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The Supreme Court - June 23, 2017

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Perry v. Merit Systems Protection Bd., No. 16-399: Petitioner Anthony Perry was a federal employee at the U.S. Census Bureau and in 2011, received notice he would be terminated due to spotty attendance. Perry and the Bureau...more

The Supreme Court - June 22, 2017

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Maslenjak v. United States, No. 16-309: Petitioner Divna Maslenjak, an ethnic Serb who immigrated to the United States in 2000 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2007, was convicted under 18 U.S.C. §1425(a) for...more

12 months' imprisonment for breach of disclosure order

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On 17 May 2017, the English Court handed down a 12 month prison sentence against an individual, Mrs Sandhu, for repeated breach of a disclosure order in Kimyani v Sandhu [2017] EWHC 1302 (Ch)....more

Supreme Court Of The United States Finds Criminal Forfeiture Statute Does Not Provide For Joint And Several Liability

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On June 5, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously reversed a forfeiture judgment under Section 303 of the Comprehensive Forfeiture Act of 1984, 21 U.S.C. § 853(a)(1) (“Section 853(a)”), holding that...more

Reflections on Kokesh v. SEC: Potential Ramifications of SEC Disgorgement Being a Penalty

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In the week since the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Kokesh v. SEC, which rejected the Securities and Exchange Commission’s longstanding position that disgorgement was an equitable remedy not subject to the five-year...more

DOJ Issues Policy Memo Limiting the Use of Supplemental Environmental Projects in Federal Settlements

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On June 7, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a policy memorandum dated June 5, 2017 that prohibits the allocation of settlement funds to non-governmental, third-party organizations, as a condition of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Significantly Limits SEC's Power to Recover Disgorgement

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On June 5, 2017, in an unanimous ruling in Kokesh v. SEC, No. 16-529, the United States Supreme Court significantly limited the breadth of the Securities and Exchange Commission's primary enforcement tool. The Court held that...more

The Supreme Court - June 5, 2017

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The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in five cases today: Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, No. 16-74: This case involves whether three church-affiliated nonprofits that run hospitals and offer...more

Google Again Ordered to Produce Internationally Stored Data: eDiscovery Case Law

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In the case In re: Search of Content that is Stored at Premises Controlled by Google, Case No. 16-80263 (N.D. Cali., Apr. 19, 2017), California Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler, noting that the “SCA regulates disclosure of data...more

Second Circuit Rejects Application of Collateral Order Doctrine to “Non-Colorable” Double Jeopardy Claim

In United States v. Serrano, 16-432-cr; 17-461-cr (Kearse, Calabresi, Cabranes), the Second Circuit denied the defendant’s interlocutory appeal for lack of jurisdiction, holding that the collateral order doctrine is...more

“Say it Ain’t So Barry:” A Brief Commentary on United States v. Barry Lamar Bonds and the Elusive Definition of Obstruction of...

Politics can be a contact sport as is evident from the recent appointment of a Special Prosecutor to investigate alleged misdeeds by the Trump Administration including obstruction of justice. Ironically, the decision of an...more

Anatomy of a Price Gouging Case

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Severe and sustained drought conditions in Florida have sparked large wildfires across the state. With thousands of acres that have already burned, and more than 100 active wildfires, Florida Governor Rick Scott recently...more

Former Bond Trader Jesse Litvak Sentenced To Two Years' Imprisonment After High-Profile Re-Trial In Securities Fraud Case

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On April 26, 2017, Judge Janet C. Hall of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut sentenced Jesse Litvak, a former bond trader, to two years’ imprisonment, a $2 million fine, and three years’...more

Justice Werdegar By the Numbers, Part 2: Voting to Reverse and Joining the Court Majority

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On April 20, 2017, we began our retrospective of the tenure of Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar, who will retire on August 31, 2017. We tracked the total number of cases, both civil and criminal, in which Justice Werdegar has...more

City and Police Officer Victorious in Malicious Prosecution and Seizure Case

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Best Best & Krieger LLP attorneys Christopher Pisano and Dana Vessey prevailed on a motion for summary judgment on behalf of the City of Colton and one of its police officers in a case that stemmed from a complicated story...more

"Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege, Work-Product Protection During Internal Investigations"

When companies conduct investigations that remain strictly internal, maintaining confidentiality is straightforward. But many investigations are conducted in cooperation with U.S. government regulators, who expect companies...more

"DOJ and SEC Cooperation Policies"

Whereas the privilege and work-product doctrine generally require confidentiality, cooperation with the government often necessitates disclosure. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

The Supreme Court - April 19, 2017

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Nelson v. Colorado, No. 15-1256: In two separate cases from Colorado State Court, petitioners Shannon Nelson and Louis Alonzo Madden were convicted of sexual assault-related crimes, and were ordered to pay costs, fees, and...more

The IRS and the Controlled Substance Act

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Two recent District Court cases, High Desert Relief, Inc. v. United States of America and Alpenglow Botanicals, LLC et. al. v. United States of America have raised a novel issue in the IRS’s audits of cannabis businesses....more

E-Discovery Lessons from the State Investigation of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

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From the beginning, e-discovery has mainly been the realm of corporate legal teams leveraging their knowledge of the e-discovery process along with technology to reach a “just and speedy” resolution to the matter as laid out...more

False Statements By Money Managers Support California Commodity Law Convictions

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In 1990, California enacted the California Commodity Law, Stats. 1990, Ch. 969, Corp. Code § 29500 et seq. Although this law hasn’t attracted the attention of legal writers, it has some very sharp teeth, as illustrated by...more

Criminal Conviction Of De Facto Officer Does Not Preclude D&O Coverage

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After a two week trial in 2013, a jury convicted Mitchell J. Stein, a lawyer, of mail, wire, and securities fraud based on evidence that he fabricated press releases and purchase orders to inflate the stock price of his...more

The Supreme Court - April, 2017

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The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases today: McLane Co. v. EEOC, No. 15-1248: Damiana Ochoa filed a discrimination charge against petitioner McLane Co. when she was terminated after...more

The Supreme Court - March, 2017 #4

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The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in the following case today: Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, No. 15-1391: Five businesses in New York, petitioners here, wanted to pass along the...more

White House Allegedly Purges Electronic Devices after Order to Preserve Data: An E-Discovery Teachable Moment

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According to an article published in the Independent, allegations have arisen surrounding “White House officials and members of Donald Trump’s transition team…reportedly ‘purging’ their electronic devices to avoid being...more

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