White Collar

  • November 30, 2017

    Zarrab Tells Jury Turkish Banker Didn't Ask For Bribe Money

    Reza Zarrab testified Thursday that he never bribed Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla, telling a Manhattan federal jury that Atilla, who is accused of scheming to help Iran avoid U.S. sanctions, never asked for a dime even as Zarrab made lavish payments to the defendant's boss and to a Turkish minister.

  • November 30, 2017

    4 Charged Over Allegedly Exploiting DOD Small Biz Deals

    A New Mexico federal grand jury has indicted four men, including a former U.S. Department of Defense program office director, over an alleged scheme to bilk the government out of millions of dollars through inappropriate use of a small business contracting program, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • November 30, 2017

    Biz Owner Gets 4 Years For Role In Fraudulent H-1B Scheme

    A California judge has sentenced the owner of two employment staffing companies for technology firms to more than four years in prison for engaging in a scheme in which she and her husband submitted fraudulent H-1B petitions for foreign workers.

  • November 30, 2017

    Squire Patton Acquires Cybersecurity Litigation Boutique

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has acquired the litigation boutique Yarbrough Law Group PC in Dallas, bolstering its litigation capabilities and expanding its white collar, cybersecurity, data privacy and intellectual property practice, Squire Patton Boggs said Thursday.

  • November 30, 2017

    Mass. DA Wants 134 Tainted Drug Convictions Thrown Out

    The Massachusetts district attorney whose county includes Boston said on Thursday that he’s looking to vacate and dismiss 134 drug convictions that featured evidence by a since-convicted state drug lab chemist who got high almost daily on the job.

  • November 30, 2017

    UK's SFO Charges 2 Ex-SBM Execs In Unaoil Bribery Probe

    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office on Thursday charged two former executives at Dutch oil company SBM Offshore with conspiring to pay bribes in order to secure contracts in Iraq as part of a year-old probe into corruption at oil services firm Unaoil.

  • November 30, 2017

    Ex-Akin Gump Atty Pleads Guilty In DOJ Suit-Selling Case

    A former partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP pled guilty in California federal court Wednesday to charges that he stole a sealed government complaint while still employed with the U.S. Department of Justice and tried to sell the information to a cybersecurity company then under investigation.

  • November 30, 2017

    Crow Member Pushes Justices To Hear Hunting Rights Case

    A Crow tribe member has further pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his challenge to his conviction for illegally hunting out of season in Wyoming on unoccupied federal lands, arguing a lower court’s decision and the ruling it relied on are incorrect.

  • November 30, 2017

    K&L Gates Adds Ex-Prosecutor, Health Care FCA Pro

    A former South Carolina federal prosecutor who subsequently defended a member of the state legislature against corruption charges and health care companies in False Claims Act suits has joined K&L Gates LLP as a partner.

  • November 29, 2017

    SBM Offshore To Pay $238M Fine For FCPA Bribery Violations

    SBM Offshore NV, a Dutch-based oil drill manufacturer, pled guilty to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in Texas federal court Wednesday, agreeing to pay $238 million for its role in a scheme to bribe officials across the globe for government contracts.

  • November 29, 2017

    High Court Takes Aim At Setting Location Privacy Bar

    Several U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared receptive to requiring more stringent protections for historical cellphone location data than for other business records, in a case that has the potential to have sweeping implications for the government’s ability to access a wide range of sensitive digital information.

  • November 29, 2017

    Bribes Shown In Ledger, Juror Dismissed At FIFA Trial

    A former South American soccer executive told jurors he was instructed to pay and keep track of bribe payments to several South American soccer officials, including three defendants currently on trial, while separately, one of the jurors was dismissed for sleeping as the FIFA corruption trial continued Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court.

  • November 29, 2017

    2nd Circ. Won't Undo Revival Of $64M RICO Suit

    A Second Circuit panel denied a Chilean national's request to revisit its decision to revive a civil racketeering case in which he is accused of stealing $64 million from his cousin’s inheritance, rejecting his argument that the court incorrectly found that part of the alleged theft occurred in New York rather than Panama.

  • November 29, 2017

    NY AG Says Legal Nonprofit Director Used Charity As ‘Slush Fund’

    The New York attorney general sued and settled with the former head of the New York Legal Assistance Group on Wednesday, saying Yisroel Schulman diverted the nonprofit’s money to donor-advised funds without board permission and misused and misrepresented its assets.

  • November 29, 2017

    5 Takeaways From The 'New' FCPA Corporate Charging Policy

    A new policy guiding when corporations can avoid criminal charges under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for bribing foreign officials formalizes what had been a U.S. Department of Justice experiment and gives some amount of certainty for companies, experts say.

  • November 29, 2017

    Ex-Comverse GC Loses FOIA Bid Tied To 'Backdating' Scam

    A New York federal judge dismissed a Freedom of Information Act suit Tuesday, brought by the former general counsel of Comverse Technology Inc. who was seeking documents related to his 2006 guilty plea in a stock options “backdating” scheme, saying his claims the government may have improperly pursued his case didn't outweigh witnesses' privacy.

  • November 29, 2017

    Prominent Madoff Victim Atty Had Client Conflicts, Trust Says

    Members of a family trust sued by the Madoff trustee alleged in a federal suit filed Wednesday in New York that their attorney swindled them and other clients by representing Madoff victims with competing interests and lying about the trustee's willingness to settle.

  • November 29, 2017

    11th Circ. Punts On Immigration Custody As 'Imprisonment'

    An Eleventh Circuit panel on Tuesday declined to rule on whether time spent in immigration detention constitutes “imprisonment” for the purposes of federal sentencing guidelines, after an immigrant argued that his time awaiting deportation for an overturned drug conviction should not be used to determine his identity theft sentence.

  • November 29, 2017

    Gymnastics Doc Pleads Guilty To More Sexual Abuse Claims

    Sports doctor Larry Nassar on Wednesday pled guilty in Michigan court to charges of felony criminal sexual conduct stemming from allegations of sexual abuse from more than 100 young female gymnasts, entering his plea after copping to similar charges a week ago in a separate case.

  • November 29, 2017

    Zarrab Tells Jury Bribes Erased Concerns About His Fame

    Reza Zarrab told a Manhattan jury Wednesday that he initially was deemed too famous to work with a Turkish bank in its effort to launder billions of dollars of Iran oil profits, but the gold trader-turned-government witness said he solved that problem by sending massive bribes to a high-ranking Turkish politician.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

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    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.

  • 2nd Circ. Ruling Shows Pitfalls Of Joint Defense Agreements

    Daniel Wenner

    When attorneys enter into a joint defense agreement, communications with each other and with each other’s clients about the case are privileged. But what happens when the government learns of those communications and finds a way to use them? Such was the issue in the Second Circuit's recent Krug case, says Daniel Wenner, a partner at Day Pitney LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • SEC Goes Global, Again

    Brian Neil Hoffman

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has not been shy about enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act globally. But a recent case against Mexican homebuilding company Desarrolladora Homex and its executives makes clear that the SEC will not hesitate to enforce against foreign companies other provisions of the federal securities laws as well, says Brian Neil Hoffman of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • The Current Fight Against Contraband Art And Antiquities

    Stephen Juris

    Federal and state authorities’ increased focus on the art and antiquities markets — seen this summer with Hobby Lobby’s much-publicized forfeiture of a large collection of ancient Mesopotamian tablets and cylinder seals — presents significant challenges for both legitimate and less scrupulous dealers and collectors, say Stephen Juris and Brian Remondino of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • 'Double-Breasted' Operations Face Criminal Risk

    Benjamin Wish

    The potential civil liability exposure for "double-breasting" — when union and nonunion companies share ownership, equipment, facilities or other features — has been well-established for some time. Now, in the wake of a recent case in the District of Massachusetts, the risk of criminal prosecution is apparent, says Benjamin Wish of Todd & Weld LLP.

  • AML For Broker-Dealers: Takeaways From SEC Enforcement

    Jesse Morton

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently started regularly using Rule 17a-8 under the Securities and Exchange Act as a tool to enforce anti-money laundering deficiencies with broker-dealers. These enforcement actions offer a number of key takeaways that may help broker-dealers enhance their AML compliance program, says Jesse Morton of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • DOJ Previews Changes To Corporate Misconduct Policy

    Melissa Jampol

    Given the U.S. Department of Justice’s continued emphasis on prosecuting responsible executives and in light of the changes outlined in a recent speech by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, it is likely that the difficulty in resolving representational and attorney-client privilege issues that have been spurred by the Yates memo will only accelerate, say attorneys with Epstein Becker & Green PC.