White Collar

  • September 23, 2019

    Russian Man Cops To Massive JPM Hack, To Cough Up $19M

    An electronics expert from Moscow pled guilty Monday in Manhattan and agreed to forfeit more than $19 million in what federal prosecutors call a gargantuan hacking and fraud scheme that victimized over 80 million customers at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • September 23, 2019

    Rising Star: Bird Marella's Ariel Neuman

    Ariel Neuman of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC went to bat for North America's largest pipeline company in a recent criminal oil spill trial and is currently defending a former Backpage.com executive in a highly watched federal case, putting him among Law360’s White Collar Rising Stars.

  • September 23, 2019

    Trump Tax Case Belongs In State Court, Manhattan DA Argues

    President Donald Trump doesn't have sweeping immunity against investigations while he is president, and arguments to stop subpoenas seeking his personal tax returns should be heard in state court, the Manhattan district attorney told a federal court on Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    Texas AG's Defense Attorney Joins Squire Patton Boggs

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP announced Monday that it has lured a prominent criminal defense attorney away from the firm he founded to join its Houston office, where he’ll continue defending Texas’ attorney general against felony securities fraud charges.

  • September 23, 2019

    Nevada Atty Disbarred For Role In $60M Diamond Stock Scam

    Nevada's highest court has disbarred an attorney who in February acknowledged participating in securities fraud as part of a scam in which federal prosecutors contended investors lost more than $60 million through buying shares in a fake diamond company.

  • September 23, 2019

    2 Men Charged With Participating In $3M 'Boiler Room' Plot

    A chief executive and stock promoter have been charged in New York federal court in relation to an alleged scheme to artificially inflate the value of Renewable Energy and Power Inc. stock before selling the shares at a profit, according to an indictment made public on Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    Binary Options Sales Rep Gets 8 Months For $145M Fraud

    Another former binary options trader was sentenced to prison on Monday for his role in a $145 million investment scam based out of Israel.

  • September 23, 2019

    IT Co. Boss Gets 7 Years For H-1B Visa Fraud Scheme

    The former CEO of two Seattle-area information technology companies was sentenced to over seven years in prison for fraud and tax charges, brought over what prosecutors claim was a yearslong visa fraud scheme involving hundreds of workers.

  • September 23, 2019

    Mortgage Cos. Ask Full 5th Circ. To Revisit $298M FCA Verdict

    Two mortgage loan companies want the full Fifth Circuit to rehear their appeal of a nearly $300 million judgment arising from alleged federal loan insurance fraud during the mortgage crisis, saying the original appeals panel twisted a causation standard.

  • September 23, 2019

    Conspiracy Claims Cut From Odebrecht Bribery Suit

    A New York federal court on Monday tossed conspiracy claims against Brazilian engineering conglomerate Odebrecht in a suit that ties the plummeting value of its bonds to a $3.3 billion bribery scheme, finding that alleged financial misrepresentations weren't the result of a formal agreement between the company and its subsidiary.

  • September 23, 2019

    Madoff Investigator To Join Allen & Overy's New York Office

    Allen & Overy LLP has added a prosecutor who was part of the team investigating the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme as a partner in its litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution practice, the firm has announced.

  • September 23, 2019

    TechnipFMC Settles SEC's Bribery Claims For $5M

    French oil and gas company TechnipFMC PLC agreed to pay more than $5 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle claims the business bribed Iraqi government officials, according to an administrative proceeding filed by the regulator Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    Bridgegate Figure Seeks Ireland Trip Amid High Court Review

    One of the two former public officials ensnared in the so-called Bridgegate political revenge scandal is seeking a New Jersey federal judge's blessing to travel to Ireland amid a pending U.S. Supreme Court review of their convictions, citing the need to rebuild his life.

  • September 23, 2019

    Beck Group Construction Boss Gets 5 Years For $3.4M Theft

    A project manager who embezzled $3.4 million from Beck Group during construction of a $40 million hotel in downtown Houston was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison by a Texas federal judge.

  • September 23, 2019

    Ex-JPMorgan Banker Again Convicted In Insider Trading Case

    Former JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Perella Weinberg Partners investment banker Sean Stewart on Monday was again convicted of insider trading over a purported scheme to leak confidential information about health care company mergers for his father to trade on.

  • September 20, 2019

    College Of New Rochelle Files For Chapter 11 After Tax Woes

    The College of New Rochelle filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday, a little more than a month after it closed its doors, according to a voluntary petition filed in New York bankruptcy court.

  • September 20, 2019

    Del. AG Sues To Dissolve 15 Crime-Tied Biz Entities

    Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings filed six Chancery Court actions late Thursday aimed at dissolving 15 Delaware-chartered business entities based on their ties to a range of criminal enterprises varying from drug distribution networks to politically connected white collar criminals and a longtime African strongman.

  • September 20, 2019

    NCAA Bribery Convict's Dad Fired For $25K Ask, Univ. Says

    As convicted NCAA bribery conspirator Christian Dawkins fought for a more lenient sentence in Manhattan federal court Friday, Cleveland State University told Law360 that his father, Lou, was fired from his job as an assistant basketball coach in July for soliciting $25,000 from a student-athlete.

  • September 20, 2019

    Ex-SocGen Exec Tells 2nd Circ. She's No Fugitive

    A former Societe Generale SA executive accused of rigging the Paris bank's submissions to the London Interbank Offered Rate asked the Second Circuit to throw out the case Friday, saying a lower court wrongly classified her as a fugitive.

  • September 20, 2019

    Feds Fight Avenatti's Bid To Escape Extortion Charges

    Prosecutors have hit back against a claim by embattled celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti that he was singled out for his criticism of President Donald Trump and that the extortion and conspiracy charges against him are politically motivated, saying there's no evidence to back up Avenatti’s claim.

  • September 20, 2019

    2 Charged With Using Fake Pop-Up Viruses To Swindle $10M

    New York federal prosecutors have announced that two people were indicted on charges that they cheated elderly people out of more than $10 million by selling them computer virus repair services after making them think their computers were infected.

  • September 20, 2019

    DC Circ. Grapples With Sex Trafficking Law Foes' Standing

    A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit on Friday appeared to disagree with a lower court’s ruling and the U.S. Department of Justice’s assertions that advocates of free speech on the internet and groups supporting sex workers lack standing to challenge a new federal law designed to crack down on sex trafficking online.

  • September 20, 2019

    Ex-CIA Worker Can't Get Audio Declassified In Leaking Case

    A New York federal judge has determined that recordings of conversations between CIA agents and a former employee accused of spilling secrets to WikiLeaks can stay classified.

  • September 20, 2019

    Ex-Treasurer Admits Looting Charity For Slain NY Cops' Kin

    A Staten Island woman pled guilty Friday to pilfering $407,000 while serving as treasurer of a charity that supports families of slain New York City police officers and using the money to pay for Barbra Streisand concert tickets and personal expenses.

  • September 20, 2019

    Ex-NJ Political Boss Disbarred Over Corruption Convictions

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred a former Democratic power broker despite his tearful plea to keep his law license following his 2015 federal convictions for accepting kickbacks to help a software developer secure municipal business.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Pursuing Wellness: Steps Toward A Supportive Firm Culture

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    As an early advocate of the American Bar Association's year-old well-being pledge, we launched an integrated program to create and sustain a supportive workplace culture with initiatives focused on raising mental health awareness, embracing creativity and giving back to the community, says Casey Ryan at Reed Smith.

  • White Collar Cases And Trends To Watch At High Court

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    In the approaching U.S. Supreme Court term, white collar practitioners should follow Kelly v. United States for its potential to narrow criminal fraud law, along with three pending certiorari petitions, and the voting patterns of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, say Brook Dooley and Cody Gray at Keker Van Nest.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Mental Health Education As A Firm Priority

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    Our firm drives a holistic concept of well-being through educational opportunities, such as a series of expert-led workshops intended to address mental health and substance abuse issues that we vowed to fight when we signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge one year ago, says Krista Logelin at Morgan Lewis.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

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    Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

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    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

  • Utah Blazes Trail With Law Shielding Data From Gov't Search

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    Utah's recently enacted Electronic Information or Data Privacy Act and other states' laws that follow it will change long-standing practices in how companies that collect or store users’ personal data respond to law enforcement requests, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

  • Early Sampling Of Electronic Info Is Underutilized In Discovery

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    The early and prompt provision of samples from all electronically stored information sources as a part of ESI protocol search methodology is consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and may allow for significant cost savings during discovery, says Zachary Caplan at Berger Montague.

  • The Factors Courts Consider In Deposition Location Disputes

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    In the absence of a federal rule governing deposition location, federal courts are frequently called on to resolve objections to out-of-state deposition notices. Recent decisions reveal what information is crucial to courts in making the determination, says Kevin O’Brien at Porter Wright.

  • What To Consider Before Filing For A Rule 57 Speedy Hearing

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    Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 57 and its state counterparts provide a method for expediting claims for declaratory judgment that warrants closer attention than it has historically received from litigants and courts, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

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    Why I Became A Lawyer: Expanding The Meaning Of Diversity

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    My conservative, Catholic parents never skipped a beat when accepting that I was gay, and encouraged me to follow my dreams wherever they might lead. But I did not expect they would lead to the law, until I met an inspiring college professor, says James Holmes of Clyde & Co.

  • The Rise Of Criminal Enforcement For Trade Secret Theft

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    Following the recent federal indictment of a former Uber executive on allegations of trade secret theft — the latest sign that the government is increasingly pursuing criminal prosecution for these crimes — companies should consider the risks and complications of both civil litigation and criminal prosecution when seeking to protect their own trade secrets, says Mindy Morton of Procopio Cory.

  • How The Wayback Machine Can Strengthen Your Case

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    The Wayback Machine, which archives screenshots of websites at particular points in time, can be an invaluable tool in litigation, but attorneys need to follow a few simple steps early in the discovery process to increase the odds of being able to use materials obtained from the archive, says Timothy Freeman of Tanenbaum Keale.

  • The Changes Helping IRS Whistleblower Program Grow Up

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    Although it is too soon to say how recent legislative changes designed to address long-standing problems at the Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Program will pan out, its prospects are already much improved, say Michael Ronickher and Carolina Gonzalez at Constantine Cannon.

  • Opinion

    Draft Civil Procedure Jurisdictional Rule Needs A Tweak

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    The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee’s proposed addition to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 7.1 needs to be amended slightly to prevent late-stage jurisdictional confusion in cases where the parties do not have attributed citizenship, says GianCarlo Canaparo at The Heritage Foundation.