White Collar

  • June 10, 2022

    Former Exec Says EBay Should Pay Legal Tab Despite Plea

    A former eBay Inc. executive argued Thursday that his former employer should pay his legal bills even though he admitted to playing a role in a cyberstalking and harassment campaign against a Massachusetts couple whose blog criticized the e-commerce giant.

  • June 09, 2022

    SEC Launches Probe Of Ericsson Over Report Of ISIS Bribes

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an investigation into telecom giant Ericsson in connection with reports that it may have made bribes to the Islamic State group while trying to secure business in the Middle East, according to a regulatory filing Thursday.

  • June 09, 2022

    Nassar Victims May Have Law, Facts On Side In $1B FBI Case

    As victims of Larry Nassar pursue $1 billion in damages from the FBI for its botched investigation, experts say fresh case law, enormous public pressure and the government's own admission that it failed hundreds of young gymnasts could tip the scales.

  • June 09, 2022

    PG&E Pleads Not Guilty To Manslaughter Over 2020 Calif. Fire

    PG&E pled not guilty Thursday to four felony involuntary manslaughter charges, and 27 other charges, for its role in allegedly causing the Zogg fire, which burned roughly 56,000 acres in two California counties in 2020, according to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office.

  • June 09, 2022

    Feds' Patent Injunction Views Murky After Dropped Policies

    By discarding policy statements that either endorsed or discouraged seeking injunctions based on standard-essential patents, the Biden administration has given courts the flexibility to weigh antitrust issues in each case, yet left it unclear when the government might step in, experts say.

  • June 09, 2022

    Chancellor Notes CEO's Lie In Smear Suit Spoliation Hearing

    A former BDO USA LLP partner accused of destroying evidence tying him to a smear campaign against the company was flatly confronted with his lying by Delaware's chancellor Thursday, on the sometimes tense first day of a two-day hearing on evidence destruction sanctions.

  • June 09, 2022

    Balwani Rests After Testimony On Lost Theranos Database

    Ex-Theranos executive Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani rested his defense case in a monthslong criminal fraud trial Thursday after a daylong examination of Balwani's expert witness who testified over objections that the government could have recovered a missing Theranos database, which Balwani claims contains exculpatory patient-testing data.

  • June 09, 2022

    Ex-Ga. Law Firm Staffer Gets Shorter Embezzlement Sentence

    A Georgia federal judge has shaved more than four years off a prison sentence imposed on a former accountant of a defunct Georgia law firm for her part in a firm founder's multi-million dollar embezzlement, effectively releasing her on time served.

  • June 09, 2022

    NJ Sanitizer Maker Cops To Fraud For Fake COVID-19 Claims

    A New Jersey chemist admitted to falsely marketing cleaning solutions as being approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for being effective in killing COVID-19 and in the process sold $2.7 million worth of his products to businesses and government agencies.

  • June 09, 2022

    Ex-Celtic, Atty Part Ways After Bail Snafu In Fraud Case

    Retired Boston Celtic Glen "Big Baby" Davis and the attorney representing him in the $4 million NBA health benefits fraud case are parting ways as the former center deals with repeated bail violations that threaten to send him to Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center.

  • June 09, 2022

    Ex-Illumina CPA Ducks Prison After Insider-Trading Testimony

    A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday allowed a former Illumina Inc. accountant to avoid prison after she testified to passing secret earnings information about the California gene tech company to a San Diego speculator currently in prison for insider trading.

  • June 09, 2022

    Senate Confirms Jones Day Atty To Calif. Federal Court

    The Senate on Thursday confirmed Jones Day attorney Robert Steven Huie to the Southern District of California, while the Judiciary Committee advanced five of President Joe Biden's other judicial nominees, including picks for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits.

  • June 09, 2022

    Ex-Hollywood Exec's BlackRock Con Merits 9 Years, Feds Say

    A former Hollywood executive deserves a nine-year prison sentence for the "uncommon brazenness and greed" reflected in his guilty plea for defrauding a BlackRock Inc. investment fund of nearly $30 million intended for film distribution and advertising, federal prosecutors have said.

  • June 09, 2022

    Warhol Forger To Face Trial Over Feds' Estate Looting Claim

    A Boston federal judge Thursday ordered a trial over whether a Massachusetts man who sold fake Andy Warhol paintings later plundered his father's estate by destroying the signed will that left him "my best wishes but nothing else."

  • June 09, 2022

    FCPA Retrial May Be Tainted By Hidden Evidence, Atty Warns

    Federal prosecutors are sitting on evidence that might cast doubt on their claims that an attorney and a retired Army colonel conspired to bribe Haitian officials to approve an $84 million port project, the lawyer claimed ahead of an upcoming retrial.

  • June 09, 2022

    Scott + Scott To Lead Consolidated Crypto Inflation Action

    Scott + Scott Attorneys at Law LLP will serve as lead counsel in a consolidated proposed class action accusing executives at cryptocurrency wallet company SafeMoon of hyping the company's digital token, then selling off their stakes before trading volume tanked.

  • June 08, 2022

    Chicken Insider Testifies About Game-Changing Meeting

    A key insider witness in a price-fixing case against five chicken executives told a Denver federal jury on Wednesday of his astonishment during a 2014 meeting where, he said, it first dawned on him that his superiors believed sharing pricing intel with competitors was "how it's done."

  • June 08, 2022

    Trump Kept In Contempt Limbo, Will Testify In July

    A New York state judge Wednesday kept Donald Trump in limbo, declining to fully purge his civil contempt because the ex-president had still failed to provide the attorney general's fraud investigators the required information about his policies for keeping or destroying business records.

  • June 08, 2022

    Agencies Pull Patent Injunction Policy Without Replacement

    The Biden administration opted Wednesday to scrap a Trump-era policy that generally promoted the right of holders of standard-essential patents to pursue injunctions blocking the use of their technology if the patents are infringed, while also abandoning a proposed alternative that would have essentially discouraged such injunctions.

  • June 08, 2022

    Trump Org. CFO Hires Cadwalader Atty To Fight DA's Tax Case

    Longtime Trump Organization finance chief Allen Weisselberg has bolstered his legal team in his tax fraud fight with the Manhattan district attorney, adding Nicholas Gravante Jr. of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP as lead trial counsel.

  • June 08, 2022

    Ex-Trump Adviser Navarro Facing 'Hurdles' Hiring Legal Team

    Former ​Trump ​White House trade adviser Peter Navarro asked a D.C. federal judge Wednesday for a 45-day delay of his arraignment on contempt of Congress charges, saying he's "facing a number of hurdles" in finding a legal team. 

  • June 08, 2022

    Judge Cuts Corruption Sentence Of Ex-Ohio Democratic Boss

    A former Cuyahoga County Democratic Party leader ensnared by a federal probe into local political corruption got five years knocked off his prison sentence for bribery and other civil crimes Wednesday after a federal judge overturned two of his convictions.

  • June 08, 2022

    'Lottery Lawyer' And Alleged Mafioso Stuck With Joint Trial

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday denied renewed motions for separate trials by former Rivkin Radler LLP partner Jason "The Lottery Lawyer" Kurland and alleged Genovese crime family soldier Christopher Chierchio, who both stand accused of cheating lottery winner clients out of millions of dollars.

  • June 08, 2022

    Senate Panel Considers Long-Awaited Sentencing Noms

    President Joe Biden's nominees to the U.S. Sentencing Commission pledged on Wednesday to implement the First Step Act and address other issues that have languished since the commission has been without a quorum since 2019.

  • June 08, 2022

    DOJ, FBI Shut Down Stolen Social Security No. Market

    U.S. federal authorities have announced a takedown of a dark web marketplace that offered Social Security numbers and other personal data belonging to about 24 million people for sale and generated more than $19 million in revenue.

Expert Analysis

  • Exploring The Intersection Of ESG And Anti-Bribery Ethics

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    Sharie Brown at Troutman Pepper discusses connections between environmental, social and corporate governance investing and established anti-bribery risks and considerations, as well as how ESG compliance and reporting encompass anti-bribery initiatives.

  • BitMEX BSA Case Raises Key Crypto Questions

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    In U.S. v. Hayes, a New York federal court's recently denied motion to dismiss in the Bank Secrecy Act case against BitMEX points to the regulatory uncertainty surrounding cryptocurrencies, which could help the remaining defendant prove he could not have known the exchange needed to register as a futures commission merchant, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Attorneys Today Need To Depose Like There's No Tomorrow

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    With people leaving the workforce in droves amid the “Great Resignation” and with younger workers less inclined to stay in one place for long, attorneys need to adjust their deposition strategies to minimize risks of losing crucial witnesses who may move on from a client or opponent company before a case goes to trial, say Anthony Argiropoulos and Maximilian Cadmus at Epstein Becker.

  • Parsing Recent DOJ Statements On Monopolistic Conduct

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    Andre Geverola and Javier Ortega at Arnold & Porter provide context for the U.S. Justice Department's recent statements on enforcement against monopolistic conduct, as well as guidance on how the DOJ is likely to focus its attention moving forward.

  • What To Look For As Musk's Twitter Battle With SEC Plays Out

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    In light of a new subpoena in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's protracted war over Tesla CEO Elon Musk's tweeting habits, the company and Musk could face steep fines or sanctions, including his removal as an officer of any publicly traded company for his bad-boy behaviors, says Christopher Warren at Warren Law.

  • How DC Federal Court Ruling Limits Wire Fraud Act Scope

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    The recent D.C. federal court decision U.S. v. Guertin, holding that a scheme to maintain a preexisting salary does not constitute obtaining money or property under the wire fraud statute, reinforces the act's textual limitations and curbs prosecutorial overreach, say Ashwin Ram and Galen Kast at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • How Attorneys Can Ethically Terminate A Client Relationship

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    As illustrated by Dentons’ recent request to withdraw from its representation of a casino mogul in Bartlit Beck v. Okada, terminating client relationships prematurely can be tricky and met with skepticism in the courts, but following certain best practices can make the process a little less painful for everyone involved, says Trisha Rich at Holland & Knight.

  • When Presuit Demands Cross The Line To Extortion

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    A California appellate court’s recent decision in Falcon Brands v. Mousavi & Lee clarifies the difference between aggressive settlement posturing and criminal extortion, reminding attorneys to be careful not to threaten adverse actions unrelated to a client's allegations when making prelitigation monetary demands, say attorneys at Michelman & Robinson.

  • Perspectives

    Justice Reforms Call For Quick Action To Fill US Atty Spots

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    U.S. attorneys play an important role in transforming the criminal legal system for several reasons, and they can restore integrity and independence to the U.S. Department of Justice, so President Joe Biden and Congress must move quickly to fill the remaining two-thirds of the top prosecutor seats, says Derick Dailey at Davis + Gilbert.

  • The Key To Turning Solid Briefs Into Winning Briefs

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    Even a well-written brief can omit key facts, make tone-deaf legal arguments or ignore practical implications, so lawyers drafting motions and appeals should incorporate feedback processes akin to moot courts and jury research, says Andrew Nichols at Charis Lex.

  • What's At Stake In Doctors' Opioid Liability Case In High Court

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's review of Ruan v. U.S., which is scheduled for oral argument on Tuesday, will likely clarify the extent to which the good faith standard can protect doctors from criminal liability in the context of prescribing opioids, say Lindsay Gerdes and Madeline Pinto at Dinsmore.

  • How CCO Framework Could Have Altered FINRA Charges

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    Brian Rubin at Eversheds Sutherland examines how the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s decision earlier this month to sanction a broker-dealer's anti-money laundering chief compliance officer may have differed had regulators applied the National Society of Compliance Professionals' recently proposed liability framework.

  • Steps For Universities As DOJ Shifts Foreign Influence Policy

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    Notwithstanding Wednesday's U.S. Department of Justice announcement terminating the initiative targeting Chinese influence and raising the bar for criminal prosecutions, universities should ensure their compliance controls meet new disclosure standards and that they can efficiently respond to inquiries about employees' foreign connections, say attorneys at Covington.

  • How Health Care Cos. Can Prepare For DOJ's Cyberfraud Push

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    Enforcement of the U.S. Department of Justice’s new cyberfraud initiative will initially occur largely through civil investigations that broadly apply the False Claims Act, so health care organizations should ensure that their practices can withstand hacks, whistleblowers and government scrutiny, say Katie McDermott and Mark Krotoski at Morgan Lewis.

  • Walter Dellinger's Little-Known, Outsize Impact On Legal Aid

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    The late Walter Dellinger’s pro bono work distinguishes him forever, but his greatest moment involved a little-known U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown v. Legal Foundation of Washington, which helped preserve one of the largest sources of legal aid funding — and Dellinger’s arguments were as magical as the program he helped save, says David Lash at O'Melveny.

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