White Collar

  • March 15, 2017

    Coin.mx Jury Signals Division On 3rd Day Of Deliberations

    Signs emerged Wednesday that jurors were divided on their third day weighing fraud and bribery charges against New Jersey pastor Trevon Gross and Florida tech expert Yuri Lebedev, who are accused in Manhattan federal court of scheming to turn bitcoin-dollar exchange Coin.mx into a money-laundering haven.

  • March 15, 2017

    Mass. Pain Doc Pleads Guilty To Health Care Fraud

    A Massachusetts pain doctor on Wednesday admitted defrauding government health programs by falsely billing for medical services he didn’t actually provide.

  • March 15, 2017

    Ex-NFLer Loses Benefits Challenge Over Suspended Season

    An Indiana federal court on Wednesday handed a win to the NFL’s retirement plan in a suit brought by a former quarterback who claimed his benefits should include credit for a season he missed entirely because of a gambling suspension.

  • March 15, 2017

    VW Slams 'Windfall' Sought By Objectors To Emissions Deal

    Volkswagen AG on Tuesday swung back at a restitution bid by a group of objecting drivers in criminal proceedings over the company's emissions cheating scandal, telling a Michigan federal court on Tuesday that figuring out what each individual driver is due would inordinately draw out the litigation.

  • March 15, 2017

    Atty Can't Ditch Client Bilking Conviction At 5th Circ.

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the conviction of a Houston defense lawyer who was sentenced to 15 years for promising criminal defendants he could use government connections to get their charges dropped if they paid him exorbitant fees.

  • March 15, 2017

    Sessions Promises Renewed DOJ Focus On Violent Crime

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday said that the U.S. Department of Justice’s top priority under his leadership is reducing violent crime, telling a group of law enforcement officials in Virginia that the agency will focus on federal prosecution of firearm crimes and the dismantling of drug cartels.

  • March 15, 2017

    Ex-LA Sheriff Lee Baca Convicted In Jail Scandal Cover-Up

    A California federal jury on Wednesday convicted former Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca of giving false statements and obstructing an FBI investigation into inmate abuse, handing prosecutors a victory after another jury deadlocked last year.

  • March 15, 2017

    Agent, Trainer Guilty In Ballplayer Smuggling Case

    A federal jury in Miami on Wednesday found a baseball agent and an athletic trainer guilty of smuggling Cuban ballplayers into the United States as part of a scheme that prosecutors said made them millions of dollars.

  • March 15, 2017

    Guard For Heinz Exec Stole Info On $28B Deal, SEC Says

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday hit a security guard formerly employed by an H.J. Heinz Co. board member with a federal suit in Manhattan, alleging that he traded on inside information regarding the company's $28 billion acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and 3G Capital Management LLC.

  • March 15, 2017

    Ex-Hunton Patent Atty Convicted Of Insider Trading

    A former Hunton & Williams LLP patent attorney on Wednesday was convicted by a Brooklyn federal jury of insider trading charges for tipping off his friend and investment adviser about Pfizer Inc.'s plans to acquire his client.

  • March 15, 2017

    Ex-Stanford Workers Blast 5th Circ. Arbitration 'Error'

    Former employees of entities tied to the Stanford Ponzi scheme have urged the Fifth Circuit to stay its decision that the receiver for the scheme does not have to arbitrate $215 million in claims against them, saying they are appealing the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • March 15, 2017

    DOJ Indicts Russian Spies For Hacking 500M Yahoo Accounts

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it has charged a pair of Russian Federal Security Service officers and two others with hacking Yahoo’s systems to steal information from at least 500 million user accounts in a 2014 data breach that the company disclosed last year.

  • March 14, 2017

    Agent, Trainer Say Prosecutors Whiffed In Smuggling Case

    A baseball agent's lawyers asked jurors in closing arguments Tuesday to give a thumbs down to federal prosecutors' claims he oversaw a conspiracy to smuggle Cuban ballplayers to the United States, likening the government's case to a movie trailer that failed to deliver.

  • March 14, 2017

    Early Candidates For Manhattan's Next Top Cop

    While former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara only just left office, Edward O'Callaghan and Marc Mukasey have emerged as early candidates to become the most powerful U.S. attorney in the country, and observers say both have the political connections and experience to bag the job.

  • March 14, 2017

    GWB Lane Closures Case Seals Ex-NJ Prosecutor's Legacy

    Among the U.S. attorneys recently ousted by President Donald Trump, Paul Fishman developed a reputation as New Jersey's chief federal prosecutor for discipline and selectivity in bringing cases, achieving results topped by the career-defining convictions of former public officials over the George Washington Bridge lane closings, attorneys say.

  • March 14, 2017

    Feds Seek 5-Year Sentence For Hospice Admin In $20M Fraud

    Federal prosecutors on Monday asked an Illinois federal judge to sentence the former administrator of a now-defunct hospice company to five years in prison for her role in a fraud scheme that cost Medicare $20 million, while the woman’s lawyer pushed for a year and a half.

  • March 14, 2017

    Salesman With Ties To $28M Scheme Gets Sentence Cut

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday shaved a year off the initial seven-year sentence of a former salesman working for a pair of Ponzi schemers, saying he still believes the salesman played an important role in a $28 million fraud but giving the defendant credit for personal improvements he's made since being sent to prison.

  • March 14, 2017

    2 Conspirators Sentenced For $5M MIA Kickback Scheme

    The owner of a company that scored a slew of lighting contracts at Miami International Airport through a $5 million kickback scheme was sentenced in Florida federal court to two years in prison Tuesday, days after a former facilities director for the county’s aviation department was ordered to serve eight months for his participation.

  • March 14, 2017

    Boston AUSA Joins DLA Piper For White Collar, Probes Work

    An ex-Ropes & Gray lawyer coming off six years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Massachusetts has joined DLA Piper's litigation practice to work on white collar defense and investigations, the firm announced Monday.

  • March 14, 2017

    Admiral, 8 Others Charged In ‘Fat Leonard’ Bribery Scheme

    Nine current and former senior U.S. Navy and Marine Corps officers, including an admiral, have been charged in California federal court as part of an ongoing bribery scandal related to lucrative Navy port services deals, according an indictment unsealed Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Disregarded Entity Regs Confirm Global Transparency Push

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    In December, the U.S. Treasury Department issued final regulations greatly expanding the scope of Internal Revenue Code Section 6038A, and establishing new reporting requirements for domestic disregarded entities with one foreign owner. The rules expand the agency's ability to collect information about taxpayers, which it can then share with foreign governments, and use to enforce U.S. tax laws and prevent money laundering, say att... (continued)

  • Stingray Revealed: Cell-Site Trackers And The 4th Amendment

    Daniel Wenner

    The Seventh Circuit majority in U.S. v. Patrick contends it is not “a concrete case” about the Stingray. And it’s probably right. But the use — and potential abuse — of the Stingray raises concerns about what technology might be able to do. That is why Chief Judge Diane Wood took a different and perhaps more holistic tack, says Daniel Wenner, a partner at Day Pitney LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • 5 Things To Know About New DOJ-FTC Int'l Antitrust Guide

    Ethan E. Litwin

    The update to the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission guidelines for international antitrust enforcement reflects the agencies’ views on two critical issues that affect foreign entities — the scope of the extraterritorial application of U.S. antitrust law, and the circumstances under which comity concerns trump enforcement objectives, say Ethan Litwin and James Van Strander of Dechert LLP.

  • FCPA Expectations Under President Trump

    Roderick L. Thomas

    We are on the lookout for three signs that the Trump administration will enact changes in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement, say Roderick Thomas and Colin Cloherty of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • 10 Antitrust Trends And Developments To Watch This Year

    Howard Morse

    President Donald Trump’s competition policies are sure to top the headlines in 2017. We can expect renewed focus on the SMARTER Act, continued attention to the pharmaceutical industry, and hurdles for foreign investment in the U.S., say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • 1st Circ. Affirms Narrow Scope Of Federal Criminal Statutes

    Joshua S. Levy

    The First Circuit's decision last month in U.S. v. Tavares unexpectedly added real teeth to the “in furtherance of” requirement of the mail and wire fraud statutes, say Joshua Levy and Daniel Fine of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Considering 'Crime Of Violence' Vagueness At The High Court

    Michael Carlin

    In Lynch v. Dimaya, the U.S. Supreme Court will need to decide whether the “void for vagueness” standard in the immigration context is the same as the standard used in criminal cases. Adherence to precedent set by the court’s previous decision in Jordan v. de George would lead the court to apply the vagueness standard in this case in the same manner as in criminal cases, says Michael Carlin of the Law Office of Michael Carlin PLLC.

  • How Litigation Funding Is Bringing Champerty Back To Life

    John H. Beisner

    While some courts have declined to apply the common-law doctrine of champerty to invalidate third-party litigation funding agreements, two recent rulings by appellate courts in New York and Pennsylvania have brought renewed attention to champerty principles, casting doubts on the legality of certain forms of third-party litigation funding, say John Beisner and Jordan Schwartz of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • DOJ Narrows Paths To Immunity For Antitrust Crimes

    Elizabeth Prewitt

    The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s leniency program is unique — no other DOJ component offers similar nonprosecution protections for corporations or individuals. Therefore, new guidance released this week limiting pathways to leniency could be seen as part of the outgoing Obama administration’s desire to render this program less of an outlier, say attorneys with Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • A Federal Crackdown On Tax Zapper Software

    Matthew Lee

    Revenue suppression or “tax zapper” programs delete some or all of a restaurant’s cash transactions and then reconcile the books of the business, lowering the firm's tax bill. States have battled zappers for years, but the case of United States v. John Yin, filed last month in the Western District of Washington, shows federal authorities are now joining the fight, says Matthew Lee of Fox Rothschild LLP.