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White Collar

  • December 5, 2018

    Tribal Authority Key Issue As Justices Mull Okla. Reservation

    The U.S. Supreme Court has probed the federal government, the state of Oklahoma and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation on how much the tribe’s jurisdiction might expand if its historical reservation still exists, and worries that disruption in a huge part of Oklahoma could spur a ruling that hems in tribes’ criminal and civil authority over non-Indians, experts say.

  • December 5, 2018

    Techie, Pastor Ask 2nd Circ. To Ax Bitcoin Fraud Convictions

    A Florida tech expert and a New Jersey pastor urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to reverse their convictions over a purported scheme to co-opt a small credit union into facilitating unlawful bitcoin transactions, citing errors with key witnesses.

  • December 5, 2018

    AI Helping IRS Detect Tax Crimes With Fewer Resources

    Under the weight of budget cuts and decreasing staff, the Internal Revenue Service may be finding its salve in artificial intelligence technology to detect criminal tax activities more efficiently.

  • December 5, 2018

    Convicted Developer Asks To Be Freed From Supervision

    A former real estate developer urged a New Jersey federal judge Wednesday to terminate his supervised release following his prison stint for diverting money from an affordable housing project for personal and other unauthorized purposes, saying he lives “a simple, law-abiding life” and such supervision is no longer necessary.

  • December 5, 2018

    Petrobras Takes Immunity Fight In EIG Suit To The High Court

    Brazil’s state-owned energy giant Petrobras asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to reverse the D.C. Circuit’s ruling that it cannot claim sovereign immunity in fending off claims from funds managed by EIG Global Energy Partners LLC that it is responsible for losses from a failed drilling venture.

  • December 5, 2018

    Sen.'s Bid To Protect Mueller Again Delays Vote On Judges

    Once again, the Senate Judiciary Committee has canceled a Thursday meeting and delayed votes on Third, Fourth, Sixth and Ninth Circuit judicial nominees as a standoff with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., over an unrelated bill to protect the Mueller investigation continues.

  • December 5, 2018

    Colombian Gets 15 Years For Role In Fatal Smuggling Scheme

    A Colombian man was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Florida federal court for his role in purporting to smuggle three Cubans into the United States, leading to the rape and death of one of the individuals and the death of a second, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    2 Iranians Charged Over Ransomware Attack In Atlanta

    Two Iranian men who were indicted last week in New Jersey for an international scheme that involved using malware to extort hospitals, cities and public institutions are now facing charges in Georgia over the damage they did in Atlanta, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Soccer Body Wants 2nd Go At FIFA Corruption Restitution

    The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football has asked a New York federal judge to reconsider an order denying it restitution from former soccer officials convicted in the sprawling FIFA corruption scandal.

  • December 5, 2018

    Medtronic To Pay Over $50M To Settle Medical Device Claims

    The world's largest medical device maker, Medtronic PLC, will pay $50.9 million to settle kickbacks and other claims against two companies it owns, including nearly $18 million related to the allegedly reckless marketing of a product designed to treat brain defects, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and a statement from the company.

  • December 5, 2018

    NY Jury Convicts Hong Kong Doc Of Bribing African Officials

    A Manhattan federal jury quickly convicted Hong Kong-based nonprofit boss Chi Ping Patrick Ho Wednesday of bribing officials in Chad and Uganda to assist Shanghai-based conglomerate CEFC China Energy Co. Ltd. in its efforts to win Africa energy- and banking-sector deals.

  • December 5, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Kilpatrick Townsend's Kate Gaudry

    Kilpatrick Townsend’s Kate Gaudry has used data analytics to supercharge her patent prosecution practice, uncover winning strategies for portfolio management and expose a secretive U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program, earning her a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Flynn Gave 'Firsthand' Info, Could Avoid Time, Mueller Says

    Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia's ambassador, provided "firsthand information" about the contact between President Donald Trump's team and Russian officials and should be sentenced leniently, special counsel Robert Mueller said Tuesday.

  • December 4, 2018

    Hilton Sued Over Secret Filming Of NY Bar Exam Taker

    A law school graduate who stayed at a New York hotel before taking the bar exam has sued Hilton and its affiliates for $100 million in Virginia state court, claiming that secretly filmed footage of her showering in her room was posted on pornographic websites and emailed to her friends and colleagues.

  • December 4, 2018

    FDIC Staffer ‘Accidentally’ Took Bank Secrets, Jury Told

    Federal prosecutors and a lawyer for ex-FDIC employee Allison Aytes gave a Brooklyn jury competing narratives Tuesday about what drove Aytes to make copies of secret regulatory records before quitting, the feds saying she used them for job interviews and Aytes saying she accidentally swept them up with other personal files.

  • December 4, 2018

    Secrets Spilled In Panama Papers Lead To Indictment Of 4

    New York federal prosecutors announced the indictment of a lawyer and three other men on Tuesday on charges of wire fraud, tax evasion and money laundering, tying the case to the 2016 leak of documents from the law firm Mossack Fonseca called the Panama Papers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Pain Doc’s ‘Fame’ Questioned In TM Suit Over Same Name

    A doctor accused of running a pill mill told an Illinois federal court Monday that a same-named pain doctor isn’t “famous” enough to maintain claims for unfair competition alleging his business suffered due to confusion after the indictment.

  • December 4, 2018

    NY Jury To Weigh Bribery Charges Against Hong Kong Doc

    A Manhattan jury was on track Tuesday to begin deliberating bribery and money laundering charges against a Hong Kong doctor accused of boxing up $2 million in cash for the president of Chad to facilitate an oilfield investment on behalf of a Chinese energy giant.

  • December 4, 2018

    Fla. Broker To Serve 6½ Yrs For $16M Precious Metals Fraud

    Former Fort Lauderdale, Florida, broker Salvatore Colonna was sentenced to 6½ years in prison and ordered to pay $13.1 million in restitution for his role in a $16 million precious metals and securities fraud scheme, the U.S. attorney’s office, the FBI and the IRS announced Tuesday.

  • December 4, 2018

    DC Circ. Asks Why Gov't Legal Opinions Are FOIA-Exempt

    The U.S. Justice Department faced pointed questions from D.C. Circuit judges Tuesday about its rationale for keeping legal advice to federal agencies from public view.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Fortress Ruling Helps Temper Overzealous SEC Enforcement

    Perrie Weiner

    The insider trading action against certain Fortress securities traders is one more example of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relying upon analytical data to pursue what may be suspicious activity. But a New Jersey federal court's recent decision in the case reinforces that suspicious trades are not enough, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • Tax Evasion Knows No Borders

    Kim Marie Boylan

    The former CEO of a U.K. bank recently pled guilty to charges under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, following a U.S. Department of Justice sting operation spanning several countries. The conviction sends a clear message that U.S. authorities will prosecute not only U.S. account holders, but those who facilitate tax evasion, whatever their nationality, say attorneys at White & Case LLP.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Do VPNs Spell Market Manipulation For Crypto Exchanges?

    Richard Malish

    Virtual private networks are a critical tool for privacy-minded cryptocurrency traders, but based on the New York attorney general's recent findings that VPNs may permit market manipulation, it would not be surprising if cryptocurrency exchanges are soon asked to explain their VPN access policies, says Richard Malish of NICE Actimize.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Investment Firms, Beware Changing Compliance Goal Posts

    Bart Schwartz

    Private equity and hedge funds are under greater compliance scrutiny and, as a result, increased regulatory and legal exposure. The responsibilities of board members are not limited to investment performance monitoring — regulators are moving up the corporate ladder to identify wrongdoing, says Bart Schwartz of Guidepost Solutions LLC.

  • Inside The Petrobras FCPA Resolution

    Gayle Littleton

    The Operation Car Wash investigation that began in 2008 brought down numerous Brazilian politicians and Petrobras officials and led to one of the largest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements last month. The resolution highlights the myriad ways in which Petrobras failed to implement a robust anti-corruption compliance program, say attorneys with Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.