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White Collar

  • January 16, 2019

    Gaming Cos. Get 90-Day Grace Period After Wire Act Changes

    The Department of Justice has officially declared a 90-day grace period for online gambling businesses to comply with an abrupt change in its interpretation of the Wire Act, which bucked previous guidance and found that all non-sports interstate gambling runs afoul of the law.

  • January 16, 2019

    SEC's Response To Breach Scare Clarifies Wider Approach

    The 43-page complaint the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed Tuesday detailing an alleged scheme to illegally access its electronic filing system for profit underscores the agency's commitment to cybersecurity while lending some context to its relatively forgiving approach, attorneys say.

  • January 16, 2019

    Platinum Judge Sees No Misconduct, But Raps Gov't 'Candor'

    A Brooklyn federal judge on Wednesday rejected the latest request from several Platinum Partners LLP executives to dismiss a criminal fraud case against them, saying there wasn't enough proof to support the idea that prosecutors hid evidence or fabricated threats to witnesses.

  • January 16, 2019

    King & Spalding Adds Gov't-Focused Partners In SF, DC

    King & Spalding LLP is expanding its government-related practice groups with the addition this week of a former Georgia state legislator who recently helped screen judge candidates in filling vacancies on the bench, and a veteran U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor who sent corrupt judges to prison.

  • January 16, 2019

    Defense About 'Humanity,' Says Potential Weinstein Atty

    Veteran New York defense attorney Isabelle Kirshner has represented clients accused of everything from tax evasion to sexual assault. Amid news that she has been approached to represent disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein, Kirshner spoke with Law360 about criminal defense, or, as she dubbed it, "the business of humanity."

  • January 16, 2019

    Panasonic Avionics Hires New GC Following Corruption Probe

    Panasonic Avionics Corp. has tapped Kimberly Chainey as general counsel after a turbulent, five-year-long government investigation and settlement over alleged corrupt practices relating to foreign government-owned airlines, the in-flight entertainment and communications company announced Tuesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Barr Shows He Is Mostly In Tune With DOJ Antitrust

    Big isn't necessarily bad, William Barr told lawmakers Tuesday in one of several areas where the attorney general nominee largely aligned with the existing views of the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, absent a Time Warner-sized hole.

  • January 16, 2019

    Republicans Shower AG Pick With Praise After Hearing

    At the end of William Barr’s confirmation hearing for U.S. attorney general Wednesday, the Republicans who control advancing his nomination had glowing reviews for his performance, signaling a smooth path to confirmation amid Democratic grumblings about his views on the special counsel's investigation.

  • January 16, 2019

    Insys Shareholders Want Stay Lifted In Fentanyl Chancery Suit

    A class of shareholders suing pharmaceutical maker Insys Therapeutics Inc. and its directors over an alleged scheme to market a powerful opioid for off-label uses asked the Delaware Chancery Court to lift the stay in the proceedings to allow a motion to dismiss to move forward.

  • January 16, 2019

    Ariad Exec’s Ex Gets 18 Months For Trading On Drug Info

    The ex-husband of a former Ariad Pharmaceuticals executive was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday for insider trades he made based on meetings his then-wife had with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about the company's cancer drug.

  • January 16, 2019

    Pa. AG Goes After Phony Philly-Area Immigration Atty

    A Philadelphia-area man who admitted to posing as an immigration attorney is facing a lawsuit from the Pennsylvania attorney general's office in a bid to recoup some $20,000 in fees he allegedly extracted from individuals he took on as clients in citizenship cases.

  • January 16, 2019

    Opioid User Testimony To Be Key Factor In Mass. Insys Trial

    The day before hundreds of potential jurors descend on a Boston courtroom for a closely watched criminal case accusing former Insys Therapeutics Inc. executives of bribing doctors to prescribe opioids, attorneys sparred Wednesday over what patients who took the drug can say during the 14-week trial.

  • January 16, 2019

    NY AG Wants Pharma Co.'s DOJ Settlement Docs

    The New York attorney general on Tuesday asked a state court to force drug company Mallinckrodt PLC to hand over documents related to a federal investigation of the company's marketing of opioids as part of its own investigation into the company's practices.

  • January 16, 2019

    PE Firm Says Bond Losses Clearly Due To Odebrecht’s Bribes

    An investment firm and two of its funds asked a New York federal judge Tuesday to block Brazilian engineering conglomerate Odebrecht SA’s bid to escape the firm’s lawsuit related to an alleged wide-ranging bribery scheme, saying its complaint clearly demonstrates how the company’s false and misleading statements exposed investors to risk.

  • January 16, 2019

    Ex-Barclays Traders 'Tainted' Euribor Rates, Court Told

    Three former Barclays PLC traders were part of a conspiracy to cheat the financial system that “tainted” the integrity of a key interest rate benchmark used to price trillions of dollars of financial products, prosecutors told a London jury on Wednesday.

  • January 15, 2019

    Prosecutors Give Peek At Evidence Of Manafort's Alleged Lies

    Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller made public a heavily redacted filing Tuesday laying out evidence that former Donald Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to federal investigators in violation of an agreement last year in which Manafort pled guilty to obstructing Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference.

  • January 15, 2019

    Weston Capital Founder Dodges Prison Over Investor Fraud

    A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday spared the founder of hedge fund manager Weston Capital Asset Management from prison over his role in a multimillion-dollar investment fraud scheme after the government cited his crucial cooperation in prosecutions that brought down film producer David Bergstein and serial fraudster Jason Galanis.

  • January 15, 2019

    Barr Pledges Independence In Oversight Of Mueller Probe

    President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general pledged at his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday that he would allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to keep running independently.

  • January 15, 2019

    Attys Say Wartime Law Can't Save One 'Fat Leonard' Case

    A defense lawyers' group has urged a San Diego judge to toss charges against a retired U.S. Navy captain caught up in the “Fat Leonard” bribery scandal, saying a law meant for wartime fraud shouldn't be used to preserve a case brought years too late.

  • January 15, 2019

    ‘Jersey Shore’ Star’s Brother On Hook For $337K To IRS

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday ordered Marc Sorrentino, the brother of television personality Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, to pay over $337,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service following Marc’s conviction for tax evasion.

Expert Analysis

  • 2018 Trends In HHS Corporate Integrity Agreements

    John Bentivoglio

    The Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services entered into only 37 new corporate integrity agreements last year — the lowest number since 2012 — but it was an important year on the policy front, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • A Closer Look At CFTC's Loss In Market Manipulation Case

    Michael Brooks

    While the New York federal court's decision in U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Wilson may embolden defendants in CFTC and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission enforcement matters, the circumstances surrounding it should continue to serve as a caution to market participants, say Michael Brooks and Robert Pease of Bracewell LLP.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Grand Jury Secrecy And The Release Of The Mueller Report

    John Fleder

    As the Senate Judiciary Committee questions attorney general nominee William Barr on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, former federal prosecutor John Fleder examines whether grand jury secrecy will permit the attorney general to submit parts, or all, of the highly anticipated Mueller report to Congress and/or the public.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era

    John Hellerman

    President Donald Trump’s approach to crisis communications has changed the game enough to demand companies' consideration of a whole new set of options. John Hellerman of Hellerman Communications and Bill Pittard of KaiserDillon PLLC discuss whether corporations can successfully use similar tactics.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Cybersecurity's Developing Role In FCPA Compliance

    Ryan Rohlfsen

    While much attention has been paid to recent revisions to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Corporate Enforcement Policy, other developments suggest that the U.S. Department of Justice may also be adapting FCPA enforcement principles to the area of cybersecurity, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 1

    Peter Jarvis

    Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.