White Collar

  • February 21, 2020

    Brother Of NFL's Urlacher, 9 More Charged In Gambling Ring

    The brother of Hall of Fame Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and nine other men have been charged in Illinois federal court with running an illegal gambling ring that made millions of dollars from at least 1,000 bettors.

  • February 21, 2020

    Prosecutor Took Jabs At Roger Stone's Reduced Sentence

    When John Crabb Jr. appeared before the federal judge set to sentence Roger Stone on Thursday, the case's top prosecutor made a string of striking arguments that flew in the face of the U.S. Department of Justice's official line.

  • February 21, 2020

    Congress Probes Civil Rights Issues In China Investigations

    Two House lawmakers have opened a probe into potential civil rights issues stemming from federal investigations into scientists with potential ties to China, citing concerns that individuals of Chinese descent are being targeted.

  • February 21, 2020

    Attys Get $7M Fees In Decadelong $102M Funeral Scam Suit

    A Missouri federal judge on Friday awarded $7 million in fees to attorneys who won a $102 million judgment for PNC Bank NA’s predecessor’s role in an alleged $600 million scam involving funeral contracts.

  • February 21, 2020

    'Varsity Blues' Parent Pleads Guilty After Stint In Spanish Jail

    A parent charged in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal pled guilty in Boston on Friday to bribing her son’s way into UCLA as a phony soccer player, agreeing to no additional jail time on top of the five months and one week she served in Spain awaiting extradition to the U.S.

  • February 21, 2020

    Texas Atty's Vacated Forgery Conviction Makes Suit Timely

    The Texas Supreme Court determined Friday that an attorney whose conviction for forging a signature on a client’s will was vacated on the basis of ineffective assistance of counsel did not miss the deadline for bringing a malpractice suit against her criminal defense attorney.

  • February 21, 2020

    Ex-Felons In Fla. Race Against Clock To Vote In 2020

    Former felons in the Sunshine State who are fighting a requirement that they pay all outstanding fines and fees before being able to vote may have scored a recent win at the Eleventh Circuit, but with just eight months to go before the general election and the state vowing to battle on, time may be running out for them to cast a ballot in 2020.

  • February 21, 2020

    Ind. Man Indicted In $2M EBay, PayPal Scam

    An Indiana man illicitly reaped $2 million in an elaborate scam involving stolen personal data and myriad fraudulent eBay and PayPal accounts, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Friday.

  • February 21, 2020

    'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli Drops Suit Against Trial Witness

    “Pharma bro” Martin Shkreli dropped his fraud case against a witness at his criminal trial who is also the son of a former investor, according to a filing in New York federal court Thursday.

  • February 21, 2020

    Weinstein Jury Appears Split On Top Sexual Assault Charge

    The jurors in Harvey Weinstein’s New York sexual assault trial strongly suggested Friday they were deadlocked on the top charge of predatory sexual assault but united on three other rape and sexual assault counts.

  • February 21, 2020

    Wells Fargo Will Pay $3B To DOJ, SEC Over Sales Scandal

    Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to pay a total of $3 billion to resolve criminal and civil investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stemming from the banking giant’s sales practices scandal, federal officials said Friday.

  • February 21, 2020

    Greenberg Traurig's $65M Deal In Stanford Ponzi Suit OK'd

    A Texas federal judge on Friday gave his blessing to Greenberg Traurig's $65 million settlement of claims related to its alleged involvement in a $7 billion scheme run by convicted Ponzi scammer R. Allen Stanford.

  • February 21, 2020

    Hot Pocket Heiress Seeks Probation For 'Varsity Blues' Bribes

    Michelle Janavs, whose father started the company that created the Hot Pocket, has argued the federal government has not shown any reason why she should not get probation for agreeing to pay $300,000 in bribes in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case.

  • February 21, 2020

    Feds Want 1st Circ. To Back Convictions Of Ex-NECC Execs

    Federal prosecutors are urging the First Circuit to reinstate the convictions of two former New England Compounding Center executives for defrauding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, arguing the district court was wrong to find the convictions were legally impossible.

  • February 21, 2020

    Health Hires: Davis Wright, Skadden, Holland & Knight

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP nabbed two health care partners from Nelson Hardiman, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP hired a former senior attorney at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Holland & Knight has added a trio of partners from McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Clark Hill PLC, headlining Law360's latest roundup of personnel moves in the health care and life sciences arena. 

  • February 21, 2020

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen a premium payment card provider drag an exiled Ukrainian politician to court, an investment company sue Cuba for unpaid government debt and lenders offering unregulated finance take action against The Times newspaper. ​​​​​​​Here, Law360 looks at these claims and more. 

  • February 21, 2020

    Danske Shareholders Target Ex-CEO In 4th AML Lawsuit

    An investment recovery consultancy representing 155 Danske Bank institutional investors said Friday it has filed a complaint related to anti-money laundering lapses that seeks 2.7 billion Danish kroner ($390 million) in damages from the lender’s former chief executive.

  • February 20, 2020

    Ex-AIG Legal Worker Settles SEC's Insider Trading Claim

    A former AIG Inc. legal department employee and his father have settled U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims that they bought stock in Validus Holdings Ltd. based on the son's inside knowledge that AIG planned to buy the company, the agency said.

  • February 20, 2020

    Roger Stone Judge Strikes Blow For Judicial Independence

    The judge who sentenced Roger Stone for obstruction called President Donald Trump's remarks on the case inappropriate, a rebuke that former judges said served to underscore the importance of an independent judiciary in a distrustful era.

  • February 20, 2020

    Ex-DIA Analyst Pleads Guilty To Leaking China Info To Media

    A former Defense Intelligence Agency counterterrorism analyst pled guilty Thursday to charges that he disclosed information from a top secret report on China's military capabilities to a journalist.

  • February 20, 2020

    RI Top Court Says 38 Studios Grand Jury Docs To Stay Sealed

    Rhode Island's Supreme Court has finally slammed the door on Gov. Gina Raimondo's yearslong quest to obtain documents from the grand jury that failed to indict 38 Studios, the video game company founded by Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling that borrowed $75 million from the Ocean State and then promptly filed for bankruptcy.

  • February 20, 2020

    Crowell & Moring Hires 10-Year Treasury & DOJ Alum In DC

    Crowell & Moring announced Thursday that it has hired as a partner in its international trade and white collar & enforcement groups an attorney with a decade of government experience split between the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

  • February 20, 2020

    Schemer Gets 6 Mos. For Playing PixarBio's Fraud 'Game'

    A judge sentenced a main player in PixarBio's fraud scheme to six months in prison on Thursday, saying the friend and former roommate of convicted company CEO Frank Reynolds thought their stock manipulation ploy was a mere "video game."

  • February 20, 2020

    1st Circ. Won't Nix Fraud Scheme Conviction Over Google Info

    The First Circuit on Thursday refused to overturn a doctor's conviction for scheming to bill Medicare and other health insurers for services never actually performed, rejecting his challenge of a lower court's denial of his bid to suppress data obtained through a 2014 warrant on Google.

  • February 20, 2020

    Feds Fight Ponzi Schemer's Claims Of Ineffective Counsel

    A man who conspired with a Washington, D.C., attorney to run a Ponzi scheme involving investments in fake concerts can’t claim his lawyers were ineffective just because one couldn’t get a victim booted from his sentencing and made comments that offended him, prosecutors told a Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Rebuttal

    AI Can't Accurately Predict Case Length And Cost — Yet

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    A recent Law360 guest article argued that artificial intelligence can precisely estimate the length and cost of a new case, but several limitations will likely delay truly accurate predictions for years to come, says Andrew Russell at Shaw Keller.

  • Don’t Bet On Constitutionality Of Daily Fantasy Sports In NY

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    A New York state court's recent decision in White v. Cuomo that daily fantasy sports are unconstitutional means that while the services may continue to legally operate, they face an uncertain future until the state’s highest court weighs in or the Legislature amends the constitution, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Key Trade Secrets Developments Of 2019: Part 2

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    Last year brought significant news in U.S. trade secret law, including the U.S. Department of Justice’s continued enforcement of its China initiative and further development of the inevitable disclosure doctrine under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Opinion

    Trump Is Right About Stone Sentencing, For Wrong Reasons

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    President Donald Trump weighed in on Roger Stone's sentencing in an inappropriate way — and caused quite a commotion within the U.S. Department of Justice as a result — but he nonetheless was right to find the sentencing guidelines' recommendation shocking, say criminal defense attorney Alan Ellis and sentencing consultant Mark Allenbaugh.

  • Lawyers Can Build Trust Through The Spoken Word

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    As attorneys, we may prefer the precision of written communication, but a phone call or an in-person conversation builds trust by letting others see and hear our authentic selves, rather than something constructed or scripted, says mediator Sidney Kanazawa of ARC.

  • Opinion

    Legal Prediction Is Demanding But Not Impossible

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    The New Jersey Supreme Court’s recent decision in Balducci v. Cige incorrectly concluded that predicting the length and cost of a case is nearly impossible, and overlooked artificial intelligence's ability to do so, says Joseph Avery with Claudius Legal Intelligence.

  • Trends In Recent FCPA And Cartel Cases Against Execs

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    The U.S. Department of Justice has taken more white collar cases against executives to trial this winter, focusing on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and cartel allegations, and scoring noteworthy victories in a canned tuna price-fixing case and two rate-rigging cases, say attorneys at Miller & Chevalier.

  • SEC Exam Priorities Highlight Flexible, Holistic Compliance

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently released exam priorities encourage firms to emphasize investor protection and consider compliance in light of evolving business and market demands, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Effective AML, Anti-Bribery Programs Hinge On Collaboration

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    Amid increasing risk exposure from financial services companies' partners, clients and affiliates, opportunities exist to leverage processes across firms' anti-money laundering and anti-bribery and corruption programs, says Michelle Goodsir at K2 Intelligence.

  • Pa. Justices' Ruling May Rein In Grand Jury Report Releases

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    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's recent opinion in Grand Jury Investigation No. 18 — permanently sealing an investigating grand jury report on sexual abuse allegations — decisively limits the public release of such reports and may discourage their creation going forward, say attorneys with Pietragallo Gordon.

  • Malpractice Landscape Is Becoming Riskier For BigLaw

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    A recent survey of lawyers’ professional liability insurers revealed an increase in malpractice claims against law firms, suggesting clients will demand more accountability in the coming decade, say Gerald Klein and Amy Nguyen at Klein & Wilson.

  • Perspectives

    Book Review: A Lawyer Reflects On Defending Guilty People

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    In her new book, "Guilty People," Abbe Smith successfully conveys that seeing ourselves in people who commit crime may be the first step to exacting change in our justice system, says U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa of the District of Arizona.

  • Takeaways From DOJ Fraud Section's Enforcement Uptick

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    The Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division reported a year-over-year increase in prosecutions and settlements, underscoring the agency's willingness to use enforcement to achieve its twin goals of cooperation and enhancing compliance programs, say Kevin Muhlendorf and Madeline Cohen at Wiley Rein.

  • Why SFO Closed Its Libor Manipulation Investigation

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    Despite ongoing civil claims, the Serious Fraud Office has most likely closed its investigation into Libor rate manipulation due to the comparative difficulty of securing criminal convictions, and is unlikely to bring further charges unless significant new evidence comes to light, says Anthony Hanratty of BDB Pitmans.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Following A Serendipitous Path

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    I went to law school intending to pursue a career in politics, inspired by Ted Sorensen and Gary Hart — but learning to solve problems in a new and exciting way drew me to litigation, says David Goodman of Goodman Law Group Chicago.

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