White Collar

  • July 02, 2020

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2020, our list of 176 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.

  • July 03, 2020

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen a competition suit against Royal Mail, a Saint-Gobain unit lodge a patent claim against 3M and a Russian bank file another suit against Mozambique and one of the state-owned entities embroiled in a $2 billion bribery scandal. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 02, 2020

    NY Appeals Manafort Fraud Suit Axed As Double Jeopardy

    The Manhattan district attorney urged a New York appellate court Thursday to revive a state criminal mortgage fraud case against the president's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, arguing that the state charges are distinct from federal charges he's currently serving time for and aren't grounds for double jeopardy.

  • July 02, 2020

    DNC, Perkins Coie Must Face Defamation Suit, Page Says

    Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page has asked an Illinois federal judge not to dismiss his defamation allegations against the Democratic National Committee and its Perkins Coie LLP legal team, arguing that his suit over the infamous "Steele Dossier" was timely and that the court should have jurisdiction over the matter.

  • July 02, 2020

    Justices Dim Dems' Hopes Of Seeing Mueller Docs By Election

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear arguments on whether the Trump administration has to give the House Judiciary Committee access to grand jury materials produced by former special counsel Robert Mueller has dealt a significant blow to Democrats' yearlong legal bid to secure those records before the November election. 

  • July 02, 2020

    US Atty In EDNY To Depart For Main Justice Role

    Richard Donoghue is leaving his post as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York to take a job at the U.S. Department of Justice headquarters, a development that comes on the heels of the messy recent ouster of Donoghue's Manhattan-based colleague Geoffrey Berman.

  • July 02, 2020

    SDNY Trial Of Banker Tied To Manafort Is Delayed

    A New York federal judge on Thursday delayed at least until December the trial of a banker accused of attempting to bribe Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort with $16 million in loans in exchange for a shot at working in the administration.

  • July 02, 2020

    PwC Employees Say Too Late To Add Them To TelexFree MDL

    Attempts to add a PricewaterhouseCoopers partner and manager as defendants in the multidistrict litigation over the TelexFree Ponzi scheme are pure "gamesmanship" and should not be permitted, the men told a Massachusetts federal judge Wednesday.

  • July 02, 2020

    NY Judge Axes Standard Chartered FCA Suit At Feds' Request

    A New York federal judge has dismissed a whistleblower suit accusing Standard Chartered Bank of lying to U.S. authorities to shave billions of dollars from what it allegedly should have paid for violations of Iran sanctions, granting a government request that he said he had "no difficulty" deeming well-founded.

  • July 02, 2020

    High Court Warned Of Danger In 11th Circ.'s Expanded CFAA

    The Eleventh Circuit's broad view of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act would criminalize ordinary internet activity like posting items in the wrong Craigslist category, lawyers for a former Georgia police officer claim in a case set to go before the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • July 02, 2020

    Platinum Receiver Settles With Insurers For $14M

    The receiver for defunct hedge fund Platinum Partners agreed to pay around $14 million to settle with insurers that say Platinum owed them more than $44 million, a move the receiver said eliminated one of the biggest obstacles to investors finally recouping some of their losses.

  • July 02, 2020

    Calif. Woman Gets 2 Years For False Green Card Promises

    A California woman received a two-year sentence for defrauding four Iranian nationals out of $120,000 with false promises that she could secure them American immigration benefits, including green cards and citizenship, the Justice Department has announced.

  • July 02, 2020

    Developer Allegedly Conspired To Defraud La. Bank Of $123M

    A real estate developer has been charged in New Orleans federal court with conspiracy to defraud $123 million from the now-defunct First NBC Bank through a scheme allegedly orchestrated with the bank's president and other employees.

  • July 02, 2020

    Entrepreneur Who Gave Tips On Dad's Pharma Co. Gets Year

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced entrepreneur Telemaque Lavidas on Thursday to a year and a day in prison for insider trading, after a jury convicted him of passing secrets to a trader friend about Ariad Pharmaceuticals, where his father sat on the board.

  • July 02, 2020

    Butler Snow Says Timber Scam Contract Favors Arbitration

    The key to determining the correct forum for a case that accuses Butler Snow LLP and its business development subsidiary of helping a now-imprisoned client pull off a massive Ponzi scheme is what the contract doesn't include, the law firm told a Fifth Circuit panel Thursday.

  • July 02, 2020

    Top New Jersey Cases Of 2020: A Midyear Report

    New Jersey attorneys made possible a host of significant achievements in the first half of 2020 as the state maintained its place as the second-hardest-hit by COVID-19 and shuttered courtrooms forced most proceedings to be held via telephone or Zoom. 

  • July 02, 2020

    Ex-Pimco CEO Won't Get New 'Varsity Blues' Sentencing

    A federal judge won't reconsider the former CEO of Pacific Investment Management Co.'s nine-month prison term in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case, ruling Thursday that he failed to show the government withheld evidence suggesting he's innocent.

  • July 02, 2020

    Epstein Ex Ghislaine Maxwell Charged With Sex Crimes

    British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been charged with conspiring with deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, according to an indictment made public Thursday by the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office.

  • July 02, 2020

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals To Pay SEC $21M Over FCPA Claims

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals will shell out almost $21.5 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims that two Alexion subsidiaries bribed Russian and Turkish officials to secure preferential treatment for its blood disorder drug, Soliris, the SEC said Thursday.

  • July 02, 2020

    Justices To Decide Whether DOJ Must Turn Over Mueller Docs

    The Supreme Court will decide whether the DOJ has to give the House Judiciary Committee unredacted materials from former special counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury investigation, taking up the Trump administration's appeal on Thursday morning.

  • July 01, 2020

    Insys Execs Can't Dodge Prison During Appeal, Seek Delay

    The First Circuit said Wednesday that Insys Therapeutics Inc. founder John Kapoor and other former executives can't dodge prison while they appeal convictions on charges of scheming to bribe doctors to prescribe the company's fentanyl spray, but they're asking the trial court to put off their prison surrender date.

  • July 01, 2020

    DOJ Seeks Warhol, Monet Artwork In $96M 1MDB Clawback

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday filed civil forfeiture complaints seeking about $96 million in assets allegedly related to money laundering by a Malaysian state-owned investment fund, including artwork by Claude Monet, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol.

  • July 01, 2020

    SEC Says Broker Can't Attack Its Investigation In Bribe Trial

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked a Manhattan federal court to keep an analyst's upcoming bribery trial limited to his alleged cover-up of an $11,000 ski trip, saying the court should block an anticipated defense centered on the SEC's investigation and the misdeeds of co-conspirators.

  • July 01, 2020

    Former Obama Deputy WH Counsel Joins Latham in NYC

    Latham & Watkins LLP has tapped former deputy White House counsel and MacAndrews & Forbes deputy general counsel Michael Bosworth to join its New York office as a partner in the litigation and trial department and a member of the white collar defense & investigations practice, the firm said Wednesday.

  • July 01, 2020

    5th Circ. Told To Reject Client's Bid For Piece Of Fee Award

    A doctor who blew the whistle on Medicaid fraud is brazenly overreaching by arguing that he is entitled to a share of the attorney fees his lawyer was awarded by a bankruptcy court after a $4 million settlement, the attorney argued to the Fifth Circuit Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Will Companies' COVID-19 Efforts Sway Juries?

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    Glenn Kuper and Jeffrey Jarman at Tsongas Litigation Consulting share findings from their recent study investigating the influence of pandemic-related corporate good behavior on trial outcomes.

  • Keys To A Thriving Biz Development Culture At Your Law Firm

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    As law firms continue to experience the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, it is more important than ever that they reduce reliance on just a few rainmakers and foster a culture that makes business development a way of life for everyone — from junior associates to senior partners, says Elise Holtzman at The Lawyer's Edge.

  • Opinion

    Virus, 'Tiger King' Point To Need For Wildlife Trafficking Law

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    The unlikely combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and a sensational Netflix documentary series has highlighted, like never before, the threat that illegal wildlife trafficking poses to both humans and animals — and has made clear the urgent need for legislation that will treat this activity as organized crime, says Thomas Firestone at Baker McKenzie.

  • How Video Mediation Can Help Us Serve Clients Better

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    Mediation in recent years has largely devolved into a kind of arbitration without due process — where a mediator reads briefs, decides where the case should settle, and drives parties toward that single-minded result — but online mediation can be steered in a different direction, says mediator Jeff Kichaven.

  • Tech, Media Cos. Must Watch DOJ's China Initiative

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's China Initiative has significant numbers of federal prosecutors and investigators focused on economic espionage, intellectual property theft and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases, which may have wide-ranging implications for companies in the technology, media and telecommunications space, says Brendan Quigley at Baker Botts.

  • Avoid Claims Of Bankruptcy Fraud Amid Creditor Scrutiny

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    As pandemic-induced bankruptcy filings continue to grow, debtors must be aware of the elements of bankruptcy fraud — especially since certain types of civil fraud do not require intent — as creditors are highly incentivized to analyze every official company action, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Mental Health Efforts Will Support Diversity In Legal Industry

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    The stigma of discussing mental health struggles during these tough times is especially profound for attorneys of racial and ethnic minorities, but law firms and in-house departments can change the narrative, says Patricia Silva at Lathrop.

  • Know The Red Flags Of Profiteering Before Buying PPE

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    Companies shopping for personal protective equipment should perform due diligence to identify contracts likely to involve corrupt payments or other unlawful activity, and be able to justify the presence, role and qualifications of both sellers and third-party participants in any deal, say attorneys at Kelley Drye.

  • How The Gov't Is Cracking Down On PPP Fraud

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    Recent charges demonstrate the U.S. Department of Justice's strong intent to claw back any loan proceeds obtained fraudulently through the CARES Act's Paycheck Protection Program, and the risks to loan borrowers are not limited to governmental prosecution, says Holly Drumheller Butler at Miles & Stockbridge.

  • Opinion

    The Remote Jury Trial Is A Bad Idea

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    The notion of holding jury trials via videoconference has been floated as a near certainty, with some jurisdictions already engaging in pilot programs, but the fundamental genius of the jury trial can only exist in a live, in-person setting, say Paula Hinton and Tom Melsheimer at Winston & Strawn.

  • Another COVID-19 Enforcement Tool: Money Laundering Law

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    As we have already seen the first pandemic-related enforcement action that includes fraud as a predicate to a money laundering charge, it is useful to understand how prosecutors may use money laundering charges to enhance their COVID-19 fraud cases, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Opinion

    Strict Liability Has No Place In 'Should Have Known' Case

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    Because the defendant in Thaddeus North v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was not charged on a strict liability claim, the D.C. Circuit should reject the SEC's interpretation of the compliance officer's "should have known" liability as such, say Brian Rubin and Michelle McIntyre at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Civility Could Be Litigators' New Normal Even Post-Pandemic

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    The past few months of lockdown have given rise to some profound patterns — litigators are more cooperative and less adversarial — and as the activities of courts and tribunals resume, lawyers should consider continuing to devote more time and resources to resolving disputes instead of fighting them out, says Matthew Vafidis at Holland & Knight.

  • Opinion

    Contact Tracing Shouldn't Upend 4th Amendment Protections

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    To comport with the Fourth Amendment, the proposed COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act — which concerns contact tracing — must explicitly prohibit the transmission of geolocation data to law enforcement and include a private right of action, says criminal defense attorney Lara Yeretsian.

  • Law Firms Must Beware Risks In Nontraditional Financing

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    Law firms in today's financial crisis may be looking at nontraditional arrangements such as portfolio funding or factoring to provide liquidity and cash support, but firms must first consider lawsuits brought against Pierce Bainbridge and other recent developments, says Katherine Toomey at Lewis Baach.

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