White Collar

  • 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. 

  • December 7, 2017

    Ex-Tribe Chairman Gets 5 Years' Probation For Casino Theft

    A Nebraska federal judge has sentenced the former chairman of the Winnebago Tribe to five years of probation for stealing from the tribe's casino by receiving and distributing unapproved gift certificates and prepaid debit cards.

  • December 7, 2017

    Atty Can't Escape Charges In Allentown Pay-To-Play Scheme

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Thursday refused to dismiss the corruption charges against a Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA attorney who was charged alongside the mayor of Allentown in an indictment detailing a pay-to-play scheme. 

  • December 7, 2017

    Zarrab Denies Iranian 'Jihad' Motive At Turkish Banker's Trial

    Turkish-Iranian trader Reza Zarrab on Thursday denied being sympathetic to Iran’s “economic jihad” despite his letter to then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad complaining of U.S. “world-devouring Imperialism,” as counsel for a Turkish banker on trial for allegedly helping Iran duck sanctions peppered him with tough questions.

  • December 7, 2017

    Feds Tell High Court Microsoft Must Turn Over Overseas Info

    The federal government on Wednesday fired an opening shot in its bid to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling barring the use of search warrants to access user data stored overseas by Microsoft, arguing that the holding that service providers don’t have to disclose information they control is “impractical and detrimental to law enforcement.”

  • December 7, 2017

    4 Tech Workers Accused Of Stealing Chip Plans For Startup

    Four former employees of Applied Materials Inc. were hit with trade secrets charges in California federal court for an alleged scheme in which they tried to copy the semiconductor company’s LCD chip technology to launch their own venture capital-funded business, prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • December 7, 2017

    4th Circ. OKs Warrant Used to Convict 'Pill-Mill' Doctor

    The Fourth Circuit affirmed a Maryland federal court ruling Wednesday that a doctor who oversaw an oxycodone “pill mill” could not challenge law enforcement’s search warrant for his clinic, finding that they had probable cause to examine the facility and patient records.

  • December 7, 2017

    Ex-NJ Atty Can't Beat Prison Term In $40M Fraud Scheme

    The Third Circuit on Thursday upheld the four-year prison term handed down to a former New Jersey attorney this year for his admitted role in a $40.8 million mortgage fraud scheme, saying that a district court properly justified giving him a longer sentence than a co-conspirator.

  • December 7, 2017

    Feds Say Ballplayer Smuggler Can't Walk Free During Appeal

    The federal government shot back Wednesday at a bid by a sports trainer to evade prison while he appeals his conviction over a scheme to smuggle Cuban baseball players into the U.S. illegally, telling a Florida federal judge it is unlikely the Eleventh Circuit will rule in his favor.

  • December 7, 2017

    Ex-NFLer Gets 40 Years For Investment Fraud

    A Virginia federal judge sentenced former National Football League player Merrill Robertson Jr. to 40 years behind bars Wednesday, prosecutors said, 15 years more than even they had sought for his role in a massive investment fraud scheme.

  • December 6, 2017

    Soccer Boss' Computer Hidden After Arrest, Worker Testifies

    An assistant who worked for former CONMEBOL President Juan Angel Napout testified Wednesday that he had followed instructions from a lawyer at the powerful South American soccer confederation to help remove Napout’s computer from his office on the morning after his arrest in December 2015.

  • December 6, 2017

    Prosecution In Greebel Case Rests After Hearing Last Witness

    The prosecution rested Wednesday in the fraud trial against a former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP partner who worked with Martin Shkreli, and the defense made an immediate motion for acquittal, launching a two-hour argument that ran straight through lunchtime.

  • December 6, 2017

    'Jersey Shore' Star Aims To Delay Trial Over Tax Claims

    Counsel for “Jersey Shore” star Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino urged a New Jersey federal court Wednesday to postpone by a few months the upcoming trial of the reality TV personality and his brother on tax-related charges, citing scheduling conflicts with other trials.

  • December 6, 2017

    9th Circ. Affirms Doc’s Rx Conviction But Nixes Sentence

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the criminal conviction of a doctor known as the “candyman” who wrote 50,000 prescriptions for patients who received five million opiate pills, but vacated his 27-year prison sentence due to a possible erroneous calculation of the sentencing guidelines. 

  • December 6, 2017

    SEC Closes The Book On Sam Wyly Case With $198M Paid

    A Texas federal judge closed out the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s long battle with investor Sam Wyly and his family on Tuesday, releasing them from an asset freeze in the wake of the full payment of a $198 million settlement.

  • December 6, 2017

    Another Navy Officer Faces 'Fat Leonard' Bribery Charges

    A U.S. Navy captain, the latest naval officer to face charges over a contract bribery scandal that has ensnared dozens of current and former officers, was arraigned Tuesday before a military court.

  • December 6, 2017

    High Court Debate On Tax Obstruction Focuses On Intent

    Opposing attorneys for the federal government and a convicted tax dodger each tried to sway U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday to their own interpretations of a statute criminalizing the obstruction of federal tax laws, with the debate largely focusing on taxpayer intent to make the IRS’ job harder.

  • December 6, 2017

    Manafort Asked Why Ghostwriting Didn't Flout Gag Order

    A D.C. federal judge has given indicted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort until Thursday to show that he did not violate her media gag order by ghostwriting an op-ed about his Ukrainian lobbying work, which prosecutors uncovered last week.

Expert Analysis

  • What 2nd Circ. Did And Didn't Tell Us About RICO's Reach

    Robert Reznick

    The Second Circuit recently became the first court of appeals to address the "domestic injury" requirement for a private claim under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The Bascuñán v. Elsaca analysis appears to depart from RJR Nabisco in ways that other courts may ultimately confront, says Robert Reznick of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.

  • Bracing For A Life Sciences Enforcement Zeitgeist: Part 1

     Gary Giampetruzzi

    Recent high-profile corruption cases suggest that German companies may once again become central to the global anti-corruption discussion. With no sign that regulators will shift focus away from life sciences companies in the near future, German multinationals in the life sciences sector must prepare for heightened scrutiny, say Gary Giampetruzzi and Sandra Gonzalez of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • High Court Gets Ready To Weigh Privacy Vs. Public Safety

    Bob Anderson

    On Nov. 29, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Carpenter v. United States — a case that could dramatically affect the future of surveillance, potentially requiring law enforcement to secure a warrant each time it seeks cell tower data and similar types of metadata, says Bob Anderson, leader of Navigant Consulting Inc.'s information security practice.

  • Mixed Enforcement Signals For FHA Mortgage Lenders

    Douglas Baruch

    Two significant events in the last several weeks are forcing Federal Housing Administration mortgage lenders to scratch their heads in assessing the government’s intentions when it comes to pursuing fraud cases under the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Increased FARA Enforcement May Lie Ahead

    Daniel Pickard

    The indictment of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates on Monday brings into focus a federal statute not often employed by prosecutors. The Foreign Agents Registration Act, once a little-known law, is now front and center in the national media, say Daniel Pickard and Madeline Cohen of Wiley Rein LLP.