White Collar

  • October 15, 2021

    Attys Hope For Clarity With Justices' Interest In Fraud Claims

    Whistleblowers and contractors have struggled for more than a decade with inconsistent standards across the country for bringing forward fraud allegations, but the U.S. Supreme Court's recent interest in a case that appears to overcome deficiencies in previous petitions could bring clarity.

  • October 15, 2021

    Theranos' Test Demo Hid Failures From Investors, Jury Told

    A former Theranos senior project manager testified in ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' criminal fraud trial Friday that he gave potential investors tours of the startup's headquarters and helped set up demonstrations using Theranos' blood-testing devices, which were, on at least one occasion, programmed to shield protocol failures.

  • October 15, 2021

    DOJ Lands 1st Indictment Of Many Expected In 737 Max Probe

    The criminal indictment of The Boeing Co.'s former chief technical pilot for allegedly duping federal safety regulators during their review of the 737 Max is the first of what's likely to be many, as the U.S. Department of Justice vows to vigorously prosecute individuals undermining public safety.

  • October 15, 2021

    SEC Awards Total Of $40M To 2 Whistleblowers

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday that it had awarded a total of $40 million to a pair of whistleblowers who kick-started a successful enforcement action, despite the fact that one informant waited years to report the misconduct.

  • October 15, 2021

    Ex-Nevada AG Tells Of Hounding Parnas For Campaign Cash

    Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt took the witness stand Friday in the campaign finance trial of Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and his former business partner, telling jurors of how he badgered a "clownish" Parnas for cash in the final days of his failed gubernatorial campaign.

  • October 15, 2021

    FTC Reaches Deal In Suit Over Alleged Inmate Call Plan Scam

    A California federal judge on Thursday approved the stipulated settlement agreement between the Federal Trade Commission and a man it accused of running a $1.2 million scam advertising fake unlimited inmate calling plans.

  • October 15, 2021

    Fla. CBD Co. Says Ex-Partner Hijacked Biz With Armed Goons

    Florida CBD company Nature Consulting LLC has sued a former owner for allegedly staging an armed takeover of the company and its operations while its chairman was out of the country.

  • October 15, 2021

    Calif. Court OKs Warrant For PetroSaudi Arbitral Win

    The U.S. Department of Justice finally secured a warrant for portions of a PetroSaudi unit's $380 million arbitration award that federal prosecutors say is linked to $1 billion allegedly stolen from Malaysia's sovereign wealth fund.

  • October 15, 2021

    Retiring Mass. Trial Court Chief Says Virus Sped 'Innovation'

    Paula Carey, who is set to retire in January as chief justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court, said it had been a wild but in many ways fruitful last 19 months navigating the state's nearly 100 courthouses, 385 judges and 6,300 staff members through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • October 15, 2021

    Credit Union CEO Wants Bail Amid Corrupt-Payout Appeal

    Former Melrose Credit Union CEO Alan Kaufman, set to begin a nearly four-year prison term next month, has told a New York federal judge that he should remain free on bail while he appeals his conviction for accepting unlawful gratuities from CBS Radio and a former taxi mogul.

  • October 15, 2021

    New DOJ Tip Line Targets Central American Corruption

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday unveiled a new tip line for reports of possible bribery and money laundering tied to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the latest in President Joe Biden's global anti-corruption push and related efforts to control migration.

  • October 15, 2021

    Student Debtors Lose Fla. Fraud Cases — For Now

    A federal judge has dismissed three consolidated cases accusing a student debt relief operation of fraud and racketeering but left the door open for debtors to file an amended complaint, while permanently dismissing malpractice claims against Florida law firm Berger Singerman over its role in the creation of the alleged scam.

  • October 15, 2021

    Nelson Mullins Adds 2 Morris Manning Health Care Attys

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has snagged two Morris Manning & Martin LLP health care regulatory attorneys for its Georgia office.

  • October 15, 2021

    Health Hires: Orrick, Sheppard Mullin

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has added an attorney experienced in the health care and life sciences realm from Squire Patton Boggs LLP, while Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has boosted its health care industry team with an addition from Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP, headlining Law360's latest roundup of personnel moves in the health care and life sciences arena.

  • October 15, 2021

    3rd Circ. Revives Tax Evader's Deportation Challenge

    The Board of Immigration Appeals incorrectly found that a piece of late 1990s legislation barred an Italian man convicted of tax evasion from deportation relief, the Third Circuit said, sending the case back to the board for further review.

  • October 15, 2021

    Convicted Insys Founder Seeks Deep Cut To Restitution

    The convicted founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc. on Thursday asked a Boston federal judge to cut $24 million from what he owes victims, saying the First Circuit's instructions after overturning the initial restitution sum requires a new number more closely tailored to the alleged fraud.

  • October 15, 2021

    Maxwell Says NYC Jail's 'Incompetence' Hurting Trial Prep

    Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell said "incompetence" at Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center is delaying delivery of the mail she needs to prepare for her upcoming sex-trafficking trial, asking a New York federal judge on Thursday to order the jail to speed things up.

  • October 15, 2021

    Prosecutors Warn Calif. Court Order Is 'Dangerous Precedent'

    More than 70 current and former elected prosecutors on Friday urged a California appellate court to overturn a trial court's decision declining to allow the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office to withdraw previously requested sentencing enhancements, saying the ruling sets a "dangerous precedent."

  • October 15, 2021

    Pardoned Ex-Observer Editor In Plea Talks For NY Charges

    A former New York Observer editor-in-chief charged by the Manhattan district attorney with cybercrimes after President Donald Trump pardoned him for similar federal charges told a state judge Friday that he is looking to strike a deal.

  • October 14, 2021

    11th Circ. Affirms Gov't Seizure Of Funds Tied To Visa Scam

    An Eleventh Circuit panel in a published opinion Wednesday backed the federal government's move to seize the funds of Chinese nationals embroiled in an immigration scam, as well as holding that the foreign nationals did not have their due process rights violated.

  • October 14, 2021

    Ex-Boeing Chief Technical Pilot Indicted Over 737 Max Probe

    A Texas federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a former chief technical pilot for Boeing Co. on fraud charges, alleging he misled a Federal Aviation Administration evaluation of the 737 Max and withheld crucial information about the plane's flight controls.

  • October 14, 2021

    Holmes Prayed As WSJ Reporter Raised Doubts, Jury Told

    A California federal magistrate judge Thursday rejected ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' efforts to exclude ex-Wall Street Journal reporter and "Bad Blood" author John Carreyrou from watching her criminal fraud trial, while the jury viewed text messages showing she was "praying literally nonstop" as Carreyrou's investigation raised doubts about Theranos' technology.

  • October 14, 2021

    FBI's Ex-No. 2 McCabe Inks Deal Over 'Political' Firing

    Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reached a settlement with the federal government of a suit alleging he was illegally fired for refusing to enact the political agenda of former President Donald Trump, telling a Washington, D.C., federal court on Thursday that the deal makes McCabe eligible for his full pension and other retirement-related benefits.

  • October 14, 2021

    Shkreli Wants FTC's Monopolization Trial Pushed Back

    Disgraced former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli wants his mid-December civil trial pushed back to May, telling the New York federal judge overseeing the bench trial that without a delay he will be facing a "Hobson's choice" that could leave him in jail an extra year.

  • October 14, 2021

    4 Accused Of Sweeping $7.6M COVID Fraud Scheme

    Four people were accused Thursday of bilking $7.6 million in federal coronavirus aid by collecting personal information from more than 1,000 people and using it to submit a flurry of bogus benefits applications in exchange for kickbacks.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Antitrust Risk Areas To Watch For Government Contractors

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    To plan for the increased likelihood of detection and stiff penalties for antitrust violations following the anticipated passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, compliance efforts should focus on joint bidding, dual distribution, legal certifications, and hiring and compensation, say Andre Geverola and Lori Taubman at Arnold & Porter.

  • Opinion

    Sentencing Commission Data Tool Is Deeply Flawed

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    The U.S. Sentencing Commission's recently released Judiciary Sentencing INformation platform presents skewed data on the length of federal sentences, creating a misleading picture that encourages judges to impose higher sentences, says Michael Yaeger at Carlton Fields.

  • Pandora Papers Reveal Need For Greater Tax Enforcement

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    The recent Pandora Papers leak is a reminder of the importance of transparency laws and proper funding for enforcement efforts against tax evasion as bad actors increasingly operate in the shadows, says Daren Firestone and Kevin Crenny at Levy Firestone.

  • Opinion

    Subpoena Defense Cost Ruling Gets Insurance Law Wrong

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    A Connecticut federal court's recent decision that National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh didn't need to cover defense costs for a power utility's response to a grand jury subpoena included two crucial mistakes that contravene long-standing insurance law principles, say attorneys at Hunton.

  • Girardi Scandal Provides Important Ethics Lessons

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    The litigation and media maelstrom following allegations that famed plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi and his law firm misappropriated clients' funds provides myriad ethics and professional responsibility lessons for practitioners, especially with regard to misconduct reporting and liability insurance, says Elizabeth Tuttle Newman at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Jabil GC Talks Compliance Preparation

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    Tried-and-true compliance lessons from recent decades can be applied to companies’ environmental, social and governance efforts, especially with regard to employee training and consistent application of policies — two factors that can create a foundation for ESG criteria to flourish, says Robert Katz at Jabil.

  • 3 Ways CLOs Can Drive ESG Efforts

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    Chief legal officers are specially trained to see the legal industry's flaws, and they can leverage that perspective to push their companies toward effective environmental, social and governance engagement, says Mark Chandler at Stanford Law School.

  • Opinion

    Why Congress Should Pass Whistleblower Protection Law

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    It’s crucial that lawmakers enact the Whistleblower Protection Reform Act — which remedies the Dodd-Frank Act’s weak safeguards for those who report federal securities law violations — to ensure courageous tipsters continue to step forward when they spot wrongdoing, say Jason Zuckerman and Matthew Stock at Zuckerman Law.

  • ComEd Ruling Invites Plaintiffs To Bypass Filed Rate Doctrine

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    An Illinois federal court's recent ruling on a putative class action claim against Commonwealth Edison could encourage future plaintiffs to avoid dismissal by failing to mention in their complaints that they paid the rates listed in a public utility's filed tariff, says Tyson Covey at Duane Morris.

  • Why The Future Of Telehealth Parity Remains Murky

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    Though the federal government, states and private insurers have united during the pandemic in recognizing the value of expanding telehealth access, there is no consensus on the merits of long-term telehealth parity, say Adriana Riviere-Badell and Alexandria Swette at Kobre & Kim.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World

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    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • Opinion

    Cannabis Fraud Decision Shows Need For Sentencing Reform

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    A New York federal court's recent decision in U.S. v. Akhavan, holding a $17 million forfeiture request for cannabis bank fraud unconstitutionally excessive, reveals the need to reform sentencing laws that overemphasize crimes' financial elements even when tenuously related to defendants' intent, say Lloyd Liu and Hilary LoCicero at Bennett LoCicero.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Baker Hughes CLO Talks Sustainability Team

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    For businesses focused on addressing environmental, social and governance considerations, a legal team that can coordinate sustainability efforts across the company can help to manage risk and compliance issues, anticipate and prepare for change, and identify new opportunities, says Regina Jones at Baker Hughes.

  • What Mainstreaming Of Litigation Finance Means For Industry

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    The rush of new capital and investors into the litigation funding space is expected to bring heightened competition on price and other key deal terms, but litigants will need to be more in tune with individual financiers' proclivities, says William Weisman at Therium Capital Management.

  • How Investors Can Avoid Falling Prey To Crypto Scams

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    Mr. White Hat's recent theft, and surprising return, of $611 million in cryptocurrency from the Poly Network illustrates that crypto investors must conduct their own due diligence to avoid scams, including by closely scrutinizing coin founders, backers, white papers and token sales, and watching for red flags with respect to transparency, valuation and more, says Dorothy Siron at Zhong Lun.

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