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.
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.
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.
A suspended South Texas judge indicted for allegedly accepting bribes in return for favorable rulings has pled not guilty to three counts of bribery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.