White Collar

  • February 8, 2017

    DOJ Health Care Fraud Pro Joins Crowell & Moring

    The former head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Corporate Health Care Fraud Strike Force on Monday joined Crowell & Moring LLP as a partner in its health care and white collar and regulatory enforcement groups in Washington, D.C.

  • February 8, 2017

    Pharma Rep Avoids Prison For Lying To Feds Over Kickbacks

    A former sales representative for two pharmaceutical companies was sentenced to community confinement and house arrest on Wednesday for lying to federal investigators who were looking into kickbacks to health care providers and patient privacy violations.

  • February 8, 2017

    15 Arrested In South Korean GM Jobs-For-Cash Probe

    Dozens of union officials and executives at General Motors Co.'s South Korean unit have been charged in connection with an alleged scheme to take bribes in exchange for supply contracts and jobs, with 15 people having been arrested, prosecutors said.

  • February 8, 2017

    Counsel Not Guaranteed In Illegal Re-Entry Fight: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a Mexican man’s conviction and sentence for illegal re-entry, ruling that he had no Fifth Amendment due process right to hire counsel in his expedited removal proceeding.

  • February 8, 2017

    Greenberg Traurig Boosts White Collar Practice With 2 Attys

    Greenberg Traurig LLP on Wednesday announced the expansion of its white collar group with the addition of a former federal prosecutor as well as the former white collar group head at Loeb & Loeb LLP.

  • February 8, 2017

    White Collar Group Of The Year: Morvillo Abramowitz

    On top of successfully defending a former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executive in New York’s high-profile criminal prosecution of the defunct firm, the white collar attorneys with Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC also secured deals for clients in malpractice and bribery litigation, landing it among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 8, 2017

    Akin Gump Atty Charged With Trying To Sell Sealed FCA Suit

    An Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorney who once worked at the U.S. Department of Justice was arrested while allegedly attempting to sell a sealed False Claims Act suit to a California cybersecurity company, according to a criminal case unsealed this week.

  • February 8, 2017

    Groups Sue To Block Trump’s 2-For-1 Regulatory Order

    Public interest legal groups on Wednesday sued the Trump administration, alleging a January executive order mandating that executive agencies eliminate two regulations for every new one is “irrational” and puts public safety at risk by not considering any beneficial effects of new rules.

  • February 7, 2017

    Mail Fraudster Seeks Permission To Travel For Manager Award

    A woman awaiting sentencing for aiding an $8.8 million scheme that tricked law firms into paying the proceeds of fake settlements asked a Florida federal court Tuesday if she could fly to Nevada to receive a manager of the year award.

  • February 7, 2017

    Feds Probe Passports, Tax Docs At Ballplayer Smuggling Trial

    Federal prosecutors in the trial of a sports agent and a trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the U.S. raised questions Tuesday about details of passports, tax records and other official documents provided to Major League Baseball to gain clearance for clients to sign lucrative contracts.

  • February 7, 2017

    3rd Circ. Mulls Computergate Staffer's Unlawful Seizure

    A Third Circuit panel on Tuesday questioned a district judge’s decision to allow a former staffer in the Pennsylvania legislature to move forward with claims that he was maliciously prosecuted by ex-Gov. Tom Corbett during the state’s so-called Computergate scandal over the use of taxpayer money to purchase campaign-related technology.

  • February 7, 2017

    Ex-Union Local Official Gets 4 Years For $1.7M Theft

    A former business manager at a Laborers’ union local was handed a four-year prison sentence Tuesday in D.C. federal court after pleading guilty to charges he stole more than $1.7 million from the local without the knowledge or authorization of its executive board.

  • February 7, 2017

    Cozen Launches Group To Help Institutions Tackle Misconduct

    Five attorneys have joined Cozen O’Connor to launch an institutional response group that will guide schools, corporations and other organizations in addressing their responses to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, child abuse and other forms of misconduct, the firm announced on Monday.

  • February 7, 2017

    Dewey Judge Shoots Down Mistrial Motion As Retrial Opens

    The retrial of two former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executives accused of deceiving the firm's financiers began in earnest on Tuesday with a Manhattan criminal court judge rejecting a defense motion for a mistrial prompted by a prosecutor's mention of Dewey's bankruptcy.

  • February 7, 2017

    Betting Co. Founder Says IRS Chose Wrong Place To Sue Him

    The former owner of one of the world’s largest foreign gambling companies fighting a $56.5 million IRS lawsuit countered the revenue agency’s claims that he is improperly trying to evade the dispute, saying in a court filing Tuesday that he is only trying to have the case proceed in a more appropriate venue.

  • February 7, 2017

    Ex-Ala. Doc Gets 15 Years, Loses $13.4M For Pill Mill

    A former Alabama doctor who had prescribed the greatest number of opioid painkillers to Medicare beneficiaries in the nation has been ordered to serve 15 years in prison and pay $13.4 million after pleading guilty to illegal prescription practices and health care fraud, Alabama federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • February 7, 2017

    Feds Call For Lighter Libor Sentence For Ex-Rabobank Trader

    Federal prosecutors on Tuesday asked for a lighter sentence for a former Rabobank trader who admitted to taking part in a scheme to fix Libor rates, saying the witness saved the government extradition expenses and bolstered its case against other traders.

  • February 7, 2017

    Maruyasu Tells 6th Circ. It's Beyond Reach Of DOJ Charges

    Japanese auto parts maker Maruyasu Industries Co. Ltd. asked the Sixth Circuit to vacate an Ohio federal court decision that found the company can be tried in the U.S. for criminal charges by the U.S. Department of Justice relating to bid-rigging in the market for auto parts.

  • February 7, 2017

    4 Found Guilty For £160M Fraud Against Barclays, KBC

    A London jury on Tuesday found four individuals guilty on various counts related to a scheme to get Barclays PLC and Belgian bank KBC NV to hand over almost £160 million ($215 million) for fake sales contracts.

  • February 7, 2017

    Bank Looks To Secure Exit From Tribe's Embezzlement Suit

    Umpqua Bank urged a California federal court Monday to let it exit a massive lawsuit by the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians accusing former tribal officials of a wide-reaching embezzlement scheme, arguing it shouldn't have to wait until related criminal charges against the officials are heard for resolution.

Expert Analysis

  • Illegality In Arbitrations: What Is The Arbitrator's Duty?

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    What if an arbitrator sees signs of serious fraud — fraud that may amount to serious crime? And given the confidentiality constraints of the arbitration process, when if ever should the arbitrator breach confidentiality and reach out to law enforcement? Elizabeth Ainslie of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP discusses some of the rare situations in which these questions might arise.

  • Are Courts In The Discovery Driver’s Seat?

    Cristin K. Traylor

    I recently asked a panel of four federal court judges whether they expect courts to start taking a more active role in e-discovery. They answered with a resounding yes. However, their responses left me wondering whether courts are actually taking a more active role in discovery since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments took effect in December 2015, says Cristin Traylor of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • Salman Insider Trading Case A Hollow Win For Prosecutors

    Michael Guttentag

    The dominant narrative about Salman v. U.S., the first insider trading case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in almost 20 years, is that it was a big win for federal prosecutors. That is only part of the story, says professor Michael Guttentag of Loyola Law School.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 9, Light My Fire

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    The TV show Bull has high ratings, but has not grabbed hold of the zeitgeist. There have not been tangential think pieces in the arts pages, but the legal community is well aware of the series. Bull seems to be like one of those shows that you realize years later is still on the air being watched by a lot of people you have never met, like the Mentalist or some show in which a fat guy is the dad, says Dr. Roy Futterman of DOAR Inc.

  • Rules Of Civil Procedure Updates Affect E-Discovery

    Patrick Reilly

    On Dec. 1, 2016, the annual updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect. Revisions include the end of the three-day “mail rule” extension for electronically served discovery, an amendment regarding service of internationally based corporate defendants, and a technical change regarding venues in maritime law actions, say Patrick Reilly and Eldin Hasic of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • High Court Eschews Technicalities In Bank Fraud Law Ruling

    Kate Toomey

    The U.S. Supreme Court's focus in Shaw on the practical, rather than the technical, continues the approach that the court took in Loughrin — that legal “niceties” should not dictate the interpretation of the bank fraud statute, says A. Katherine Toomey of Lewis Baach PLLC.

  • The Path To The California Bench

    Judge George F. Bird

    Ever consider applying for a judicial appointment in California? Get the lay of the land from Judge George Bird of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Kimberly Knill, a senior appellate court attorney for the California Court of Appeal. Additionally, hear what several recent appointees to the LA Superior Court thought of the judicial selection process.

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Being On The Outs With In-House Counsel

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    When trial lawyers fail to recognize the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel, it jeopardizes not only the outcome of the case, but also the opportunities for future representation. These few simple strategies are hardly rocket science, but they are too often neglected, says Matthew Whitley
 of Beck Redden LLP.

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.

  • How Latin America Is Stepping Up Anti-Corruption Efforts

    Morgan Miller

    For much of 2015 and 2016, barely a day went by without an anti-corruption-related headline involving Latin America, as companies operating throughout the region have and continue to become well acquainted with a growing appetite to root out corruption, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.