White Collar

  • March 6, 2018

    Juror In $17M Fraud Case Faces Hearing Over Facebook Posts

    A South Carolina federal judge demanded Tuesday that a juror who posted on Facebook while working toward a $17 million verdict in a Medicare fraud trial return to court for a hearing on the posts, which came under scrutiny during post-trial motions.

  • March 6, 2018

    Feds Say Extortion Case Dead Unless Judge Alters Jury Plan

    Federal prosecutors told a Massachusetts judge on Tuesday that he torpedoed their extortion case against two Boston mayoral aides last week in a ruling requiring them to prove what they admittedly cannot.

  • March 6, 2018

    NJ Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, AG Division Leaders Named

    Three longtime prosecutors have been tapped for leadership roles within New Jersey's Department of Law and Public Safety to oversee civil litigation, criminal prosecutions and insurance fraud matters, the state attorney general's office announced Tuesday.

  • March 6, 2018

    Texas Judge Pleads Not Guilty In Cash-For-Rulings Case

    A suspended South Texas judge indicted for allegedly accepting bribes in return for favorable rulings has pled not guilty to three counts of bribery.

  • March 6, 2018

    Calif. High Court Weighs Online Privacy, Criminal Defense

    Two criminal defendants accused of murder told the California Supreme Court at a hearing Tuesday they should be able to mine the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts of a victim and a witness in their case for exculpatory evidence, arguing the Stored Communications Act's privacy protections shouldn’t trump their constitutional rights.

  • March 6, 2018

    SEC Bars Convicted Ex-Visium Mgr. Over Pumped Portfolio

    An imprisoned former portfolio manager at Visium Capital Management LP recently agreed to be banned from the securities industry after his conviction for inflating the value of a $480 million healthcare debt fund he managed, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Monday.

  • March 6, 2018

    Judge Floats Protections To Stop Leaks In NCAA Bribe Case

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday sought to give prosecutors more control over documents in a criminal case related to the federal government’s probe into college basketball as he looks to stem the flow of information to outside sources following media reports that revealed a much wider-ranging investigation.

  • March 6, 2018

    NY AG Announces EmblemHealth Data Breach Settlement

    EmblemHealth has agreed to pay $575,000 and conduct a comprehensive risk assessment to resolve the New York attorney general’s probe into the exposure of more than 80,000 Social Security numbers through a mailing error, the regulator said in an announcement Tuesday during which he also discussed his push for stronger data security laws.

  • March 6, 2018

    Why Doesn’t Paul Manafort Cut A Deal?

    Michael Flynn, Rick Gates and others who face prosecution by Special Counsel Robert Mueller have cut plea deals, so why hasn’t Paul Manafort? White collar defense attorneys have a few ideas.

  • March 6, 2018

    First Farmers Ex-CEO Gets 25 Years For $179M Fraud

    The former CEO of First Farmers Financial, who admitted to running a $179 million scheme through the sale of loans he falsely claimed had U.S. Department of Agriculture backing, was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday.

  • March 6, 2018

    Defense Bar, Law Prof Side With Ex-CEO Over GE Legal Tab

    An American criminal defense organization and a Georgetown University professor have waded into a U.S. Supreme Court case over whether defendants should have to repay victims’ attorney’s fees under the Mandatory Victim Restitution Act, arguing that law was not written to include hefty legal bills.

  • March 6, 2018

    With No Trump Pick For SDNY Atty, Judges May Step In

    Geoffrey Berman's interim appointment as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York is set to expire in a matter of weeks, shouldering Manhattan federal judges with the responsibility of appointing Berman until a formal nomination is made by the White House and confirmed by the Senate, finding someone else or even opting out entirely.

  • March 6, 2018

    Fraud Conviction Stands Despite Lack Of Trial ID: 7th Circ.

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday ruled that an Illinois federal court did not err when it allowed a jury to convict a woman of health care fraud and enhanced her sentence without asking any of the witnesses in the trial to identify her in the courtroom.

  • March 6, 2018

    Man Accused In $1B Health Fraud Wants Prosecution DQ'ed

    A Florida businessman accused of operating a $1 billion health care fraud told a federal judge that the prosecution team on his case should be disqualified because they deliberately used privileged communications in bringing the case against him.

  • March 6, 2018

    Ex-Stanford GC Sanctioned, Ordered To Hand Over Docs

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday sanctioned Robert Allen Stanford's former general counsel in a clawback suit targeting Stanford's legal advisers, granting the request of the receiver unwinding Stanford's $7 billion Ponzi scheme that the former counsel be required to explain why he still has not fully disclosed the bank and property information requested in discovery.

  • March 6, 2018

    3 Jurors Want Out Amid Deadlock In Trial Of Ex-Cuomo Aide

    The jury weighing bribery charges against a former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo peppered a federal judge Tuesday with four testy notes, one signaling a deadlock and three from individuals begging to be excused, including one who wrote she “physically and emotionally cannot do this anymore."

  • March 6, 2018

    Feds Seek 15-Year Term For Martin Shkreli

    Federal prosecutors on Tuesday asked a New York federal judge to sentence Martin Shkreli to 15 years in prison for defrauding his hedge fund investors and for market manipulation, calling the controversial former pharmaceutical executive a remorseless liar driven by pure greed.

  • March 6, 2018

    Wilmington Execs Can't Block Loan Rule Citings In Fraud Trial

    A Delaware federal judge on Tuesday rejected an attempt by four former Wilmington Trust Corp. executives to block federal prosecutor references to a key circumstance for reporting past due loans, days ahead of opening arguments in their fraud, conspiracy and securities violation trial.

  • March 6, 2018

    Ex-Newark Cop Latest To Face Water Agency Kickback Rap

    A federal grand jury indicted a former Newark police officer Tuesday on charges he defrauded a now-bankrupt city water agency and gave kickbacks to its former executive director, who herself has already pled guilty to enriching herself at the agency’s expense along with others.

  • March 6, 2018

    Televisa Hit With Investor Suit Over Bribery Allegations

    Investors of Mexico-based Televisa Group hit the company with a putative class action suit in New York federal court Monday claiming they purchased American depository receipts at artificially inflated prices because the company and its executives allegedly contributed to a $15 million bribe to secure rights to FIFA broadcasts.

Expert Analysis

  • An 11th Circ. Update On Motions To End Supervised Release

    Matthew Lee

    In its recent decision in U.S. v. Johnson, the Eleventh Circuit strengthened procedural protections for defendants in criminal cases who seek early termination of supervised release and joined a growing number of circuit courts in holding that district courts may not summarily deny a defendant’s early termination motion, say Matthew Lee and Thaddeus Kirk of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • Rare Heir: Will DOJ’s Kemp Charges Blur Per Se Rule?

    Mary Strimel

    The U.S. Department of Justice has appealed the Utah federal court's surprising ruling in Kemp & Associates that the customer allocation charges did not describe per se illegal conduct. But if the Tenth Circuit shares the district court's discomfort with criminal prosecution in the obscure "heir location services" industry, it could spell trouble for the invulnerability of the per se rule, says Mary Strimel of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • Global Perspectives On High Court Microsoft Warrant Case

    Heather Sussman

    Several foreign governments and other international authorities recently weighed in on the Microsoft overseas-data case. The amicus briefs underscore the important implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision for global data transfers and international users’ privacy, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • The Uncertain Fate Of Migratory Birds

    Hilary Tompkins

    It remains to be seen if the recent reversal of the U.S. Department of the Interior's long-standing position regarding the Migratory Bird Treaty Act will withstand challenges. The launch of this decision — just before Christmas and without a solicitor — highlights some potential pitfalls, says Hilary Tompkins, a partner at Hogan Lovells and former solicitor of the DOI.

  • Will Life Sciences Companies Face More Scrutiny In 2018?

    John Bentivoglio

    The pace of U.S. Department of Justice settlements with life sciences companies slowed in 2017, suggesting a potential change in enforcement approach. It remains to be seen whether U.S. attorneys in key districts will take the reins and reverse this slowdown, say John Bentivoglio and Jennifer Bragg of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • New Magnitsky Sanctions Expand Enforcement Authority

    Michael Zolandz

    New sanctions under the 2016 Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act not only provide the U.S. government with a new instrument to take action in response to conduct that might violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or the U.S. anti-money laundering laws, but also expand the scope of U.S. extraterritorial enforcement, say partners with Dentons.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency


    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.