White Collar

  • March 04, 2024

    Relator Aims To Keep Steward Health Care Lawsuit Together

    A relator representing the U.S. government wants a Texas federal judge to keep its lawsuit against Steward Health Care System LLC intact, saying its allegations of the hospital system running a referral kickback scheme were sufficient to merit going forward with a trial in a response filed Friday.

  • March 04, 2024

    Ind. Man Found Guilty In Houston For Role In $7M Scam

    A federal jury in Houston found an Indianapolis man guilty Monday of money laundering and conspiracy to launder money for his role in a $7 million financial scheme that involved a network of individuals who impersonated bank employees

  • March 04, 2024

    'Rust' Prop Supplier Denies Giving Armorer Live Rounds

    A gun and ammunition prop supplier for "Rust" told a New Mexico state jury Monday that he was not responsible for live rounds that ended up on the set of the Western film, potentially bolstering the state's involuntary manslaughter case against armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.

  • March 04, 2024

    Auto Repair Website's Indicted VP Wants Co. To Pay Legal Bill

    The former finance vice president of RepairPal is suing the auto repair website in Delaware Chancery Court for an advancement of legal fees to help him fight accusations he directed $2.7 million in bonuses and extra pay to himself, saying the company is contractually obligated to foot the bill.

  • March 04, 2024

    US Ends Old Curbs On Zimbabwe, But Sanctions Its President

    The Biden administration on Monday ended more than two decades of U.S. economic sanctions on Zimbabwe in an apparent pivot toward a program covering "clear and specific targets," including the country's current president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

  • March 04, 2024

    Colo. Justices Censure Ex-Judge, Order Him To Pay Fees

    A former state court judge has been censured by the Colorado Supreme Court and ordered to pay nearly $5,000 in legal costs to a disciplinary board that recommended he be reprimanded for exploiting his judicial position for the benefit of his brother-in-law after an alleged domestic violence incident.

  • March 04, 2024

    Prosecutor Ready To Rebut Account Of Wade-Willis Timeline

    A Cobb County, Georgia, prosecutor can attest that the former law partner of special prosecutor Nathan Wade told her that the romance between Wade and Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis began as early as 2019, one of former President Donald Trump's Georgia co-defendants said Monday.

  • March 04, 2024

    Jan. 6 Witness Lied About 'Shady' Meadows Meeting, Suit Says

    A onetime business partner of Hunter Biden filed a lawsuit in Georgia federal court Monday accusing former White House aide and January 6 committee witness Cassidy Hutchinson of lying about a rendezvous with former Trump administration Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that implied the two were involved in "some sort of shady business."

  • March 04, 2024

    Justices Won't Review Ex-Merrill Lynch Traders' Fraud Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not take up an appeal from two former Merrill Lynch traders who were convicted in Chicago federal court of spoofing the precious metals market.

  • March 04, 2024

    NC Law Firm CEO Dies In Crash Amid Stolen Funds Probe

    The CEO of North Carolina-based real estate law firm Washburn Law PLLC, which declared bankruptcy in the midst of an ongoing investigation into millions of dollars in stolen client funds, died in a car crash Saturday.

  • March 04, 2024

    Menendez Loses Bid To Exclude Gold Bars From Bribery Case

    A New York federal judge on Monday refused to exclude explosive evidence — including gold bars, cash and an engagement ring — the federal government unearthed in its second bribery case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and his associates, reasoning that the omissions the embattled New Jersey Democrat targeted in prosecutors' affidavits weren't material.

  • March 04, 2024

    Pentagon Leaker Faces Lengthy Prison Term After Plea

    Jack Teixeira, the 22-year-old Massachusetts Air National Guardsman charged with one of the most significant military intelligence leaks in U.S. history, is facing more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty Monday to multiple violations of the Espionage Act.

  • March 04, 2024

    Ohio Agency Puts Discovery On Hold In FirstEnergy Probes

    The Ohio utilities commission will hold off discovery for its just-unfrozen investigations arising from FirstEnergy Corp.'s notorious bribery scandal after the state attorney general's office warned that compelling testimony from anyone allegedly involved in the scheme could make them immune from criminal prosecution.

  • March 04, 2024

    Justices Say States Can't Keep Trump Off Ballot

    The U.S. Supreme Court found that states can't bar Donald Trump from running for reelection this year based on a 14th Amendment provision, with justices on Monday reversing a Colorado high court decision that barred Trump from the state's primary election ballot.

  • March 04, 2024

    Trump's Former Finance Chief Pleads Guilty To Perjury

    Allen Weisselberg, the longtime former financial chief of Donald Trump's real estate business empire, admitted Monday to lying under oath in the New York attorney general's civil fraud case as part of a plea deal to serve five months in jail.

  • March 04, 2024

    ​​​​​​​Veteran Federal Prosecutor Joins Crowell & Moring In Denver

    A former federal prosecutor with a history of handling cases in New York and Colorado has moved to Crowell & Moring to build a practice focused on government and internal white collar investigations, the firm announced on Monday.

  • March 01, 2024

    Ga. Tech Prof Gets Most China-Tied Fraud Charges Tossed

    A Georgia federal judge on Friday overruled a federal magistrate in dismissing nine of 10 criminal charges against a former Georgia Institute of Technology professor who was accused of using his post to help bring foreign nationals into the U.S. to covertly work for Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE.

  • March 01, 2024

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive Ex-Barclays Exec's Whistleblower Suit

    The Second Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court's decision to toss a whistleblower suit from a former Barclays executive, finding that he didn't sufficiently back up his allegations of retaliation under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

  • March 01, 2024

    DOJ Defends Broad Enron Law Reading In Capitol Riot Suit

    A federal law that makes it a crime to "corruptly" obstruct an official proceeding was intended as a "catchall offense" and can be used to prosecute participants in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, the federal government told the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • March 01, 2024

    DC Circ. Revives BuzzFeed's Bid For HSBC Laundering Report

    The D.C. Circuit handed former BuzzFeed reporter Jason Leopold a win Friday, reviving his fight to unseal a 2015 report on money laundering at HSBC Bank and remanding the Justice Department's earlier district court summary judgment win in the case.

  • March 01, 2024

    Trump Challenges Origins Of Prosecution In Fla. Docs Case

    The special counsel's office prosecuting Donald Trump's criminal case on mishandling classified documents told the Florida federal judge overseeing the case on Friday that his attorneys don't have a viable claim challenging the origins of the prosecution team, arguing that intelligence agencies had no role in determining the charges against the former president.

  • March 01, 2024

    Justices' Trump Immunity Ruling Could Delay Trial Indefinitely

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to review former President Donald Trump's claim that he's immune from prosecution for allegedly interfering in the 2020 presidential election could indefinitely delay a trial in the case, attorneys say, by raising additional questions that the courts must answer first.

  • March 01, 2024

    Pa. Supreme Court Snapshot: Judge's Side Gig Vexes Tax Row

    In its first argument session of 2024, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will once again have seven justices on the bench to hear cases concerning issues like a judge taking a second job, following last year's elevation of Superior Court Judge Daniel D. McCaffery to fill the vacancy left by the death of former Chief Justice Max Baer in 2022.

  • March 01, 2024

    Harvard Grad Conned Alums In $3M Scheme, NY AG Says

    A Harvard Business School graduate suspected of swindling nearly $3 million from his fellow alum — one of whom reportedly took his own life after losing $100,000 — has been ordered by a New York state court judge to stop soliciting investors in what investigators called a classic Ponzi scheme.

  • March 01, 2024

    Fintech Co. Vesttoo's Ch. 11 Plan OK'd After Dissent Defused

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge has approved the Chapter 11 liquidation plan proposed by the official committee of unsecured creditors to bankrupt Israeli fintech firm Vesttoo Ltd., after the committee sorted out a final objection to the plan.

Expert Analysis

  • Complying With Enforcers' Ephemeral Messaging Guidance

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    Given federal antitrust enforcers’ recently issued guidance on ephemeral messaging applications, organizations must take a proactive approach to preserving short-lived communications — or risk criminal obstruction charges and civil discovery sanctions, say attorneys at Manatt.

  • New FinCEN Guide Provides Useful BOI Context For Banks

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    Financial institutions should review a new Financial Crimes Enforcement Network compliance guide for helpful details about how the agency's beneficial ownership database should be used, though questions remain about the access rule and whether it will truly streamline bank borrowers' Corporate Transparency Act due diligence, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • How Echoing Techniques Can Derail Witnesses At Deposition

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    Before depositions, defense attorneys must prepare witnesses to recognize covert echoing techniques that may be used by opposing counsel to lower their defenses and elicit sensitive information — potentially leading to nuclear settlements and verdicts, say Bill Kanasky and Steve Wood at Courtroom Sciences.

  • Opinion

    OFAC Should Loosen Restrictions On Arbitration Services

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    The Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations should be amended so that U.S. persons can provide arbitration services to sanctioned parties — this would help align OFAC policy with broader U.S. arbitration policy, promote efficiency, and effectively address related geopolitical and regulatory challenges, says Javier Coronado Diaz at Diaz Reus.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Opinion

    Compassionate Release Grants Needed Now More Than Ever

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    After the U.S. Sentencing Commission's recent expansion of the criteria for determining compassionate release eligibility, courts should grant such motions more frequently in light of the inherently dangerous conditions presented by increasingly understaffed and overpopulated federal prisons, say Alan Ellis and Mark Allenbaugh at the Law Offices of Alan Ellis.

  • Communication Is Key As CFPB Updates Appeals Process

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    Though a recently updated Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule expands financial institutions' abilities to appeal supervisory decisions, creating strong relationships and open communication channels with CFPB examiners may help resolve disputes faster than the more cumbersome formal process, says Jason McElroy at Saul Ewing.

  • Unpacking The New Russia Sanctions And Export Controls

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    Although geographically broad new prohibitions the U.S., U.K. and EU issued last week are somewhat underwhelming in their efforts to target third-country facilitators of Russia sanctions evasion, companies with exposure to noncompliant jurisdictions should pay close attention to their potential impacts, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • Mitigating Whistleblower Risks After High Court UBS Ruling

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    While it is always good practice for companies to periodically review whistleblower trainings, policies and procedures, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent whistleblower-friendly ruling in Murray v. UBS Securities helps demonstrate their importance in reducing litigation risk, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Justices' Double Jeopardy Ruling Preserves Acquittal Sanctity

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision last week in McElrath v. Georgia, barring the state from retrying a man acquitted of murder after a so-called repugnant verdict, is significant in the tangled web of double jeopardy jurisprudence for its brief and unequivocal protection of an acquittal’s finality, says Lissa Griffin at Pace Law School.

  • Steps For Companies New To Sanctions Compliance

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    Businesses newly required to implement compliance programs due to the increased breadth of mandatory sanctions and export controls, including 500 additional Russia sanctions announced last Friday, should closely follow the guidance issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control and other regulators, say Jennifer Schubert and Megan Church at MoloLamken.

  • Bank Secrecy Act Lessons For Casinos After DOJ Settlements

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's recent settlements with the MGM Grand and Cosmopolitan casinos, resolving an investigation into alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, signal a shift in the DOJ's enforcement focus and provide insight into potential pitfalls in anti-money laundering compliance programs, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • 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.

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