White Collar

  • May 19, 2022

    Ship Engineer Admits To Dumping Oil Waste In New Orleans

    A Russian ship engineer pled guilty Wednesday to dumping 10,000 gallons of oil-contaminated bilge water overboard off the New Orleans coast last year and lying about the incident to the U.S. Coast Guard, which was alerted by a whistleblower via a social media app.

  • May 19, 2022

    'Varsity Blues' Course-Taker Avoids Prison After Cooperating

    A woman who took online classes for high school clients of the "Varsity Blues" mastermind won a time-served sentence on Thursday after arguing that she played a minor role in the college admissions and test cheating scheme, and later cooperated with the government's investigation.

  • May 19, 2022

    Ex-Celtic Davis Faces Bail Review In NBA Health Fraud Case

    A Manhattan federal judge said Thursday she will review a bail package for retired Boston Celtics center Glen "Big Baby" Davis after he allegedly violated his conditions of release yet again in the NBA health plan fraud case.

  • May 19, 2022

    Fla. Utility Cops To Criminal Safety Charge After Fatal Blast

    Tampa Electric Company has agreed to plead guilty to a criminal charge of willfully violating workplace safety rules and pay a $500,000 fine after a 2017 explosion at one of its coal-fired power plants in Florida killed five workers, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

  • May 19, 2022

    Archegos Judge Backs Out Over JPMorgan Stock Holdings

    Manhattan U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter Jr. on Thursday told Archegos founder Sung Kook "Bill" Hwang that he cannot preside over charges that Hwang engaged in a major fraud on Wall Street, disclosing that he holds shares of purported victim bank JPMorgan Chase.

  • May 19, 2022

    Deutsche Bank Investors' Suit Over Epstein, Others Survives

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss a proposed securities class action against Deutsche Bank that claims the bank's stock price plunged over the management of its dealings with bad actors, including notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, but released two executives from the suit.

  • May 19, 2022

    NJ Judge Doubts Prosecutors' Grip On Manual Sought By Atty

    A New Jersey state judge on Thursday blasted the state attorney general's office for not providing any factual basis to deny a criminal defense attorney's bid to access the state's guide for handling prosecutions and investigations.

  • May 19, 2022

    Ex-FBI Atty Says Sussmann Said He Was Acting On His Own

    The FBI's former top lawyer told a D.C. federal jury on Thursday he is "100% confident" that ex-Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann told him he was not representing any clients when he brought suspicions to him ahead of the 2016 election about a possible connection between then-candidate Donald Trump and a Russian bank.

  • May 19, 2022

    Boston Activist Wants Quick Trial In Fraud, COVID Scam Case

    A Boston anti-violence activist accused of illegally obtaining COVID-19 benefits and using nonprofit dollars to pay personal expenses asked a judge for a quick trial in a filing Wednesday that suggested more charges are on the way.

  • May 18, 2022

    Steve Wynn Gambles On Who's A Foreign Agent Under FARA

    Former casino mogul Steve Wynn's decision to fight the Justice Department's civil suit alleging he failed to register as a foreign agent of China over a Trump-era lobbying effort is a sign that the GOP megadonor is betting that a court will find he didn't violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act, experts tell Law360.

  • May 18, 2022

    Balwani Shut Down $96M Investor's Due Diligence, Jury Told

    A hedge fund manager testified Wednesday in the fraud trial of former Theranos executive Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani that before his firm and its affiliates invested $96.1 million he tried to do thorough due diligence, but Balwani rejected his requests to speak with two of the company's notable business partners.

  • May 18, 2022

    Many SF Walgreens Opioid Scripts Had Red Flags, Judge Told

    An economist hired by the city and county of San Francisco testified in a bellwether opioid bench trial Wednesday that he identified "red flags" raising suspicions about the legitimacy of more than half of the opioid prescriptions Walgreens distributed between 2006 and 2020 in San Francisco.

  • May 18, 2022

    Polsinelli Must Face Negligence Claims In $35M Crypto Fraud

    Polsinelli PC must face a defunct cryptocurrency trading club's argument that the law firm and a former partner failed to detect illegal activity that ultimately drained the club's coffers, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • May 18, 2022

    Ill. Man Gets 1 Year For Smuggling To Pakistan Nuke Agency

    A Chicago tech executive was sentenced to one year in federal prison in Illinois federal court on Wednesday after pleading guilty last year to smuggling computers and equipment from the United States to a nuclear research agency of the Pakistani government without a license from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • May 18, 2022

    'Pharma Bro' Shkreli Released From Federal Prison Early

    "Pharma bro" Martin Shkreli, who rocketed to infamy after jacking up the price of a drug used to treat patients with HIV before being convicted of securities fraud, was released early from federal prison Wednesday into a halfway house, according to his attorney.

  • May 18, 2022

    Pot Regulators Say Banking Bill Impasse Is Leading To Murder

    A group representing cannabis regulators on Wednesday urged Congress to pass legislation to broaden the industry's access to banking and financial services, saying inaction has led to, among other things, an uptick in violent and deadly crime due to the fact that dispensaries mostly operate in a cash-only manner.

  • May 18, 2022

    Top Money Launderer For Ghana 'Fraud Boys' Gets 9 Years

    A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday hit a Virginia businessman with nine years in prison for a money laundering scheme in which he banked more than $36 million for Ghana-based online fraudsters who worked romance cons, business compromises and pandemic scams.

  • May 18, 2022

    5 Indicted For Alleged China-Run Spying On Activists

    Four intelligence officers from China's Ministry of State Security and a U.S. academic have been indicted over an alleged espionage scheme that targeted Chinese pro-democracy activists, Taiwanese independence advocates and others in the U.S. considered to be adversaries of China's communist party.

  • May 18, 2022

    Ex-Rep. Cops To Tax Charge After Original Convictions Nixed

    Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown pled guilty Wednesday in Florida federal court to interfering with the administration of federal tax laws following an Eleventh Circuit decision vacating her original convictions for what it called the improper removal of a juror.

  • May 18, 2022

    Carnival CCO Who Steered Pollution Overhaul Resigns

    Carnival Corp. & PLC's chief compliance officer, a former U.S. prosecutor who was brought in to clean up the company's act as part of a $20 million plea deal tied to environmental violations, has resigned, the company confirmed Wednesday.

  • May 18, 2022

    Ex-Clinton GC Says Campaign Didn't Send Sussmann To FBI

    A former top lawyer for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign told jurors in the criminal trial of ex-Perkins Coie LLP partner Michael Sussmann on Wednesday that he didn't recall anyone in the campaign directing Sussmann to go to investigators with allegations about a potential link between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia.

  • May 18, 2022

    5th Circ. Says SEC's In-House Court Is Unconstitutional

    A Fifth Circuit panel ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's use of in-house courts to bring a securities fraud case against a hedge fund manager was unconstitutional, throwing out a fine and other penalties imposed by the agency.

  • May 17, 2022

    Senate Confirms 4 New US Attys In Alaska, Ill., Mont., NM

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed four of President Joe Biden's nominees for U.S. attorney in Alaska, Illinois, Montana and New Mexico, approving each of the president's picks on voice votes.

  • May 17, 2022

    Trump Ally Faces New Charges In Illegal Lobbying Case

    Businessman and former Donald Trump adviser Thomas Barrack sought hundreds of millions of dollars in investments from the United Arab Emirates while secretly lobbying on behalf of the Middle Eastern country, according to a superseding indictment entered Tuesday in New York federal court.

  • May 17, 2022

    DOJ Sues To Force Steve Wynn To Register As China Agent

    The U.S. Department of Justice dusted off the Foreign Agents Registration Act on Tuesday, suing in D.C. federal court to compel Steve Wynn to register as a Chinese agent after it said the business mogul in 2017 lobbied President Donald Trump for a political favor at the behest of Chinese government officials.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Clients' Diversity Mandates For Law Firms Are Necessary

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    Coca-Cola recently scrapped its proposed diversity staffing requirements for outside counsel, and other companies may be reassessing their mandates due to external pressures, but it is important to remember the myriad factors supporting these policies and why they are more important now than ever before, says David Hopkins at Benesch Friedlander.

  • 5 Questions That Can Help Law Firms Win RFPs

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    As the volume of matter-specific requests for proposals continues to increase in the legal market, law firms can take some new steps to fine-tune their RFP response-drafting process and strategy, says Matthew Prinn at RFP Advisory Group.

  • A Guide To Nonverbal Cues As In-Person Jury Trials Resume

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    As attorneys face the prospect of trying cases in person after a two-year hiatus, they need to remember common fallacies jurors hold about detecting lies from witnesses’ body language — and lawyers must educate witnesses about demeanor that hurts credibility, says Jeff Dougherty at Litigation IQ.

  • How Law Firms Can Employ More Veterans

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    Hiring attorneys who are veterans is often overlooked in law firm diversity, equity and inclusion plans, even though it generates substantial benefits, but partnering with like-minded organizations and having a robust and active veterans group will go a long way in boosting a firm's ability to recruit and retain veterans, say Daniel Sylvester and Nicholas Hasenfus at Holland & Knight.

  • Associates, Look Beyond Money In Assessing Lateral Offers

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    In the face of high demand for corporate legal work and persistent staffing constraints, many law firms continue to offer sizable signing bonuses to new associates, but lateral candidates should remember that money is just one component of what should be a much broader assessment, says Stephanie Ruiter at Lateral Link.

  • Preventing Impermissible Client Solicitation After ABA Opinion

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    Following the American Bar Association's recent opinion on the limitations on client solicitation, attorneys at Harris Wiltshire examine the principal rules that govern a lawyer's ethical duties with respect to solicitation, explain how those rules vary by jurisdiction, and provide some practical tips for ensuring compliance.

  • Opinion

    High Court Should Reject Okla. Jurisdiction In Indian Country

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    In Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta at the U.S. Supreme Court, the state is arguing that it should be able to prosecute non-Native Americans for crimes committed in Indian Country, but that is directly at odds with the court's 2020 decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma, and would reverse a matter that has been well-established in statutes and case law, says Terry Campo at The Campo Group.

  • Lessons On Avoiding E-Discovery Violations And Sanctions

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    Michael Fox and David Cohen at Reed Smith discuss how counsel can assist their clients in meeting preservation obligations for electronically stored information in light of recent federal rulings on spoliation sanctions motions for possible violations of this duty.

  • Collaborative Tech Will Dictate Future Law Firm Success

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    Law firms need to shift their focus from solving the needs of their lawyers with siloed solutions to implementing collaboration technology, thereby enabling more seamless workflows and team experiences amid widespread embrace of hybrid and remote work models, says Kate Jasaitis at HBR Consulting.

  • Top Enforcement Trends For Health Providers To Consider

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    A review of the U.S. Department of Justice's recent priorities and resolutions, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' advisory opinions, illuminates trends that may inspire updates to health care providers' compliance programs, say Stacy Gerber Ward and Aaron Smith at von Briesen & Roper.

  • How To Effectively Prepare A Witness For Remote Testimony

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    Many of the lessons taught in an introductory theater performance class can provide foundational guidelines for virtual witness preparation, including the importance of props, proper lighting and wardrobe decisions, and of acknowledging that the star of your show is not a Zoom expert, say Hailey Drescher at Trask Consulting and Michael Thomas at Foley & Lardner.

  • As Cyber Risks Surge, Remember Attorneys' Ethical Duties

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    The prevalence of remote work and a greater threat of Russian cyberattacks should serve as a stark reminder of a lawyer's professional obligations to guard against unauthorized disclosure of client information and to protect client interests in the event of a cyberattack, says Alvin Mathews at Ulmer & Berne.

  • Opinion

    Rule 702 Proposal Would Bring Clarity To Expert Admissibility

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    Proposed amendments to Federal Rule of Evidence 702 will, if approved, clarify the standards governing admissibility of expert testimony in criminal and civil cases, minimize the potential that a jury is swayed by unreliable testimony, and establish courts as gatekeepers, say attorneys at Pillsbury.

  • Rethinking E-Discovery Readiness Amid Rise Of Collab Tools

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    Online collaboration platforms and instant messaging tools are quickly becoming the primary mode of internal business communications, leading to disputes around discoverability of data on these platforms and underscoring the need for new preservation processes to ensure compliance with discovery obligations, say Jay Carle and Ryan Tilot at Seyfarth.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Uber Counsel Talks Safety Standards

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    Katie Waitzman at Uber discusses how in-house counsel can use environmental, social and corporate governance principles to bridge risk and innovation, as exemplified by the company’s recent women’s safety initiatives.

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