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White Collar

  • June 4, 2018

    Dropped Defendant Shows Buffalo Graft Case Hit A Snag

    It was unclear what caused Manhattan federal prosecutors to drop all charges against Buffalo developer Michael Laipple less than a month ahead of a state corruption trial, but experts note the move is highly unusual and indicated the case against him had likely suffered a fatal blow.

  • June 4, 2018

    Ex-DIA Officer Tried To Sell Govt Secrets To China, US Says

    A former Defense Intelligence Agency officer tried to hand over national defense information to China after years of sharing information with at least two intelligence officers in that nation during his time in the military and as a government contractor, prosecutors said Monday after the ex-agent was arrested trying to board a flight in Seattle.

  • June 4, 2018

    Despite Trump's Claim, Legal Scholars Split Over Self-Pardon

    President Donald Trump's declaration Monday that legal scholars endorse his "absolute authority" to pardon himself touches on a divisive constitutional law question that has rarely in American history been posed, and never answered, and that could force the three branches of government into a long-avoided reckoning.

  • June 4, 2018

    Mueller Says Manafort Attempted Witness Tampering

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused President Donald Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort Monday of attempting to tamper with potential witnesses ahead of his trial over alleged financial crimes, asking a D.C. federal court to revoke the terms of his pretrial release, or revise those terms.

  • June 4, 2018

    6th Circ. Backs Ex-DOD Contractor’s Faulty Parts Sentence

    The Sixth Circuit affirmed Monday a two-year prison sentence and restitution order for an Ohio man found guilty of selling nonconforming parts to the U.S. Department of Defense, rejecting arguments that included the government was unfairly able to rehabilitate witnesses who began to “flounder.”

  • June 4, 2018

    Coder Again Seeks To Deep-Six Goldman Theft Verdict

    Former Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov on Monday once again asked a New York state judge to set aside a jury's verdict over his use of the investment bank's high-frequency trading source code, citing faulty jury instructions and double jeopardy concerns.

  • June 4, 2018

    Just 162 Seized Cohen Docs Deemed Privileged So Far

    A retired judge tasked with reviewing the first 292,000 documents of the millions that the federal government seized from Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime attorney and "fixer," told a New York federal court Monday that 162 are privileged or partially privileged and seven are highly personal.

  • June 4, 2018

    DOJ Adds Over 300 New AUSAs For Immigration, Drugs

    The U.S. Department of Justice is adding more than 300 new Assistant U.S. Attorney positions to extend the agency’s reach on violent crime, immigration enforcement and prescription drug abuse, with the largest infusion going to New York's Eastern District, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday.

  • June 4, 2018

    Pa. Panel Agrees To Unseal Sandusky Cover-Up Case Records

    A Pennsylvania appeals court agreed Monday to unseal records in criminal cases against three former Penn State University officials who were accused of turning a blind eye to molestation accusations against onetime assistant football coach and now convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky.

  • June 4, 2018

    Negligent Hiring Claims Covered By Policy: Calif. Justices

    California’s high court ruled Monday that a Liberty Mutual unit must cover the costs of a construction company to defend against claims it negligently hired and failed to supervise a former employee who sexually assaulted a middle school student, finding that the builder’s conduct fits the definition of an accident in L&M's policy.

  • June 4, 2018

    High Court's Narrow Ruling Leaves Water Law Questions Open

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a criminal sentencing ruling that sidestepped a larger issue of how fragmented 4-1-4 decisions should be interpreted by lower courts — something environmental attorneys had been watching for its importance to the ongoing battle over the Clean Water Act's reach.

  • June 4, 2018

    Pa. Man Gets 5 Years For $35M GI Bill Fraud

    A Pennsylvania business owner was sentenced Monday in New Jersey federal court to five years in prison for his part in a scheme that bilked the government out of $35 million via the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which was designed to benefit veterans who served following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

  • June 4, 2018

    Epstein Becker Adds Former DOJ Attys To Employment Group

    Epstein Becker Green has bolstered its employment practice with the additions of a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney and a former assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey, who will use their experience trying complex cases at their new firm.

  • June 4, 2018

    Ex-PennDOT Exec Charged With Rigging Bids For Contractor

    A former executive with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was charged Monday with accepting bribes from a contractor in exchange for continued contracting opportunities with the agency.

  • June 4, 2018

    $550M Social Security Fraud Lawyer Cops To Skipping Bail

    A Kentucky lawyer who helped bilk the Social Security Administration out of more than $550 million pled guilty on Monday to skipping bail, fraud and retaliating against a witness after a previous guilty plea on other fraud charges, putting him on the hook for another 15 years in prison.

  • June 4, 2018

    Atty's 17 Years For Stock Scheme Was Proper, Feds Say

    Prosecutors urged a Florida federal judge on Friday to reimpose a 17-year sentence on an attorney convicted of conspiring with former NFL player Willie Gault to inflate a heart-monitor company’s stock, arguing that the sentence is appropriate given the attorney’s “egregious conduct.”

  • June 4, 2018

    The Jury's In For Ex-State Street Exec's Fraud Trial

    A federal jury was impaneled Monday in Boston to hear a four-week trial and decide whether a former State Street executive used his role overseeing global asset transitions to overcharge clients, including the retirement funds for British postal workers and Irish treasury employees.

  • June 4, 2018

    High Court Rejects Hearing Ex-Sprint Execs’ Suit Against IRS

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would not review a Second Circuit dismissal of a lawsuit by two former Sprint executives who had alleged the Internal Revenue Service and EY concealed evidence of an investigation into tax shelters.

  • June 4, 2018

    SocGen To Pay $1.3B Over FCPA, Libor-Rigging Charges

    Société Générale SA has agreed to pay over $1.3 billion to U.S. and French authorities to resolve allegations it engaged in a multiyear bribery campaign in Libya and schemed to manipulate key benchmark interest rates, prosecutors said Monday.

  • June 4, 2018

    Cellphone Evidence Fair Game In NCAA Corruption Case

    The former Adidas consultant and NBA agent at the heart of the government's NCAA corruption case were hit with another setback Friday when a New York federal judge refused to limit the prosecution's ability to use information found on their cellphones.

Expert Analysis

  • Rebuttal

    Crypto Developments Are Indeed Alarming

    John Reed Stark

    A recent rebuttal to our earlier Law360 guest columns asserts that cryptocurrency financiers are at no greater risk today than they have been over the last few years. But rarely in its 84-year history has the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission been so explicit and so recurring in the public expression of its warnings and rebukes, say John Reed Stark, president of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC, and David Fontaine, CEO of Kroll Inc.

  • Global Health Care Compliance: Spotlight On Korea

    Mimi Yang

    In addition to the possibility of increased enforcement by U.S. regulators, Korea has pursued an increasingly stringent and aggressive anti-corruption regime, recently implementing its Sunshine Act. Life sciences companies operating in Korea must take steps to ensure compliance with local requirements, say Mimi Yang and Karen Oddo of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Mueller's Innovative Use Of Money Laundering Statute

    Solomon Wisenberg

    The U.S. special counsel, Robert Mueller, has shown a willingness to use the money laundering statute in unique ways to further the investigation into links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, say Solomon Wisenberg and Graham Billings of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Prosecutors Should Be Wary Of Overreach After Marinello

    Stephen Cook

    The U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of the government’s broad interpretation of a criminal tax obstruction statute in Marinello may have implications for special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments and the case involving alleged leaks from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, say attorneys with Brown Rudnick LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • The Importance Of Attorney Etiquette In The Courtroom

    Christina Marinakis

    It’s difficult to say whether an attorney’s social etiquette has any impact on the verdict outcome, but the fact that jurors continually tell us about counsel’s irksome behaviors suggests that, at the very least, these behaviors distract jurors from the issues on which they should be concentrating, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.

  • Rebuttal

    Crypto Developments Are Noteworthy, But Not Alarming

    Sarah Auchterlonie

    A recent Law360 guest article series highlighting three regulatory developments cautions cryptocurrency exchanges to be “prepared for relentless U.S. regulatory oversight,” but the specter of financial regulation should not be as frightening as the articles suggest, say Sarah Auchterlonie and Emily Garnett of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Percoco Highlights Pre-Verdict Remedies For False Testimony

    Avi Weitzman

    The high-profile public corruption prosecution of Joseph Percoco and three co-defendants is a recent example of the government’s reliance on a cooperating witness who was shown to have provided false testimony. The appellate remedies for such perjury are unsatisfying, says Avi Weitzman, a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.