White Collar

  • January 12, 2017

    Pa. Atty Gets 4 Years For Failure To Pay Employment Taxes

    A Pittsburgh tax attorney was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison by a Pennsylvania federal judge for his failure to pay more than $790,000 in federal employment taxes stemming from his partial ownership of a local ice and soccer sports facility.

  • January 12, 2017

    Outgoing Mass. Prosecutor Ortiz Wasn’t Afraid To Lose

    In her seven-year tenure set to end Friday, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz has made targeting top executives involved in corporate misconduct a priority, and her office has secured large settlements with companies including Acclarent and Warner Chilcott. She has heard the criticism as executives at those companies were cleared of the most serious charges, but prosecutors can’t be afraid to lose, Ortiz told Law360.

  • January 12, 2017

    FBI, DOJ Face Investigation Into Clinton Email Probe

    The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating potential misconduct by the FBI and the DOJ in connection with the pre-election investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server, the watchdog announced on Thursday.

  • January 12, 2017

    Christie Wins Reversal Of GW Bridge Probable Cause Ruling

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie scored a partial victory Thursday when a New Jersey state judge reversed a probable cause finding in an activist's criminal complaint against the governor over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, because Christie's counsel had not been allowed to participate in the probable cause hearing.

  • January 11, 2017

    NJ Detective's Suit Tossed Over Probe Into Couple's Deaths

    A New Jersey state judge has tossed a detective's whistleblower lawsuit alleging he was transferred to another unit in retaliation for complaining about the improper handling and destruction of evidence from the so-called murder-suicide of a prominent hospital executive and his wife.

  • January 11, 2017

    SEC, NY DA Fight Dewey Trustee's Bid To Destroy Records

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York District Attorney’s Office asked a bankruptcy judge in separate filings on Wednesday to block the liquidating trustee in the Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP bankruptcy from disposing of documents needed in civil and criminal lawsuits against officers and employees of the defunct law firm.

  • January 11, 2017

    Sessions Hints Yates Memo, Fraud To Stay On DOJ Radar

    U.S. attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions suggested Tuesday that his Department of Justice would follow the Yates Memo's mandate to pursue individuals in corporate cases as well as continue a record-breaking False Claims Act enforcement streak under the new administration.

  • January 11, 2017

    Visium GC Rips Lax Compliance At Outset Of Fund Fraud Trial

    Visium Asset Management LP general counsel David Keily told a Manhattan federal jury Wednesday that hedge fund brass made little or no effort to comply with guidelines for properly valuing debt securities during the years in which prosecutors say former portfolio manager Stefan Lumiere schemed to overvalue a $480 million debt fund.

  • January 11, 2017

    Meningitis-Linked Pharmacy Used Fake Names, Jury Told

    A Massachusetts compounding pharmacy linked to a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak had a history of filling orders for drugs with blatantly fake patient names like Pepe Le Pew, Pee-wee Herman and Donald Trump, a federal investigator testified Wednesday during the murder trial of the company's head pharmacist.

  • January 11, 2017

    Sen. Booker, Rep. John Lewis Blast Sessions AG Nomination

    Sen. Cory Booker, along with several African-American congressmen, railed against the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general Wednesday, claiming he would move the country back toward a “darker period in our nation’s history” on several issues, including civil and LGBT rights.

  • January 11, 2017

    Feds Urge Against Rule Injunction In Dialysis Program Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice told a federal judge in Texas on Wednesday not to grant a request from dialysis companies to stop a Health and Human Services rule change affecting patient insurance coverage, because it is a “limited and modest but urgently needed” step to protect patients.

  • January 11, 2017

    BigLaw Attys, GCs Oppose Sessions As Attorney General

    Lawyers from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, a former federal judge and 100-plus other attorneys and general counsel have told lawmakers that Sen. Jeff Sessions should not be confirmed as U.S. attorney general because his record suggests he would neglect civil rights laws.

  • January 11, 2017

    Sports Agent Wants Taxes Kept Out Of Smuggling Trial

    A sports agent who allegedly participated in a $16 million scheme to smuggle Cuban baseball players asked a Florida federal court Wednesday to exclude evidence he filed his income taxes late for several years, claiming it is irrelevant to the charges against him.

  • January 11, 2017

    Ex-Barclays Director Gets 5 Months For Tipping Off Plumber

    A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a former Barclays director to five months in prison for giving his plumber profitable stock tips in exchange for cash, calling the conduct “an extraordinary breach of trust.”

  • January 11, 2017

    6 VW Executives Indicted Over Emissions Scandal

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday announced that six high-ranking Volkswagen executives have been indicted for their alleged roles in an almost decadelong conspiracy behind the company’s emissions cheating scandal.

  • January 11, 2017

    Man Who Forged Mets Exec Signature Gets 4 Years For Fraud

    A New Jersey man who forged the signature of New York Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Wilpon in a business financing fraud was sentenced in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday to 48 months in prison along with more than $4.7 million in restitution.

  • January 11, 2017

    Drug Return Co. Loses Bid To Trim $116M Diversion Case

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday shot down attempts by Guaranteed Returns to remove a money-laundering charge and suppress evidence from litigation alleging the company — which helps the government and providers return expired drugs — stole $116 million worth of refunds from pharmaceutical manufacturers.

  • January 11, 2017

    Surgeon Group Can't Nix LA's Spinal Implant Overcharge Row

    A California judge on Wednesday tentatively rejected a Southern California orthopedic surgery group's bid to dismiss most claims in Los Angeles County's suit alleging the group participated in a scheme to inflate the cost of spinal surgery equipment that cost the county's workers' compensation plan millions of dollars.

  • January 11, 2017

    CFTC Gets Default Judgment Against ‘Flash Crash’ Firm

    An Illinois federal judge has granted the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s motion for a default judgment against the firm run by a U.K. futures trader who pled guilty to charges over the 2010 Wall Street “flash crash,” putting the firm on the hook for the trader’s $38.6 million fine.

  • January 11, 2017

    BuckleySandler Nets $1.4M For Pa. Judges’ Lewd Email Probe

    Pennsylvania’s attorney general on Wednesday said the state has agreed to pay BuckleySandler LLP more than $1.4 million for its investigation and report on inappropriate emails sent between judges and state employees and attorneys that caused two members of the state’s Supreme Court to step down.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding Law Firm BYOD Risks: Tips For Securing Devices

    Everett Monroe

    Many believe that the solutions to the security problems created by using smartphones for work are primarily technological, but a much larger piece of the puzzle involves the human factor. To achieve reasonable security around mobile devices, law firms must go back to basics — clear policies, effective training and thoughtful oversight, says Everett Monroe of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • Hidden Legal Lessons In Anthony Weiner’s Laptop: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal issues surrounding a civil regulatory agency's subpoena and evidentiary analysis of a laptop or any other electronic storage device are a stark contrast to those in the criminal context and are too often wholly misunderstood. For example, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s subpoena for an ESD is more akin to an unlawful seizure than a rightful document demand, says John Reed Stark, former internet enforcement c... (continued)

  • 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.