elect Donald J. Trump may make all the difference in his case.

  • January 6, 2017

    Fla. Telecom Owner Cops To International Call Fraud Scheme

    The owner of a Florida telecommunications company has admitted to his role in a fraud scheme in which personal cellphone account information was used to make fraudulent international calls, while another member of the scheme was sentenced to more than four years in prison. 

  • January 6, 2017

    5 FCA Issues To Watch As Trump Takes Power

    The intense False Claims Act enforcement that played out during President Barack Obama's tenure will likely continue during the Trump administration, but the plaintiffs bar may have to carry a bit more weight, experts say. Here are five key issues to watch.

  • January 6, 2017

    Probe Delays Trial of Ex-Union Boss, Hedge Fund Founder

    A New York federal judge on Friday pushed back to October the start of the corruption trial of Platinum Partners co-founder Murray Huberfeld and Norman Seabrook, the former head of the New York City correction officers union, after a trove of evidence was unearthed in a separate investigation of the hedge fund.

  • January 6, 2017

    Sex With Minor Shouldn’t Mean Deportation, Justices Told

    Five immigration organizations have filed two briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a Mexican native who argues that his conviction for charges related to having sex with his underage girlfriend should not lead to his deportation.

  • January 6, 2017

    Generic Drug Price-Fixing Suits Just Tip Of The Iceberg

    The U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general have sued generic drug companies and executives over allegations of price-fixing and market-sharing, and experts expect the fray to greatly expand in 2017, encompassing many more individuals and companies and possibly growing beyond manufacturers.

  • January 6, 2017

    Former FINRA Senior Counsel Joins K&L Gates

    K&L Gates LLP has added a former Financial Industry Regulatory Authority attorney to its Washington, D.C., office as partner, bulking up its government enforcement practice with the attorney’s nearly 20 years of regulatory and enforcement experience with a focus in the securities practice area.

  • January 6, 2017

    5 Insights From General Electric's Alex Dimitrief

    “Data sovereignty” is a recent trend with important consequences for GE’s future as a digital industrial company. The technical challenges alone are immense. But compounding those challenges are the growing number of countries considering laws that would impede the flow of data across national borders, says Alex Dimitrief, general counsel of General Electric Co.

  • January 5, 2017

    Ill. Judge Investigated Over Harboring Alleged Murderer

    An Illinois judge who has been on the bench for just a month was placed on administrative leave after allegedly harboring a violent criminal on parole who then became a suspect in a murder investigation, according to reports on Thursday.

  • January 5, 2017

    Miami Aviation Director Sentenced To 7 Years For $5M Fraud

    A former Miami-Dade County Aviation Department division director was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison for his role in a $5 million fraud and kickback scheme related to contracts for light fixtures at Miami International Airport, while another former employee was charged with accepting bribery payments.

  • January 5, 2017

    Publisher, Others Charged With $10M Fla. Mortgage Fraud

    A former newspaper publisher who also worked as a mortgage broker is among a group of four people hit with wire fraud charges in Florida federal court for allegedly participating in a $10 million mortgage fraud scheme that targeted Washington Mutual Bank, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Thursday.

  • January 5, 2017

    No Bail Mods For Ex-FIFA Exec Charged In Corruption Case

    A New York federal judge on Thursday refused to ease up on bail terms for former FIFA Vice President Juan Angel Napout — one of numerous soccer officials charged with taking bribes in the massive corruption case pending in Brooklyn — noting that the government has already been “extremely accommodating.”

  • January 5, 2017

    Ex-Jefferies Trader Abused Trust, Gov't Says In Fraud Retrial

    Federal prosecutors embarked on a second attempt to convict Jesse Litvak on securities fraud charges on Thursday, telling a Connecticut jury the former Jefferies & Co. trader lied to customers about markups on mortgage-backed bonds he sold after the financial crisis.

  • January 5, 2017

    4th Circ. Affirms 30-Year, $19M Sentence In Racketeering Case

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday shot down the appeal of a man serving 30 years for racketeering and fraud offenses who claimed ineffective assistance of counsel and miscalculations under the sentencing guidelines left him with a much longer sentence than he bargained for.

  • January 5, 2017

    Global Cartel Fines Hit $6.7B With Push From EU: Report

    Vigorous enforcement by the European Commission, which imposed more than $4 billion in fines in 2016, drove overall cartel fines up by more than $1 billion across the globe, for a total of nearly $6.7 billion, according to new report from Allen & Overy LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • Cybersecurity Trends: New Standards, Tolerating Ransoms

    Jay Dewald

    There is a surprising trend toward the appeasement of hackers through ransoms. Like many aspects of cybersecurity law, the legal treatment of this last option could benefit from clarity, say attorneys with Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP.

  • 4 Ways Lawyers Can Improve Their Marketing

    Mike Mellor

    Attorneys may not realize the breadth of services that their marketing, design and library teams offer. One of the things I like to do when attorneys start at our firm is give them a download of the kinds of problems we can solve for them so they know how to work with us most effectively, says Mike Mellor, director of marketing at Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • Hidden Legal Lessons In Anthony Weiner’s Laptop: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Amid the exhaustive punditry concerning FBI Director James Comey’s startling disclosure of a rejuvenated Hillary Clinton investigation, some critical questions seem to have gotten lost. For example, what are the legalities involved when handling Anthony Weiner's computer, and could Weiner’s lawyers have avoided this entire situation? John Reed Stark, former internet enforcement chief at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, ... (continued)

  • Beyond Bean Counting: How Legal Can Add True Value

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    For legal departments to stay in front of the crowd, cost-cutting alone is not enough. Neither is claims-driven revenue generation, nor running endless analytics of outside legal spend. This is short-term, passive, scarcity-based thinking that keeps legal departments from offering their corporate clients the greatest possible value — competitive advantage, says David Wallace of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • A Quick Guide To Depositions In Japan

    Lauren Randell

    The primary reason depositions in Japan can be more complicated than elsewhere is that depositions for use in U.S. litigation can only be taken in three conference rooms in the entire country, says Lauren Randell of BuckleySandler LLP.

  • OPINION: The US Supreme Court In 2017

    James Brosnahan

    The ideologue’s main problem is believing in conformity of thought. They will now search for true believers, but fortunately very few judges harbor the dark, conservative uniformity desired. If they do find one, the Senate will not confirm, says James Brosnahan, a senior trial counsel with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 6, Bedside Manner

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist.

  • A Primer On The Presidential Appointee Vetting Process

    Robert K. Kelner

    With the election over, the process of selecting individuals to fill the next administration’s key appointed positions is quickly shifting into high gear. For those who are called to serve in such positions, the process entails extensive vetting of professional credentials and a host of personal background check issues, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Merging Law Firms: Think Before You Tie The Knot

    John Remsen Jr.

    Getting larger isn’t a good enough reason to merge. Focus on whether the merger will make your firm better. Also, it’s possible that a merger can reduce profitability, says John Remsen Jr. of TheRemsenGroup.

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Deals Fail Or Underperform

    Lisa Smith

    While many law firm mergers have been successful, some have been spectacularly unsuccessful — to the point of firm dissolution. Some have exceeded expectations, while others have had little impact on the overall competitiveness of the combined firm. In both failed discussions and less-than-successful mergers, there are mistakes that are made along the way, says Lisa Smith of Fairfax Associates.