White Collar

  • January 11, 2017

    Christie, Prosecutors Slam GW Bridge Probable Cause Ruling

    Counsel for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and prosecutors Wednesday urged a state judge to reverse another judge's probable cause finding in an activist's criminal complaint accusing the governor of official misconduct over politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

  • January 11, 2017

    Md. Atty Gets 150 Days For Covering Up Family's $20M Fraud

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced an attorney to 150 days in federal prison for failing to report a $20 million pump-and-dump scheme being perpetrated by family members and ordered the Maryland man to cease practicing law.

  • January 11, 2017

    Paralegal Gets 6 Months For Forging Judges' Signatures

    A New York judge on Tuesday sentenced a former paralegal for a personal injury law firm to six months in jail after he admitted to falsifying the signatures of 76 judges on settlement documents in New York state courts.

  • January 10, 2017

    MoFo Snags DOJ's Former Top National Security Lawyer

    Morrison & Foerster LLP has gained the former top official of the U.S. Department of Justice's National Security Division as chair of its global risk and crisis management practice in New York, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2017

    NJ Investment Manager Denies KIT Digital Fraud

    A New Jersey investment manager on Friday denied charges that he aided his brother and others in mismanaging millions of dollars in investments from video software company KIT Digital Inc., losses which contributed to the company's spiral into bankruptcy.

  • January 10, 2017

    18 Athletes Sue Michigan State, USA Gymnastics Over Abuse

    Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and a Lansing, Michigan-based gym were hit with a lawsuit Tuesday by 18 women who said the organizations looked the other way for years as a well-known orthopedic doctor molested and sexually assaulted them.

  • January 10, 2017

    Sessions Defends Record In Bid For AG Before Senate Panel

    Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, pushed back on questions about his record in the Senate and as a prosecutor Tuesday, as members of a Senate panel pushed him on immigration enforcement, the role of federal government and his civil rights record.

  • January 10, 2017

    Feds To Retry Corruption Case Against Ex-LA Sheriff Baca

    Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday they will retry former Los Angeles Sheriff Leroy Baca for obstruction of justice and conspiracy, along with a charge for making false statements, after a jury deadlocked last month on whether Baca tried to thwart an FBI investigation into inmate abuse.

  • January 10, 2017

    7th Circ. Skeptical Of Home Depot Over Employee’s Murder

    An attorney for Home Depot was hit Tuesday with a flurry of disbelief by Seventh Circuit judges skeptical of the retailer’s position that it shouldn’t be dragged back into a lawsuit accusing it of failing to prevent the murder of a pregnant employee at the hands of her supervisor.

  • January 10, 2017

    Hotel Exec Must Face Suit Over $850K First Farmers Payment

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss an offshoot of the $179 million First Farmers Financial fraud, in which the receiver managing the scam's aftermath accused a hospitality company executive of collecting an undeserved $850,000 from the loan company’s owner.

  • January 10, 2017

    Feds Charge 4 In Foreign Bribery Plot To Sell $800M Complex

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced charges against four individuals over an alleged scheme to bribe a foreign official to buy a $800 million building complex in Vietnam.

  • January 10, 2017

    DC Police Want DC Circ. Rethink On Warrantless Search

    The District of Columbia on Monday warned the D.C. Circuit of hamstringing law enforcement by leaving intact a divided panel decision upending immunity for two officers accused of unconstitutionally searching a U.S. Army veteran's home for a bomb, based on his military experience.

  • January 10, 2017

    Feds, PG&E Spar Over Penalty In Pipeline Explosion Case

    Federal prosecutors on Monday urged a judge to impose the maximum $3 million criminal fine, along with other penalties, against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. over a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion, but the utility said adopting every recommendation from federal probation officials would unfairly expose it to even greater penalties.

  • January 10, 2017

    Pharmacist Denied Problems Amid Meningitis Probe, Jury Told

    The head of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy had told a Centers for Disease Control official investigating the start of a meningitis outbreak that the company had no issues with testing or sterilization, the official testified this week before a federal jury.

  • January 10, 2017

    3 More Ex-Currency Traders Charged With Forex Rate Rigging

    Three former foreign currency traders for Barclays PLC, Citigroup Inc. and two other large banks on Tuesday became the latest defendants to face criminal charges in a U.S. Department of Justice probe into foreign currency market manipulation.

  • January 10, 2017

    Pa. Justices Won't Revive Ex-Commissioner's Libel Suit

    Pennsylvania's highest court said Tuesday it would not hear an appeal of a decision clearing a Clinton County newspaper of libel claims over allegedly defamatory characterizations of theft charges on which a former county commissioner was eventually acquitted.

  • January 10, 2017

    Art Fraudster Too Mentally Ill For Pro Se, 9th Circ. Told

    Counsel for a San Francisco commercial real estate investor found guilty of defrauding an art dealer told a Ninth Circuit panel at a hearing Tuesday that her client’s 15 findings of contempt during trial should have alerted the judge he wasn’t simply “obnoxious” but also mentally ill and unfit to represent himself.

  • January 10, 2017

    Another Doctor Indicted In NJ Blood Lab Bribery Scheme

    A 31st physician has been accused of taking part in a $100 million test referral scam operated by the defunct clinical lab Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC, New Jersey federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2017

    Prison Looms As 2nd Circ. Denies 'Mini-Madoff' Aide Bail

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday denied the bail pending appeal motion of a New York woman convicted in the Agape World Inc. Ponzi scheme run by a man dubbed the "mini-Madoff," dashing the woman’s hopes on the day before she was scheduled to report to federal prison.

  • January 10, 2017

    Forex Fraudsters Shell Out Nearly $12M In CFTC Case

    A New York federal court has ordered two alleged fraudsters, one already jailed over a separate scheme, to cough up more than $11 million in penalties after finding they spent investors’ currency trading funds on personal expenses, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Merging Law Firms: Think Before You Tie The Knot

    John Remsen Jr.

    Getting larger isn’t a good enough reason to merge. Focus on whether the merger will make your firm better. Also, it’s possible that a merger can reduce profitability, says John Remsen Jr. of TheRemsenGroup.

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Deals Fail Or Underperform

    Lisa Smith

    While many law firm mergers have been successful, some have been spectacularly unsuccessful — to the point of firm dissolution. Some have exceeded expectations, while others have had little impact on the overall competitiveness of the combined firm. In both failed discussions and less-than-successful mergers, there are mistakes that are made along the way, says Lisa Smith of Fairfax Associates.

  • FCPA Enforcement On Near-Record Pace For 2016: Part 2

    John E. Davis

    The recent balance shift in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement likely reflects a strategic decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to reallocate internal agency resources toward larger, more complex corporate investigations and the pursuit of culpable executives, leaving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the driver’s seat for most lower-value corporate enforcement actions, say attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Merging Law Firms: Beware Conflicts Of Interest

    Allison Martin Rhodes

    Among the many ethical issues that can arise, conflicts of interest from current or past representation of each firm’s clients should be at the forefront of merger discussions. Recently, we have seen such conflicts disqualify firms in the middle of high-cost litigation, say Allison Martin Rhodes of Holland & Knight LLP and Robert Hillman of the University of California, Davis.

  • Man Vs. Machine: Or, Lawyers Vs. Legal Technology

    Abdi Shayesteh

    Some have claimed that emerging legal technologies and increasingly cost-conscious clients will mean the extinction of the legal profession as we know it. However, innovations in legal technology may actually benefit attorneys, allowing them to spend their time doing more meaningful work, say Abdi Shayesteh and Elnaz Zarrini of AltaClaro.

  • OPINION: The Verdict — A Rejection Of Politics As Usual

    Reuben Guttman

    The verdict on Nov. 8, was not unanimous, especially when Secretary Hillary Clinton will end up with a popular vote advantage. Yet, it is a message of extreme magnitude from voters willing to overlook the serious flaws of a candidate because they could not reconcile themselves to ratifying the perpetuation of politics as usual, says Reuben Guttman, a partner of Guttman Buschner & Brooks PLLC and adjunct professor at Emory Law School.

  • The New State AG Landscape

    Jesse Panuccio

    With another election in the books, the state attorney general landscape now takes another turn. Ten states held elections for attorney general last week. Five seats were retained by incumbents and five seats now belong to newcomers. Foley & Lardner LLP litigation partner Jesse Panuccio gives us the breakdown.

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Hogan Lovells Has Worked

    J. Warren Gorrell Jr.

    As shown by the impending merger between Arnold & Porter LLP and Kaye Scholer LLP, consolidation in the legal industry remains a popular strategy among firms looking to boost revenue and acquire new clients. J. Warren Gorrell Jr., a key architect of the 2010 merger that created Hogan Lovells, reflects on his own experience and why mergers of equals are particularly difficult.

  • France’s Game-Changing New Anti-Corruption Law

    Saskia Zandieh

    A new French law that came into force on Thursday stands to significantly improve France's anti-corruption landscape. The changes will position France to play a more significant role in the global fight against corruption, say Saskia Zandieh and Leah Moushey of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • FCPA Enforcement On Near-Record Pace For 2016: Part 1

    John E. Davis

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice have resolved 39 enforcement actions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act through October of this year, already exceeding the annual totals for every year since 2010, say attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd.