White Collar

  • April 04, 2024

    Ga. Says Listening to Atty-Client Calls Not Unconstitutional

    The state of Georgia has told the state's Supreme Court that prosecutors didn't trample on the Sixth Amendment rights of a man convicted of assault, because they didn't intentionally seek to listen to privileged phone calls between the man and his lawyer and because the phone calls weren't evidence at trial.

  • April 04, 2024

    Judge Won't Pause Dismissal Of $114M Discord Stock Case

    A Houston judge has denied a bid from federal prosecutors to pause the dismissal of an indictment that accused eight men of running a $114 million pump-and-dump stock scheme, writing that the government's argument for a stay largely rehashes the merits of dismissing the case and "is not particularly persuasive."

  • April 04, 2024

    Ghostwriting Undercut Bar Conflict Safeguards, Report Says

    The State Bar of California's former deputy executive director "violated the spirit and undermined the purpose of the Rule 2201 Program," according to a report the state bar commissioned investigating the former director's "ghostwriting" of reports connected to attorney discipline cases where conflicts arise, including one concerning embattled ex-attorney Tom Girardi.

  • April 04, 2024

    UK Billionaire Lewis Avoids Prison For Insider Trading

    A New York federal judge on Thursday sentenced British billionaire Joe Lewis to three years of probation for feeding his girlfriend and private-jet pilots nonpublic stock tips about his private equity firm's portfolio companies, saying a prison term would put the 87-year-old at "serious risk" of death.

  • April 04, 2024

    Trump Can't Duck Secret Doc Charges On Immunity Grounds

    The Florida federal judge overseeing the classified documents case against Donald Trump rejected his bid Thursday to dismiss the criminal indictment against him, saying the charges don't make any reference to the Presidential Records Act that the former president said grants him immunity.

  • April 04, 2024

    Feds Take $5.7M Worth Of Ore. Properties Used To Grow Pot

    Federal prosecutors in Oregon say they have finalized asset forfeiture proceedings against 14 properties, together worth $5.7 million, used to cultivate marijuana that was transported and sold in states where the drug remains illegal.

  • April 04, 2024

    Jeffrey Clark Violated Ethics Rules, Panel Says

    Former U.S. Department of Justice Attorney Jeffrey Clark violated professional conduct rules, a D.C. attorney ethics panel preliminarily found Thursday following a disciplinary hearing centered on Clark's alleged efforts to throw the Justice Department behind former President Donald Trump's election fraud narrative.

  • April 04, 2024

    CNN Sues DOJ For Biden's Special Counsel Interview Tapes

    CNN has hit the U.S. Department of Justice with an open-records suit seeking all audio and video recordings of President Joe Biden's five-hour interview with special counsel Robert Hur last October, saying in D.C. federal court Thursday that they "will help the public evaluate Hur's decision not to charge Biden and to close the investigation into classified documents found at Biden's former office and private residence."

  • April 04, 2024

    Chief In-House Counsel Indicted Over Fake Law Firm Invoices

    A former chief counsel and compliance officer was charged in Manhattan Wednesday with stealing more than $200,000 by submitting fake law firm invoices to his then-employer, human resources consulting firm Segal Co.

  • April 04, 2024

    Ex-IRS Agent Caused $42.5M In Tax Loss As Preparer, US Says

    A tax preparer who once worked for the Internal Revenue Service should be permanently barred from preparing federal returns because he caused an estimated $42.5 million in tax losses by scheming to underestimate his clients' liabilities, the government told a Washington federal court.

  • April 04, 2024

    Trump's Free Speech Challenge Rejected In Ga. Election Case

    A state court judge on Thursday refused to dismiss the indictment charging former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants in the Georgia election interference case on First Amendment grounds, saying the charges did not violate their constitutional right to free speech.

  • April 03, 2024

    2nd Circ. Told FIFA Bribery Convictions Rightly Nixed

    A former 21st Century Fox television executive and an Argentine sports marketing company told the Second Circuit that a lower court was right to toss their convictions related to the FIFA corruption scandal, contending that U.S. law does not reach foreign commercial bribery.

  • April 03, 2024

    Accused 'Shadow Trader' Takes Stand To Slam SEC's Case

    A former Medivation executive accused of "shadow trading" when he purchased stock in rival Incyte testified in his California federal civil trial Wednesday that he didn't base that decision on confidential information, and he didn't think even "for one second" that he was violating securities laws.

  • April 03, 2024

    Police Had It Wrong In Reports On Migrant's Death, Jury Told

    An Arizona jury weighing charges that a rancher killed a migrant who was found dead on his property heard Wednesday from the rancher's wife, who was pressed on a discrepancy between officers' reports of how many people she had seen outside that day and her own memory.

  • April 03, 2024

    NJ Tax Preparer Accused Of $150M COVID Relief Fraud

    A New Jersey tax preparer has been indicted over what prosecutors are calling a yearslong scheme in which he filed more than 1,600 bogus tax forms seeking over $150 million in COVID-19-related employment tax credits for his clients and his own businesses that they weren't eligible for, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • April 03, 2024

    OneCoin Atty Gets 4 Years For Role In $4B Crypto Fraud

    The former head of legal and compliance at OneCoin on Wednesday was sentenced to four years in prison for her role in the $4 billion cryptocurrency scheme that defrauded millions of investors around the world.

  • April 03, 2024

    UK Billionaire Lewis Agrees To $1.64M Insider Trading Penalty

    British billionaire Joseph Lewis has agreed to pay $1.64 million to settle the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's civil claims he fed confidential tips to his personal pilots and then-girlfriend after pleading guilty to related criminal charges earlier this year.

  • April 03, 2024

    Netflix Libel Trial To Feature Full Central Park 5 Series

    Jurors will watch Netflix's entire four-part dramatization of the Central Park Five rape case and exoneration before deciding whether the series defamed a longtime top prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, a New York federal judge ruled Wednesday ahead of the trial.

  • April 03, 2024

    Trump's Late Immunity Motion Fails To Halt Hush Money Trial

    A New York judge on Wednesday rejected Donald Trump's effort to delay his hush money trial based on his claimed presidential immunity from criminal prosecution, keeping the historic case on track for jury selection later this month.

  • April 03, 2024

    Ga. Man Gets 3 Years In Prison For COVID-19 Fraud Scheme

    A metro Atlanta man was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay more than $279,000 in restitution for laundering money procured from fraudulent unemployment claims filed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • April 03, 2024

    Chubby Checker Boyhood Home To Sell In Ponzi Receivership

    The childhood home of acclaimed '60s rock-and-roller Chubby Checker will get a new owner after a Texas federal court found that a sale is in the best interest of a receivership in a $185 million alleged Ponzi scheme involving two precious metals dealers who swindled senior citizens.

  • April 03, 2024

    Judge Wary Of Atty's Bid To Cut Sentence For Hiding Assets

    A Seventh Circuit judge appeared skeptical Wednesday of an Illinois lawyer's contention that she should not have received an abuse-of-trust sentencing enhancement for helping her brother conceal more than $350,000 in bankruptcy assets, noting she deposited them in her attorney trust account and attempted to assert attorney-client privilege to hide her conduct from the trustee.

  • April 03, 2024

    Joonko Tells Chancery Ex-CEO Shouldn't Get Legal Fees

    Defunct job board startup Joonko, which closed last year after its CEO resigned amid fraud allegations, told Delaware's Court of Chancery on Wednesday that it has no obligation to advance her defense costs in federal government investigations because she is no longer a director or officer of the company.

  • April 03, 2024

    SEC Investigators Say Attys Harm Clients By 'Behaving Badly'

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff warned attorneys at a Washington, D.C., conference Wednesday that delaying regulatory investigations destroys their credibility and could potentially harm their clients' chances of striking a favorable deal as the agency's Enforcement Division pushes for more cooperation from targeted businesses and individuals.

  • April 03, 2024

    Amazon Book Scammer Can't Trim Prison Time

    The Sixth Circuit affirmed a 16-year prison sentence Tuesday for a man who scammed Amazon by renting textbooks from the e-commerce giant and then selling them at a profit, ultimately costing Amazon approximately $3.2 million.

Expert Analysis

  • High Court Forfeiture Case Again Pits Text Against Purpose

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    In oral arguments Tuesday in McIntosh v. U.S., the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether a federal court can impose asset forfeiture on a defendant even if it doesn’t comply with timing rules, which may affect the broader interpretation of procedural deadlines — and tees up the latest battle between textualism and purposivism, say Anden Chow and Christian Bale at MoloLamken.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Cos. Must Know How NY, Federal LLC Disclosure Laws Differ

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    Though New York state's new LLC Transparency Act and the federal Corporate Transparency Act impose similar beneficial owner reporting obligations on limited liability companies, New York LLCs should study the important differences between the laws to ensure they are prepared to comply with both, say Abram Ellis, Olenka Burghardt and Jane Jho at Simpson Thacher.

  • More Than Drugs At Stake In High Court's 'Blind Mule' Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's eventual decision in Diaz v. U.S., evaluating whether expert witnesses may testify that most defendants caught with drugs at the border know they are transporting drugs, could have implications for prosecuting everything from complex financial crimes to gun and drug cases, says Kenneth Notter at MoloLamken.

  • A Refresher On Witness Testimony In 3 Key Settings

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    The recent controversy over congressional testimony from university presidents about antisemitism on campus serves as a reminder to attorneys about what to emphasize and avoid when preparing witnesses to testify before Congress, and how this venue differs from grand jury and trial proceedings, say Jack Sharman and Tyler Yarbrough at Lightfoot Franklin.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Preparing For DOJ's Data Analytics Push In FCPA Cases

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    After the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent announcement that it will leverage data analytics in Foreign Corrupt Practice Act investigations and prosecutions, companies will need to develop a compliance strategy that likewise implements data analytics to get ahead of enforcement risks, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Considering The Logical Extremes Of Your Legal Argument

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    Recent oral arguments in the federal election interference case against former President Donald Trump highlighted the age-old technique of extending an argument to its logical limit — a principle that is still important for attorneys to consider in preparing their cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • How High Court SEC Case Could Affect The ITC

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    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jarkesy will likely spare the U.S. International Trade Commission from major operative changes, the ITC’s ability to issue penalties for violations of its orders may change, say Gwendolyn Tawresey and Ryan Deck at Troutman Pepper.

  • Storytelling Strategies To Defuse Courtroom Conspiracies

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    Misinformation continues to proliferate in all sectors of society, including in the courtroom, as jurors try to fill in the gaps of incomplete trial narratives — underscoring the need for attorneys to tell a complete, consistent and credible story before and during trial, says David Metz at IMS Legal Strategies.

  • $32.4M Fine For Info Disclosure Is A Stark Warning For Banks

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    The New York State Department of Financial Services and the Federal Reserve's fining of a Chinese state-owned bank $32.4 million last month underscores the need for financial institutions to have policies and procedures in place to handle confidential supervisory information, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Lessons From Rare Post-Verdict Healthcare Fraud Acquittal

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    A Maryland federal court recently overturned a jury verdict that found a doctor guilty of healthcare fraud related to billing levels for COVID-19 tests, providing defense attorneys with potential strategies for obtaining acquittals in similar prosecutions, says attorney Andrew Feldman.

  • ChristianaCare Settlement Reveals FCA Pitfalls For Hospitals

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    ChristianaCare's False Claims Act settlement in December is the first one based on a hospital allegedly providing private physicians with free services in the form of hospital-employed clinicians and provides important compliance lessons as the government ramps up scrutiny of compensation arrangements, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • EDNY Ruling Charts 99 Problems In Rap Lyric Admissibility

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    A New York federal court’s recent ruling in U.S. v. Jordan powerfully captures courts’ increasing skepticism about the admissibility of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials, particularly at a time when artists face economic incentives to embrace fictional, hyperbolic narratives, say attorneys at Sher Tremonte.

  • 3 Principles For Minimizing The Risk Of A Nuclear Verdict

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    In one of the latest examples of so-called nuclear verdicts, a single plaintiff was awarded $2.25 billion in a jury trial against Monsanto — revealing the need for defense attorneys to prioritize trust, connection and simplicity when communicating with modern juries, say Jenny Hergenrother and Mia Falzarano at Alston & Bird.

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