White Collar

  • May 19, 2020

    'Real Housewives' Alum Takes 2nd Stab At COVID-19 Release

    A disbarred Maryland attorney who also appeared on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Potomac" urged a D.C. federal judge Tuesday to rethink her denial of her bid for early release from prison, arguing that her bad kidneys and hypertension make her "especially susceptible" to COVID-19 and a candidate for compassionate release.

  • May 19, 2020

    3rd Circ. Nixes Immigration Atty Fee Won In 'Bad Faith' Case

    The Third Circuit upended a $73,757 fee award for a defense attorney representing an El Salvadoran national indicted for illegally reentering the United States, ruling in a precedential decision Tuesday that he didn't meet the demanding standard for proving prosecutorial misconduct.

  • May 19, 2020

    Hobby Lobby Sues Christie's Over Seized Gilgamesh Tablet

    Retailer Hobby Lobby on Tuesday sued Christie's auction house for fraud after government agents seized an ancient artifact the arts-and-crafts chain bought for a museum and said the "Gilgamesh Dream Tablet" was stolen from Iraq.

  • May 19, 2020

    Calif. High Court Mulls Suspects' Right To Facebook Data

    Facebook urged the California Supreme Court Tuesday to conclude that social media platforms are not legally required to hand over user posts and account information to criminal defendants, arguing that the companies are exempt under the federal Stored Communications Act and that such defendants have no constitutional right to pretrial discovery.

  • May 19, 2020

    Texas Man Charged With $5M Pandemic Relief Fraud

    A Texas man fraudulently tried to score over $5 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by falsely claiming to employ hundreds of people whose identities he invented using an online name generator, prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • May 19, 2020

    FINRA Execs Battle Market Manipulation, Fraud Amid Virus

    Top executives with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said on Tuesday they have seen significant upticks in market manipulation alerts and fraud reports amid the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that letters and notices from the regulator are forthcoming as they look to keep abuses in check.

  • May 19, 2020

    Justices Could Curb Congress' Authority In Trump Doc Suits

    Questioning by the U.S. Supreme Court justices in recent arguments over congressional subpoenas for President Donald Trump's financial records indicate that the court may be interested in limiting Congress' investigatory powers.

  • May 19, 2020

    Ex-Puerto Rico Official Seeks To Ax $14M Fraud Charges

    Puerto Rico's former education secretary pressed a federal court to toss charges that she fraudulently steered $14 million worth of contracts to her affiliates, saying the indictment at most seeks to hold her criminally accountable for making choices for "bad reasons."

  • May 19, 2020

    Judge Declines To Release Ex-Pa. Mayor But Says BOP Could

    A Pennsylvania federal judge said on Monday it wouldn't be right for him to release Allentown, Pennsylvania's former mayor from prison amid the coronavirus pandemic, but noted the Bureau of Prisons could do so if it sees fit.

  • May 19, 2020

    Mass. Jail Not 'Deliberately Indifferent' To Virus, Judge Says

    Federal inmates at a Massachusetts county jail have failed to convince a judge that the facility's response to the COVID-19 pandemic amounts to "deliberate indifference," losing a bid to thin out the jail's population through a preliminary injunction.

  • May 19, 2020

    Pa. Justices Urged To OK Medical Pot Ban For Probationers

    A Pennsylvania county's policy of barring probationers from using medical marijuana represents a reasonable restriction on the freedoms of convicted criminals, the state's high court heard during videoconference arguments Tuesday morning.

  • May 19, 2020

    Flynn Asks DC Circ. To Toss Case, Reassign 'Biased' Judge

    Former Donald Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn mounted an emergency court action Tuesday asking the D.C. Circuit to order a district judge to immediately grant the U.S. Department of Justice's request to throw out his prosecution and to assign a new judge to handle any further proceedings.

  • May 19, 2020

    Ex-Hospital Exec In Esformes Case Scores COVID-19 Release

    A former hospital director serving a 15-month prison term for participating in a massive health care fraud scheme with Miami nursing home mogul Philip Esformes can finish her sentence at home given the risk COVID-19 poses to the 53-year-old's health, a Florida federal judge ruled Monday.

  • May 19, 2020

    Libra Taps Ex-FinCEN, OFAC Director As General Counsel

    The Libra Association announced Tuesday that former FinCEN and OFAC director Robert Werner has been appointed general counsel as the group behind the Libra digital currency fills out its top positions.

  • May 18, 2020

    Donziger's Contempt Trial Reset For Fall

    A New York federal judge on Monday set a fall trial date for the criminal contempt trial of environmental attorney Steven Donziger stemming from a years-long saga with Chevron Corp. over pollution in Ecuador.

  • May 18, 2020

    Trumps Can't Delay Fraud Suit Any Longer, Judge Rules

    President Donald Trump and three of his children can't push off facing a putative class action accusing them of widespread fraud, a New York federal judge ruled Monday, rejecting the Trumps' recent bid to pause the case for a midcase appeal.

  • May 18, 2020

    Feds Slam Apple As They Link Navy Base Shooter To Al-Qaida

    The FBI has linked a Saudi military officer responsible for a deadly Navy base shooting to al-Qaida after uncovering new evidence, U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced Monday, while criticizing Apple for refusing to help unlock the shooter's phones.

  • May 18, 2020

    Blagojevich Disbarred After Recent Sentencing Commutation

    The Illinois Supreme Court disbarred former Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Monday, following a state disciplinary panel's recommendation earlier this year to take such action in light of offenses that led to his 2011 public corruption conviction.

  • May 18, 2020

    Trump Picks Ex-Jones Day Partner As DC's US Attorney

    President Donald Trump on Monday tapped U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio and former Jones Day white-collar partner Justin E. Herdman to be the next top prosecutor for the District of Columbia, putting him in charge of the country's largest U.S. attorney's office.

  • May 18, 2020

    'Varsity Blues' Mom Gets Maximum Fine For 'Money Crime'

    A "Varsity Blues" parent who bribed her son's way into UCLA as a phony soccer recruit escaped having to serve more prison time than the five months she spent awaiting extradition in a Madrid jail, but a Massachusetts federal judge on Monday ordered her to fork over the maximum $250,000 fine for what he called a "money crime."

  • May 18, 2020

    Debevoise Partner Asks For Oral Arguments In DOJ Flynn Flip

    The Debevoise & Plimpton LLP partner and former U.S. district judge tapped to oppose the government's bid to toss onetime national security adviser Michael Flynn's prosecution has asked a D.C. federal judge for a June 10 deadline to file his initial brief and requested that oral arguments be set.

  • May 18, 2020

    High Court Won't Hear Facebook, Twitter Privacy Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it won't hear Facebook and Twitter's claim that privacy rights guaranteed under the Stored Communications Act prevent criminal defendants from obtaining users' private posts and messages to build their cases — an issue that has been playing out in California courts.

  • May 18, 2020

    Ex-Theranos Exec Wants April 2021 Trial And His Passport

    Theranos' former chief operating officer has asked a California federal judge to set an April 2021 criminal jury trial over fraud charges and to allow him to renew his expired passport and visa so he can visit his sick mother in India.

  • May 18, 2020

    Mozambique Bank Waits To Strike In Credit Suisse Fraud Fight

    A Mozambican lender is queuing on the sidelines of a London court battle between Credit Suisse and the country in connection with a $2 billion fraud and bribery scandal, saying it will sue whoever loses to reclaim millions in unpaid loans.

  • May 18, 2020

    Gov't To Retry Ex-CIA Coder In Wikileaks Espionage Case

    Prosecutors told a Manhattan federal judge Monday they will retry former CIA programmer Joshua Schulte on espionage charges, after a jury found him guilty of lying to the FBI and illegally sending information from jail but deadlocked on accusations that he sent U.S. hacking secrets to WikiLeaks.

Expert Analysis

  • Compliance Tips For Contractors Receiving Stimulus Funds

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    The words "knowing" and "material" — present in many of the government's primary fraud enforcement statutes — will be critical for government contractors in the coming months, as we expect substantial numbers of audits and investigations from the coronavirus relief oversight process, says David Robbins at Crowell & Moring.

  • How Businesses Can Fight Surging Email Compromise Scams

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    There are several actionable steps businesses can take to mitigate the risk posed by coronavirus-related business email compromise fraud, which the FBI recently warned is expected to increase even further in the coming weeks and months, say Jeffrey Rosenthal and David Oberly at Blank Rome.

  • Opinion

    DOJ Should Issue No-Action Letters For Marijuana Industry

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    The best way to eliminate the illegal market for marijuana is to support market entry by legitimate businesses by using an existing federal letter process, says Thomas Firestone at Baker McKenzie.

  • Pandemic May Prompt Legislative Action On Court Deadlines

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    The COVID-19 crisis shines light on the fact that the federal government and most states do not have the power to toll statutes of limitations, and could lead to a full-scale reconsideration of the Federal Judiciary Emergency Powers Tolling Act or other legislative efforts, say Reed Brodsky and Michael Nadler at Gibson Dunn.

  • Lessons From Steven Seagal On Digital Asset Endorsements

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent enforcement action against actor Steven Seagal over his paid promotion of Bitcoiin2Gen's initial coin offering is a stark reminder that celebrities can easily run afoul of securities regulations that are designed to protect investors, says Michael Buffardi at FTI Consulting.

  • Time To Prepare For New US-UK Data Sharing Rules

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    The cross-border data sharing agreement between the U.S. and U.K. that takes effect in July will likely have a greater impact on communication service providers that store data in the U.S., and the number of disclosure requests coming from the U.K. might outstrip requests from the U.S., say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • 'Tiger King' Shines Light On An Endangered Species Act Quirk

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    Legislation introduced last year to protect big cats kept in captivity has languished in Congress, but the popularity of Netflix’s "Tiger King" documentary series may breathe new life into the proposed law, and thereby close a loophole in the Endangered Species Act, says Stephanie Clark at Nossaman.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Richardson Reviews 'Criminal Dissent'

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    In his important new book, "Criminal Dissent," Wendell Bird endeavors to catalog every single actual, or even threatened, prosecution under the Sedition Act and removal under the Alien Friends Act — a monumental undertaking — and the results are striking, says U.S. District Judge Eli Richardson of the Middle District of Tennessee.

  • Tips For Minimizing Law Firm Liability During COVID-19

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    Lawyers may be advising clients on COVID-19 matters without the benefit of considered analysis or interpretive guidance, which could lead to legal malpractice suits down the road, but law firm management can mitigate the risks through certain protocols, says Nicole Hyland at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Assessing Extraterritorial Reach Of DTSA After Ill. Decision

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    Companies may increasingly utilize the recent Illinois federal court holding in Motorola v. Hytera to seek civil remedies against foreign entities under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, exposing companies with even minimal contact with the U.S. to liability, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • Sanctions Compliance Tips For A Dynamic Global Landscape

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    Adopting an integrated data analytics approach, combined with traditional investigative methodologies, can help companies mitigate risk in a rapidly changing international sanctions and trade regulation environment, made all the more challenging by the COVID-19 pandemic, say Kenneth Feinstein, Robert Brunner and Daniel Castleman at Charles River Associates.

  • A Proposed Technology-Assisted Review Framework

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    Cases involving technology-assisted review often suffer from expensive arguments between parties over protocols and accuracy, but a new report card system that would allow litigants and courts to objectively assess a given document review methodology could mitigate those problems, say attorneys at Redgrave and Kirkland.

  • 10 Insights Into IRS Audits And Appeals Amid COVID-19

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    Crowell & Moring attorneys David Fischer and Teresa Abney consider the top 10 things taxpayers and practitioners need to know about a series of recently issued Internal Revenue Service notices and employee memos addressing audit and appeals procedure during the pandemic.

  • Argued Vs. Submitted Cases At 9th Circ. During Pandemic

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    A review of the Ninth Circuit's docket since January shows that the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in a surge of civil, criminal and immigration cases that the court is submitting on the briefs without oral argument — and civil cases are seeing the most significant impact, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • A Checklist For Insiders Looking To Buy Company Stock

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    Given the potential for significant insider buying due to current equity valuations, attorneys at WilmerHale highlight considerations for officers, directors and other insiders to ensure compliance with the securities laws and corporate insider trading policies.

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